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Posted By: PoppaGator
11-May-05 - 02:44 PM
Thread Name: Tips for teaching a lefty guitar?
Subject: RE: Tips for teaching a lefty guitar?
RE: *daylia*'s post yesterday at 10 May 05 - 12:23 PM:

Just because some journalist wrote the words "upside down and backwards" in regard to Jimi Hendrix does not make it true. It just shows how this myth continues to be perpetuated ~ I bought into it for years until I got a close-up look with my own eyes. Jimi played standard (i.e., "right-handed") Stratocasters, so from a distance his guitar always looked upside-down, but he strung it as a "left-handed" guitar so that he could play more-or-less normally ("right-side-up"), his hands making an exact mirror-image of how a righty would play.

(I assume that he got the necessary adjustments made to the saddles of his instruments. Anyone who could afford to set his guitar on fire could certainly pay for some basic luthiery!)

I wasn't able to access the Paul McCartney link, but as I recall he usually played a Vox bass guitar with a completely symmerical "violin" body, which wouldn't look upside-down regardless of how he held it or strung it ~ in marked contract to the asymmetrically slanted body and headstock of Jimi's Fenders. I'm pretty sure that Paul strings his guitars and basses left-handed.

The picture of Kurt Cobain, of course, shows a made-for-lefties acoustic guitar with a cutaway.