Hendrix, Iommi and Cobain Among Top 10 South Paw Guitarists

04/13/2011
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Gibson takes a look at 10 guitarists who turned their genetic trait into a technical advantage. We have 3 of the 10 listed below:

Jimi Hendrix: Arguably the finest guitarist of all time, Jimi Hendrix dazzled on a number of levels as a performer, a musician and an innovator. Engel explains that Hendrix had a unique approach even to working around his left-handedness: "Jimi Hendrix strung his guitars left-handed; however most people who aren't really closely familiar with his work think that he plays upside down because he uses right-handed guitars for the most part. But he took a right-handed instrument and had them restrung left-handed."

Tony Iommi: Judas Priest's Rob Halford once introduced Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi as "the man who invented the heavy metal riff." With an SG perennially in hand, the English-born guitarist, now 63, overcame not only the hardship of being a left-handed guitarist in a right-handed world, but he also learned to operate a guitar having had the tips of two of his fingers sliced off in an factory accident.

Kurt Cobain: The late Nirvana frontman learned to play guitar during high school, picking out covers of songs like "Louie Louie" and "My Best Friend's Girl." In 1985, he and guitarist/classmate Krist Novoselic formed Nirvana in Aberdeen, Washington, and together with drummer Dave Grohl would go on to sell more than 50 million records worldwide. Cobain played mostly left-handed guitars, though he sometimes used right-handed guitars that were restrung and played upside down. Check out the full list

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