#1
ive been looking at guitarcenter.com and this site for a while. after looking around i got into PRS SE's and Schecter C-1s. So i go to my guitar center to try some out. and low and behold they have like 4 different SE models including that new purple one with the bats (amazing looking), and a bunch of C-1s. anywho i try them out but they all have these flat faces. I was so disappointed, i mustve picked up the same SE 5 times hoping it would be comfortable.

Is it just me or are Fender Strats and Strat copies the only guitar that actually considered ergonomics. If not what are other ones? I just dont get why so many guitar models have these cornered edges going around right where a player would rest his forearm.

I know this is kind of a whiny rant, but shoot every guitar whos looks, and features, make me wanna buy it and play it all day end up being ridiculously uncomfortable to hold. And i dont want to end up just buying a strat for a new guitar (not to sound blasphemous, their looks are just too standard in my mind). I want something sexy.

Suggestions? (HH, good for blues, classic rock, and metal)
#2
Many disagree with me but i think the most comfortable guitar to play is a V shaped guitar with the lower horn between your legs, so the guitar straddles your right leg. I've always loved that shape.
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#4
get a steinberger; they're really ergonomic. ^_^

Maybe try some ibanez, jackson and esp guitars?
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Many disagree with me but i think the most comfortable guitar to play is a V shaped guitar with the lower horn between your legs, so the guitar straddles your right leg. I've always loved that shape.

you must be magic. i can't do that
#6
You're right, you can tell by my name that I love Sg's and pretty much all Dean guitars, but you have to get used to the dean's complex shape, SG's on the other hand have a wonderful feel to them and just meld to your body shape, they are the most comfortable guitars and don't sacrifice looks and sounds...
#7
I think an SG is very ergonomic.
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I think an SG is very ergonomic.



Agreed. Gotta love that curve coming from the left horn.
#9
I think Jaguar shaped ones are the most ergonomic standing up, they balance perfectly.
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#10
tx for the quick replies. i forgot to mention my budget of $650. i tried Vs and its just too different to hold them like you have to. the SG shape - idk i tried one, it seems when sitting down like the end of the fretboard is a mile away.

ill probably check out a bunch of ibanez models next time
#11
Parkers are very ergonomic, Ibanez S series aswell.

I personally think Explorers and ML's balance very well.
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#12
I'd think that Ibanez RGs are just are ergonomic as strats, if not more.

Rickies look pretty good too, but I've never played one.
#13
Have you looked at the higher-end PRSs? They all have carved tops which would make them much more ergonomic. Also there are the Ibanez RGAs, also carved tops.
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#15
Can someone give me the simple term definition of ergonomics? Wikipedia's is a bit complex for my level of concentration.
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Can someone give me the simple term definition of ergonomics? Wikipedia's is a bit complex for my level of concentration.


It's basically the science of designing things so that people can use them comfortably but can also extend to making sure things are the right size for most people and making sure that people can use things for extended times without risk of injury. Like those anti-RSI keyboards you can get, that's ergonomics.
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It's basically the science of designing things so that people can use them comfortably but can also extend to making sure things are the right size for most people and making sure that people can use things for extended times without risk of injury. Like those anti-RSI keyboards you can get, that's ergonomics.


Oh so its like a One-Size-Fits-All type of thing?
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Oh so its like a One-Size-Fits-All type of thing?


As close as possible, yeah.

Basically when people design, say, a chair, they have a book of measurements that will fit 95% of people for a certain region (like America) and they design the chair to fit those people. There's probably more to it that that but that's what I remember from my first year of college.
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As close as possible, yeah.

Basically when people design, say, a chair, they have a book of measurements that will fit 95% of people for a certain region (like America) and they design the chair to fit those people. There's probably more to it that that but that's what I remember from my first year of college.


Um you are thinking of anthropometrics i think!
Ergonomics is about comfort (it relates to anthropometrics in alot of cases; but it's not the same thing).
So the width of a guitar neck would probably be considered anthropometrics because it relies on the average player's hand size for reference and if it is too big then it will exclude people from using it; whereas the shape of the guitar body would be more concerned with ergonomics such as the cutout on the back of a strat-stlye guitar for your ribs as it is not necessary but it's an extra selling point for people more concerned with comfort.
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Many disagree with me but i think the most comfortable guitar to play is a V shaped guitar with the lower horn between your legs, so the guitar straddles your right leg. I've always loved that shape.

i agree. i love king v's.
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Um you are thinking of anthropometrics i think!
Ergonomics is about comfort (it relates to anthropometrics in alot of cases; but it's not the same thing).
So the width of a guitar neck would probably be considered anthropometrics because it relies on the average player's hand size for reference and if it is too big then it will exclude people from using it; whereas the shape of the guitar body would be more concerned with ergonomics such as the cutout on the back of a strat-stlye guitar for your ribs as it is not necessary but it's an extra selling point for people more concerned with comfort.


I knew it was something like that though; it's been about 4 years since I even thought about any of this so I think I'm close enough for my purposes
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What about Aerodyne strats? Are they even in production anymore?
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And i dont want to end up just buying a strat for a new guitar (not to sound blasphemous, their looks are just too standard in my mind). I want something sexy.


I hear what you are saying but Strats are also very easy to customize and also hold value well, especially a MIA.

PS: I think my strat looks pretty sexy but then again, i like the all black look.
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What about Aerodyne strats? Are they even in production anymore?


According to the Fender website they're out of production but you might still be able to find them new if you're lucky and they might turn up used, obviously.
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^Only strat I would actually want...I'm doin that to my Squire...**** YEH
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#27
I guarantee a Parker will be the most comfortable guitar you'll every pick up if you can get over the looks. Those RKS Wave looked really cool as well, but I've never tried, much less seen, one in person. A Jackson RR in Classical Position is very comfy as well. Personally though, any guitar feels better in Classical position as it feels more natural. I know Glenn Tipton does this when playing down a lot. The only issue you can have is the trem arm can catch on your leg.
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I guarantee a Parker will be the most comfortable guitar you'll every pick up if you can get over the looks.


Who needs to get over the looks? I think Niteflys are sexy as hell!
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Who needs to get over the looks? I think Niteflys are sexy as hell!

I could see where they are ugly, due to the really weird horn. but there is something way too cool for me about them. They are like the ultimate super Strats. I would kill to have of Amir Derakh's with a Roland GK2. That said, I don't get the LP looking ones.
#30
I have a Yamaha tele with a relief cutaway in the back(like a strat's) and it is very comfortable. LPs look pretty comfortable to play (though the weight on unchambered ones might be off-putting), and some semi-hollow bodies look pretty good. Jazzmasters/Jaguars/Mustangs look like they would be comfortable too. also, don't underestimate the effect a good, wide, possibly padded, guitar strap can have. It can make your axe feel alot lighter.
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#32
I think that the C-1's are fine. I don't mind playing a slab body, which is why I bought an LP.
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