Maybe. If you already play a left-handed guitar and it’s working well for you, go for it. Some of the best players are left handed.
If you’ve never played before, try both. You might be surprised. Playing a guitar (or any stringed instrument) requires the use of both hands. It’s not like eating or writing. And frankly, it’s your left hand doing the harder work, if you’re playing a right-handed guitar. I have, though, heard of a few left-handers who have more difficulty getting a steady rhythm and for them, a left-handed guitar is best.
Here’s a couple of reasons to try a right-handed guitar, if you’re so inclined:
They’re easier to find
You can buy a left-handed instrument anywhere, but you’ll find a lot more right-handed instruments, whether you’re looking for a new or a used one. I just went to Musicians Friend and searched for left-handed acoustic guitars and found 16. They carry 265 right-handers.
They’re sometimes cheaper
Left-handed guitars tend to stay on the shelf in brick and mortar stores for a longer time so some charge more for them. On-line stores are a different animal – the prices are often the same, probably because they can afford a larger inventory. I don’t know about you, but I like to play a guitar before I buy it so I’m more likely to shop at brick and mortar stores.
Do not restring a right-handed guitar! You can damage it because it’s not braced properly for the heavier strings on the other side. Also, the pick guard will be on the wrong side. Although, that didn’t deter Willie Nelson. Maybe he likes having a second (and ragged) sound hole. No, he’s not a left-handed player but this is what can happen if you don’t have a pick guard.
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