Every liked a guitar that is not comfortable to play?

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  1. barnbustud

    barnbustud Tele-Holic

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    My MJT sports a Pau Ferro fretboard and SS frets. Wrecks my fingertips after playing and feels harsh but i just....like it.
     
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    loudboy Tele-Meister

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    I can't play my Gibson J-100 standing up. My right arm doesn't reach over the top bout to a strumming position, as I am a shrimp.
     
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    Timbresmith1 Tele-Afflicted

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    I realized later (after Jeff Beck said it in an interview) that I like to fight a guitar a little. Fenders pull better stuff out of me.

    It took getting a great Les Paul to go with my great Marshall. I realized I was becoming Mick Ronson. Barre chords. Sustain for days. Not a bad place to be, except that there was already a REALLY good Mick Ronson already, and the odds of me finding a David Bowie in the suburbs were incredibly low.
    Plus, I don’t like spandex or leather or wearing makeup, so glam was completely out.
     
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    No. But then I don't like strats either, and they are as ergonomic as it gets in some ways.
     
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    ieatlions Tele-Afflicted

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    I love the sound of a Strat but the cutaways and rounded edges just don’t do it for me. I’m constantly readjusting when I play one.
     
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    marc2211 Tele-Holic

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    My Teles! The sharp corners get me every time! /runs :D
     
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    My grote jazz box feels crazy big after years of a Tele, but I love to play it (just not every day).
     
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    Most Firebirds I’ve owned.
     
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    A bowl back Ovation. Lovely to play, but it kept trying to escape.
     
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    PC_Hater Tele-Meister

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    I have an Epiphone Firebird, lovely looking guitar but that horn got in the way!
    Not anymore.
    I removed it.
    Thinking of getting my spoke shave out and thinning down the neck too. It feels like baseball bat!
     
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    Wallaby Friend of Leo's

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    My National Style 1 Tricone is slippery if I wear a long-sleeved shirt playing it, and it feels cold on my bare arm if I wear a short-sleeved shirt.
     
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    Haha, yup!

    The traditional Tele design is not the most comfortable.

    But...the sound!
     
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    Yes. The general shape of any Gibson-style dual cutaway (DC) is difficult for me to play when seated. I had a Hamer USA Sunburst and a Hamer USA Special for years and never could get comfortable with them when playing while seated. When standing they were OK...
     
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    Old Deaf Roadie Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    My gut makes a guitar more uncomfortable to play than any single design feature or flaw. I find my axe sliding from front at the beginning of a song to the right by the chorus & struggling with it by the time the bridge rolls around, causing my left arm to reach a bit. Apparently, a decent diet & daily walks of 1.5-3 miles or bicycle pedaling against coastal wind isn't enough.
     
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    Constantly! I had a couple of good one's, too, but they just don't hang still. My Teles hug me.
     
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    tattypicker Tele-Meister

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    Not really. When I first got into playing electric, I tried representative samples of the holy trinity of Tele, Strat and Les Paul. Comfort and ergonomics led me to narrow my focus on teles. I eventually added a Strat, and have never really looked at Les Paul style guitars since. Tele is still what I play most, largely based on what I find comfortable.
     
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    Those import Gretsches have a beefy neck for my small fist full of Smokey links. Love the guitars but they are occasionally a challenge. I just push through and adapt. I think it’s beneficial to push my abilities, especially with a difficult guitar. Not a crap guitar but a difficult guitar I’ll work with to become better. Flawed logic? Who knows.
     
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    Love this guitar, looks and sounds wonderful, but it is a huge beast to haul around all night. I did play a few songs for a wedding ceremony with it recently. IMG_20210923_074442469.jpg
     
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    A Tele is such an ergonomic guitar that most others feel clumsy, uncomfortable and unbalanced in comparison.
     
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