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What Makes a Guitar Left-Handed?

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 to maintain the required slope from bass to treble
  • The nut is reversed so that its slots properly accommodate the wider bass strings and the narrower treble strings – you want the underside of all the strings to be in one plane, even though they are of differing diameters.
  • The saddle slot angle in the bridge is reversed (this is related to intonation control)
angled-saddle-slots-in-bridge
angled-saddle-slots-in-bridge
  • Where the bridge is not fitted at right angles to the central axis of the guitar body it too has to be reversed (again intonation control)
  • On certain models there is a reversed soundboard bracing – usually when it is asymmetrical – in order to maintain the desired bass/treble balance.
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left-and-right-handed-asymmetrical-soundboard-bracing
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String Spacing on Hanika Guitars

These are the standard string spacings on Hanika guitars of varying nut width. The measurements are in mm and are taken from string centre to string centre, +/- 0.5mm.

Nut widthString spacing at nutString Spacing at bridge
544460
52 (standard)4260
504058
484058
463858

Alternative String Spacing on Nuts of Various Widths

If you would like a different string spacing at the nut or the bridge, please phone when placing your order and it should be possible to set the spacing to your requirements.