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Hi everyone,

My name is Hakeem Prongs. I'm 25 and I'm Ugandan. 

I've always loved music, especially rock and indie folk ever since I was introduced to it. I recently decided to start playing the guitar and maybe another instrument later on. The biggest challenge I face is that I'm a lefty and so far it has proved impossible to find a lefty guitar in Uganda. I want to play the electric guitar and I'd like to get one on a modest budget. Any advice or idea would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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Hakeen,

 

Check with a music store and maybe they can order one for you.

 

Welcome to the forum!

 

Mike

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You can do what Jimi Hendrix and Paul McCartney did - have a new nut made and string a right handed guitar left handed.  Look for photos of Hendrix and early Beatles.  Paul's Hofner  was a right handed bass strung left handed.  Jimi always played a right handed Stratocaster strung left handed.

 

If you have not begun to play you may choose to play right handed.  The way you start will feel the most natural later on.  As you have noticed, left handed guitars are not plentiful because most players play right handed, whether right or left handed.

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Welcome to the forum.  How committed are you to playing a guitar "Spanish style"?  In other words having the guitar laying against your body in an upright position?

 

Why not take your electric - no suggestion for which electric, you know your budget - and play it lap style?  

 

Easy to switch any guitar over to a lap style guitar; https://www.google.com/search?q=turn+electric+guitar+into+lap+steel&rlz=1CAACAY_enUS754&oq=turn+electric+guitar+into+lap+steel&aqs=chrome..69i57.11808j0j1&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

 

One typical suggestion is to add a new nut extender to an existing guitar; https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/PerfectNut?product_id=PerfectNut&campaigntype=shopping&campaign=aaShopping%20-%20Core&adgroup=Guitars%20-%20Guitar%20Accessories&placement=google&adpos=1o1&creative=55397627521&device=c&matchtype=&network=g&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI0IWu472i1QIVgZR-Ch0OPgUYEAQYASABEgLAxfD_BwE

 

The extender slips over the existing nut and can placed in either a "left hand" or a "right hand" orientation.  You then use a slide, or in lap style playing a "bar" to play chords and individual notes.  Lap guitars are typically tuned to open tunings; https://www.google.com/search?q=guitar+open+tunings&rlz=1CAACAY_enUS754&oq=guitar+open+tunings&aqs=chrome..69i57j69i65l2.5270j0j1&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

 

Open tunings can make the difference between "handed" orientation a non-issue.  

 

Or, buy or build a lap steel; https://www.cbgitty.com/cigar-box-guitar-kits-and-more/2x4-lap-steel-guitar-kit-the-diy-slide-guitar-you-supply-the-2x4/?utm_source=July 20 GITTY&utm_campaign=Gitty July 19 2017 Newsletter&utm_medium=email

 

As you can see, a lap steel is not an expensive instrument and the parts should be available most anywhere in the world.  Gitty has plans for most any kind of instrument from a single string didleybo's; http://www.cigarboxnation.com/forum/topics/differences-between-one

 

Canjos; 

 

 

To three and four string cigar box guitars and cigar box ukeleles; https://www.cbgitty.com/musical-instruments/

 

These instruments can be either amplified or acoustic.  Simple piezo pick ups make for a super inexpensive way to get electric sounds from a simple guitar.  All of these plans should be do-able in your area.  

 

Or, play any guitar by laying it down.  Charley Patton is well known for adapting his guitar; https://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/a/a1/Charley-Patton-002.jpg&imgrefurl=https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charley_Patton&h=247&w=190&tbnid=V8ASgMjTcO38fM:&tbnh=186&tbnw=143&usg=__JE3vsXRjVIr8H2W3cfu5EXbaGLc=&vet=10ahUKEwiKi5qCwqLVAhXqiVQKHXoKDKYQ_B0IejAK..i&docid=RET1EOwdynyWNM&itg=1&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiKi5qCwqLVAhXqiVQKHXoKDKYQ_B0IejAK&ei=BDh2WYr5LeqT0gL6lLCwCg

 

The instrument doesn't matter.  If you want to play and want to create music, any guitar can be made to work.  Open tunings make it less of a chore IMO but do as you feel best. 

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