So I’m a lefty. When I first got my bass, it honestly didn’t even occur to me to get a right-handed bass. I went online, I ordered a left-handed bass. I got it, I started playing it. I’ve since learned that I maybe should have at least considered my options first. What options, you ask? Well, us lefties have to make a lot of alterations to this very right-handed world we live in and here are just some of the solutions lefties have come up with when playing bass:
- Play a left-handed bass. Unfortunately, this means a GREATLY reduced selection in basses. I can’t just walk into a music store and hope to noodle around on some basses to try them out. Many stores don’t even have a single left-handed bass to purchase. I also cannot live out my bass fantasy of attending a concert and hearing the band say “can anyone play bass and wanna come up here?” since most likely, their player and equipment will all be right-handed.
- Suck it up and play a right-handed bass. As stated in point one, this would mean a lot more availability of basses, BUT being left-handed actually means that your left hand typically has more dexterity, which is really useful for plucking strings on a bass and playing wrong-handed means less dexterity.
- Take a right-handed bass and flip it over, learning to play essentially an upside-down bass, left-handed. Yes, people have done this. It kind of hurts my brain to think about though, I don’t think this is an option for me.
- Take a right-handed bass, flip it over, and restring it so it’s left-handed. Yes, people have also done this. Aside from some awkward locations of knobs and jacks, it’s essentially a lefty bass.
So what? Well, like I said, I bought and learned on a lefty bass. But since I’ve learned about so many options. And that a whole new world would open up to me if I learned right-handed, I’ve wondered. Could I do it? However, I really don’t want to buy a new bass just to find out. I have my first bass, which is crappy and just sitting there. So I flipped it over and re-stringed it right-handed. And thank goodness I didn’t waste any money on a right-handed bass as monkeys could probably play better than I did right-handed. But it was a fun failed experiment and now I can stop wondering about playing right-handed.