Here is a project to help out you left handed players out there. A customer wanted to have his old Silvertone converted into a left handed guitar. You can see how the controls and instrument cable would be right in line with the player's picking hand when playing it left handed. Although the guitar is played left handed, it is not strung like a left handed guitar. Pictured below, for example, is the Philadelphia guitarist Kenn Mogel of the band Pyschedelphia (former). He is an absolute beast and plays left handed with the guitar strung like a right-hander. This is unlike Jimmy Hendrix's guitars that were strung lefty. I asked him how fingerstyle works for him and he says "great, I have four thumbs!"
So in order to make this more comfortable to play left handed, we need to move the controls to the other side.
This will involve making two pickguards:
- One "dummy" guard that will be identical to the original (without control mounting holes) to cover the original control cavity.
- Another "lefty" guard for the new control location.
The body will need to be routed for a new control cavity on the other side of the body as well.
So the itinerary:
1. Original pickguard needs to be removed along with the electrical components.
2. A new "dummy" guard made identical to the original minus the control mounting holes.
3. Finally a new "lefty" guard needs to be made along with the new control cavity.
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Let the photo essay commence!
The customer is really happy with his new guitar. I can sympathize with left handed players. It is a right handed world and options are extremely limited for those on the right-handed outcasts. Can you righties imagine playing left handed? It feels so damn awkward, right? I have a 2-year old daughter that I am casually teaching to play guitar. Anytime she grabs the pick with her left hand, I cringe! To each there own, but I hope to keep that pick in her right hand !) !!!