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I am only asking because I found a FANTASTIC little bass in a pawn shop that is LITERALLY exactly what I want in a bass, it's HEAVY, it has a one-piece maple neck, and a P and J pickup. It's also VERY cheap.

Here's the problem, it's a left handed instrument.

Would I be crazy to considar buying it, flipping it around, restringing it, and essentially playing hendrix style?
#2
I don't see any reason you can't. You will have to move the strap button but other than that it should work. The output jack will also be on the top rather than the bottom.
#3
I think you may need to rotate the pick-ups. I'm not sure though. I can't understand for the life of me how pick ups work. All minor problems. I don't see anything to big a deal here.
#4
All you would need to change would be the nut and strap button. Other than that I dont think there would be any problem with it.
#5
Hendrix did the converse with a righty guitar, why wouldn't you be able to? LIke posted above - just swap the strap pin locations and reverse the strings and nut - you should be okay. You could even go so far as to re-route the jack input to the other side, if you wanted to.
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#7
^agreed

And the P pickup would be flipped around from normal but that won't affect you unless you like to anchor your thumb there, but even then it would be a very minimal change.
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My friend (a left handed guitarist) played bass in a band and just did that, it worked out OK for him (I believe it was an OLP or some big body).

(actually, he might have just played the strings backwards too, I'm not sure; I know he strings his guitars backwards and keeps the pups right handed)

Anyway, the point I'm saying is the body/controls didn't get in his way at all.
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#9
Or you can be extra cool and be like the guy from Kyuss and just play it upside down
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#12
yes. i play that way except i dont flip the strings and i play on a right handed guitar and im a lefty. only problem is high fret access.
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I am only asking because I found a FANTASTIC little bass in a pawn shop that is LITERALLY exactly what I want in a bass, it's HEAVY, it has a one-piece maple neck, and a P and J pickup. It's also VERY cheap.

Here's the problem, it's a left handed instrument.

Would I be crazy to considar buying it, flipping it around, restringing it, and essentially playing hendrix style?
if your crazy, so am I..I play lefty, but use righthanded stuff flipped over and play inverted. For the times I "NEED" to play lefty normal, I have a nice lefty bass, and commonly play both ways.

I have a ton of youtube videos of me playing inverted, as well as a bunch with my playing lefty-normal. To me there is NO difference, just have to remember the E is on top instead of the G.


playing with the G on top is not as "UN-common" as you may think, but certainly not part of the majority of players bass or guitar out there...

the question is :

#1 will you need the highest fret access or not because the cutaways are now reversed?
#2 will the knobs get in the way of your arm over the body?

I can play almost anything flipped ( I say almost because there are some where the knobs are in the way, as well as the cutaways being too short to hit fret 15 and above when you flip them over)
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I am only asking because I found a FANTASTIC little bass in a pawn shop that is LITERALLY exactly what I want in a bass, it's HEAVY, it has a one-piece maple neck, and a P and J pickup. It's also VERY cheap.

Here's the problem, it's a left handed instrument.

Would I be crazy to considar buying it, flipping it around, restringing it, and essentially playing hendrix style?

I don't see a problem with it except playing on the upper register that dadgum horn getting in your way you would have to stretch those fingers out a bit

ot learn to play lefty
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There may also be balance issues, guitars are less heavy than basses.

yep you are correct. that short horn would probably cause some hellatious neck dive