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As a lefty, it is never easy to find guitars that suit you, but i certainly found mine! There is not a wide range of guitars out there for left handed players, but most good music shops will stock left handed Fenders, and hopefully the strat. I personally find Fender guitars the best kind of guitars on a whole. Considering price, quality, aesthetics and sound i believe Fenders are the way forward. Their excellent repuatation as a guitar producer, and all round music-based company also adds to the overall rating of this guitar. This particular style of Fender, the Stratocaster is a superb guitar for all ranges of ability, and it was my first guitar of which i owned. I now own a Telecaster, which portrays my dedication to this brand! The stratocaster has 3 pickups, which delivers a great sound when plugged in to an amp. The whammy bar is also a great feature to have which helps you produce some really cool sounds and effects! The guitar is easy to tune, easy to play, and easy to re-string... which makes it perfect for any guitarist. Overall it is a superb guitar, with a superb sound, and superb for left handed players!
I am left handed and I have always wanted a Fender Stratocaster. I am also very keen on the colour blue. I am also a amateur guitarist, tinkering from time to time. I have just reviewed some software that allows you to use your computer as a multitrack recorder (Cakewalk Guitar Tracks 2) and decided to look amongst the guitars for reviews. I found the Stratocaster Lefty field to be vacant, so as Lefty is the name I refer to myself as when playing guitar, I thought I'd fill this gap. The instrument that I got my grubby little mitts on is a Mexican made Left Handed Stratocaster Standard. I happened upon it last March and my excuse for parting with £300 I didn't really have was that the guitar is the most fantastic colour, midnight blue. Sometimes it looks purple and sometimes it looks black, but believe me it is blue! It has a rosewood fingerboard, which I find friendlier than the completely maple necks and it sounds excellent through my Fender Frontman 15 Reverb. I've not played that many really Fenders and only have my Squier Affinity Strat (tobacco sunburst) as a point of reference. The pick ups of the Mexican guitar are good, but not miles better than those on the Squier. The tuning took a while to stabilise as the tremolo was supplied in a mid position and I had to re-adjust it to my preferred 'flat to the body' position. The most noticable difference between the Fender and the Squier is that the Fender's electric are a bit strange. The volume pot works back to front (in relation to the knob's markings). So 10 is silent & 1 is full on. Also there is no noticable difference between 2 & 9. The reason for the back to front wiring and the non-linear performance is apparently to make it easier to use the knob as a vibrato control. I didn't like it at first, preferring the straight forward volume control on the Squier, but I've sort of warmed to the idea now. The guitar as a whole though is fantastic and get a real Fender Strat for £ 300 has got to be done. Especially since they are made in Mexico now and not Japan. The Mexican guitars are partially built in California and shipped back and forth between there and Mexico during manufacture, so you are essentially getting a slightly pared down U.S. guitar! Get one now!