LH bass price discrepancies? Why?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Fassa Albrecht, Aug 2, 2009.

  1. This may be a stupid or obvious question, but here goes.

    I'm on the lookout for a LH bass, and I've noticed that the price range jumps from low-priced (around $400) to fairly expensive ones ($900+). It seems odd to me that there is no middle ground when it comes to prices for LH instruments.

    I think the only middle-range one I've seen was an $800 Fender Jazz.
  2. collicsws6z28


    Jan 29, 2007
    Get used to it....if your interested in Fender-2 colors to select from, which arent bad but nothing really "stunning". I bit the bullet and went for a Japanese Fender Jazz 75 reissue. I would love to have a talk with the people at Fender USA on this issue.
  3. Blind Rat

    Blind Rat

    Apr 23, 2009
    Have a look at the Ibanez range I have three of them anSR 300,SR500 and an PGB1.
  4. I know...:bawl:

    I COULD put together a Fender bass from parts but this would probably cost more.

  5. mndean


    Mar 20, 2009
    Lefties often have a disadvantage like that, and the only field I've seen relative equality in lefty/righty availability and price is in sporting goods like baseball and golf equipment. Music instruments like guitars, not so much.
  6. HogieWan


    Feb 4, 2008
    Lafayette, LA
    It took me a good minute to figure out what LH stood for
  7. bhunt1

    bhunt1 Vintage Lefty Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2009
    Southern DE
    Older than dirt ;)
    Some manufacturers seem to be more lefty friendly, with more models,features and colors to choose from. Examples I've seen are Warwick, Schecter, and G & L. There are fewer lefty players out there in the market, so it's just capitalism at work that makes them less available and more expensive.
  8. JTE

    JTE Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2008
    Central Illinois, USA
    Have you investigated a place called "Southpaw Guitars"? They advertise a lot in "Vintage Guitar" Magazine, and they have (or at least used to) a wicked sense of humor. They'll sell right-handed guitars, but there's a 15% sur-charge!!

    I'm a righty, and when I managed a guitar store, we tried to keep left-handed stuff on the wall all the time. In those days it was a bit harder in some respects, but easier in others. In those days Fender only had a few models. There was only one Precision bass, and you could select color, maple/rosewood, fretted/fretless, and LH or RH. But the LH ones were available in all the same colors as the RH ones. The thing is that lead time was stupidly long on ANYTHING that wasn't a popular choice. A Natural fiinish fretted RH P bass could ship in as short as six weeks depending on where the production cycle was. A CAR lefty fretless could take over a year to get shipped.

  9. Major thing in sports is that you may get someone who is ordinarily a righty playing their sport lefty for a number of reasons.

    A lot of sports equipment is ambidextrous too....


    But that then asks the question of why lower-priced brands such as Squier have a LOT of LH models but if I wanted a higher-end bass, I'd be looking at something more expensive than what a righty would pay.

    Haha will take a look!

    Sad it isn't like that now...
  10. RickenBoogie


    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    I think it may be a hold over from the earlier belief's that left-hand people, in general, are possesed by demons, or knowingly practice "evil" satanic religous rites. This could include anything from simple herbal remedies, to full on human sacrifice, and of coure, EVERYTHING in between. Although modern science has virtually disproved this as fact, many people, apparantly in the MI biz, still hold to these values.
  11. jk_bass


    Jun 28, 2006
    Suppy and demand....I'm lefty but play righty.
  12. vicvon


    Dec 13, 2008
    You hit the nail on the head. It cost them more to make a LH guitar
    simply because they won't make or sell as many. Basic economics.
  13. Rodent

    Rodent A Killer Pickup Line™ Commercial User

    Dec 20, 2004
    Upper Left Corner (Seattle)
    Player-Builder-Founder: Honey Badger Pickups & Regenerate Guitar Works
    Many here on TB would argue that an $800 bass is rather economically low priced consider that it is not uncommon to see street prices of excellent quality instrument prices in excess of $2500. A $1000 - $1500 instrument would then be considered more middle ground

    There are many reasons why a manufacturer and/or model could be more expensive in a LH model, and you'll soon see this as you browse the offerings from the different manufacturers/builders.

    IME there is very little in the parts department where a LH part is more expensive than its RH cousin, mostly because most parts are universal. Exceptions to the universal usage of a part would be something hand specific like a '51P control plate, a LH acoustic bass bridge, a lefty Hipshot de-tuner, etc ...

    Compared to 10+ years ago, the LH market today is flooded with an unending number of choices for quality instruments and options

    all the best,

  14. Fealach

    Fealach Guest

    Apr 23, 2003
    Gone to a better place
    Carvin doesn't charge extra for left handed models. LB20 is currently $739 for a US made neck through bass. This probably won't help unless you live in a Yorkshire pudding that is located in the continental US, Alaska, Hawaii, or Canada; that's all I see for shipping options.
  15. FunkMetalBass


    Aug 5, 2005
    Phoenix, Arizona 85029
    Endorsing Artist: J.C. Basses
    TS, if you haven't already trained yourself as a lefty, I might recommend teaching yourself to play righty. Financially, it just makes the most sense.

    As others have already stated - demand is lower, price is higher.
  16. Rodent

    Rodent A Killer Pickup Line™ Commercial User

    Dec 20, 2004
    Upper Left Corner (Seattle)
    Player-Builder-Founder: Honey Badger Pickups & Regenerate Guitar Works
    lower demand = true

    higher price = often, but not always

    all the best,