how are you "slung"?

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  1. LoveHz

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    With the guitar on its strap, look in the mirror. If the bottom edge of the guitar is above navel level then the guitar is too high. If the top edge of the guitar is below navel level then it's too low. Apparently.
     
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    Around my belt, angled up quite a bit. That's pretty much right in the middle between low and high, I think.
     
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    the guitar strap equivalent of this. rather play good than look cool
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    Medium high.

    I need it to be ergonomically comfortable.
    Then I can play and perform without strain and without pain.

    Slung low looks cool in rock videos, but its no way to perform live.
    Too much strain on the tendons of your wrists and hands and fingers.
    Who needs that?

    :oops:

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    I used to be a “...gentleman of ample proportions”. Back then I used the BB King method of guitar support.

    For reasons I won’t go into I lost about eighty pounds, now I’m back to the “Impress the chicks with my low slung phallic symbol”, IE my guitar.

    At thirty it worked great. At sixty five? Not so much.
     
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    For some valuable info in the topic, check this out, beginning at 4:50 in the video.

    These guys are baked...looks like they were also enjoying some Coca Cola.

    WARNING: NSFW Grown-up Language Content

     
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    Medium low for me. I almost always stand up when playing electric. A friend of mine put on my guitar and said, "That's kinda low." Trying to be like Keef in my own way.
     
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    I play sitting now, but in the day when I played standing, I positioned the guitar where it was most playable for me, which tended to be in the mid to upper mid range.

    Part of this depends on the kind of playing that you do... a lot of more complex chords would be nearly impossible to play with a guitar slung low. I'm thinking if you enjoy playing more complex chords and perhaps some more complex lead lines - a higher hold would be almost required. Cowboy chords with a windmill swinging right arm can work fine with a low slung guitar.

    Low looks pretty cool, high looks a bit goofy, mid-level looks OK and I would guess tends to play quite well... for most people.

    I could never play well with a Les Paul slung way down low, like Jimmy Page used to do - I need it higher than that. Looked pretty cool, though!
     
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    High and tight like a junior high school wedgie.
     
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    Fairly low, belt level. Had a friend who played his so high it looked like a guitar bra.
     
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    I used to be fairly low-slung, but as I got older and fatter, it stopped being practical. I wear my guitar on my right hip now.


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    Count me in the group: the older I get, the shorter the strap. I do lengthen the strap a bit for public performance, then shorten it back up for practice and rehearsal.

    Is it all about Jimmy Page? I wonder what made him wear his Les Paul closer to his knees than most girls were wearing their skirts back then. Johnny Ramone, too.

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    I went and looked at my profile pic, I guess this is medium low 20191026_153957.jpg
     
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