"Best" guitars for back and/or shoulder pain - headless? light? both? neither?

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by lefty73, May 23, 2020.

  1. Dismalhead

    Dismalhead Poster Extraordinaire

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    Same problems here, and I can't stand sitting while I play.

    I've bought one lightweight pine and two paulownia bodies and built myself a lightweight stable. Also traded most of my heavy amps for lighter weight ones.
     
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    These things are like feathers.
     
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    they cost an arm and a leg tho. Gibson don't accept spines for payment
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    Build yourself one; it's not that hard to do. If a goober like me can knock something like this together, anybody can.

    This one weighs 4.42 lbs...feather light.


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    4lbs

    :D i i win

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    I had a Chinese Fender Thinline that was pretty light.
     
  7. 62 Jazzmaster

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    The Epiphone Casino Coupe is light and thin and capable of a wide range of tones.

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    I wish it was that easy. Then it gets into what kind of chair? What kind of cushion? Do you skootch forward or hunch over while you're sitting?

    Standing isn't the issue, and frankly playing while sitting is not comfortable for me.
     
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    I like this idea, though being a lefty has more than its share of challenges. I didn't realize the Thinlines were that light!
     
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    Excellent! Thanks! I haven't spun by the Sweetwater website in a long time, so good to know that type of sorting is an option.
     
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    the brad paisley tele is good and 5 or 6 pounds
     
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    It sounds like you have four separate problems 1) bad posture, 2) improper technique, 3) lingering aches from few snowboarding accidents from back in the day, and 4) general wear and tear on the ol' joints.

    The bad posture you can fix with a harness to help you retrain your posture. Improper technique can be fixed with practice and a good teacher. Not much you can do to fix the lingering issues and general wear, but taking care of your health and regular exercise can help to minimize those issues.

    Beyond that, I'd look for a lighter guitar. I have three teles that are a little over 6 pounds. But, I also play a couple of Les Pauls, so weight isn't usually much of a consideration.
     
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    Yes. I've never used one, but I've heard of them. I also knew a guitarist in the 70's who had a strap that was like a harness because he had a bad back and needed to spread the weight around.
     
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    This is a trickier problem for lefties- but not insoluble.

    Full hollow-body....take your pick: they're all pain relievers.

    Paulownia.... or anything similar you can find, that weighs a heap less than maple-capped mahogany.

    A really great, padded strap. Never underestimate the value of one of these.

    Don't assume you just have to live with pain. Get professional advice, about posture and all the other factors which may be influencing it.

    The guys all said these things ….I'm just trying to reinforce their collective wisdom. ;)
     
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    I had a frozen shoulder which mean't that playing an acoustic or even my slim bodied Gibson ES-135 was out of the question as I had to hold my arm an inch or two further out than with a solid bodied guitar, but my Gordon Smith GS1 was never a problem. The slim bodied version is very light without neck dive, and lefties are available at no extra cost. Thankfully my shoulder is now ok and I can play all my guitars. That said the GS1 is the guitar which I would keep if I could only have one. You can have a lefty, P90 or whatever pickup you want, choice of all materials, intonable bridge etc., you specify it and they build it for you at a reasonable price.

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    I've taken my guitar into a session with the physio in the past, brought the physio out to see how I sit in the car or on my bike, even discused what type of pen I should use (a fountain pen is much more relaxing). Every time I have involved them it has had an instant impact upon the pain or discomfort I was suffering.
     
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    Light weight guitars are out there, you just have to find them. As already mentioned Sweetwater post the weight in their info. I went from 8lbs to 7, and found immediate relief. A wide strap helps too. I just can't play, or sing sitting down. My own solutions are an Epiphone Casino (very versatile) and a fender empress telebration telecaster.
     
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    the epi jr i have is incredibly light.
     
  20. Jimclarke100

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    I know what you mean about the GS-1 as an only guitar. Amazingly versatile little beast that for the first time ever has actually got me liking a humbucker...
    Trouble is that it’s given me the wants for a GS1.5. I have had the 12 string version of one of those since the mid 90s, and on other guitars I use the neck pup quite a lot...
     
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