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FDP Forum / Miscellaneous and Non-Fender Topics / Wide bodies

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Vero Beach FL

Tbird Greg
Jun 24th, 2017 06:23 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have always had a problem playing guitars with larger, wider bodies while standing. The angle of the fretboard seems foreign and hard to see. My typical standing position has the guitar almost parallel to my shoulders, but this doesn't work for me with the larger guitars. I have to position the guitar at an angle off my right hip to be able to see the fretboard. This has been true of my Gretsch and
Epi Dot and now the Ibanez Artcore I just got.

Do you guys who play this type of guitar while standing have these issues?

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I tried to think

but nothing happened!
Jun 24th, 2017 09:40 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I remember seeing a pad that stuck to the bottom back of an dread acoustic that tilted it so you could see the fretboard. Can't find it now.

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Santee CA

Poser extraordinaire
Jun 24th, 2017 10:06 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

If I had issues seeing the fretboard playing a "wide" body guitar I would stick to songs I know well enough to play without looking at the fretboard. Or find a pad type thingy that RDR mentioned.

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Memphis, TN

Jun 24th, 2017 11:06 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I will say after adjusting the strap to the feel good position of the guitar neck and the body to my body, on my Epi Dot reaching for the bridge vol and tone took more of a reach.

also, after an hour or so on the Dot, going back to my Strats made them feel like a toy.

Almost like, "what's this thing I've got under my hands? It's so little"

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Edmond, OK

Jun 24th, 2017 04:21 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Oops, I thought this was about wimmen.......

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San Clemente, CA

Happy Sunsets, tahitijack
Jun 26th, 2017 09:55 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Does anyone make an acoustic guitar with a narrow body at the bout where the elbow rests and wider where the guitar rests on the stomach?

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So. Cal. USA

Jun 26th, 2017 10:03 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I play my 335 style guitars a little higher than my Strats, Teles and Pauls. This seems to help the lack of vision thing.

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I walk

between the raindrops
Jun 26th, 2017 10:57 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I don't look at the fretboard. I look at the side dots for reference as I play, so I play the same on a small solidbody as I do on a large hollowbody.

Now that I think about it--that's also the reason why I play so many "jazz" notes and chords :o$


Hawaii, USA

Perfect is the enemy of good enough
Jun 26th, 2017 03:35 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Duke Robillard uses a small piece of leather shoe lace tied to his strap and run under the extended edge of the fretboard on his big guitars, for possibly the very same reason. I was going to try it on my jazzer but the fretboard makes a clean stop and no overhang. It will work on some but not others.



Jun 26th, 2017 08:57 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Is the problem visual or ergonomic? Sometimes the sensation of the guitar being too far away is uncomfortable, too. I've grown to like it.

Like Peegoo, I use side dots. Lacking side dots will throw me off, but lacking FB markers never does. I kinda like the look of a plain board with no inlay.

I'd also suggest experimenting with strap height. The modern classical advice (largely from the "Pumping Nylon" series) is that a guitar should be placed such that it is just there when you put your arms up. You should feel like you're ever reaching for it. I would assume that what feels good for your arms may also be good for your eyes.

Also, that different guitars require a different approach and technique is, to me, the appeal of owning several guitars. I simply play differently when I pick up different guitars.

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