Dad’s SG

Discussion in 'Gibson SG' started by Matt Karr, Nov 30, 2019.

  1. Matt Karr

    Matt Karr New Member

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    So I have come to a moral dilemma in my life, my dad passed away in 2015 and he taught me everything I know about about guitars and playing, he left to me a Gibson Faded SG and a beautiful Gibson DC Les Paul, but there’s only one problem. I’m left handed, I’m not sure what to do with the guitars, I feel like he wouldn’t want them to just sit around and not be played, would it be wrong for me to trade them in for left handed versions of the same guitars? Not sure if this has ever happened to anyone
     
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    AngelDeVille Well-Known Member

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    Flip the bridge and get a left handed nut for each.

    Those are probably the best 2 guitars on the planet for a left hand conversion.

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  3. Matt Karr

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    Wouldn’t the angle of the bridge pose a problem with intonation?
     
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    AngelDeVille Well-Known Member

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    maybe, maybe not, the saddles can be flipped too
     
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  5. Matt Karr

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    Gotcha, I appreciate the help
     
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    njpaulc Active Member

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    I would flip them also, I would think any intonation problems could be solved with an after market bridge or nut.
     
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    Not for Jimmy!!!
     
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    arcticsg Well-Known Member

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    That was good info! Bridge would be no problem at all. Just cut a new nut for lefty, restring and you're good to go.

    Or you could just do the ultimate "sacrifice" and learn to play right handed... :naughty: :D :smile:
     
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    Strats have an either-hand bridge. Gibsons don't. I very much doubt a Gibson can be swapped without some quite difficult re-positioning of the bridge posts.
     
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    As a guitar tech and repair drone I concur.
     
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  12. Colnago

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    It certainly won’t be perfect, but do you think flying v’s and sg’s that have been reversed over the years all got bridge repositioning done?
     
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    They would have to - unless you only ever play cowboy chords and don't care about intonation.
    The bridge is angled because it is impossible to intonate a straight bridge. If it is angled the wrong way you haven't a hope in hell.
     
  14. Colnago

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    Just googling Jimi's Flying V and his SG and his bridges were left as is it appears.
     
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    He also left them strung right-handed.
     
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    SG standard Well-Known Member

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    So why is there so much talk about his Strat sound being so unique because the bridge pickup and headstock is reversed - so much so that Fender's 'Hendrix' Strat has these reversed on it's R/H models?

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    Surely there'd be no point in doing this if Jimi's Strat was strung right handed? I've heard so much criticism of these models, but so far no one has pointed out that they're pointless.
     
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    Strats have ambidextrous bridges. You can intonate them either way. As for the sound - marketing hype.
     
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    There seems to be a lot of conflicting info on this out there. It seems his dad wanted him to play righty so he had a guitar string that way but also had them strung lefty even though they were right handed guitars.
    I did read that intonation was out for most of his guitars even though saddles were flipped on his Gibson bridges.
     
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    Everything was out on Jimi's guitars. I never once heard him play in tune. Didn't seem to matter though.
     
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    This video of Hendrix playing the Star Spangled Banner shows that his strings are not still in right hand configuration. It's restrung in traditional way, the low E is at the top, high E at the bottom. If the fingering alone doesn't convince, look at 1:31 where there is a close up of his hands and you can see it crystal clear.

     
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