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FDP Forum / Guitar Mods, Repairs, and Projects / Playing a lefty Stratocaster right handed.

Stratmanx
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Feb 9th, 2018 03:19 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

So went ahead and converted a lefty body and neck to play right handed.

(Bridge Saddles and nut change)

Two things I found difficult, you want to use an angled pug as a straight one is a PITA and gets in your arms way.

But the big thing I discovered, and found out FAST during a gig is that I subconsciously rely upon the little fret marker dots on the side of the neck.

Of course when you flip a lefy over right handed, the dots are now on the bottom and your reference point is gone.

So what to do ?

Use a toothpick and put little white dots of paint on the side where the dots should go ?

I know the proper way would be to drill a hole and put in little markers, but that could get dicy fast.

What would you do ?




Mick Reid
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Feb 9th, 2018 03:34 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"...drill a hole and put in little markers..."

Sorry, not trying to be a smartbum here, but I think doing it the "proper way" is the only method that's going be permanent.

It wouldn't be that big a job. The most critical part is your measuring & layout. Measure twice, drill once :^)

(In my case of OCD, I measure everything about 6 times)


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Feb 9th, 2018 03:38 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I would send that guitar to me. ;-)

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Feb 9th, 2018 04:14 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

LOL @ Leftee!

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Feb 9th, 2018 04:55 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

If it’s a rosewood board, get some white or silver nail enamel and use a toothpick to place little dots on the “up” side of the fingerboard.

If it’s maple, use black.

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Feb 9th, 2018 04:57 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Mick, your absolutely right about doing that the correct way, but I'm not confident enough in my abilities, and I don't a have a jig that can hold the neck securely and line it up properly.

Here's you a taste Leftee..

Its got the Gilmour combination of Duncan SSL6 in the bridge, Custom Shop 69 in the middle and a Fat 50's in the neck.

Bone nut, Gotoh tuners.

No Load click tone pots.

It s a tad heavier than my main guitar, not much but noticible.

Lefty Black Strat

(This message was last edited by Stratmanx at 07:07 PM, Feb 9th, 2018)

Leftee
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Feb 9th, 2018 05:03 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Oh Esther...

it's the big one!

Stratmanx
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Feb 9th, 2018 05:08 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Re-did the photo.

It was a fun build.

I found the neck and the body on a local Craigslist, totally stripped of hardware for $100.

its a 1996 Mexi, so that accounts for the extra weight.

Always wanted a lefty Strat after seeing Joe Perry slinging one around years ago, and if I could Gilmour it, with the unique tone that the reverse bridge pickup gives and the string tension difference on the E strings does subtly for the tone, it was a perfect launch pad.

(This message was last edited by Stratmanx at 07:14 PM, Feb 9th, 2018)

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Feb 9th, 2018 05:33 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Nice!

I sorta did this in a way with a recent Tele-esque mash-up I did. I used a righty bridge plate.

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Feb 9th, 2018 05:57 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

This stuff is stupid easy to work with.

External link

Stratmanx
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Feb 9th, 2018 06:03 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yes it is, that's the correct material, and Dan make it very understandable to make it easy to understand.

But I still have 21 opportunities to screw up.

Because I'll find a way to make a mistake.

But rather than a power drill, I think if I try it, I'll use a pin vise instead. More control and less apt to overdo it.

But yes, that's the stuff, and the proper way to do the job.



(This message was last edited by Stratmanx at 08:19 PM, Feb 9th, 2018)

Mick Reid
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Feb 9th, 2018 07:37 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

That's pretty cool.
But the controls on top would do my head in!

Did it come with a leopard?

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Feb 9th, 2018 08:37 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Here's another one..

Zappa/Hendrix Burnt Lefty Strat

(This message was last edited by JAFO at 02:36 AM, Feb 10th, 2018)

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Feb 13th, 2018 11:17 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My local shop did side markers on a classical guitar for $40, I think. Well worth it!!! It might be more for a Strat since the classical stopped at "fret 12" because that's where it met the body.

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