Left Handed Brethren, Would You Be So Kind...?

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  1. rrobbone

    rrobbone Well-Known Member

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    As you probably know, I make and sell a few guitar bodies across Reverb.com. I'm gearing up to get some fresh ones made, gathering supplies and ideas for when northern Utah decides to finally quit with the feckin' snow and cold.

    I am considering making a few batches of bodies for left handed folks, since you seem to be ignored/persecuted due to there simply being fewer of you to market to compared to the right handed. They will be of the same type and finishes as what I'm already selling. I'm thinking of one initial batch of about 5-6 bodies, then going from there depending on sales. They will be priced the same as the right handed bodies I make. I've always thought that any extra charge was bullshit, since it's not any different to the production process to make a lefty.

    I'd love your input as far as if there's any suggestions or things you think might help in the designs that I might not consider otherwise.

    Thanks in advance,

    rrobbone
    President, CEO, CFO, and Grand Poobah of Neckbolt Fine Electrical Guitar Bodies, LLC, LTD, MD, BAMF
     
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    Hmm, let me think about that bump....
     
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    As long as they are appropriately priced about 30% higher, you have my approval.
     

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    i really like the rd! id love one lefty, though currently, unemployed
     
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    tobijohn The Great Enabler Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

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    The Lefty tax...
     
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    tobijohn The Great Enabler Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

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    Can I assume that these will continue to be all bolt-neck bodies?
     
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    Fat Jack Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    I like the Firebird . But my buying depends on how my money looks at the time .
     
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    Yeah. What's with that? I understand making fewer color choices as part of a business decision, but why the extra charge?

    Yes, that's a safe assumption. I have no interest in doing any more than that at this time. I was even thinking of leaning hard into the superstrat category this summer.

    I know the feeling.

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    So, no other things to consider as far as making lefty bodies? No other needs or concerns?
     
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    Question for @tobijohn because it was in a post earlier this week, but do the reverse POTs cost 200% more and therefore the lefty tax? I mean that doesn't explain why they (POTs) would cost more.
    But that would be a consideration in materials on-hand vs ordering to install in them for a right brain guitar.

    because I am a PIA, if I had the talent and desire to make a right brain guitar, I would hold a right handed guitar up to a mirror and replicate it EXACTLY. Down to the backwards writting.

    Okay, everyone can return to things that matter now.
     
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    @ID10T I'm a lefty that uses right handed pots. It's what I learned on and feel normal because of that. @rrobbone I could work taht firebird easy flipped lefty I think that's why I like it so much.
     
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    There may be some very real extra costs related to lower volume, slower sales rates, etc.
     
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    I never knew left handed pots existed for a good thirty years after I took up guitar.
     
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    Yeah, but has anyone ever made left handed control knobs where the numbers go backwards?

    Edit: Google reveals that Fender does indeed make backwards knobs!
     
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    Mickey Gandalf the Intonationer

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    Did anyone ever look at the pots while adjusting them? :)
     
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    Most likely this:
    Nuts, bridge saddles, in-line tuners, pickguards, harnesses are the primary component differences...

    Epiphone too.

    I'm not sure why they just don't use righty pots/harnesses to begin with like Gibson does with their left-handed models...
     
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    I do all the time! I generally setup an amp with volume on 7 so I can go up or down with only moderate change in tone. Adjusting while playing is by ear and feel, but I do look enough at other times that I would certainly notice if the numbers were not right!
     
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    Lefty or not (and I am), I am typically drawn to unexplored/underexplored ideas in guitars. Examples:

    A tele with an arm contour would feel a bit nicer to play than my other teles. I've only seen a couple brands try this.

    A tele deluxe (basically les paul wiring) with a carved top would grab me, even if that means dropping the Fender style bridge. I have not seen this tried, but would love to.

    Also, for some reason I would personally lean away from a bolt on body of a style that is traditionally set neck. I don't even know why that matters to me, but I have only ever bought 1 les paul with a bolt-on neck.

    Oh, and in all seriousness, thanks for asking!
     
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    Those are the bodies I get the most questions about, and they usually sell before the traditional Fender style bolt ons. Of all the body styles, the Strat sells the slowest, and the RD and FB styles sell the most consistently. Everything else is somewhere in between, but I'll tell ya: people still love a Tele. I'm going to start implementing creature comforts a little more (arm bevels and tummy cuts, etc) this summer after I practice up a bit with the tools needed. I've already set up for it, I just want to work a couple chunks of scrap before I go for the real deal. If that goes swimmingly, I'll try for a few carved tops as well, but I'm not too convinced that will sell with what I'm doing. That's where I think people really draw the line between fixed neck and bolt on designs.

    Of course. I've always wondered why more companies don't try to appeal more to the market. I very rarely see any company selling lefty kits of any type. I'll do a run and see how it goes.
     
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    They don't cost more for a same brand pot in my experience. Bourns for example, they were less than $2.25 a piece in a low volume (they are about $2 each at 1000pc qty) for the long shaft style needed for an AL/LP, and were about $1.30 a piece for strat style.

    Buying from a guitar parts place you pay more per each for a lesser quality part in a standard audio taper pot from Alpha for example.
     
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