#1
(Where you restring a right handed bass so the low E string would be closest to your face if held by a lefty.)

I was thinking about doing it to a used Squire P or J bass. How much would it effect the tone, and what would the process entail?
#2
changing the order of the strings that is all and moving the strap peg thing to the bottom....er top

EDIT: What i mean string it upside down and remove the thing that holds the srap to the oher end of the guitar but thats the actual hendrix way of doing it verry ghetto
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thats the actual hendrix way of doing it verry ghetto

well.... he was black after all....
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Well you would need to adjust the intonation. If you dont adjust it, the notes won't be tuned right. for example, 12th fret on the E string wouldn't be E
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wow...... umm yeah no coment
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Well you would need to adjust the intonation. If you dont adjust it, the notes won't be tuned right. for example, 12th fret on the E string wouldn't be E


yea you might also need to switch the nut, or file it, so the strings fit properly
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Well you would need to adjust the intonation. If you dont adjust it, the notes won't be tuned right. for example, 12th fret on the E string wouldn't be E


Yea, I know about the intonation. Would I need to modify the bridge at all aside from adjusting intonation? I'm pretty sure I got to replace the nut, right?

Anyway, the tone question was based more on the pickups then anything else. How would the tone change with different pole pieces picking up different strings? (G string pole piece picking up the E string, for example). When Hendrix did his little ghetto flip, he neglected to replace the pickups at all, resulting in a different tone (bass strings became punchy, treble were more mellow), does the same idea apply to "Hendrix flipping" a bass?
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#9
Funny, I was thinking about trying the same thing. I'll be sure to check back on this thread, since I've got a lot of the same questions as you. I'd imagine, however, that the pickup situation would be similar.
#11
dont do it on a p or jazz bass

dean has a bass for like $200 and its a lot better looking when flipped

and here comes the link

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Dean-Demonator-Metalman-4String-Bass?sku=519350

EDIT: but then again, that does kinda take away from the hendrix "flipped" look
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Yea, I know about the intonation. Would I need to modify the bridge at all aside from adjusting intonation? I'm pretty sure I got to replace the nut, right?

Anyway, the tone question was based more on the pickups then anything else. How would the tone change with different pole pieces picking up different strings? (G string pole piece picking up the E string, for example). When Hendrix did his little ghetto flip, he neglected to replace the pickups at all, resulting in a different tone (bass strings became punchy, treble were more mellow), does the same idea apply to "Hendrix flipping" a bass?


it'll sound like a bass with a reverse p bass pickup would, as in punchier bass and more mellow treble.
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it'll sound like a bass with a reverse p bass pickup would, as in punchier bass and more mellow treble.


I figured as much on a P bass with the split coil, but would it make a difference on a flipped J bass?
#16
nope wouldn't make any difference at all
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#18
Intonation and nut...that's really it.
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Why exactly?


Think about, you'd hit the other strings more often when you slapped and you would have to move your hand up a few inch if you wanted to pop. So you'd be slower and less accurate in my humble opinion.
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Think about, you'd hit the other strings more often when you slapped and you would have to move your hand up a few inch if you wanted to pop. So you'd be slower and less accurate in my humble opinion.


But if it was restrung, like what should be done, it'd be the same as a left handed person slapping, and there'd be no problem.
#23
According to wikipedia:

"Another remarkable fact about Hendrix is that he was left-handed, yet used right-handed guitars, playing them upside-down but re-strung for playing left-handed, so that the heavier strings were in their standard position at the top of the neck.[18] He preferred this layout because the tremolo arm and volume and tone controls were more easily accessible above the strings, but it also had an important effect on the sound of his guitar: because of the stagger of the pickups' pole pieces, his lowest string had a bright sound while his highest string had a mellow sound—the opposite of the Strat's intended design. This effect was exaggerated by the slant of the Strat's bridge pickup."

Yes, so exactly what I said before, you shouldn't have any problems, and if you have p-pups, you lower strings will be mellower, and you top one should be brighter.
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Think about, you'd hit the other strings more often when you slapped and you would have to move your hand up a few inch if you wanted to pop. So you'd be slower and less accurate in my humble opinion.


...Aside from the fact that its entirely possible (albeit harder) to slap the D and G strings and pop the A and E strings. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8cc-WM_pxTo

Which is a moot point in of its self as this entire thread has been about how, as a lefty player, I would go about converting a right handed bass for lefty use.

To get back on topic, I'd probably end up putting a strap button on the lower cutaway horn thingie as well. Would the balance be off at all? I've had some bad experience with those pesky divebombing T birds and I don't want to repeat that.
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#25
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Think about, you'd hit the other strings more often when you slapped and you would have to move your hand up a few inch if you wanted to pop. So you'd be slower and less accurate in my humble opinion.


wait is he actually left handed or just flipping it to play upside down, because then i could see what you're saying, but if he was left handed wouldn't it be the same thing as slapping with a left handed bass?
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wait is he actually left handed or just flipping it to play upside down, because then i could see what you're saying, but if he was left handed wouldn't it be the same thing as slapping with a left handed bass?


Yeah, this may sound rather noobish, but I was like hendrix flip, oh playing a righty left handed. Not play a righty, left handed with the strings flipped over.
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wait is he actually left handed or just flipping it to play upside down, because then i could see what you're saying, but if he was left handed wouldn't it be the same thing as slapping with a left handed bass?


I play guitar righty, but I'm actually left handed and want to learn to play the bass lefty. Instead of buying a brand new lefty bass I thought I'd just buy a used righty one and convert it.

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Yeah, this may sound rather noobish, but I was like hendrix flip, oh playing a righty left handed. Not play a right left handed with the strings flipped over.


Yea, Hendrix flipped the strings as well when he flipped his guitar.
#28
my guitar teacher (guitar not bass) at school said he once tried that but a left flipping to a right
he said the slanted pick up now slanting the other way really made a difference in the tone he said it was awesome..........i dont kno if that helps or not

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