The 'Uncommon Sound' of Left-Handed Guitarists

Noted Left-Handed Guitarists

  • Kurt Cobain
  • Elizabeth Cotten
  • Jimi Hendrix*
  • Dick Dale
  • Danny Gatton*
  • Albert King
  • Mark Knopfler*
  • Paul McCartney
  • Otis Rush
  • Bobby Womack

*Lefties who played right-handed guitars

It's been said that right-handed people live years longer than left-handed people. So when it comes to the "live-fast, die-young" luminaries of rock 'n' roll, it's not surprising that some of the great guitar players of all time are left-handed.

From Jimi Hendrix to Dick Dale, southpaw strummers are celebrated in John Engel's two-volume book set, Uncommon Sound: The Left-Handed Guitar Players that Changed Music.

Engel talks with Scott Simon about the legacy of left-handed players.

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