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Kmaz

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When you agree to build a Left Hand guitar for a customer, do you have any special concerns about the process? For example, are you thinking about the guitar's playability since you may not be able to give it a good play test yourself?
 
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When you agree to build a Left Hand guitar for a customer, do you have any special concerns about the process? For example, are you thinking about the guitar's playability since you may not be able to give it a good play test yourself?
just play in front of a mirror.
 

Terry McInturff

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It is a good question! The answer for me is...not a problem at all. I can play a lefty well enough to completely check it out. I am not adept at it of course! At times I call upon a friend who is left handed and is an excellent guitarist.
 

dougk

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One of my best customers is both local and left handed. I get calls from him wondering if there's any new lefties I'm working on for him to come "test for me" ;) He almost always comes down and gives them the proper work out.

I can play it lefty, I just play my scales backwards LOL
 

K-Line

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I have a left handed guy who runs it through. All the lefties that showed up to the customer were great in their eyes so I trust him and his judgement. I can kill a cat left handed....
 

Jim S

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What do you guys do for players like me you have two left hands and are all thumbs?

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baimun

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It's interesting to me that although I'm left handed, I play guitar right handed because my first guitar was a Les Paul copy.

I played left handed for the first few months... and even flip flopped the guitar both ways... but the lack of a cutaway made the eventual shift to right handed natural.

If I had started with a Strat copy, I don't think I would have ever switched to right handed.... especially looking at pictures of Hendrix.
 

otterhound

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So , tell me . What would you do differently for a lefty other than what you would for a righty , just in reverse ? Geometry has no hands .
 
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Someone went to catholic school. :rotflmao

So seems to me, the best person to be is a left handed player living in the same town as prominent builders! :rotflmao:JAM
I don't think it was any reference to religion or otherwise. I do believe it was in reference to killing a cat with your left hand. Which is actually kind of a lame analogy.
 

K-Line

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I don't think it was any reference to religion or otherwise. I do believe it was in reference to killing a cat with your left hand. Which is actually kind of a lame analogy.
I was referring to the sounds that come out of the guitar when I play left handed, not actually killing a cat. Alright, bad use of words, I admit it:bonk.
 

otterhound

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I am a lefty and I was hoping to get an answer . I guess the lack of a reply means that the answer is nothing .
 

dougk

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I don't think it was any reference to religion or otherwise. I do believe it was in reference to killing a cat with your left hand. Which is actually kind of a lame analogy.
Ahhh. Well, being lefty was satanic according to the nuns that taught my dad. Thoughts thats where we were going with this.
 

Kmaz

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I was thinking mainly about the issues in playability. Does it play nicely all over the fretboard? Is there any slippage on the E strings? Are the strings spaced comfortably? A builder may not know if he can't thoroughly test the instrument.

Thank you for the replies!
 

Jim Soloway

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I was thinking mainly about the issues in playability. Does it play nicely all over the fretboard? Is there any slippage on the E strings? Are the strings spaced comfortably? A builder may not know if he can't thoroughly test the instrument.

Thank you for the replies!
We've only done a couple and it drove me crazy not being able to give it a thorough test drive. I haven't had a request for a lefty in a long time, but not be able to play it properly bothered me enough that I really don't know if I'd be willing to accept an order for another one.
 

Kmaz

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Seems to me that more builders are willing to take on a lefty request these days. This is good for us.
 




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