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Discussion in 'Theory and Technique' started by old and tryin, Mar 30, 2019.

  1. Lincoln

    Lincoln Gold Member

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    if you want to take this into the world of sports, lots of right handed people golf left, shoot left in hockey, etc. And it goes the other way as well. What's that all about?
     
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  2. JazzyT

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    Try to find a left-handed jazz archtop.
     
  3. Swervin55

    Swervin55 Gold Member

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    Another lefty here that plays right, golfs right, bats right, RW defence etc. The only things I haven't mastered right handed are scissors and skill saws.
     
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  4. WhiskyJack1977

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    I am a lefty that plays right handed guitars upside down. Think Dick Dale. I have no technique and play like garbage but i play mostly punk rock and some rootsy folk county three chord stuff so i know enough to get by and have fun. I hurt peoples brains apparently and am a total abomination to the art form and i get met with "wHy tHOuGH" or "ARe YouTo lAzY To LeaRn To pLay it PROOPPPPERRLYYYYYY"

    all.
    the.
    time.

    I hate that 'properly' comment. I get it more often than i should. Wrong or not, I'm comfortable this way. I'm not going to change to pacify purists or whoever else.

    @Budda nailed it though. options for lefty guitars are limited in Canada and it is really miserable. If you are ok with out of the box lefty guitars made by the big guys like Fender and Gibson etc, great. You are in luck and really shouldn't have too much trouble finding one or growing your collection. But once you start to branch out and look more into stuff that you think you want, tailor to your needs that is when thing's get sticky. not impossible. Just sticky.

    Eastwood guitars caters really well to the lefty community if you are into anything they have in their catalog. It seems like they have a lefty model for just about everything they do and if they don't a simple phone call to their sales team can make things happen for you.

    I was in Houston a few years ago and i am not kidding i found Mecca. Southpaw Guitars is basically the Ned Flanders leftorium for musicians. It was a big amazing shop with all lefty models of whatever you can dream of. And i sort of felt foolish once in there because even though it was a dream come true for me, guitar body wise, they were all string strung wrong for me. The owner guy was there and he told me not to feel so bad and walked me over to an 8 foot section of left handed guitars strung right handed. He also assured me his staff of techs would take any guitar he had and flip the nut with a warranty on their work. I can't recall for how long but it was legit. I had to choke back tears i was so happy. They have a really amazing website that i linked to and i do believe they ship to Canada if you are into that sort of blindly buy before you try purchasing.

    While talking with the owner re: flipping the nut it came up in conversation that Taylor Guitars also are quite accommodating to lefties in that if you want a nut flipped they will see to it that you get what you want. I can't recall the particulars and fine details of how he explained that process he has with them to me so if that was a tree you were going to bark up i would suggest talking to Taylor first or just call southpaw. they could fill you in better.

    There is also Jerry's lefty Guitars out of Florida that seems to cater to the discerning lefty with a lot money and taste for more boutique custom made kind of stuff. It's there. I don't really visit or go looking there all that often.

    And if none of that really does it for you you can always try and track down a kit guitar and build your own just how want it. Assuming you are handy or whatever and want to give it a shot. I am still picking away at a telecaster kit i got from Solo guitars. I sadly bought it around the same time i got a promotion and got detailed off to build a new product for my employer. So it got set aside many many times i nthe last two years but i am getting more and more free time as the weeks go by. So, there is another option for you too.

    Sucks that it is all in the U.S. and if i had a large sum of money dropped on my lap today i'd quit my job and everything else and open up my own Lefty shop this side of the 49th.
     
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  5. JBFairthorne

    JBFairthorne Gold Member

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    Lefties, out of necessity, tend to usually be ambidextrous to one degree or another. This results in varying degrees of left handedness. Myself, I tend to be mostly left handed but several things I do right handed....but guitar ain’t one of em.

    Sure it’s tough to find what I want but I’ve found several that I love and would never sell. Having less choice seems to make me appreciate what I have more. There are fewer new and shiny guitars to draw my attention away from what I already have.
     
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  6. old and tryin

    old and tryin Gold Member

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    That...is alot of cool info. If I'm ever back in Houston I would definitely try to check out the Southpaw Guitars. I'm also impressed as hell that you learned upside down. All your chords would be reversed correct? Impressive. I did make my own from a kit, but it is my own colors design. But its atleast a not off the shelf....you wont find another like it.




     
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  7. WhiskyJack1977

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    it's not that impressive really but thank you. All chords are reversed yes. If anything it is also limiting. I can't really shred any gnarly malmsteen solos or amaze my family with phrygian scales. Thankfully what i like to play has little if any solo work that requires any talent so no one ever really wants to hear me play haha.

    I see you are in Halifax, I spent 31 of my first years on this planet in The Annapolis Valley. We will be moving back in the next few years but likely settling on the south shore somewhere. if my wife get's things her way we will be somewhere between Bridgewater and Mahone Bay.
     
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  8. Some think all left handed people should be put in prison before they commit their crimes.
     
  9. Jim9guitars

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    I'm right handed but I currently have two left handed students out of 14.
     
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  10. old and tryin

    old and tryin Gold Member

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    There are those that think that...yes.
     
  11. old and tryin

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    I think Impressive as you obviously had to teach yourself...and learn the chords in reverse.

    The south shore I'm familiar with. Do alot of bike rides down that way. I live more on the Eastern shore...just outside of Dartmouth.
     
  12. WhiskyJack1977

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    Still a pretty nice area. I have a couple buddies that live around Lawrencetown beach (i think that might be classified as Eastern Shore? I stand to be corrected) and i usually spend some time down there when i am home. Anyways. if you ever think of it man share some pictures of your guitar i would love to see it. It's a double whammy for me. A DIY one of a kind and lefty creation. Two of my most favorite things.
     
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  13. old and tryin

    old and tryin Gold Member

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    I consider it to be down that way. On the right area anyway.
    As far as my guitar, here you go.... 20190315_091851.jpg 20190315_091857.jpg 20190312_225401.jpg
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  14. WhiskyJack1977

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  15. old and tryin

    old and tryin Gold Member

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    Thanks so much. Was a kit. Wife bought it a few years back. Took me that long to decide on colors. All completely built by me. The body was shaped and neck was done.
    .but all assembly neck included. Also had to do all the wiring. Finish is a rattle can poly, 25 coats then sanded flat and polished.
     

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