#1
This might be a little bit of a stupid thread but I need to find a chair for playing my electric guitar. The only chair in my room right now is my office chair that I use with my computer and I cannot use it for playing guitar because of the arm rests. Sitting on the side of my bed and playing is very uncomfortable as well because my bed is pretty high.

I was wondering what an ideal chair would be for playing my Epiphone Les Paul. I was thinking something like a shorter version of a bar stool would be ideal but I wouldn't mind hearing ideas from you guys.

Pictures would be appreciated so I could pick up something similar while I am at Ikea tomorrow.

Thanks!
#2
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Get a strap....


Do I really need to stand? I practice like 2-3 hours straight when I practice and I would probably get tired of standing that long.

I already have strap locks and a strap though.
#6
Fair play if you want to play sitting down, I find it much more comfy to practice sitting. Bar stools are a good idea, they do make stools specifically for guitar playing with foot rests and what not like this http://www.thomann.de/gb/gibson_bar_stool_24.htm but they tend to be very expensive. I am sure you could find a cheap stool of some description at Ikea or failing that maybe an office chair with no armrests.
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Fair play if you want to play sitting down, I find it much more comfy to practice sitting. Bar stools are a good idea, they do make stools specifically for guitar playing with foot rests and what not like this http://www.thomann.de/gb/gibson_bar_stool_24.htm but they tend to be very expensive. I am sure you could find a cheap stool of some description at Ikea or failing that maybe an office chair with no armrests.


That looks pretty nice. Yeah I was thinking something like that as well. Also I'm not sure why but I found sitting in one of our dining room chairs with something to lean on was extremely uncomfortable while playing. I much prefer not leaning on anything.

Might as well just pick up a bar stool then.
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Fold up chair, but if you wanna get serious about tone..



They say Hendrix used to play one of the originals in electric lady studios, and Jeff Beck bought the fabric and made a custom chair out of it. The newer ones don't have the vintage sound of the originals but if you can pick up an early 90s one no one in the audience will be able to tell and it will get you in the ballpark.
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#10
I sit on a bar stool if I'm going to be sitting while jamming.
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#11
Something without arm rests is preferable.

Doesn't really matter though, as long as it feels comfortable

I usually practice at my office chair though, which has arm rests. You just have to angle yourself on it and let the guitar rest on your left leg, instead of the right (it might feel weird at first, but that is actually the correct way to play a guitar when sitting). You may notice your wrists become fatigued if you practice for long periods with your guitar positioned on the right leg (if you're right handed), this is easily remedied by placing the guitar on your left leg, instead.
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#12
I prefer a mechanics stool... I have hardwood floors and a concrete basement...

The tray on the bottom is well, useful.

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#13
bar stools work but are big, (relatively) expensive and heavy. probably not what you want in your room.

honestly, any bog standard chair that has no arms should work fine.

fwiw i agree with you, if you're going to be practising for hours on end then standing isn't really feasible. just remember to occasionally practise standing up, so you can play standing up too.
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Fold up chair, but if you wanna get serious about tone..

They say Hendrix used to play one of the originals in electric lady studios, and Jeff Beck bought the fabric and made a custom chair out of it. The newer ones don't have the vintage sound of the originals but if you can pick up an early 90s one no one in the audience will be able to tell and it will get you in the ballpark.


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#17
If you can't stand while playing, how are you going to play live? Sitting? Thats for those acoustic sissies.
#18
I'm assuming you have a roof.......you're gonna get a better view sitting and playing up there than you would if you were indoors.
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#19
Another good option is a Drummers Throne, they work great as-well. Or you could find a comfy office chair that the arms can be removed from if you want some back support. Also like mentioned before practice sometimes standing for you will be equally as good playing both ways. I have a hard time playing sitting down.
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Another good option is a Drummers Throne, they work great as-well. Or you could find a comfy office chair that the arms can be removed from if you want some back support. Also like mentioned before practice sometimes standing for you will be equally as good playing both ways. I have a hard time playing sitting down.


im surprised noone else said drum throne. bar stool is too high in my opinion. drum throne is perfect
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Office Max $100. Mesh back, lots of adjustments and five wheels so I don't tip over when I'm drunk..

and you do realize most office chairs the arms are just screwed to the bottom of the seat, you don't have to put them on.. you knew that , right?

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This might be a little bit of a stupid thread but I need to find a chair for playing my electric guitar. The only chair in my room right now is my office chair that I use with my computer and I cannot use it for playing guitar because of the arm rests.
Okay maybe not..
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#22
^ i think the armrests on my chair can't be removed easily
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#24
Terrible suggestions! People recommending cheap solid state stools when you can get an all-tube office chair for the same price.

Also, an all tube office chair will be just as good for gigging as a solid state barstool.


EDIT: Okay, for a serious answer:

I personally prefer using a duet-length piano bench that's padded. It may not look as cool as a Fender bar stool but it keeps your ass from aching and gives you room to place beer and shit next to you while you're playing.
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#25
I've noticed this is an outdated thread, never the less if somebody is interested on updated suggestions, we made a buying guide with what we think are the best options available at the moment.
Please let me know if you think we are missing something.
Hope it helps!