I started this discussion over on the main gear page, but thought I'd put it up to everyone here, too.
I'm looking for an inexpensive (<$150) likely used, starter for my southpaw son, but they seem to be rare as hen's teeth. What do you think about converting a standard right hand guitar to a lefty? I realize the compensated saddle is reversed, but how much of a problem would this be, especially for a beginner?
...............and forgot to mention it's not just LH starter guitars that are as rare as hen's teeth, it's ALL Left handed guitars that are rare as hen's teeth. I recommend him getting a left handed guitar.
If left handers end the frustration by either playing right and/ or playing upside down, it will not convince manufacturers to produce left handed guitars. If left handers, only purchased left handed guitars, it would increase the numbers sold and then it might make more sense for the manufacturers to produce more left handed guitars. Tell your son in a few years, he should not buy a guitar without trying it first and I am sure you will get him rolling his eyes at you..... and a yeah right.
Try ebay, There are a number of left handed starter guitars. It's probably the best bet. MUCH better than playing the right handed guitar. Tell your son. Good luck.
If you need some links, I can send them to you.
your picture shows 4 RH guitars. Do you play left or right? If left, do you have them converted to left? I meant to ask that before.
thanks for clearing that up. That was a nice gift. Unfortunate how you got them, but it was still an excellent gift. It turned into an excellent set of guitars and amps for you.
I have thought of changing nuts and saddles, but by the time you put in the cost of the guitar, the cost of the parts and labour, I am better off getting a better quality LH guitar (if available)
would have done the same thing as you. did you ever try the LH guitar upside down or restrung as a RH guitar?