Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Northern California
Re: Does a waist and elbow contour help?
I know the strat and its derivatives (Jackson Soloist/Dinky, Ibanez RG/Jems/others, Peavey Predator, ESP M I/II/KH, Charvel San Dimas, and countless others) are within the most successful design ever invented by Fender, but I didn't really think it out so much.
I heard so much about the original contoured body and how that was such a big thing, but when I started playing guitar that shape was already more than 20 years old so I took it for granted. There are other things on a strat like six on a side tuning keys, bolt-on design, three pickups with selector switch, and tremolo, but the body shape is something that I am so amazed at on long gigs. I can pretty much play anything for a few minutes and be comfortable but there's nothing like that body that fits to a human body that makes it so easy to do in an extended session. I am 25 pounds heavier and the slightly rounded tummy appreciates the contour even more so you all have a good point there as mentioned above in your posts.
Since I am a fan of Ibanez first and foremost (who here isn't) I may try out an RG for my next "main" guitar. Also the tele-like FR320 model with all its strat-like contours and mix of single coil and humbucker tones may be a doable option, too.
Anyway, there's nothing like getting with others which made me have to actually sit or stand for uncomfortably long periods of time to make me see the beauty in those contours. Besides guitars that fight your body in any long period of playing my other pet peeve is a sticky, candy feeling with high gloss backs of necks. A glossy fingerboard is not ideal but at least the frets limit contact with anything that can get simultaneously slippery and sticky.
When I come to think of it, especially if I am a shredder who likes trems, the typical RG with satin neck, recessed locking Floyd, contours, and maximum pickup sounds, is probably the best thing out there in the guitar world. A non trem player can find equal shredability in a fixed bridge RG. The old attachment I had to vintage Fenders and Gibsons is gone realizing that Ibanez and others have raised the design bar, and simply that the vintage stuff is stupidly expensive and won't repay in any way in terms of ergonomic use or playability.
What I would like, but what Ibanez doesn't build to my knowledge, would be a fully hollow RG in exact same dimensions of RG but with all the contours and thin body. The closest thing I have seen to a hollowbody with all the nice twists and turns of a strat is a one of custom shop PRS and those are too expensive. It's 100% percent hollow with a lot of the body being steamed and bent to exact shape, with minimal bracing and a solid block just under where the bridge goes still allowing for most the full hollowbody tone. A small motherboard with electronics allowing for best tone and versatility is wired in with the rest of the controls. Feedback is reduced somewhat due to small bridge block and thin body form factor. They do have the full depth, strat like PRS Custom/McCarty that is somewhat more affordable and stock.
Last edited by 63Blazer; 04-30-2013 at 03:36 PM.