For a southpaw (left handed) person there is a big difference between a right and left handed guitar. Some people think you just turn the guitar around, but oh, no…there is more to it than that. The differences in right hand and left hand guitars aren’t solved by a mere flip; these 2 guitars are more like mirror images so everything needs to be reversed and altered.
A right hand acoustic guitar can be used by a left handed person but it means some major adjustments. You have to reverse the pick guard and the string order. You also need a different nut for the strings to fit through. Once the work is completed there is a peculiar look to the guitar, but at least it is playable.
Electric guitars have controls and shifters that have to be adjusted at a moment’s notice. Trying to modify all of the knobs and shifts of a regular right hand electric guitar for a left handed player requires time and money.
Amazingly there are some people who think left handers can just learn to play the guitar using their non dominant hand. This is even more frustrating and unless you are truly ambidextrous it is not worth the effort.
Left hand guitars are harder to locate because fewer are produced. Standard guitar models for right handers are easily found; these are mass produced and sold at a lower cost. There are fewer made for left handed guitarists. This means that the base selling price has to be higher in order for the manufacturer make a profit
There are many musical geniuses who have rocked the world using a left handed playing style. Among these innovative musicians are people like Paul McCartney, Tony Iommi, Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain and Dick Dale. At last major companies like Gibson, Martin and Yamaha are beginning to respond to the demand with more left hand guitars. Left hand guitar guides are also easier to find online at forums, auctions and specialty stores.