#1
I have an old right handed bass kicking around the house that no one uses and I want to convert to a left handed bass. I'll make a new body for it, pickups and bridge shouldn't be a problem as they are generic really, so my question is with the headstock. I know on guitars, a reverse headstock isn't a big head, does it matter for a bass, tension wise or anything having the low E string going to the highest tuner? I don't mind tuning them in reverse position, just not sure if switching it around would matter. I know I need a new nut and I'll get one from graphtech.

Thanks.
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#2
hmm i dont think it should be a problem as long as the nut and bridge are set up lefty
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#3
All it could possibly do is make the headstock bow a bit, cause the highest tension string is pulling at the top of the headstock. I couldn't think of anything else.
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#4
Well I got the wood to use, so for a free bass i'll give it a shot. lol.
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#5
Tension will be no problem whatsoever- on a medium set of bass strings, the tension is as follows:

G 43.5lbs (.045)
D 48lbs (.065)
A 45lbs (.085)
E 43.5lbs (.110)

The E string NEVER has the highest tension in a string set. In fact, often it's the lowest two.

A flipped 3 lbs of pressure won't do anything, anywhere. The neck doesn't bend more in one direction when the difference is on one side, why should it when it's flipped to another?

Additionally, why bother making a new body? I know someone on this forum uses straight lefty flips and he plays fine.
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Tension will be no problem whatsoever- on a medium set of bass strings, the tension is as follows:

G 43.5lbs (.045)
D 48lbs (.065)
A 45lbs (.085)
E 43.5lbs (.110)

The E string NEVER has the highest tension in a string set. In fact, often it's the lowest two.

A flipped 3 lbs of pressure won't do anything, anywhere. The neck doesn't bend more in one direction when the difference is on one side, why should it when it's flipped to another?

Additionally, why bother making a new body? I know someone on this forum uses straight lefty flips and he plays fine.


Thanks for the info. As for the body, why not? I rather not have the knobs in my way, have the proper fret access, and since I have 2 lefty guitars, a lefty bass just seems right. lol.
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#7
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Thanks for the info. As for the body, why not? I rather not have the knobs in my way, have the proper fret access, and since I have 2 lefty guitars, a lefty bass just seems right. lol.


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#8
Reverse headstock isn't a problem, some manufacturers do it on purpose. What bass is it anyway?
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#9
The NUT. Swap that guy out, and you'd be fine i think from beside what others are saying.
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#10
the guys are right. There will be no difference on the headstock. I have a couple that I did just that, put the lefty neck on my righty, and put the righty neck on my lefty to have 2 reverseheads...

worked for me with zero issues.....

I was going for this look....( in this pic I did not flip the nut yet, but it works 100% )