Let’s face it, if you are a lefty guitarist, you get the short end of the stick when it comes to guitar selection. Not only are Left Handed guitars more difficult to find, they also tend to cost more. Over the years w have done a number of left handed guitar conversions. The results have been great and it allows a left handed player to pickup a good deal on a right handed guitar. Not everything is a candidate for conversion, but must non-cutaway acoustic guitars will work well once converted to a lefty. For a conversion to work properly, it is not simply “restrung”. It will also need a new nut and the bridge saddle slot will need to be filled and recut. This is labour intensive work and though any guitar can be converted, it obviously makes finical since to do this with a guitar that justifies the expense.
As many of you know, guitars do not have symmetrical bracing under the top. They are braced to work best with a particular strings. Any a normal conversion, the bracing would not be changed. Even though this is not ideal, we find that the ends results are quite good and. Pick guards are another area that may need to be addressed. On an older guitar it may not be possible to remove the old pick guard with a visible spot in the finish. In these cases, we can add a secant pick guard on the opposite side, or change the pick guard to a different style.
We want lefty players to have as many options as possible.