Martin Strung upside down.

GAS Face

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Feb 24, 2012
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I am looking for used D-28s. But I am a lefty. Is there any real drawback I am unaware of for taking a right and doing a nut adjustment to string it upside down? Like maybe the saddle placement or something? I play. I have very little knowledge of the setup.
 

Mikeylefty

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May 9, 2020
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Well the saddle would have to slant back the other way, so replacing bridge with a lefty bridge? Someone will know. I don't know if you can pull those up gracefully or not. I would think it would hurt the future value of the guitar but it's probably been done before so someone might have a "devalued" convert for a good price. I play lefty but I bought a righty martin because I'm weird and play with righty stringing.
There are certainly new ones available as leftys.
 

PCollen

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I am looking for used D-28s. But I am a lefty. Is there any real drawback I am unaware of for taking a right and doing a nut adjustment to string it upside down? Like maybe the saddle placement or something? I play. I have very little knowledge of the setup.

There are many lefty D-28's around. I wouldn't screw around with modifying a righty unless you get it at a VERY good (low) price. I don't see much difference in price , on Reverb.com, between left and right handed used D-28's.
 

LawFlow

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Feb 24, 2019
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Someone can correct me, but I believe the bracing would be all wrong as well as the bridge/saddle/nut. I'm a lefty, but learned to play righty.
 

Scott Baxendale

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May 20, 2020
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I am looking for used D-28s. But I am a lefty. Is there any real drawback I am unaware of for taking a right and doing a nut adjustment to string it upside down? Like maybe the saddle placement or something? I play. I have very little knowledge of the setup.

The saddle compensation will be wrong.

It is a common practice to fill the saddle slot and recut the saddle for left handed compensation. We have also added side dots to the neck as well in a lofty conversion as well as a new left handed nut.

If it is a high end acoustic there will be a difference in sound since the top bracing is not symmetrical and is different for the bass side as it is on the treble side. This will have some affect on the tone but it’s probably minimal.

When I build a left handed guitar I also reverse the internal bracing.
 

GAS Face

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Feb 24, 2012
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The saddle compensation will be wrong.

It is a common practice to fill the saddle slot and recut the saddle for left handed compensation. We have also added side dots to the neck as well in a lofty conversion as well as a new left handed nut.

If it is a high end acoustic there will be a difference in sound since the top bracing is not symmetrical and is different for the bass side as it is on the treble side. This will have some affect on the tone but it’s probably minimal.

When I build a left handed guitar I also reverse the internal bracing.

Exactly the feedback I was looking for. Cheers.
 


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