Electric guitar suggestions for a cripple?

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  1. thx712517

    thx712517 Tele-Meister

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    Find myself losing the ability to play guitar standing, and my shoulders/upper arms are ****ed, robbing me of the ability to easily push my arm toward the head stock. But my hands still work! So I'm looking for an electric guitar I can play seated without putting a ton of pressure on my picking arm or cranking my left wrist too far.

    My current PRS sounds good but it's a ***** to play seated. Ever see BB King playing Lucille, where she's almost flat on his lap? Yeah, my wrist doesn't care for that, and I'm not ready for slide yet.

    Telecaster sits well enough but gives me a pressure point on my right arm coming around to get on the strings (I usually pick just below the heel of the neck), unless I brace my palm on the bridge saddles to hike my arm back and pick there. Ain't the most comfortable.

    Strat feels comfy thanks to the forearm bevel, and it sits well on my lap. I'm looking to see if there's anything else out there to consider. Not a Mustang fan, but the Duosonic looks interesting. I just don't have any nearby to try in person.

    So, light weight, $1k or less, preferably single coil. I like Dynasonics, and both the Tele and Strat neck pickup.
     
  2. Kitarkus

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    Something short scale.... Any Gibson. Minimal reach. Small slab body should help too
     
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    If a short scale helps with the reach, then a 24" Mustang or Duosonic would seem to be two great options. Both tend to be lightweight and have a bit of a more comfortable shape than a Tele.
     
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    Get a Danelectro ( reissue)
    Great tone, easy to play and 6 lbs.
    I gotta play sitting down ( back) 20190410_084355.jpg
     
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    I have an Epiphone Les Paul Jr. It has a humbucker - not a P90. It's lightweight. I have it in my lap when watching tv at night in my recliner. It's unplugged so it doesn't bother the wife. Some are really light and others are heavier. I do the same with a Telecaster as well but the Epiphone is waaay more comfortable because of its lighter weight.
     
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    I would consider putting a featherweight partscaster tele together and contouring the body. The cheap light bodies are easy to sand contours into.
     
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    I'm not sure if this appeals to you, but lap steel or a square-neck resonator or dobro might be comfortable?
     
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    I know its not ideal, but I got my Grandson a Squire MiniStrat. Smaller scale, surprisingly descent sound. Sort of travel guitar size. I hope this wasn't insulting.
     
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    Those mini strats are great. I played one a few months back and once I discovered standard pickups fit in them I've been wanting one ever since.
     
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    Not much difference between the Mustang and Duosonic. Both are 24" scale and single coil, one has a trem and the other doesn't.
    Jaguar, Jazzmaster or Strat are comfy to play seated and not heavy.
     
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    An sg may be a good light weight shape
     
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    Squier mini strat.. very compact, sounds like a strat, neck width similar/same

    but suggestion of a pedal steel is interesting..
     
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    I second that recommendation.

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    LP Junior is a good choice. I like the Duosonic too
     
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    nomadh 's idea of a contoured body sounds good.
    So, strat' (already contoured) or tele' (with added contour) would be my suggestions.

    Then again, there are so many other options these days. Perhaps try a range of guitars at a store.
    I've had several Godins over the years, and have found them all comfortable.
     
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    Epi Blueshawk has a resonance chamber, 2 p90s, and a varisonic switch. Mine is wonderful to play and weighs nothing
     
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    I gave a guitar-playing friend a Steinberger Spirit GT. She's wheelchair-bound and plays every day. Loves it.

    This guitar easily fits in the lap and has a flip-out 'kickstand' that allows it to rest on the leg just like a standard solidbody.

    These run about $400 new. Shop around for best price.

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    My thoughts as well. This or perhaps playing like Jeff Healy?

    Daniel
     
  20. PoorNoodle

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    Before getting a new guitar may I suggest trying a lumbar pillow as well as a foot rest for guitarists? Getting your back and legs in the right position can help relieve the strain on your shoulders and arms...

    You can also try playing in the classical position sitting...ie guitar on left leg if right handed...
     
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