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Posted by RM on May 22, 2001 at 11:19:46:

In Reply to: Re: Fingerboard profile posted by Bob Gollihur on May 22, 2001 at 06:20:02:

: : Bob,

You're right. I checked on the post glued next to the f-hole, and it's on the
opposite side of where it is on my rented Engle. The post connecting the top to
the bottom of the bass is also reversed. Thanks for the advice.

The only identifying mark on the bass is a small label that says "Made in Czech
Republic". I've seen a Struenel on a dealer's page, and it looks about like
one of their basses, but this one has no name on it anywhere. It seems like it
has a carved top, and laminated back. Would it be best to have someone give me
an evaluation of what it is worth? Any advice would be very helpful.

Thanks again,

I an just beginning to learn the bass, and just bought a used bass from a
: : private party. He had rc'd the bass to settle a debt, and didn't know
: : anything about it. It turns out to be left-handed, and has a beveled
: : fingerboard (from what I've read on a previous thread.) Since it is left
: : handed, the bevel is opposite of what one would expect. I would guess I
: : need to change the fingerboard. Is that correct, or is there something else
: : that can be done? Can it be sanded down? Also, what does it typically cost
: : to change a fingerboard? Outrageous or moderate? Any advice would be greatly
: : appreciated.

: That's not the only thing - you should consider leaving it as is and selling it to a left-handed player. They are not plentiful and it may command a good price. The sound post and bass bar are also reversed if it is truly a left-handed bass, and you won't be doing yourself any favor by reversing strings and sanding the fingerboard. The bevel can be removed, but the fingerboard must also be properly graduated for the appropriate relief. Do yourself and a leftie a favor and sell it to get a rightie.

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