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POLL: Righty, lefty and both

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by djole94hns, Dec 8, 2013.

  1. Left

    28 vote(s)
  2. Right

    177 vote(s)
  3. I'm ambidextrous

    6 vote(s)
  1. Hello there!
    I know it is not a very informative thread, but I am personally interested in statistics, so I would like to see what is the precentage of lefties compared to right handed players. This is also a good thread to discuss the problem of low production and high prices of left handed bass guitars, your personal experiences and the way you learned to play (e.g. right handed bass with strings in correct order, reversed, etc.).
    So, let's see the results :)
  2. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2006
    Denton, TX or Kailua, HI
    fEARful Kool-Aid dispensing liberal academic card-carrying union member Musicians Local 72-147
    Aren't you going to use the Talkbass polling software???
  3. Sorry, I am new to the forums. What is that? :D

    EDIT: If you tought about the poll option in the thread making process, I used that as you can see. I just accidentally added "POLL:" before the name, even if it is generated automatically. So, if some admin sees that, I would ask him/her to change it :)
  4. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2006
    Denton, TX or Kailua, HI
    fEARful Kool-Aid dispensing liberal academic card-carrying union member Musicians Local 72-147
    Ah yes, it came up after my post. Best of luck. Oh yes, one other thing—I am left-handed, but play right-handed. Your poll neglects that option. Is that unimportant?
  5. mrb327


    Mar 6, 2013
    Nobody Knows
    I can play both. Play right handed to avoid the lefthander tax
  6. Jaco Taco

    Jaco Taco

    Jul 30, 2012
    But this is a bass, I don't strum the strings. That would be on a guitar.
  7. Bassist4Eris

    Bassist4Eris Frat-Pack Sympathizer

    Aug 11, 2012
    Upstate NY, USA
    Why limit your technique? :smug:
  8. Ok, english is not my primary language. I could add more options if I delete this thread and post again. Only I cannot do that sadly... Just votr ambi if you do not play with your primary hand, ok?
  9. mrb327


    Mar 6, 2013
    Nobody Knows
    No, this thread is fine. Its an interesting question if people conform to playing right handed due to only instument availability.

    I chose righty because of the price and availability of righty instruments
  10. I am not here do judge, but by doing that we are practically letting the companies screw us lefties. I would like to see the precentage of left handed players here and compare it to a precentage of left handed basses made by top companies. When I bought my first bass (a lefty Yamaha) I had 2 choices: a second hand RBX270L for about 160 euros, or a new Squier, 320 euros. Guess what I choose? I would like to have more options for low to mid range basses.
  11. Staccato

    Staccato Low End Advocate

    Aug 14, 2009
    That was my thought, too. It's all good. :D
  12. Right handed
  13. southpaw723


    Oct 20, 2013
    We need lefty jaguars!
  14. I'm left handed but play right so voted ambi. When I started learning I just picked up a friends right handed acoustic guitar and never even thought that there may be left handed ones.

    I'm Very glad I did it that way.
  15. thunesBARROW


    Apr 12, 2010
    Long Island/NYC
    Endorsing Artist: Farfisa organs
    I play lefty, and do almost everything else lefty. Even in Long Island and NYC it's almost impossible to find lefties (as we all know). GC almost never has them. I encourage all of my left-handed students to play righty, if at all possible. Also, Carvin is your friend! I've come to the realization that custom is the way to go for us lefties.

    I can play both ways (a semi-useless skill acquired while teaching) but voted lefty.
  16. It always seemed to me that lefties had an advantage when playing a "right-handed" instrument in that their left hand should have more dexterity for fretting. Certainly if you are playing a "right-handed" instrument from the get go your muscle memory doesn't know the difference... it's all very interesting to consider, yes?
  17. :D No one else thought it was funny, but I sure did.

    Learn some Primus just for kicks. It'll expand your strumming ability and attitude! I strum the crap out of my basses. They likey.
  18. Marley's Ghost

    Marley's Ghost Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 9, 2002
    Tampa, FL
    Lefty here, and have paid the aforementioned tax. :rollno:

    We need video of players strumming their basses. Any out there? I'm keen to check this out. :eyebrow:
  19. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
  20. bass geetarist

    bass geetarist

    Jul 29, 2013
    Right handed. For some reason, the only time I find myself feeling like a lefty, is when I pick up a hockey stick.