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Discussion in 'Other Cool Guitars' started by Merc, Apr 17, 2021.
It's a toss-up between this one,
and this one.
Dr Watson, I presume? Great outfit, Rob!
Yep, that's my Downliner Sect/Dr. Watson outfit!
That is one nice looking guitar.
Don't generally consider the offsets but that one with P90's nearly broke my neck with the double take!!
For me the Stratocaster is hands down the most comfortable guitar.
I don't play them much but there I've said it.
Standing or sitting, these are as comfortable as playing air guitar.
That is one sweet axe! Jazzmasters are super comfortable, and a P90 Tele Jazzmaster is brilliant!
In order of comfort:
Brown Bear Jazzmaster
Fender Limited Edition Offset Telecaster
Fender American Standard Strat
Fender AVRI 57 Strat
Fender AVRI 52 Tele
Brown Bear Birchbark Tele
BUT I love them all....
For electric I'd say my Country Gent. Either standing or sitting it's the one that causes the least fatigue. I have a Guild M240 acoustic that sits really nice when I'm seated, if playing acoustic and standing my Yamaha silent guitar.
Without a doubt my MIM 69RI Tele because it is a featherweight...
Top two are Larrivee acoustic and Jazzmaster, got it.
They all look nice.
1961 Hofner Club 60. Featherweight, compact, great neck, sweet retro tone. And the 500/1 violin bass is hands down the most comfortable bass ever made.
I've been borrowing a Strandberg (headless). Weighs in at just under 6 lbs.
and newly acquired PRS SE Standard Hollowbody.
My Black Panther with Ray Butts pups
I dunno, I’m pretty comfortable with a wide variety of body shapes and sizes. I don’t even notice small differences of a few inches here and there.
What I do notice is weight, which is why the recent center-block Gretsches are a “no go” for me. Too heavy. Also why my Les Paul gets less playing time than it deserves.
But the Number One thing for me is a comfortable neck. If that’s not a good fit than the rest of it doesn’t matter. And by that criteria, my good ol’ 6120-60 is my top dog. That thing just feels so perfect … a joy to play.
I’m with you on the neck thing. Some online purchases had only a short stay because of it. That’s the main reason I prefer in-store purchases when possible.
Imm a bit surprised I haven’t seen many Gretsch’s in the mix. The Jets, 6118, and 6120’s I’ve played were really comfortable.
An update on my shoulder which kicked off the thought of the most comfortable guitar thing... it’ looking like I’ve had an inflamed tendon (shoulder tendinitis) since at least December! Last week the doc proscribed me six days of anti inflammatory pills. Day four and already night and day. Hopefully it doesn’t come back and goes away permanently. It had felt like a Sasquatch or Skunk Ape was ripping my arm out of socket sometimes!!
I comprised a list from most comfortable to um, less comfortable. Honestly, 1 through 8 are all equally comfy, depending on what guitar you prefer.
1. Jazzmasters (pictured with Mustang, Jaguar, and Strats)
2. Squier Paranormal Offset Telecaster
Currently undergoing mods with added TV Jones T-90s pickups in neck and middle routs - need to make a new pickguard but on hold until I get a table router.
3. Mustangs ('66 Fender Mustang and Squier Vintage Modified Mustang (a.k.a., the Stimpy'Stang) with Fralin Hum-Cancelling Mustang pickups.
4. Gretsch CVT - I mangled a bit of the body with a hand-held router mishap as I was putting my old 6120BS' gold Filter'Trons in the CVT - I'll try to make a new pickguard in the near future...once I get a proper table router...not so good with the hand-held router. The Astro-Sonic body is a little awkward but the neck is comfy. The Gretsch VS '53 Duo Jet is comfy, too.
5. Gibson Les Paul Special Tribute with maple neck - lighter than air (approx. 6 pounds)
6. Fender AV '65 Stratocaster and Fender Parallel Universe II Jazz Strat (with '66 Fender Mustang and '63 Fender Jaguar)
Fender Vintera '60s Stratocaster (with Fralin Hum-Cancelling pickups) and Squier Classic Vibe '50s Stratocaster (with Vintera '60s pickups)
7. Telecasters only due to the body shape - they're #1 in neck shape comfort for me with the Chunky U shape. Not too long ago I bought a Fender Genuine Replacement Classic Series 60's alder body in a black poly finish. Heavy as all sin. I had my first go at using a heat gun to remove the poly and have since refin'd the guitar in Halcyon Blue wash finish with Fender Custom Shop ’51 Nocaster pickups (far right in photo). Lighter than air now. Neck is an licenced All Parts chunky C neck with rosewood fretboard. The rosewood fretboard makes it almost too chunky but sounds great!
8. New Gretsch G2215-P90 Junior Jet Club although the neck is slimmer than I prefer but I'm managing, heh.
9. '63 Fender Jaguar and Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar (with Fender Pure Vintage '65 Jaguar pickups) by shape are lovely, but they're heavier than the Jazzmasters and Mustangs.
10. I love all my hollow body Gretsch hollow body guitars and my Gibson ES-135. The Gibson ES-135 is the most comfortable with the thinnest body, followedd by the 5410T Rat Rod, the 6120BS Chet Atkins, then the 6196T-59 Vintage Select '59 Country Club. They're all big and beautiful - more comfy to sit with than when standing.
Honorable mention to my previously owned Fender AV '52 Roasted Ash Tele that I had traded for the Jazz Strat - super lightweight Tele! (Pictured with other sold Teles, a Fender Standard Tele and a Fender Player Tele HH (lovely belly cut in this one)
Is that a Stringmaster under that Tele?