#1
My friend got a right-handed bass for free, but he is left handed. Could he string it upside down without damaging the bass? Any short- or long-term problems with this?

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#2
could do. all the controls would be in the way, and it would need a major setup and the nut reversing
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or he could learn to play upside down. I've seen quite a few bassists who play upside down... I once saw a righty who had a right handed bass, but had it strung upside down. I guess it feels fine if you learn like that.
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I think you'd need a new nut.


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#7
Why not just learn to play on a righthanded bass? If he's lefthanded, then that hand is already much stronger then his right making fretting on the bass easier, one of the biggest problems beginners have to overcome (lack of hand strength initially). But if that doesn't work, I would think it would be best to just sell it or trade it for a left handed model.
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Why not just learn to play on a righthanded bass? If he's lefthanded, then that hand is already much stronger then his right making fretting on the bass easier, one of the biggest problems beginners have to overcome (lack of hand strength initially). But if that doesn't work, I would think it would be best to just sell it or trade it for a left handed model.

I'm a lefty. I learned guitar lefty, but switched when it came time to buy a bass because I realized how hard it would be and how much of a pain it is. You could switch everything around, but it would be better if you just learned to play righty, or find a lefty bass.

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Quote by chuck953688
Why not just learn to play on a righthanded bass? If he's lefthanded, then that hand is already much stronger then his right making fretting on the bass easier, one of the biggest problems beginners have to overcome (lack of hand strength initially). But if that doesn't work, I would think it would be best to just sell it or trade it for a left handed model.

My sentiments exactly, IMO it's the same with any lefty instrument, all guitars are designed to be played right handed, like violins or double basses. besides if he learns right handed he can play basically anyones bass and he'll save money in the future because lefty's are rarer and more expensive then righties 99% of the time
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#12
There's no reason not to, you would need to replace the nut. The bassist in Brant Bjork's band Cortez plays a right handed p-bass upside down. You'd also need to move the strap button.

Last edited by smb at Jul 5, 2006,
#14
Thanks for all the replies!
He already plays a lefty guitar, so I think he's already used to that.

Is it possible for one of us to replace the nut ourselves, or it that something best left to a professional?
#15
Professional. I mean, if you have previous experience modding or building guitars, you should be fine. But I'm sure it doesn't cost that much to have someone at your local music shop to switch the nut around and even get it set up for a lefty player. It costs about $50 US here.


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