Tuning Peg Question

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  1. Mike Tele

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    Hi, i own a left handed tele shape guitar. However, when tuning it i have to turn the pegs towards me to sharpen and away from me to flatten.

    This is the opposite of what every other guitar seems to do. It tunes up fine though, and plays really well.

    Here are some photos of the headstock to see if you can see something out of place.

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    That's normal for a lefty or even a reverse headstock neck. The gears works both ways.

    What was the question ?
     
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    It might be better to describe turning them "clockwise" or "counter-clockwise"..........
     
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    I always find it easier to say turn towards or away but from my view when i'm playing, i turn counter clockwise to sharpen and clockwise to flatten which is the opposite of every other left handed guitar i've ever seen.

    It's such a strange thing, everything on the surface seems to be correct and it tunes fine and holds its tuning which is great.

    If you imagine yourself as a left handed player, then turning the pegs towards you (Counter-clockwise) should flatten the strings....but it sharpens instead!
     
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    If you imagine yourself as a left handed player, then turning the pegs towards you (Counter-clockwise) should flatten the strings....but it sharpens instead!
     
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    I've got a 62 reissue Jazz Bass with tuners that work the opposite way to what's usual. It was normal for the period and I can't say I've ever really noticed a problem.
     
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    If you have an object in front of you facing away from you and want it to face you, you can turn it clockwise 180 degrees, or anticlockwise 180 degrees to make such object face you. So whichever way you turn it, you are turning it towards you. I think that's what makes using clockwise and anti clockwise a bit less confusing!

    Anyhow, I suspect that judging by the brand and the quality of the finish around the truss rod hole, that the manufacturer just used the cheapest tuners they could buy, which happened to have the reverse gear of what you would usually find on a left handed guitar.

    I have a reissue Jazz and Precision and both have tuners that work the opposite way to normal. It's quite quick to get used to it I found.
     
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    I understand you now. Per your pictures, those tuners don't look like "right-hand" units simply put on a "left-hand" neck.....I suspect they are inexpensive Asian imports that just weren't made correctly. If it bothers you, (and it would bother me) I'd replace them with proper "left-hand" ones. Otherwise, just live with them. ;)
     
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    Get a guitar with three-on-a-side tuners and see how you like that!
     
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    Good to know. Thanks.
     
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    Ah, makes sense. Do you think it will cause any problems down the line when i have to restring it?

    If not, then i have no problem carrying on with it because that aside, it plays nicely.
     
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    It did bother me but i figure as long as it's not hurting the guitar in any way then i've got no problem turning them the wrong way. Appreciate your reply. :)
     
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    I've blown my budget on this cheap guitar for now haha. We'll see where the land lies in a years time.
     
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    Ok now see it, it's revered geared due to the position of the tuners.
    I have a couple basses from the early 70s with that, messes me up too
     
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    It would look kinda funky, but you could wind the strings in the opposite direction.
     
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    My point in the post above is that once you've had a guitar with a 3X3 headstock, you don't even think about which direction to turn the tuners when they're on that side. You'll get used to it in no time.
     
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    I had been playing guitar for about 60 years before I realized that it ain't "righty tighty, lefty lucy". I bought a battery powered string winder. The first time I used it, replacing the strings on my acoustic.... I was wondering why the old strings were popping while I thought I was loosening them.......I always followed my ear and never noticed that making the note higher, strings tighter, was turning counter clockwise
     
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    And how many more years before you realized Lucy had nothing to do with it.

    "Loosey" is the term, I believe. Lucy is the opposite of Ricky.
     
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    You do have the strings going the proper way around the tuner posts, correct?

    Post a pic of the front of the headstock.
     
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