Classical Guitars PLUS

flamenco, cutaway and electro-nylon string,
small-size and left-handed classical guitars
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Free delivery UK Mainland all Orders over £10


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What Makes a Guitar Left-Handed?

We were asked whether any of the travel guitars we sell could be supplied in left handed versions. The unfortunate answer is "no". The bigger question is what has to be changed from the "standard" right-handed guitar to make it suitable for left-handed use?

Obviously the strings are the "other" way around and to maintain symmetry of action when tuning the machine heads are reversed.. Then one or more of the following -

  • the saddle is reversed/replaced
  • there is a different bridge
  • the saddle is reversed/replaced
  • there is a different soundboard bracing

Just how many of these changes are required depends on the design of the guitar. A guitar is rarely symmetrical from treble to bass.

The strings are of different diameters and this needs to be accommodated in the depth of the grooves in the nut and in the slope of the saddle

Intonation issues are addressed by angling the saddle in the bridge and/or by having a compensated saddle. Occasionally a luthier will fit a compensated nut. To angle the saddle means having a slot cut in the bridge at an angle and it is this that can mean alternative bridges for left- and right-handed versions.

Finally there is the issue of asymmetric bracing under the soundboard where different weights of wood or different patterns are used for bass and treble. In such cases and left-handed guitar has a different soundboard to a right-handed one.

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"Marks out of ten for customer service? Somewhere, I suppose around forty seven! Thanks and all the best" John McLorinan 24/7/2012

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"Many thanks for your real old fashioned excellent service! Best," Rupert Latimer, 19/12/2012

"Dear Nicholas ... I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for a brilliant and efficient service, delivered with knowledge, kindness and a personal touch ... Kind regards, Mike Farrant", 10/7/2012

"I want to thank you for the wonderful service. Correspondence has always been very swift and pleasant, and in a good sense not at all "business-like". Also extra thanks for the special attention to us lefty players" Patrik Nummi 16/12/2011

"Hi Nicholas thanks for everything, one does not usually get such caring business relations" Best, Massimo 15/12/2011

"I found your service exemplary" ER 5/12/2012

"Your expertise and advice is invaluable in helping customers make the right purchase. Thank you!" Kyle Davies, 4/7/2011

"Your customer service is super" Roberto Cassani, 10/11/2010

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Delivery Charges and Orders Outside the Mainland UK

Delivery throughout the mainland UK on orders over £10 is free. If you are not in the mainland UK, please phone (+44 (0)1363 881174) or email for delivery charges to your location - please tell us what you want to buy as well as your full postal address. Alternatively just place your order using our secure checkout and we will email you with delivery costs - and we will not take payment until you reply confirming your order. Orders delivered outside Europe and to the Channel Islands are free of VAT.

15 December 2018