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    Default Left to Right conversion

    Recently I found a nice OO guitar for sale In very good condition. Thereís one thing holding me back. Itís a lefty and I am right handed. A luthier looked at it and said the saddle and nut would have to be reworked along with the bridge slot. Is bracing a non issue here? And what would be a reasonable cost to perform the work? Is all this a viable option?

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    Bracing is a nonissue.
    It will need a new nut and it would be best with a new bridge with the saddle "compensation" set for righty.
    Approximately $250 $300 most likely.

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    Will an entirely fresh setup be advised as well?

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    Given that most of a setup is adjusting the nut and bridge, I think that a setup is generally implied in replacing those two.
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    A set up is pretty much part of the job of working the nut, bridge and saddle. It would be hard to imagine that someone would do the work without doing a set up. Of course, some repair people are better at setting up an instrument than others.

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    Does it have a left-handed pickguard? If so, is that ok for you? Changing a left-to-right side pickguard on a flat top can also involve refinish work on the top.
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    Fortunately no pick guard

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