Interesting ergonomic guitar and bass designs

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by control voltage, Sep 22, 2020.

  1. control voltage

    control voltage TDPRI Member

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    I recently saw pictures of a strange-looking guitar. A guy named Leo Burrell didn't like the way a typical acoustic guitar body fit him, so he came up with a different design. Normal guitars feel fine to me, but I'd like to try one of these, just to see what it's like, and how it sounds.

    While looking for more information about Burrell instruments, I ran across a bass made by the Little Guitar Works that takes a different approach: the neck is "twisted". I'd like to try one of these, too, although I don't have a problem with the more usual bass designs.

    Just thought that some here may find these interesting, too. If anybody else has experience with these, or has pictures of other ergonomically-adapted instruments, please feel free to share.

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    I've had a few gigs where I thought my guitar looked like that by the end of the night.
     
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    SixStringSlinger Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Jazzmasters are very comfortable and well-balanced for me. That's about as "weird" as I get.
     
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    i'd like to play that bass just to see how it feels
     
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    I’ve seen twisted necks in the mags before, but could never grasp how one keeps the proper twist, just like a flat neck and a truss rod.
     
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    he made guitars for Salvador Dali
     
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    great for slide!
     
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    I really like this sort of stuff. Unfortunately, these sorts of guitars are not really viable in the instrument market because they're idiosyncratic and they cost quite a bit to produce. Builders that make these are in it for the love of the building.

    That bass reminds me of a Melobar or a Peavey Powerslide...with a twisted neck.
     
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    It does look like something like a
    Salvador Dalí
     
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    This isn't quite that extreme, no front to back changes, but the acoustic Giannini Craviola actually sits much more comfortably on your knee/lap, IMHO. 6 & 12 string. (FWIW, Page played a 12-string on Stairway; J. Feliciano played one on Carson, they had some fans in the day).

    If you're interested in one, there are roughly three generations you'll see for sale: the ones from the 70's that usually are $1000 range (handmade in South America, vintage); the ones from there up to early 90's $300 to $500 (handmade in SA; not-so vintage); and starting somewhere in the mid 2000's, with the company going in/out of business a couple times, Asian imports with the same name (I'd vote no).

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    The Craviola had some high profile users.

    Jimmy Page:

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    Neil Levang (Lawrence Welk):

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    They're making me dizzy.
     
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    They both need fanned frets.
     
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    I have been very interested in the Ovation Breadwinner and the closely related Steve Klein made guitars.
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    I had been told those were the most ergonomically designed guitars but I never found one, so I couldn't try it out for myself.


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    The amazing Adrian Legg playing a custom ergonomic acoustic electric which he demonstrates and talks about in this clip.
     
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    I had heard of Adrian Legg, but never listened to him. Wow, he's great! That guitar is interesting, too.

    Steve Marriott liked the Ovation Breadwinner, apparently:

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    I played an Ovation Magnum bass a long time back. It was pretty comfortable, though I don't have any complaints about my Jazz Bass, or other more familiar models. It wouldn't look out of place among some Backlund instruments, I think:

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    I’m kind of intrigued by the Jon Bondy shape. I may build a clone just to have a small knock around sit and play guitar at home. Anyone ever play one?
     
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    I haven't played one, but the idea of a lightweight, compact guitar that takes regular strings, instead of expensive double-ball-end ones, is appealing. Having piezo pickups, in addition to normal ones, is nice. It makes sense to have a little cutout for a leg, too, instead of a little flip-down part, like some Steinbergers have.

    If you build some version of that, I hope you post a thread about it. Thanks!
     
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    Designed by Salvador Dali?
     
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