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As with most things left-handed,
the answers are never as straightforward as one would wish. If you
are thinking of buying a left-handed guitar, you will find that
the choice is very limited indeed.
Whether it is acoustic or electric
you are looking for, you may find there are no left-handers at all
among the glittering display or, with luck, perhaps two or three
may be tucked away behind the right-handers. As with expensive
equipment for many other hobbies or activities the economics of
guitar production and sales makes it impossible for most stores to
supply the range of choice that right-handers enjoy.
Unfortunately, reversing the
strings on a right-handed guitar is not sufficient, since the
entire instrument must have all its parts reversed to produce an
acceptable tone. We have only two options: to purchase from the
few left-handed versions available, even if they are not entirely
suitable or to order a left-handed version of a right-handed model
you have seen.
The second option may seem a
reasonable compromise, but actually carries a number of pitfalls.
Firstly, assessing the merits of a right-handed guitar by playing
it left-handed is far from ideal as you can get only a rough idea
of its tone and action. As any guitarist knows, even two guitars
of the same model can vary slightly. Secondly, and most seriously,
most manufacturers insist that once a guitar is ordered by a
customer to be specially made, the customer is then obliged to buy
it, even if it turns out to be less than ideal. Bearing in mind
the guitar in question may cost in the region of £3,000 if it is a
top of the range model, this is a high-risk option.
So, not only can the left-hander
not, in most cases, walk out of the shop with the guitar of their
choice, they may also be obliged to wait anything up to a year
before obtaining their purchase
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