Lefties... how in the heck do you pick instruments?
I’m in the market for a new guitar. My current student model, which I’ve had for almost 20 years, is holding me back. I’d like to get up into a nicer model, but as a lefty, I’ve had so few opportunities to play other people’s guitars that I don’t really know what I like. The usual advice of trying things out is hard to follow - I can’t get a sense of what a guitar feels or sounds like if I try to play it upside down, and even if I could play righty a bit, it’s not really a valid test IMO. Listening to other people play makes it hard to separate their technique from the instrument, and in any case I don’t have any CG pals in my new city to take along.
The one nicer guitar I’ve played was an Alvarez Yairi CYM-75 (I think- not 100% sure about the M). Sound-wise, I do remember liking it quite a lot, but that was a long time ago and I’m not sure my present day ears would agree. I recall that it was less prone to fret buzz than my own guitar, but I don’t remember much about the neck shape.
I’ve read through some older threads and it seems that most folks just bit the bullet and ordered something. I’m having a tough time reconciling myself to that; I sort through every detail when I’m trying to pick a loaf of bread, so it’s really hard to just hope for the best with a large purchase like this.
Thank you for any advice!