The LEFTY Bass FAQ You are not alone, now repeat that, I AM NOT ALONE. There are others of us amongst the TB fraternity. A poll showed that 20% of the guys at TB are lefties. Some of them have gone over to the dark side and play righty. Everyone will tell you that if you want a good selection of instruments, that's the way to go. That's fine for some of us but there are others like me, who couldn't play right handed more than they could play a ukulele. Finding a teacher is no problem and maybe actually a blessing because you can mirror image the instructor. I find that instructors first suggest switching and then say no problem they would be happy to work with you. Enough of the introductory stuff you are here looking for an instrument and can't find one. Where can you look? Here are some shops that have a selection of left handed instruments. Hint: I will update this if any other shops would like enhance their lefty clientele. http://www.adirondackguitar.com/lefty/lh_bass.htm http://www.music123.com/Search/Default.aspx?Ne=4294940200&N=64+4294907259 http://www.musiciansfriend.com/bass/navigation/electric-bass-left-handed?N=100001+306320 http://www.atlantabassgallery.com/basses.php?cat=0&cond=N http://www.basscentral.com/2003/lefty.shtml http://www.newjerseyguitarandbasscenter.com/LeftHanded.html http://www.southpawguitars.com/bass.html http://www.drumcityguitarland.com/inventory/DetailsLefties.cfm#Basses http://www.rondomusic.net/BassLeft.html http://www.ishibashi-music.com/ A Japanese web dealer that many bassist of either persuasion use to purchase CIJ basses. http://www.taranaki-guitars.de/cnt/asp/list.asp?cat_id=104 German dealer for Italia basses quite a few models available. http://theperfectbass.com/ A Talk Bass Sponsor and a discount for TB members! Here are the Bass manufacturers that have left handed models. Read the fine print on the websites. A couple offer all models as lefties; some, a disappointing few and then sometimes only beginners models. A few manufactures have no surcharge for left handed models and some upwards of 15% surcharge. Fender http://www.fender.com/products/search.php?section=Basses MusicMan http://www.ernieball.com/mmonline/specs/ Steinberger http://www.gibson.com/products/steinberger/ Schecter http://www.schecterguitars.com/index.asp Carvin http://www.carvin.com/features/basses/ Peavey http://www.peavey.com/products/bass.cfm Hofner http://www.hofner.com/gab/en/phpshop/43/ Warwick http://www.warwickbass.com/specs.html Ken Smith Designs http://www.brooklyngear.com/ksdbass.php BC Rich http://www.bcrich.com/bass.html Michael Kelly http://www.michaelkellyguitars.com/basses.html Dipinto http://www.dipintoguitars.com/basses_main.html Rickenbacker http://www.rickenbacker.com/ Ibanez http://www.ibanez.com/splash.aspx Dean http://www.deanguitars.com/basses.htm Rogue http://www.musiciansfriend.com/bass/navigation/rogue-guitars-strings-cases-basses-amplifiers-pedals-electric-bass-left-handed?N=100001+306320+201000&page=1&src=3SOSWXXK Yamaha http://www.yamaha.com/guitars/basses/0,,CTID%253D600006%2526CNTYP%253DPRODUCT,00.html U.S. Masters http://www.usmasters.com/basscat.htm SX http://www.sxguitarspain.com/basses.htm Spector http://www.spectorbass.com/NewFiles/basses.html Italiahttp://www.italiaguitars.com/ Eastwood http://www.eastwoodguitars.com/ MTD http://www.mtdbass.com/pages/zephyr.html Besides Mike's fabulous customs the MTD Kingston Z is now available. The following custom Bass builders will make custom lefties. Some charge more for lefties and I indicate the upcharge. If you can help me with information about builders lefty surcharge please PM me with it. There are quite a few with ??? marks remaining. Alleva Coppolo 10% http://www.allevacoppolo.com/ Rob Allen 15% http://www.roballenguitars.com/ Sadowsky (Only NYC line )$300 http://www.sadowsky.com/ G & L no upcharge (the CEO is lefty) http://www.glguitars.com/ MTD no upcharge http://www.mtdbass.com/ Ken Smith $200 http://www.kensmithbasses.com/ Benavente no upcharge http://www.benaventeguitars.com/ Mike Lull ??? http://www.mikelull.com/ Lakland no upcharge(USA Model only) http://lakland.com/ Elrick $500 http://www.elrick.com/ Eshenbaugh ????http://www.eshenbaughguitars.com/ Modulus (Genesis only) $300 http://www.modulusguitars.com/v2/ Zon 10% Now even their Mosaic is available lefty.http://www.zonguitars.com Roscoe $140 http://www.roscoeguitars.com/ Skjold no upcharge http://www.skjolddesign.com/ Norstrand ??? http://www.nordstrandguitars.com/index.html Fodera ????http://www.fodera.com Alembic no upcharge http://www.alembic.com/ FBass 10% http://www.fbass.com/ Kinal ???? http://www.kinal.com/ Pedulla no upcharge http://www.pedulla.com/ Status ???? http://www.status-graphite.com/ Replacement necks Right hand only Johnson's Extremely Strange Musical Instruments no upcharge http://www.xstrange.com/ custom copies of Ampeg AEB-2/AUB-2 Other lefty resources Arnies lefty bass http://www.leftybass.com/e_start.htm This is a work in progress meant to help answer the recurring question, " I am lefty where can I find and instrument?" I would like to make it a communal effort with anyone wanting to provide more details pitching in. For instance I need to fill out the information about Custom builders surcharge for lefties. It would also be great to have detailed information for each manufacturer showing exactly what models are available in left hand. Other suggestion also welcome. This is OUR lefty FAQ. Thanks for helping out. p.s. Mistakes, bad links or misspellings please give me a shout out.