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MagicMan0027    10
MagicMan0027

Hi everybody

 

I need some help. My son (17 years) wants to buy an acoustic guitar. (The normal type)

 

He is right handed but when he holds a guitar it's left handed. He says that he is the most comfortable that way and finds it very awkward to hold it the way a right handed person does.

 

1. What is a good guitar to start with (not too expensive)

2. Can any guitar be strung for a "left handed" person or does one get special ones for left handers ?

 

Some guitar salesman has told him that it will be better and easier if he learns to play right handed. Any opinions ?

 

Thank you for the help.

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meeks    10
meeks
Hi everybody

 

I need some help. My son (17 years) wants to buy an acoustic guitar. (The normal type)

 

He is right handed but when he holds a guitar it's left handed. He says that he is the most comfortable that way and finds it very awkward to hold it the way a right handed person does.

 

1. What is a good guitar to start with (not too expensive)

2. Can any guitar be strung for a "left handed" person or does one get special ones for left handers ?

 

Some guitar salesman has told him that it will be better and easier if he learns to play right handed. Any opinions ?

 

Thank you for the help.

 

Hi magicman,

Long story, have sent you a PM

 

Meeks

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MagicMan0027    10
MagicMan0027
Hi magicman,

Long story, have sent you a PM

 

Meeks

 

Hi Meeks

 

I can't find the Pm you have send in my inbox

 

Thank you

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meeks    10
meeks
Hi Meeks

 

I can't find the Pm you have send in my inbox

 

Thank you

 

 

Just sent the PM a couple minutes ago- should be there?

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MagicMan0027    10
MagicMan0027

Sorry maybe I was too quick.

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BumbleBee    10
BumbleBee

Hi Magic, meeks sent you a PM (Private Message). Look at the top of this page for a link that says "quick links" and click on it, from the list select "private messages", you should find it there.

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Craig    10
Craig
Hi everybody

 

I need some help. My son (17 years) wants to buy an acoustic guitar. (The normal type)

 

He is right handed but when he holds a guitar it's left handed. He says that he is the most comfortable that way and finds it very awkward to hold it the way a right handed person does.

 

1. What is a good guitar to start with (not too expensive)

2. Can any guitar be strung for a "left handed" person or does one get special ones for left handers ?

 

Some guitar salesman has told him that it will be better and easier if he learns to play right handed. Any opinions ?

 

Thank you for the help.

 

Hi MagicMan0027

 

I would personally go with an instrument that feels most comfortable with your son. I think the tricky thing is making sure that he does indeed feel best with a left-handed guitar. I'm the opposite though... Left-handed but the guitar feels right in the right-handed position.

 

I've made a search link for you to see some of the left-handed guitars listed on bidorbuy. We have some really good sellers here in the Music & Instruments category too. ;) I know that the guys at Mercury Music do give pretty sound advice so why not send them a question through the Q&A system on one of the listings?

Left handed Guitars for sale on bidorbuy.

 

@Everyone - Please do post your thoughts here instead of sending PMs so that we all can benefit :-)

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MsPlod    10
MsPlod

My 2c worth...

 

Try to encourage your son to play a right-handed guitar.

 

For a right-handed person - the right hand is one's rhythm and picking hand on a right-handed guitar. Somehow it helps to keep this - the left side of the brain (which controls the right hand) is the rational, logical side of the brain, while the right brain is the more creative side - allowing the left hand to be creative on the frets, while the right hand is more adept at learning the logic of regular rhythm strumming and finger-picking - or flatpicking (using a plectrum). IMO - learning to pick and strum very well is a great deal more difficult to get right than learning the chord shapes and pushing down the strings on the frets.

 

Even though I know many muzos who DO play left-handed, I also know a number of left-handed muzos who choose to play right-handed.

 

The reasons - manifold - and here are a couple of links to the subject...

StringDancer.com: Articles Library Item

Do you play guitar Right or Left - Handed - Guitar for Beginners and Beyond Forum

NewScientist The Last Word

 

Whatever your son eventually decides - he CAN always change his mind later. But it is really worth learning to play right-handed (especially if one IS right-handed) - just persevere - I have been playing for 40 years - and performing for the last 35 - it is just such fun to do. :D

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whiterebbit    10
whiterebbit

I am a leftie and play right-handed.No problem, I can play other guitars without the need to always look for a left strung guitar.

I would look for a second hand Yamaha for about R500.check the frets for excess wear, the top / table for loose struts inside by pressing all over,these are the expensive fixes.

If he has small hands ,put a capo on second fret to make the stretches smaller.If he finds the metal strings too tough on his fingers to start,then slack off all the strings in ratio by a whole tone,i.e. E to a D,etc.Or he could start with a spanish/classical guitar,nylon is easier on the finger ends.HTH.

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