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I am annoyed with the selection of left handed guitars. What bothers me about turning a right handed guitar into a left handed guitar is that there is not enough room given for the hand to reach the higher notes on the 'wrong' side of the neck. Since this is not the side where I see knobs and dials for the pick up, I am assuming that it is just wood over there.

So to make room, I have the idea that I can carve more free space from the wood to get my hand further down there? How does this sound?

EDIT: an example is here

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The most important wood is that direct path from the nut to the bridge, so in many cases you can remove extraneous wood. That being said, resonance can be affected, especially if there are hollow areas, so don't overdo it.

With the ones I have made, you could remove all the wood beyond a centimetre or so either side of the strings...if it wasn't for the electronics.

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so how much do you think I can carve before hitting the electronics? – Vass Apr 3 '11 at 20:46
@Vass - from your linked picture, probably quite a lot:-) However your best bet is to carefully examine where the wiring to the pickups goes. you don't want to get it wrong. if in any doubt you could visit a luthier who could advise you. – Dr Mayhem Apr 4 '11 at 4:56

Depending on the type of guitar removing wood near the neck join could cause too much weakness there. You might have some success with a PRS type cutaway. Could you link a pic or Site showing what guitar you want to modify.

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@ledfloyd: I added a link to an example bass guitar, thanks – Vass Apr 3 '11 at 22:27

If it is a bolt-on design like most basses, removing some wood from a cutaway should not be a big deal. Is this a bass you already own? If not, you can buy a used lefty Rogue bass on ebay for $100 or less. This would save you some carving time, as well as having the controls laid out more ergonomically for you (not under your left forearm).

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@treeofpain: It seems like there are more second hand basses around and much much cheaper for right hands than left. Pple tell me that the dials being in the way, can be useful in various situations. I don't want to be restricted to left handed guitars. – Vass Apr 5 '11 at 13:56

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