#DidYouKnow we launched Southpaw Central five years ago yesterday? Where has the time gone?
We thought we’d take this opportunity to share with you a little of the background to why we launched the collection. With 50% of the senior team and 2/3rds of the sales assistants being left-handed we were acutely aware of the problems left-handers have finding instruments. One of our left-handed assistant gave up playing left-handed and ‘conformed’ to a right-handed world because of the scarcity and cost of left-handed instruments.
We therefore decided from the beginning to charge NO extra for left-handed instruments and then took the decision to become THE stop for quality hand-crafted European-made instruments.
We’ve subsequently built up a collection dedicated to left-handers ranging from the eminently affordable Lugnas acoustic and classical guitars, to Dupont’s MD100 Gaucher and we had, for a short while, Catherwood’s only left-handed guitar – the Ciotógach – as well as Alan Miller’s fan-fretted baritone and grand concert guitars.
In addition we’ve had Maurice Dupont make a number of left-handed guitars to order and there’s almost always a Stimer gaucher in The Old Dairy. We even had a Stimer made for a left-handed player who played a right-handed instrument upside down. This is the advantage of working with individual luthiers who lovingly hand-craft their instruments – everything is a one-of-a-kind and therefore nothing is too much trouble.
Remember, left-handers are the only people in their right minds and the really smart ones come to Southpaw Central!