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Old 11-26-2012, 05:46 PM   #1
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Guitar causing stress on my back?

My guitar wights about 15lbs, I am 6.2 and it causes me to hunch over. I all ways stretch before I play but It seems as if thats not enough. Is their a special strap or some kind of support tool guitarist use to fix this problem?
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Old 11-26-2012, 05:49 PM   #2
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when i read "i am 6.2" i thought you meant 6.2 lbs
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Old 11-26-2012, 05:49 PM   #3
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I hear ya. I'm 6'4", my guitar strap is a little too short, and I have one of the heaviest (as in heaviest in weight, not "heaviest" in sound) electric guitars ever made (Peavey T-60). I gotta get a new strap. I would just recommend trying to maintain good posture while playing, but above all, just try to maintain a comfortable position.
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Old 11-26-2012, 05:49 PM   #4
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Adjust your strap length so you can play it at a comfortable height. Stop hunching over, force yourself to stand and play with correct posture. No strap can put your body into the right shape for you.
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Old 11-26-2012, 05:50 PM   #5
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when i read "i am 6.2" i thought you meant 6.2 lbs


That would definitely cause the back to hurt if the guitar weighs more than you.

That's my expert opinion.
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Old 11-26-2012, 05:51 PM   #6
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sit down more? idk
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Old 11-26-2012, 05:51 PM   #7
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Make your strap shorter.
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Old 11-26-2012, 05:55 PM   #8
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Shorten your strap length, not only will you not have to hunch but it actually makes it helluva lot easier to play.

Or get a lighter guitar. Mick Mars from Motley Crue stopped playing Les Pauls because he has a muscular disorder and they became too heavy to play. What do you play?
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Old 11-26-2012, 05:56 PM   #9
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Work out your shoulders and back. Get a new guitar.

What guitar do you play? 15 lbs. is a lot for a guitar.
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Old 11-26-2012, 05:57 PM   #10
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Honestly, being as tall as I am with my long, scraggly arms, and how heavy my guitar is, I find it easier to play with a lower strap, but most people prefer the strap to be shorter. You just gotta adjust it 'til it's comfortable for you.
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Old 11-26-2012, 05:58 PM   #11
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Adjust your strap length so you can play it at a comfortable height. Stop hunching over, force yourself to stand and play with correct posture. No strap can put your body into the right shape for you.



Its not that simple. For example...
A 5lb wight is very light but if you hold it in your hand with your arms straight out for 10min, your arm is going to fall.

I am surprised no one has told me to exercise. At the moment I am, but until I get more muscle in my back I need a solution.

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Old 11-26-2012, 06:00 PM   #12
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That would definitely cause the back to hurt if the guitar weighs more than you.

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Old 11-26-2012, 06:05 PM   #13
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Shorten your strap length, not only will you not have to hunch but it actually makes it helluva lot easier to play.

Or get a lighter guitar. Mick Mars from Motley Crue stopped playing Les Pauls because he has a muscular disorder and they became too heavy to play. What do you play?



You would think that it would help. But it does not. It helps me reach the frets easier, I have all ways played with my guitar just below my chest. I fell like a nerd with his pants pulled up to his chest. No matter what position its in, it still wights the same, the strap still sits on the same stress points. Even if the guitar wear tied to my chest it still going to cause me to hunch. They need to make a ice pack guitar strap.
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Old 11-26-2012, 06:06 PM   #14
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Its not that simple. For example...
A 5lb wight is very light but if you hold it in your hand with your arms straight out for 10min, your arm is going to star to fall.

I am surprised no one has told me to exercise. At the moment I am, but until I get more muscle in my back I need a solution.


Well if you're holding your guitar with your arms straight out, theres your problem. Just stand up straight. If the guitar was actually heavy enough that you couldn't stand up under its weight, you wouldn't be able to hunch over with it either, you would fall down and be exhausted in minutes. If your shoulder gets tired thats a different thing, but its actually more work for your back to hunch over, because hunching over is exactly like holding the guitar straight out in front of you. Stand up straight, and adjust your strap so that the guitar is in a comfortable place.
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Old 11-26-2012, 06:07 PM   #15
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maybe some kind of makeshift guitar holder using plastic clothes hangers and an old pair of suspenders. sorta like those rigs that people use in movies to make it look like they hung themselves.
on second thought plastic hangers might not be so supportive, any one else have any ideas?
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You would think that it would help. But it does not. It helps me reach the frets easier, I have all ways played with my guitar just below my chest. I fell like a nerd with his pants pulled up to his chest. No matter what position its in, it still wights the same, the strap still sits on the same stress points. Even if the guitar wear tied to my chest it still going to cause me to hunch. They need to make a ice pack guitar strap.

What kind(s) of guitar(s) do you play?
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Old 11-26-2012, 06:18 PM   #17
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I had the same issue until I bought a better/longer guitar strap. Can't find it online, this is the best picture I have of it. (It's a Levy btw)

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Old 11-26-2012, 06:18 PM   #18
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you should retain a good posture, and exercise:
1) pull ups
2) Dead lift
3) crunches ( these are for maintaining equilibrium between your abs and back muscles, it is important to train both together)
Google each one of them, and be easy on yourself.

But you still have to work on your posture.
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Old 11-26-2012, 06:20 PM   #19
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The guitar should be resting against your tummy or higher. This'll help with the weight.
Keep good posture. I don't reckon a new strap will help really. The wider the easier on the shoulder.

If it gets really bad, take a rest. You could risk injury that puts you out for weeks. It'll strengthen up if you let it recover.
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I had the same issue until I bought a better/longer guitar strap. Can't find it online, this is the best picture I have of it. (It's a Levy btw)


Levy's straps are.sold on ZZounds.com
Not sure about this particular model though.
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