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Stringing the instrument up for Lefty

tom mciver — Mar 31, 2015 12:37PM HST

Are the nut and bridge of ukuleles symmetrical? As a left-handed player could I buy any uke and simply switch the strings, or would I have to purchase a left hand model?

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Joel - Apr 01, 2015 at 06:04PM HST

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You would be fine re-stringing most models left handed. The only time it might be an issue is if the instrument has a cutaway on one side of the body, and sometimes electric models have pre-amps mounted on the side of the instrument and the jack input on the corner of the lower bout rather than directly out the end which means your instrument cable is going to be sticking out from the corner of the bout underneath your strumming arm.

If the instrument does not have a compensated saddle then you are ok leaving it alone. If it does have a compensated saddle, you might need to cut a new saddle or adjust the compensations of that saddle if its possible to do so. It differs depending on the strings being used and that particular saddle.

Other than that you are fine but usually minor adjustments need to be made to the nut slots to ensure that they are cut to fit the right string. Since you are reversing the string order you may need to make those adjustments so the strings are seated to play properly and comfortably.

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