Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Help! Rookie guitar buying dilemma - Lefties and Righties
I have a rookie dilemma that I'm hoping the more experienced guitar players here can help me with.
I'm a lefty and a beginner. I have the chance to buy one of two guitars from the same seller - one is the make I've been trying to buy for months but have had ridiculous difficulty getting a left-handed version imported. This one is right-handed.
The other guitar is already left-handed but a different brand.
Both are lovely guitars in similar condition at similar prices. Both are from Godin guitars.
The seller has been decent and honest and helpful. I asked about swapping the strings round on the righty and they said that would work but I'd still need to get the saddle reversed.
So now I'm wondering if that's a worthwhile thing to do. Will the quality be affected by doing that, is it too expensive a job to lavish on a guitar for a beginner?
As a beginner would I be able to tell the difference? What difference would it make to the sound if I reverse the strings but not the saddle?
Do guitars forced to be other-handed end up with issues and emotional baggage like left-handed kids who used to get smacked with a ruler by severe Victorian teachers until they buckled and conformed?
Why can't I just have what I want? Answers on a postcard.