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Welcome to Lefty Vintage Guitars, a site specializing in buying, selling, trading, and consigning high-end lefty guitars. I have been collecting vintage guitars for over 20 years, including Fender and Gibson electrics and acoustics primarily from the 1950s, and 1960s. I also collect high-end modern era lefty guitars, including Gibson Historics and Fender Custom Shop guitars. The rarer, the better!

Please browse the Sold Gallery and Showcase Instruments to get an idea of the wonderful guitars I have acquired and sold to happy clients!

I have established a broad network of invaluable contacts in the vintage guitar business. Please let me know what you are looking for, and I'll do my best to find it! Also, I am paying the highest prices for clean lefty vintage guitars. Let me know what you have; I'll be happy to work out a deal you will be happy with. I do want to mention that I buy righty guitars on ocassion as well, especially those that can be easily converted to lefty, including Fender Strats and ES-335/345 guitars.

I also have a section showcasing rock concert photographs I have taken over the years, including Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jeff Beck, Bad Company, Peter Frampton, and others. Take a look; maybe they'll bring back some memories!

Please feel free to contact me anytime by phone at: 941-374-7418 or by e-mail at: alex57@comcast.net. I love to talk guitars!

Featured Guitar

2018 Right Handed Gibson Brazilian Historic 1959/R9 Les Paul, New with COA/OHSC

2018 Right Handed Gibson Brazilian Historic 1959/R9 Les Paul, New with COA/OHSC This is a brand new Gibson right handed Brazilian R9 in Vintage Cherry Sunburst, VOS Finish, Nickel Hardware, and BRAZILIAN ROSEWOOD Fingerboard. This is from the new limited run of Brazilian R9s from Gibson. The top is 3D with lots of movement. The tone is really superb, with a bridge PUP that’s not the typically shrill/bright tone found on previous R9s. The Brazilian Rosewood is DARK with a nice consistency throughout.

The guitar has a great top and weight - it only weighs 8.06 lbs(8 lbs, 1 oz)! If you like Red in your Sunburst, this one’s got it!

The neck is that perfect mid-1959 Gibson profile that has so far eluded the R9s up to this point – they have typically been in the low .9s/1st fret from the dozens I’ve sold over the years. The neck depth is .88/1st fret and .99/12th fret. Mid-1959 profiles are the sweet spot for Gibsons, with a range of .88-.89/1st fret and .98-.99/12th fret.

Includes pickguard(the guitar has not been drilled for the pickguard), all paperwork with COA, and OHSC.

These new Brazilian R9s are the closest Gibson has come to the original 1959 Bursts, for a fraction of the price!

These Brazilian R9s have been getting rave reviews from new owners, and are now considered the finest Historic 1959 reissues ever made.

2017/2018 Gibson Brazilian R9 Owner Comments: Les Paul Forum

Originally Posted by El Gringo https://www.lespaulforum.com/forum/showthread.php?p=2782719#post2782719https://www.lespaulforum.com/forum/showthread.php?p=2782719#post2782719
1. OK, just one more question (just like Lt. Columbo) does the Brazilian board feel different from an Indian board? I know I played Brazilian board vintage Fenders in the 90's, I just can't remember. It feels good... Again, I don't know if the feel can be attributed to this particular species of rosewood, or simply the overall build quality of the guitar...

2. It truly is an extraordinary instrument, as a whole, if that makes any sense...

3. I agree. The build quality is very high. It truly is an extraordinary instrument.

4. Add me to the 2017 Braz list. This one has a nice non-streaky dark fretboard, along with a more subdued sunburst color. I have not bought an LP in a number of years, but the quality seems as good as ever.

5. My friend, Steve, actually played # 98023: He replied – “I played this beauty today, amazing!!! Spanky, clear, articulate and gobs of sustain. BTW, the pics don't do it justice."

6. Thank you! The guitar is so good. I can’t really get over it. My comparisons are a CC 15, a 2003 R7, and a 2003 honeyburst ....this one really blows them all away. I really feel like I’m GOOD now... (I guess we will see how long that lasts) is there anything to this Hide glue thing? Guitar seems so resonant and alive in my hands. Has anyone else experienced that as well (the aliveness- the resonance with hide glue vs older guitars). I’m keeping it stock too.... it sounds so good as is... don’t see a need to monkey w the pups or the harness.

7. The build quality is so thru the roof good the past 4-5 years and this is really a great time for quality from Gibson Custom esp. now with the use of the magical mystical and most awesome use of the Brazilian timbre. Enjoy that wonderful instrument (I also believe in the hot hide glue and the condom less unsheathed truss rod).

These are sold out at all the dealers; it’s rare to see one for sale, and this is a Brand New 2018 Brazilian R9!

Here is a short video by my friend, Doug Gordon, from the band, Tangier:

$9,295

2018 Gibson Traditional ES-335, Cherry Red, New with OHSC/COA

2018 Gibson Traditional ES-335, Cherry Red, New with OHSC/COA This is a brand new 2018 Gibson Traditional ES-335 in Antique Faded Cherry finish.

Description:
The 2018 Gibson ES-335 Traditional is not a revolution, it's an evolution. Built on a pedigree of performance and quality, this guitar takes things a step further. The ABR-1 bridge is enhanced with titanium saddles for increased clarity, definition, and sustain.

The MTC Plus control assembly is hand-wired with Orange Drop capacitors and our MHS humbucking pickups, resulting in that distinctive Gibson tone that players crave. New timeless finish in Antique Faded Cherry.

Body:
Wood Species: 3-ply Maple/Poplar/Maple
Finish: Gloss Nitrocellulose Lacquer

Neck:
Material: Quarter Sawn Mahogany
Neck Profile: Rounded "C", Rolled Binding
Scale Length: 24.75"
Fingerboard Material: Rosewood
Fingerboard Radius: 12"
Number of Frets: 22
Frets: Medium Jumbo - 18% Nickel Silver
Nut Material: Bone
Nut Width: 1.687"
End of Board Width: 2.241"
Inlays: Pearloid Small Block
Truss Rod: Engraved F Hole

Hardware:
Finish: Nickel
Bridge: ABR-1 with titanium saddles
Tailpiece: Die-cast Zinc with Locking Studs
Tuning Machines: Grover 'Milk Bottle' Rotomatics
Pick Guard: 5-ply Black (B/W/B/W/B)
Control Knobs: Black Top Hats with Silver Inserts
Switch Tip: Cream

Electronics:
Neck Pickup: MHS Humbucker Rhythm
Bridge Pickup: MHS Humbucker Lead
Controls: MTC Plus : 2 volumes, 2 tones, 1 toggle switch, hand-wired with orange drop capacitors

Accessories:
Strings: .010, .013, .017, .026, .036, .046
Case: Hardshell
Other: Includes Gibson Accessory Kit

Was $3,295 Now $2,995

2018 Gibson ES-355 VOS, Cherry, Bigsby, New with COA/OHSC

2018 Gibson ES-355 VOS, Cherry, Bigsby, New with COA/OHSC This is a brand new factory Left Handed 2018 Gibson ES-355 in Cherry Red VOS finish, Gold Hardware including Bigsby.

DESCRIPTION:
The 2018 Gibson ES-355 VOS Bigsby is an elegant and iconic guitar featuring a quarter-sawn mahogany neck, dark rosewood fingerboard with mother of pearl full block inlays, silver leaf maple centerblock, and quarter-sawn Adirondack spruce bracing. Premium hardware includes an ABR-1 bridge, Grover "Milk Bottle" Rotomatic tuners, Bigsby B-7 tremolo, and our hand-wired MTC Premiere control assembly paired with MHS humbucking pickups.

BODY:
Wood Species: 3-ply Maple/Poplar/Maple w/ Silver Leaf Maple Centerblock
Finish: VOS Nitrocellulose Lacquer w/ Multi-ply binding

NECK:
Material: Quarter Sawn Mahogany
Neck Profile: Rounded "C", Rolled Binding
Scale Length: 24.75"
Fingerboard Material: Dark Rosewood
Fingerboard Radius: 12"
Number of Frets: 22
Frets: Medium Jumbo - 18% Nickel Silver
Nut Material: Bone
Nut Width: 1.687"
Inlays: Mother of Pearl Full Block
Headstock Motif: Split Diamond
Truss Rod: Engraved F Hole

HARDWARE:
Finish: VOS Gold
Bridge: ABR-1 with plated brass saddles
Tailpiece: Bigsby B-7 Tremelo
Tuning Machines: Grover 'Milk Bottle' Rotomatics
Pick Guard: Multi-ply Bound Tortoiseshell

ELECTRONICS:
Neck Pickup: MHS Humbucker Rhythm
Bridge Pickup: MHS Humbucker Lead
Controls: MTC Premiere : 2 volumes, 2 tones, 1 toggle switch, hand-wired with matched 550K potentiometers and orange drop capacitors

ACCESSORIES:
Strings: .010, .013, .017, .026, .036, .046
Case: Hardshell
Other: Certificate of Authenticity, Gibson Strap, Gibson Polish Cloth, Gibson Multi-tool, Gibson Pick Holder

The ES-355 has been the choice of Blues legends, including BB King, Freddie King, and Otis Rush, as well as rock icons Chuck Berry and Keith Richards.

With the Cherry Finish, Gold Hardware, Tortoise Pickguard, Dark Rosewood, Split Diamond Headstock Motif, and Engraved F Hole Truss Road, this guitar has a stunning look and vibe!

Was $5,495 Now $4,400

2015 Kraus OM with Honduran Rosewood, Spectacular, Mint w/ OHSC!

2015 Kraus OM with Honduran Rosewood, Spectacular, Mint with OHSC! This is an absolutely stunning OM acoustic in MINT/As New Condition. This has been in my personal collection for a few years. In the words of Bill Kraus, the builder: An OM model in my favorite combination of woods: Red spruce top, Honduran rosewood back and sides, curly Koa bindings. I first heard about Bill Kraus from my good friend, Scott Freilich of Top Shelf Music in Buffalo, NY. Scott has been a factory authorized Martin repair center since 1979 and has seen the finest 6 figure pre-war Martins. Scott was raving about Bill Kraus, his knowledge of tonewoods, and the insane quality of his guitars. I also learned that Stan Jay of Mandolin Bros. was equally impressed with Kraus Guitars and had started carrying Bill’s guitars in his store. Every Kraus guitar at Mandolin Bros. has sold!

Here’s how Stan described a Model D Honduran Rosewood that Mandolin Bros. had in their store:

"William Kraus, who uses the logo (in highly stylized abalone) “WK” in which both the W and the K seem to be mating or something, is a maker of extremely fine sounding, beautifully hand-crafted guitars, in the traditional design of the great dreadnoughts of the past. This one, however, exceeds all expectations of excellence and beauty in that it has a Honduran rosewood back, sides and headstock overlay. About Honduran Rosewood, according to the website “globaltrees” (edited): Honduran Rosewood is a valuable timber species. Honduran rosewood – a/k/a Dalbergia stevensonii is known only from Belize, Guatemala and southern Mexico. Its valuable rosewood timber is highly sought after for quality products including musical instruments, turnery and carving. Honduran rosewood is reportedly the best wood for marimba and xylophone keys and it has been suggested as an acceptable substitute in guitars for Brazilian rosewood – Dalbergia Nigra -- (international trade in which is now banned under CITES). Because it is a Dalbergia, like Brazilian, it sounds absolutely unbelievable!"

This guitar is simply phenomenol and the build quality, materials, and attention to detail are just mind blowing! I have a collection of vintage Golden Era Gibsons, Fenders, Gretschs, and Martins, so it takes a very special guitar to impress me. The Kraus OM delivers in every way! Just check out the rosette: Paua shell bordered by curly Koa wood inlayed into a red Spruce top-simply amazing! And the curly koa fretboard binding is a sight to behold! The Honduran Rosewood is becoming exceeding hard to find, and will probably go the way of Brazilian Rosewood as a protected wood soon. The Honduran Rosewood used on this guitar took months to source, and it looks spectacular! The guitar itself took 16 months to build, and the wait was well worth it, and well beyond expectations!

Dimensions:

• UPPER BOUT: 11 3/8
• WAIST: 9 7/16
• LOWER BOUT: 15 1/4
• BODY LENGTH: 19 1/2
• NECK/BODY JOINT 14
• NUT WIDTH 1 3/4
• SCALE LENGTH 25.34

Materials:

• Top and Bracing : Red(Adirondack) Spruce
• Back and Sides : Quartersawn Honduran Rosewood
• Neck : Honduran Mahogany
• Fingerboard and Bridge : Ebony
• Bindings and Tail Wedge : Curly Koa
• Rosette : Abalone Shell Bordered by Curly Koa
• Tuners : Gotoh 510's

The Playability of the guitar is outstanding, and has a thin, nicely rounded fast neck. It has a very musical tone, with a particular sweet spot in the upper end. The bluegrass G chord in the 1st position with G/6th string, D/5th strings sounds tremendous on this guitar. Both fingerpicking and strumming are effortless, and jazz chords are well articulated. The volume of the guitar is Loud, and should only increase over time as the top opens up.

The guitar comes with the premium/built- like-a tank acoustic guitar hardshell case from Ameritage. This is a very special left handed acoustic!

$3,995

1998 Heritage 575, One-Owner, 100% Original with OHSC, Mint!

1998 Heritage 575, One-Owner, 100% Original with OHSC, Mint! 1998 Heritage jazz box: 575 Model. This would be similar to a Gibson ES-175.

I can tell you this one has a killer bottom end - you can play walking bass lines with this guitar!

Plays and sounds really great - beautiful guitar! This is a one-owner guitar, 100% original with OHSC, Mint condition!

Similar to a Gibson ES-175 (impossible to find in lefty) at 1/2 the price!

Was $3,495 Now $2,995

1966 Fender Jazz Bass, Ultra Clean/Investment Grade Condition!

1966 Fender Jazz Bass, Ultra Clean/Investment Grade Condition! Here we have a 1966 factory Left Handed Jazz Bass. This is the cleanest left handed vintage Fender bass on the planet! It has been stored in a closet since 1969 - museum quality piece, 100% untouched, unmolested example!

-Neck Stamp: 7 OCT 65 A
-Pots: 5th week of 1966
-Pearl Dot Neck
-66-Style Paddle Tuners
-Original Chrome Covers
-OHSC(Left Handed)

This is a Jazz Bass for the serious vintage Fender collector!

Was $14,995 Now $12,995

Tribute to Jimi-1963/1964 Strat, Vintage Posters, Marshall Amp

Tribute to Jimi-1963/1964 Strat, Vintage Posters, Marshall Amp Here is a photo tribute to Jimi Hendrix, featuring a lefty 1963/1964 Olympic White Strat, 1st edition Monterey/Fillmore/Woodstock posters, and a 50w Marshall head with a 4x12 cab from 1973.

Hendrix played several white Strats, including the 1966 with rosewood board seen at the 1968 Miami Pop Festival, and also the 1968 with maple board seen at Woodstock. He also owned a righty 1963 Olympic White Strat which looks very much like this 1963-1964 Strat, except of course mine is lefty. Actually, Jimi did own a few left handed Strats. Oh well, all in the spirit of the Hendrixian White Strat theme!

Posters featured are:

1. Flying Eyeball Poster: Feb 1, 1969 BG 105, Original 1st Print-Rick Griffin
2. Jimi Hendrix Experience: FME 007 Fillmore East, May 10 1968, Original 1st Print-David Byrd
3. Masonic Temple/Detroit Feb 23 1968, Commemorative Poster from 1991-Gary Grimshaw
4. Dancing Beetle, Oct 10, 1968 Winterland, BG 140, Original 1st Print-Rick Griffin & Victor Moscoso
5. Woodstock, Aug 15-17 1969, WDS690815 Original 1st Print-Arnold Skolnick
6. Monterey Pop Festival, June 16 1967, Original Silver Foil 1st Print-Tom Wilkes