Any issues with a lefty neck on a right hand body?

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  1. 07 road house

    07 road house Tele-Holic

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    I'm looking to make an off on a right hand guitar with a lefty neck. With string tree on different strings now will it have tuning or intonation issues? I just don't want to drop money on something that will not work correctly
     
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    The only problem with doing this is that the nut will be upside down. A new nut will fix that.
     
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    Thanks for reply.
     
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    I think it would be the same for us lefties playing a righty upside down, a new nut really is all
     
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    Yeah I see people use left handed necks on righty bodies all the time all you have to do is get a new nut. Also you can buy reverse headstock necks from Warmoth.com
     
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    Some guitars are made with a reverse headstock, Squier showmaster and others. The headstock is reversed but not the logo. The logo is "right handed".
    On the other hand (...) the logo is reversed on left handed guitars.

    Side marker dots are only on one side of the neck, righty or lefty.

    Tuning machines from a righty neck won't fit a lefty neck directly.

    Fender strat and tele bridges are adjustable for intonation for righty and lefty. Gibson bridges are not.

    If the guitar was used by a lefty he probably had to drill a hole in the lower part of the body, for strapholder.
     
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    It's my understanding that the shorter string length on the higher strings made for less tension.
     
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    That is true, but I don't think it is significant. The adjustment made for intonation is very small compared to the scale length.
     
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    This is a John Lodge tribute Telecaster I built a few years ago. The guitar neck is a lefty neck that I installed a new nut on. You can see the Fender logo is upside down on my guitar, as it is on the original:

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    This is so cool!! Nice work.
     
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    @LowCaster I was speaking more to the advantages of a reverse headstock or having the tuners closer to the nut.
     
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    Hey, if you have the chops to back it up....
     
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    the only issue is you deny any leftys a second hand neck to build a lefty for themselves....:lol:
     
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    Sorry I got it wrong.
     
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    You're confusing string length with scale length. The tension needed to bring a string to pitch is only related to the distance between the saddle and the nut.
     
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    A stock lefty neck will have the side markers on the wrong side.

    Tuning machines on the "wrong" side of the neck (assuming they're the correct configuration) are a pain when bring a guitar in and getting the tuning right. You wanna reach to tune and the button is not there - much bigger issue on trem Strats IMO.

    The type of tree used for the E and A will have to be a Beefy kind with big enough slots. A '52 button style IMO does not work.

    Finally, you simply can't do "behind the nut bends" on the B and little E strings - section of string is too short to bend IMO.

    I did one, but that's enough. Every lefty neck I buy is a neck a lefty player who needs a neck can't buy - if there's ever a shortage of T parts it is lefty parts.
     
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