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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

1971 Fender Tele Bass, 100% Original, Investment Grade!

1971 Fender Tele Bass, 100% Original, Investment Grade! This is a 1971 Fender Tele Bass, factory Left Handed, 100% Original with OHSC. It’s almost impossible to find an early 68-71 Tele Bass with 4-Bolt Neck & Single Coil Pickup in Lefty!

What makes this Lefty Tele Bass even more remarkable, is that it comes with a 1968 Neck! Fender started production On the Tele Bass in mid-1968, which is when they made a batch of lefty necks for this model. When it was Time to assemble this bass in 1971, they reached in the parts bin and found out they still had a Lefty Neck in inventory! You can make out “23SEP68C” on the neck stamp!!

The bass has been inspected and setup by Scott Freilich of Top Shelf Music, who is the most qualified person in the world To inspect a vintage bass. Scott has owned an authorized Fender repair center since 1979, has worked on hundreds of Vintage Fender basses over the years, has a vintage bass collection, and is also a terrific pro bass player! The bass sounds and plays great – Needs nothing.

Date Codes:

Neck Plate: 335362
Neck Stamp: 23SEP68C
Pot Codes: 304 7116

The bass is in very nice condition, with some minor wear on the treble side of the fingerboard. The frets show no wear. There is some minor worming On the back, with a little paint chipping around the neck plate. Overall, a beautiful and original Left Handed Tele Bass – you probably won’t see another one this clean and original!

Includes OHSC – Factory Left Handed Case with the Tail Logo.

$7,500

1952 Fender Blackguard Tele, Likely the First True Lefty Telecaster Ever Built!

1952 Fender Blackguard Tele, Likely the First True Lefty Telecaster Ever Built! This 1952 Lefty Fender Tele is a one owner original guitar with very strong provenance coming from the original family. Lots of photos, phonograph record and paperwork to accompany the guitar. This includes rare original Form Fit case, Ashtray bridge cover and original Fender Black Guard Telecaster brochure. You can see the brochure has the word Broadcaster blacked out by Fender! Very valuable original color brochure.

1). Finish is 100% original in every way. Beautiful light checking on body.
2). The guitar has its original frets and they are in excellent condition. He likely used Flat Wound strings and this accounts for the great original fret condition.
3). All electronic components are original and performing well: Neck Date: 3/12/52, Body Date: 1/28/52, Pot Codes: 140 203
4). Some factory original hand chiseling to accommodate lefty configuration. This was done because they did not have a jig for routing left handed guitars.
5). One tuner is changed but the replacement is old and works perfectly.
6). This could easily be the first left handed Telecaster ever made!!!

This is a one owner original guitar coming from the original family. Lots of photos, phonograph record and paperwork to accompany the guitar. This includes rare original Form Fit case, Ashtray bridge cover and original Fender Black Guard Telecaster brochure. You can see the brochure has the word Broadcaster blacked out by Fender! Very valuable original color brochure.

A great playing, incredibly resonant guitar with tremendous vibe!

A very exciting rarity that is truly an exceptional find. Rare beyond compare, a truly historic Fender guitar!

$85,000

1965 Fender Strat, EXC Condition, Great Sounding Lefty Vintage Strat!

1965 Fender Strat, EXC Condition, Great Sounding Lefty Vintage Strat! This is a Left Handed 1965 Fender® Sunburst Strat® in EXC condition. All original except for replaced nut, currently has 5-way switch(period correct NOS 3-way in the case with original box), bridge pickup has been rewound but is original, trem cover is missing. This is a vintage Strat I sold back in 2011 and was able to repurchase recently. The guitar is in the same condition as when I sold it. All pics, both internal and external, were taken recently. This Strat was originally inspected, examined, and set-up by Scott Freilich of Top Shelf Music in 2011. It was also recently reinspected and set-up by Scott on March 29, 2018.

This is one of about a half dozen 1965 Strats I've seen from mid-65 that came with the F plate(typical for that period); this one is F125920.

Date Codes:

Neck stamp: 2JUN65 B
PUP dates: 6-11-65
Pot dates: 137 6514
Neck Plate: F125920

Neck PUP=5.76K, middle PUP=5.73K, Bridge PUP=7.54K. Nice blend three-color Sunburst with strong unfaded color, no wear through the wood except small area of arm wear on the side/bottom, DARK Brazilian rosewood fingerboard, original frets have been leveled and the guitar now plays great. Back of neck is worn nicely: feels smooth and fast, just the way you want it! Has unfilled hole on lower horn from righty strap knob(about 1/2 of all the Strats I've ever owned, new or vintage, have been flipped over to righty at one time), pickguard has fair amount of wear.

The guitar sounds and plays great. The gray bottom Pickup Strats from this period are known to be exceptional sounding vintage Strats - this is one of those Strats!

Includes new G&G black Tolex hardshell case.

Was $14,995 Now $14,500

1974 Fender Strat, Rare Hard Tail, Cesar Rosas Documented, Near Mint with OHSC!

1974 Fender Strat, Rare Hard Tail, Cesar Rosas Documented, Near Mint with OHSC! This is a 1974 Fender Strat, rare hard tail, previously owned by Cesar Rosas from Los Lobos. Includes personal letter from Cesar Rosas, along with a plethora of Los Lobos backstage passes and concert tickets.

The guitar is in Near Mint condition, with very little wear on the 1st fret and the neck looks new, front and back. Some typical nicks on the body for this age, but overall this guitar is in very fine condition!

Date Codes:

• Neck Plate: 568083
• Neck Stamp: 0903 3843
• Pickups: 173574(all)
• Neck PUP Tone Pot: 137 7430
• Middle PUP Tone Pot: 1377433
• Volume Pot: Covered

All pickups read consistently in resistance, with Bridge PUP/5.47K, Middle PUP/5.32K, and Neck PUP/5.45K.

The weight is ideal at 7 ¼ lbs. This was the last year for the staggered poles, with Strats getting flat poles The following year in 1975.

This guitar has been inspected and set-up by Scott Freilich of Top Shelf Music; it plays and sounds great, and needs nothing.

This is a really nice collectable Strat with Provenance from the great Cesar Rosas of Los Lobos, and hard tail Strats from this era are almost impossible to find. Check out all the pics!

$4,995

1958 Gretsch Duo-Jet 6128 with OHSC, Refin, Extremely Rare Lefty!

1958 Gretsch Duo-Jet 6128 with OHSC, Refin, Extremely Rare Lefty! This is a factory Left Handed 1958 Gretsch 6128 Duo-Jet Serial # 35203. With an estimated 40 to 50 left-handed instruments built up to the late 1970's, the Duo-Jet 6128 is an extremely rare model in factory left-handed, and even more rare when considering it is a lefty Golden Era 1954-1960 single-cut Duo-Jet!

This particular Duo-Jet belonged to a right-handed gentleman who had owned and played it upside down from 1971 to 2008. The Duo-Jet was Gretsch’s answer to the Gibson Les Paul Custom, and the overwhelming majority of these were black, with a sprinkling of Cadillac Green from 1956-1958. In addition, the single-cut Silver Jet 6129 was offered with some custom sparkle colors from 1954-1960. This guitar was refinished in Orange a long time ago, before the second to most previous owner acquired it in 1971.

This Duo-Jet has the typical brown back and neck finish, original tuners, bone nut (which has never been off), ebony fingerboard and original frets, lefty thumbprint inlays, original Pat. Applied For Filter'Tron pickups with original wire harness including switches and capacitors. All solder joints are original. Original bar bridge. The lefty Bigsby tailpiece does not appear to be original to the instrument, and is probably a late 60s Bigsby, as there are screw-holes from another tail-piece on the bottom. The second to most recent owner acquired the guitar with its current tailpiece in 1971, and the only change he made to the Bigsby was in removing the black paint. The guitar was recently sent to Curt Wilson at Old School Guitar Repair(www.oldschoolguitar.net) at the recommendation of Gretsch guru, Edward Ball, where the front of the headstock was refinished to the correct black(previously Orange) and the center portion of the Bigsby was repainted black. Sadly, the previous owner removed and discarded the original lefty pickguard many years ago.

Some areas of the top's lacquer finish have been peeled away from the long-ago removal of a few stickers and black electrical tape (the previous owner admitted to decorating the guitar with the black stripes in a tiger-theme). The guitar plays well, with a good neck angle and decent original frets. The guitar was just set up this past month by the pros at the renowned Guitar Factory in Orlando(http://www.guitarfactory.us/). It now plays great and needs nothing – they do great work! Pickups read 4.12 (neck) and 4.20 (bridge), and pots and switches work well. And, very important to note on vintage Gretsch guitars, there is NO binding rot. Also includes the Original Hard Shell Case.

At the end of the day, this is obviously far from a perfect example, but this is an extremely hard-to-find factory left-handed 1958 Gretsch Duo-Jet, and provides a very rare opportunity for the vintage guitar collector, lefty or righty! I have seen far fewer left handed 50s Gretsch guitars as compared to Fender, Gibson, and even Martin over the years. Lefty 50s Gretsch guitars are insanely rare, especially in the Duo Jet model!

Was $8,995 Now $8,500

2017 Gibson Historic 1959/R9 Les Paul, New w/ COA/OHSC, Tiger Flame!

2017 Gibson Historic 1959/R9 Les Paul, New with COA/OHSC, Tiger Flame! This is a brand new Left Handed Gibson R9 Les Paul from December 2017 with one of the more attractive tops I've had over the years. The top reminds me of Billy Gibbons' Pearly Gates 59. It also looks like the 59 Burst featured at the top of the Les Paul Forum home page. It is a strong curly maple top with wide Tiger flame and striking 3-D movement from any angle or light. It is hard to find a top like this - I've had close to 50 R9s over the years, and this is one of the best I've seen!

The finish is VOS Ice Tea, the hardware is Nickel, the weight is very desirable for a Les Paul at 8 lbs, 6 oz, and the neck profile is reminiscent of a mid-59 Burst with .89/1st fret and 1.00/12th fret. I also set up the guitar with 4/64/Hi E and 5/64/Low E at the 12th fret. Here's another amazing thing about this guitar: the clearance of the strings over the Tune-O-Matic bridge was good with the stop tailpiece clamped down - something that I rarely see with Les Pauls and provides maximum sustain!

This Les Paul has it all - it's truly a special R9!

Includes all tags/paperwork with COA and OHSC.

Was $5,995 Now $4,995

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!

Was $3,995 Now $3,500

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