sal wrote: ↑
Wed May 09, 2018 10:36 am
I have seen some guitars that are right handed guitars that are restrung left handed. I have been reluctant to consider purchasing because I do not know if the restringing can cause damage to the guitar. I suspect it could, but what do I know. ANyone know what kind of damage could be done when switching the string order? Thanks for any insight
I’m left handed and have done this but also have had classical guitars “converted” at saddle and nut and, yet again, bought factory made left handed guitars, a luthier made left handed guitar and commissioned a luthier built left handed guitar.
I am pretty sure that simply restringing a guitar will not cause any damage; I have one that’s over 40 years old showing no signs of it.
Simply restringing can affect the intonation a bit but whether this bothers you depends on the extent and one’s ear for intonation. If it is an issue then you can have nut and saddle changed and even compensated (maybe even the bridge altered) so that the guitar is better intonated. Best done by a luthier (unless you know what you are doing) and obviously that will cost.
Some, “better” cgs have necks/fretboards that are slightly asymmetrical and on these guitars, simply restringing might affect action and playability. It’s not been a problem on two of my guitars but is something to be aware of. Again a luthier can change things but this is getting quite expensive and is probably not worth it unless it is a very good quality guitar.
Lastly, some will say that some, “better” cgs have asymmetric tops (thinning and/or bracing) and that restringing these may cause the guitar to have a different tonal balance. Other luthiers suggest this is simply not the case.
To sum up. I suggest it won’t cause any damage. Try it and see if you are happy with the sound, action, playability and intonation. You very well might be, in which case the matter’s sorted! (If not there are remedies, mostly at low to medium cost.)