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#1
How do you think, which electric guitar body form is the most comfortable?
Is it the Good ol' Stratocaster form? The Les Paul form? The Warlock? Explorer? Thunderbird? Or,maybe the Superstrat form?
#2
I'm asking just for the sake of asking out of curiosity of what are your responses gonna be.
#3
I think strats and super strat style guitars are super comfy to play. Especially the ones with tummy cuts etc...
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I dont see how anyone would pick a les paul over a strat :P les paul is just like a chunk of wood, strats actually have a carveout. les pauls are heavier than strats which also makes them less comfortable. my les paul is pretty uncomfortable compared to my strat and it falls off my lap alot :P
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Les Paul or SG. I like them both a lot.


SGs aren't bad but I don't like how my LP digs in below my ribs.
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#8
The jazzmaster is the most comfortable guitar i've tried
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#9
dude, strat is the most comfortable by far it was the gut cut and the arm cut. nothing better than a strat
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I think strats and super strat style guitars are super comfy to play. Especially the ones with tummy cuts etc...


I would say this too, specifically the Ibanez RG - they are just the right size and shape.

I think the Fender Jaguar and the Ibanez Talman (very similar shape-wise to the Jaguar) was pretty comfy too.
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I think Strats and Superstrats, but I guess it's just whatever you get used to. I have mates with V's that say they're the most comfortable, even when sitting down, because they're used to it. Personal preference
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#13
sitting I really like superstrats, but standing I prefer a les paul. it's just a matter of where my arm lands on the guitars' body. I tend to be an "active" player live, so a guitar with a smaller and out of the way body (like an lp) seems to work well.
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#14
Strats and Jags.
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#15
Hands down, for me, a Fender Jaguar. I've got long skinny fingers, so it makes no sense, but my Jaguars are my go-to for comfortable playing. I love the tone of some Les Pauls, but they just don't feel comfortable for me to play. Even my Tele feels off from time to time, and I really dig my Tele. Jazzmasters are a close second, but, of course, it's a whole different game in scale length and string tension with how I like my action set.
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#16
actually a warlock is also surprisingly comfortable as well. not so much when your laying on a couch though
#17
Strat. Though none of my electrics are bad; not even the '65 Mustang (which doesn't have either comfort contour). They are all a million more times more comfortable than any acoustic...
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Strat. (blah blah blah i was paying attention) not even the '65 Mustang (which doesn't have either comfort contour). (oh my god a 65 mustang)

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Well, it's just a re-issue. I guess I need to say '65 Mustang (RI) from now on I only specify '65 since later models (and their re-issues) have big differences, like contours.
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#20
Any S-body style. My Ibanez, any Strat, etc.

However, if I'm sitting down, the fatter and thicker the better. Acoustics, hollow body electrics.

So it's different depending on if I'm standing or sitting.
#21
I'm comfortable with strats or superstrats compared to LPs and teles because of the (what do you called that?) tapered edges? where your elbow or forearm usually rest when playing. But don't get me wrong, I love LPs and teles.
#22
I've never really thought about it. As long as nothing is poking me, I'm happy.

But any guitar that doesn't work in the classical position is out.
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However, if I'm sitting down, the fatter and thicker the better. Acoustics, hollow body electrics.


You make a good point. I didn't even think about that until you said it.

If the guitar is too thin, it always slips off my leg while I'm trying to play it. I think that's why I didn't really like the Gibson SG when I played it; I just couldn't get into a comfortable position with it.
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#24
Strat/Superstrat shape. To me it's the most comfortable and practical solid body electric guitar shape.
#25
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I've never really thought about it. As long as nothing is poking me, I'm happy.

But any guitar that doesn't work in the classical position is out.


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#26
I developed a stinging sensation in my arm, caused by a forearm nerve being trapped against the right-angled edge of a PRS SE Singlecut, that pretty much forced me to sell it. For fear of it recurring, I'm basically limited to superstrats and similar shapes. Pretty depressing considering how much of a bargain the SE was, and how great it played. I currently play an Ibanez S570DXQM which is very comfortable, but I think the comfiest shape I've played is the Music Man JP6, because of its massive arm contour.

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#27
Its all about personal preference. I prefer bigger guitars whether i'm standing or sitting, like knowing I have got a guitar in my hands, but the comfiest is the Strat by far.
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I love Randy Rhoads V's when sitting down. They lock themselves in place on my leg (classical position) and in just right angle. Also my picking hands elbow rests on the guitar at just the right spot, not too high that I would feel tension in my shoulder nor too low where I feel like I'm slouching. Its perfect, no tension what so ever.

I also love Les Pauls when they are heavily countoured like my Cort EVL. Though technically I'm not sure if they count as Les Pauls anymore. But still they feel good standing up (despite their bulkiness) and not to mention they look amazing.

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#29
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I dont see how anyone would pick a les paul over a strat :P les paul is just like a chunk of wood, strats actually have a carveout. les pauls are heavier than strats which also makes them less comfortable. my les paul is pretty uncomfortable compared to my strat and it falls off my lap alot :P


Because they're awesome!

I think Strats are ridiculously comfortable.
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#30
I find strats very uncomfortable for numerous reasons. I like them, but i just can't work with them.

My favourite guitar shape for comfort is the SG shape - I find the beveled edge works far better than a forearm contour for keeping the edges of the body out of the way of my forearm so i have the freedom of movement to pluck the strings comfortably. There's no issue with upper fret access, and the neck is angled and positioned just right for me. Also, neck dive isn't an issue because i use a leather strap with a good gripping surface on the underside.
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#31
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But any guitar that doesn't work in the classical position is out.



This. I literally can't play an electric guitar in the contemporary position (body on right leg, neck parallel to floor). So far, the only guitars I can play properly while sitting are V-shaped -- and with my V I've found myself enjoying sitting while playing for once. I really didn't ever sit down to play until I got my Schecter...

Standing up, it's a whole different ball of wax. It doesn't make much of a difference to me. Still prefer the V though.
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#34
Jazzmaster/Jaguar bodies.

Like strat bodies but balanced better.
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#35
My strat is my most comfortable to play sat down and stood up... Not too heavy either. Unlike my Les Paul... I use it for gigs, my inner right arm is just blood by the end of a 45 minute set from rubbing the front of the guitar, weighs a ton too.

But it plays like a dream and sounds incredible.
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#36
My Music Man Albert Lee which is a very weird shaped guitar is more comfortable for me than a strat. I guess it's personal preference which depends on your body, and the way you hold the guitar etc.
#37
gotta be, for me, Jaguars or Strats. Dem body contours <3
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#39
Going to have to say the V is probably my favourite in terms of comfort, I've always preferred to play in the classical position and it just works perfectly.
#40
I'm not sure what it is about me (other than my body shape) but I just can't play RGs comfortably while standing up. If I have my arm resting on the guitar at all it turns back towards me, making stretches very awkward and painful at times. Any ideas?
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