Edited on 20 Aug. 2022 to add:
Forum member @cg_postbunk has very kindly adapted a spreadsheet that I had made up of left handed basses by company, into a Google sheet: BBForum_Lefty_Basses - Google Sheets
This is much easier to navigate and keep up to date than doing so with the posts in this thread with the same information. Please check it out! We will try to keep it updated with current information.
Edited on 22 Oct. 2022 to add:
I have added two new sheets to the original list of left handed basses: “Discontinued Models,” shows models which were originally on my list, but have been discontinued (or at least no longer appear on the company’s website); the other I am calling “Try B4 U Buy - Stores” which is a list of brick and mortar stores where left handed players can try left handed basses.
I also “froze” the left columns on all these sheets, hoping it helps those without wide screens to view details while checking models.
We now return to my original post in this thread:
Since there really only seem to be two differences in the way left handed bass/guitar players relate to playing, vs. right handers, I thought I’d I’d start this and another thread (“Left handed bass learning resources”) with the idea of highlighting some resources and encouraging others to add more.
The first difference is obviously the instrument; left handed players are in the minority, and fewer bass and guitars with left handed orientation are offered than for right handed players. So this thread is dedicated to posting and discussing reviews, videos, and experience of strictly left handed basses.
The second difference is how the left handed player learns the bass fretboard and chords, and is the topic of the other thread (which I’ve posted in the Theory category, since it has to do with learning - unless the powers-that-be feel it would be better in another category).
On to the left hand oriented basses! So far, I have found two sites which, although most of the reviews are for left handed guitars, also review left handed bass models:
Lefty Guitarist, by one Chris in England. He generally reviews guitars by brand, and within the categories of models within each brand, also features left handed basses, if the company offers any.
I’m just a beginner myself, but from what others have said in other posts in this forum, I’d say the best thing to do would go out and try both left and right handed basses in a store (whenever it’s safe to do so). See which way feels more natural to you, if you’re not sure.
I have said in another post somewhere that the argument that leftys should play right-handed guitars (because their dominant left hand would do the fretting) doesn’t make sense; if so, why wouldn’t rightys be better off playing left-handed guitars?
Just my own experience, but playing left handed, I find it easy to follow Josh’s B2B lessons (or any right handed person playing a bass in a video), because it’s a mirror image and I can follow along.
As to the availability of left handed guitars overall, it is a problem, as well as the color choices (basic black, anyone?). Some companies offer more lefty models than others. But since we are just starting, don’t worry about that. You can find some very nice basses offered in left handed orientation, even if the color isn’t your first choice. It’s just another factor to weigh in your decision.
Oh, forgot to mention: if you look under the “Gear” link at the top right, Josh has reviews for beginner basses and amps. I’m not sure if the models he tested all come in left-handed versions, but there usually are at least some for most companies (except maybe not any for Yamaha currently).
And investing in the Beginner to Badass (commonly abbreviated in the forums as B2B) lessons is really worth it.
Thanks. (I am a “sister” BTW)
I guess I’d say, go with your instinct, and get a beginner model, or maybe used if you want a nicer one. Then, if it doesn’t work out, you can trade or sell it and go the other way. Or borrow a bass to try, if you have a friend that has one to spare.
I may try to research if any of the models Josh tested come in lefty versions. So far it looks like the Cort Action PJ does not.
I think I’m too much of a beginner to advise anyone on which specific bass to buy, sorry! Since you mentioned Schecter, I have seen that the Schecter Stiletto comes in a left handed model, and it looks very nice, but that’s just one among those I’ve seen that appealed to me.
As a beginner, I ended up with an Ibanez Micro, left handed model is GSRM20L, in delightful black. It is short scale, actually ¾ size I think, so not for everyone. But it gets good reviews everywhere I’ve seen. Josh has the Ibanez GSR200 in his beginner list, so the left handed version of that is the GSR200L (in flat walnut), but it didn’t do well in Josh’s ratings. If you can afford a SR300E, check out ratings and reviews for it, and try it out in person. All 3 models seem to be black, and there is a left handed model SR300EBL.
It’s not an uncommon assumption, most bass players are men, so don’t stress about it. All you can do is check profiles before posting, to see if you can figure out if a person is male or female.
I will say that on some other forums I’ve visited in the past, being identifiably female has sometimes been a problem, but not here at BazzBuzz. Everyone I’ve seen posting here has been nice and accepting of all.
I was able to get the miKro through Guitar Center during a 15% off sale, which brought the price down to about the same as a right handed model (another problem with left handed guitars/basses is the price). It did take 3 months to arrive, though (ordered in Dec., arrived in Mar.), but I think that was due to the coronavirus situation affecting stock.
I had also ordered a Vox Amplug2 for Bass from my local independent music store, and that took 2 months to arrive - just got it two days ago. Same stocking issue due to virus.
Edited on 22 Oct. 2022:
I deleted this post with the first part of the list of left handed basses (last updated on 23 Jan. 2022), since we now have a spreadsheet of that list which can be updated more easily. Please check the first post in this thread for any new information.
I just thought I’d check it all out, ended up with a long list, so wanted other lefties to benefit. When I see others mention a bass in other threads, I make a note and check to see if that brand makes left handed models.
It’s tough when you’re reading a thread, and people are going on and on about how great a brand or model is, but you know it doesn’t come in a left handed version.
C’est la vie, I guess!
Thank you Krescht. I had seen that, and also several others that do custom work and offer LH models as an option (just got through looking at Surh basses). Sometimes it’s hard to find on the maker’s sites. I am torn about putting custom bass brands in the list, but will probably add them in their own post, after I get through the other “on the shelf” models this weekend.