Left Hand Basses

If you need a left hand bass, we can help you out. There are several ways to approach it:

1) the easiest way-if you are completely new to the bass and don’t already play lefty electric or guitar, consider learning right handed. Don’t get us wrong: we’re not prejudiced against lefties but with a good teacher and perseverance you will get just as comfortable playing right handed. The benefit is obvious: finding a bass won’t be such a hassle, ever, and you will have infinitely more instruments to choose from throughout your career.  You won’t have to drag your instrument everywhere if you are in a situation where it would be nice to use the instruments on hand (school, jam sessions, tours, etc.) Also, if you plan to pursue orchestral playing, sitting “the other way” in a section will be awkward. If you already play left handed and are too far along to switch or you don’t think learning right-hand will work for you there are two options:

2) the less complicated way-we just reverse the nut, bridge and strings. The bass bar and soundpost stay right handed. The benefit is that it’s easy and non invasive to do and it’s easy to switch back to right hand if you wish to sell the bass at some point down the road. And, it doesn’t cost you any extra to have me set it up a new bass left-handed. On most basses, especially laminates, doing it this way doesn’t have an adverse effect on the sound or structure of the instrument. I’ve done this for a number of clients with excellent results.

3) the complicated way entails reversing the bass bar and soundpost. We can have any of the models we sell made officially left handed at the workshops but you must prepay in full, wait some months, pay a little more and it cannot be returned unless a major defect shows up in the instrument (this is at our discretion). Unfortunately we have to do it this way so we don’t end up with a left hand bass that may take forever to sell. We actually have a fair number of left hand clients and we’d be happy to discuss this with you.