Tips For Tele Comfort?

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  1. Sunny Todd

    Sunny Todd TDPRI Member

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    Really helpful insight, my issue certainly starts with bad posture, I’ve been hanging my head out over my guitars looking down for a long time and its no bueno. I think the concentrated weight of the tele is pulling down on my left shoulder in a way that I’ve not experienced before as well.
     
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    JL_LI Friend of Leo's

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    At my age standing for any length of time hurts, whether there's a guitar slung from my shoulder or not and I think old guys don't look cool sitting in a folding chair. Way back when I was in college, whether playing guitar in a coffee house or double bass with a combo, I liked using a bar stool. Back then I didn't care if the seat was cushioned but my butt needs a little padding on the seat these days.
     
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  3. telemnemonics

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    I've been on half a dozen guitar sites for 2+decades...

    I don't think I've ever seen a thread about a boat anchor Tele.

    That being said... My B-bender Tele outweighed my heaviest LP by a pound and a half!
     
  5. Gary in Boston

    Gary in Boston Friend of Leo's

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    This is going to seem snarky but core strengthening has a lot to do with this, or at least it does for me.

    If I stand for two or more hours with almost any guitar my back starts to hurt and as I compensate for the back pain it shifts to my neck or my shoulder.

    However, if I get out of the
    fitness protection program and go to the gym like I'm supposed to and do some planks etc I find that allot of those issues go away.

    Worth a try?

    Better for you.

    Cheaper than new straps and lighter guitars ?

    Gary
     
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    Ron R Friend of Leo's

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    Play a Les Paul for several months straight. Your Tele will feel a LOT lighter after that!
     
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  7. boris bubbanov

    boris bubbanov Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    That tends to be true, over the spectrum of various models; different wood species and construction.

    Alder is the "down the middle" of guitar wood species. Never super light, and seldom super heavy. Mostly the body will be 4 pounds 4 ounces to maybe 5 pounds.

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    And so I don't think the weight is probably the issue.

    I would do some strength and conditioning exercises, and work on posture and core fitness. Unless illness or injury stand in the way, this shouldn't be hard but could take time.

    Welcome, Todd!
     
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  8. Gary in Boston

    Gary in Boston Friend of Leo's

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    OR get a Parker Fly guitar.

    They are as light as a bunt cake...............

    Gary
     
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