#1
I’m trying to learn guitar and I’m left-handed. How can I tell if my acoustic guitar is left-handed or right-handed?
#2
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#4


The thickest string is ment to be closest to the ceiling, the thinnest closest to the floor
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#5
Well then, you sure that you want to learn Guitar?

Just hold it then look at it if everything is upside down its wrong for you!
#6
to be fair, If you're learning then it doesn't matter. Left handed people don't need a lefty guitar.. just make sure the thinnest string is closest to the floor and learn which ever way it turns out to be.
#7
oh ****ing dear! . . .
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If it has a good body, a nice long neck and 6 strings i'd hit it like Ron Jeremy on viagra.
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to be fair, If you're learning then it doesn't matter. Left handed people don't need a lefty guitar.. just make sure the thinnest string is closest to the floor and learn which ever way it turns out to be.


Well done on not being patronising or an ass to a brand new player.
#9
right handed
http://www.penmachine.com/musicpages/musicimages/godin_lg-squier_strat.jpg

left handed
http://www.faultlinemusicstore.com/store/images/T/031-0620-532.jpg

If it looks the same upside-down as the right way up then you can play it left or right handed:
http://www.fingersandfrets.org.uk/img/instr/guitar.jpg

So long as you have the thin, high pitched string near the floor it doesn't really matter

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#10
my husband is a lefty who has played right handed for over 2 decades with no problem. the reason he learned that way is that his father got him a right handed acoustic to get started, but he's continued to play righty guitars partly because there's a much wider choice of guitars.

as far as playing left handed, that depends not only on you but on your guitar. when you hold your guitar so that the neck is on the left and the body is on the right, a right handed guitar will have the heaviest strings at the top toward the ceiling, and a left handed guitar when held the same way will have the heaviest strings at the bottom. if you have a left handed guitar, you will want to play with the neck is on the right side.
#11
+1 to patticake

the other guitarist in my band is lefty. he played bass righty and plays guitar righty... do what's comfortable... you don't need to keep the high e (thinnest string) towards the floor... correct me if i'm wrong... but i believe hendrix played an upside down guitar.

do what feels comfortable and what helps you learn...
#12
im lefty and i play righty...but ino it does feel a bit nice to be lefty...a bit of a change, although less practical.
the pickguard (if the is) should be underneath the hole on an acoustic
#13
Hendrix played a right handed guitar like a lefty but he had the string order reversed and so it was still high e closest to the floor.
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Well done on not being patronising or an ass to a brand new player.


If anyone else is either patronizing or an ass in this thread, I will not hesitate to give out some more warnings.
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Quote by doive

If it looks the same upside-down as the right way up then you can play it left or right handed:
http://www.fingersandfrets.org.uk/img/instr/guitar.jpg

So long as you have the thin, high pitched string near the floor it doesn't really matter




Although, to switch an acoustic guitar from right to left handed would require changing the nut and also the saddle (if it was carved for intonation).
#16
A simple question like this is no laughing matter. TS sounds like a new player, and your laughing at him is discouraging (most likely).

A right handed guitar you would hold the neck with your left hand and pick with your right; The Lowest string (thickest one) should be closest to your face, while the highest string (thinnest one) should be the farthest from your face.

A left handed guitar you would hold the neck with your right hand and pick with your left; The lowest string again, should be closest to your face, and the opposite with the highest string.

Whether or not you should play lefty or righty is up to you; I know bassists who played right handed basses and drummers who played right handed sets although they were lefty, and no doubt I've had lefty's play my guitar(s). If you feel comfortable playing right handed, then you should definitely play right handed; Factory made lefty guitars are harder to find (although virtually any lefty guitar can be flipped upside down and be "made" into a lefty one with some nut adjustments and intonation changes). If you're more comfortable playing lefty, then go lefty; I'd say try both out; generally your local shop has at least a few lefty guitars. give them a shot to see if they're more comfortable.
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#17
hey man, dont worry about the idiots - everyone has to start somewhere, and being a lefty doesnt make it any easier.

but as many have already said, the high e string (thinnest string) should be towards the floor, and the low e (thickest) towards the ceiling.

you can do the jimi hendrix thing, but restringing the right handed guitar so that the thinnest string is still towards the bottom can cause a lot of tuning and intonation problems, so I wouldn't recommend it. if you flipped the guitar and didn't restring it, all your chord shapes would be upside down, and trust me, that would be a real bitch to play.

if you do go the hendrix route though, and play a right handed guitar upside down and restrung, you will have an advantage over others: you're more dextrous hand will be on the fingerboard.
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Each to his own I spose...But I would imagine that man wouldn't be able to try out guitars at guitar stores as easily as someone who strings it up the more "normal" way.
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#20
It doesn't really matter in the context of this thread...

but I'd like to comment that guitar is the only instrument that has a "left-handed" version.

Pretty sure that violins, violas, double basses, flutes, trumpets, etc are all made in one version. None of the motions are adapted better for one hand or the other...

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It doesn't really matter in the context of this thread...

but I'd like to comment that guitar is the only instrument that has a "left-handed" version.

Pretty sure that violins, violas, double basses, flutes, trumpets, etc are all made in one version. None of the motions are adapted better for one hand or the other...


I have seen left handed versions of violins and flutes. Left handed double basses exist, and their construction is actually different from right handed ones, both inside and the fingerboard profile. The treble side has a sound post, running from the back to the front of the bass in line with the bridge foot, whilst on the bass side, there is an extra piece of wood attached to the inside of the body running down pretty much the length of the body parallel to the E string. Restringing a double bass "left handed" does not sound good.
#22
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It doesn't really matter in the context of this thread...

but I'd like to comment that guitar is the only instrument that has a "left-handed" version.

Pretty sure that violins, violas, double basses, flutes, trumpets, etc are all made in one version. None of the motions are adapted better for one hand or the other...



Partially right.

Well, mostly right.

There are left handed versions of some, and ways to make them left or right handed (violin, for example, can have a different chin rest put on, and the bridge flipped, for it to be left handed)

However, they are not accepted and are very rarely used (and never without major criticism)


For the record, though, my one guitar instructor is left handed and he plays right handed guitars.
Not restrung, and he does not play with the same hand a right person does.

He literally flips his guitar upside down (so the high E is closest to him)

It's very bizarre but it works for him.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R5J7CoNWV9I&feature=related

in fact t his is him.
He is the one on the left. (the one holding his guitar as if it were a left handed guitar)
Trust me, it's not.
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#24
Well, Guitar isn't the only left/right instrument. There are left handed violins but they are pretty rare. It's dificult to play in orchestra if your bow is going the wrong way :-p. It's not that they're ridiculed, like said above, (I've never seen it anyway) it's just discuraged because unless the whole orch is left handed it really doesn't work to well. Left handed fiddles are much, much more common. I see them alot.
#25
I lost my arms in a shaving accident and have to use my left foot to make the notes and my right leg to hold the guitar and Mr. happy to do the strumming. I hate those callouses though.
#26
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Well, Guitar isn't the only left/right instrument. There are left handed violins but they are pretty rare. It's dificult to play in orchestra if your bow is going the wrong way :-p. It's not that they're ridiculed, like said above, (I've never seen it anyway) it's just discuraged because unless the whole orch is left handed it really doesn't work to well. Left handed fiddles are much, much more common. I see them alot.



There are professional left handed violin/viola players
but if you go see a Symphony orchestra, even the left handed players play right handed.

It's just...improper.

Kind of like how classical guitar plays sit with the left leg up, guitar angled more and resting on the left leg
It's just "considered professional", although, let's face it, not everyone does.
but in that "world", so to speak, it is.
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