Rib cuts

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by corbo, Oct 6, 2021.

Rib-cuts....for a tele, or just at a butcher shop?

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  1. corbo

    corbo Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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    I gotta say, I cannot stand rib cuts on a tele. To me a big part of the aesthetic beauty of the Telecaster is the symmetrical thickness of the body. I understand many people like rib-cuts for comfort, but why can't it be an OPTION rather than something we're forced to buy? I mean, between the neck dimensions, pickups, and color, I'd probably buy TWO of these player plus teles in green if it wasn't for this....ok, rant over. o_O Screen Shot 2021-10-06 at 1.28.40 PM.png
     
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    Fretting out Doctor of Teleocity Platinum Supporter

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    It’s alright to say “tummy” we are all adults here...we’ll mostly

    It’s a “tummy cut”!

    I think they are fine on a guitar that isn’t paying homage to a vintage example

    Edit: belly is acceptable also:)
     
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  3. JL_LI

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    If a rib cut bothers you that much don’t buy it. But wait a minute. One day soon pick up a Player Tele and sit down with it. Cross your right leg over your left knee. Does the rib relief still bother you or is the guitar more comfortable to play than other Telecasters? Well? It’s not traditional but it’s not madness either.
     
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    memorex Friend of Leo's

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    Unless you wear your guitar on the down-low, the tummy cut is useless. I've been wearing my guitar up higher since I was thirty, and the belly cut needs to be a concave routing right behind the pickups. But since that would probably cut into the pickup cavities, the whole body would have to be thicker. I think it could be done, but nobody's going to take the time to figure out how to implement that.
     
  5. Phrygian77

    Phrygian77 Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

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    Who crosses their legs when playing?
     
  6. brookdalebill

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    Yeah!
    Comfort is important!
     
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    Comfort is overrated. Honestly, I don't even notice the slab when playing my Teles. Also, it's never even discussed regarding acoustics, where it is an actual issue.
     
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    I do. I play sitting down and crossing my legs keeps the guitar from slipping. And I appreciate the rib relief in my Stratocasters.
     
  9. NoTeleBob

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    Another alternative is curve reduction of the mounting surface via exercise and diet.
     
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    i don't care about the aesthetic.

    for me they only work sitting down, where the guitar is sort of tilted on your leg and the contour goes right under your breast. fits like a glove. when i stand up, the guitar is no longer tilted and the corner of the contour is at the perfect angle to dig in between my ribs. with a flat guitar like a tele or 335, the pressure is distributed across a much wider area of my torso.

    IMHO one of those ideas that only makes sense in 1950 something when everyone was sitting down. more ergo modern guitars may be contoured better for standing - flatter angle, more of a cut, etc. the fender thing is a very crude thing.
     
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  11. Sparky472

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    No one is forcing you to buy it. And regardless, there are plenty of Teles without it. I have a 2016 American Standard with this. I don’t see how it really affects the aesthetics unless you spend a good deal of time looking at your Tele from behind…

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    I'm totally indifferent to "rib-cuts, belly-cuts, tummy-cuts"....whatever you want to call it.
    However, I almost require a "forearm bevel or cut" on my Teles. It doesn't have to be as pronounced as a Strat's, but just enough to not cut into the underside of my forearm. Here's my self-assembled mongrelcaster.....
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    So true. Since some troubling health issues have forced me into a life of moderation, I'm down below 190 for the first time since I can't remember when. So I'm not calling it a tummy cut on my Strats. It's rib relief.
     
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    "Rib Relief" is also something I experience twelve hours after gorging myself on BBQ.....;)
     
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    Meh. I don't care one way or the other.
     
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    unixfish Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    Maybe I prefer a Tele without one? I sure would not kick one out of bed for having it though.
     
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    Definitely wish more Teles had at least a minor tummy cut.
     
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    I do not like the belly cut or rib cut and I don't feel it adds any sort of comfort. The problem I have with them is that when playing standing it allows the guitar to tilt back at the top and encourages the bottom to tilt out changing the angle of the fretboard to the fretting hand.

    But, I have played so many gigs with a standard tele shape that anything else feels kinda weird.
     
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    I can go either way, with or without. The ones I have added (belly cut and forearm cut) are much shallower than what you see off the shelf. Looks more subtle and is all that is really needed.
     
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    tell that to Les Paul players. Haha. I love mine! I’m glad I have one to go to at times. But damn it’s heavy
     
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