03-22-2013 10:47 AM
I purchased a very vintage Epiphone FT style guitar that is right handed. It has a zero fret so the got me thinking about changing it over to lefty.
The nut will be worked on with the tool that I purcheased from Stew-Mac. The pick guard will remain in place as I am not concerned about scratches at this guitar has many as well as surface cracks.
Here is my concern. It has an adjustible bridge. When converting do I reverse the bridge so the same end meets to low E string, etc. as it was when left handed? I feel the saddle may be designed to it is lower for the low E string and so forth. While the angle of the saddle may be wrong it will not make the guitar unplayable.
Anyone have any advise or suggestions other than sell it and get a left handed Epiphone. There are not many vingage guitars out there for a lefty and if so, they are expensive. I own a lefty Seagull S6+Cedar but want to work on that Epiphone to make it a lefty without going to the bank for money.
Thanks for any assistance.
03-22-2013 11:23 AM
I can't say how the tone will be after you've converted it for left-handed playing, but due to the bracing inside of the guitar it may make no difference at all or it could make a very noticeable difference. It's something you won't know until you try it.
As for the saddle, it's angled for a reason.......and the reason is for proper intonation. I'd think that's going to be your biggest problem in converting it. Having the saddle slot filled in and then re-routed to give it the proper angle for the saddle isn't gonna be a cheap fix. I guess it just depends on how much you want to put into it.
If you don't do it, yes the guitar will still be playable, but you're gonna hear a lot of sour sounding chords, even played down on the lower frets, IMO.
I think your money would be better spent if you just sell the Epiphone and use the money toward the purchase of one of the less expensive Yamaha left-handed models if your only goal is to own another left-handed guitar besides your Seagull S6.
03-22-2013 02:04 PM
I did a lefty conversion on a Martin OM for a forumite's daughter. The bridge slot must be reversed - the normal way is to fill the slot with ebony or rosewood and route a new slot. Making a new nut is simple, as well as a new nut. The pickguard is a matter of taste and technique. As OJ says, the bracing is bass-ackwards, but honestly I doubt that you will notice a big difference (the reason for angling the tone bars is to balance the response from the bass to treble side.
Here was the original thread from the conversion
btw- if you decide to fill and reroute the bridge slot the StewMac router jig makes that a piece of case. Unfortunately the jig does cost about 200 bucks - pretty spendy for a one shot deal.
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