What Is The Most Comfortable Guitar To Play?

Are you looking for a new guitar? Maybe you already have a guitar and it just doesn’t feel right to you. We all want a guitar that sounds great, looks cool, and is comfortable. You may be wondering, “What Is The Most Comfortable Guitar To Play?” Let’s take a look at what makes a guitar comfortable.

What Is The Most Comfortable Guitar To Play?

The most comfortable guitar to play is the guitar that feels good in your hands, fits comfortably against your body, is not too heavy when you stand, both arms and hands can maneuver each end of the guitar easily, it looks great, sounds great, and your intuition tells you this is the guitar for you.

These are pretty simple guide lines for finding a comfortable guitar that will work good for each of us.

We are all different and like different things. A favorite guitar of mine that I think is comfortable may not be a good fit for you and vice versa.

Let’s break things down a little more and check out some other factors that will help you find your perfect guitar.

Are Lightweight Guitars More Comfortable?

I have never heard another guitar player complain that their guitar is too light weight. Have you?

I think a good thing to be aware of is the weight of a guitar you may be considering for a purchase.

Woman Playing An Acoustic Guitar

If you are new to guitar, you may not understand what all the fuss is over the weight of a guitar.

I know when I first started playing guitar, the guitars weight was the furthest thing from my mind.

I was more concerned with how to play the guitar and how to get some really cool sounds from my guitar when I first got started.

The weight of the guitar did not cross my mind until I started playing 4 hour gigs and 8 hour band practice sessions.

Are lightweight guitars more comfortable? Maybe so, but maybe not. There are other factors to consider.

Will A Heavier Guitar Be Uncomfortable?

I personally do not think the heavier guitars are uncomfortable. A heavier guitar will come in somewhere between 9 Lbs. – 12 Lbs.

This really is not a great amount of weight were talking about here.

Some people carry on like a so-called heavy guitar is so terrible.

Les Paul Guitar

Listen, when you were born you probably weighed around 7Lbs. – 10 Lbs. Your mother carried you around with love and pride every day. Heck, she even had to feed you and change your diapers.

I’m pretty sure if your mother can do it, you will have no problems with a so-called “Heavy Guitar”.

I guess what I’m saying is, you shouldn’t over concern yourself with the weight of a guitar you may be considering.

There are a lot more important things to consider like, how does the guitar sound, how does the guitar feel in your hands.

So, will a heavier guitar be uncomfortable? I don’t think so. You’re a guitar player. Your Cool, Your Tough, don’t be a baby.

Yes, I’ve played a Les Paul guitar for 8 hours at band practices. Did it get heavy? Yes. What did I do? I took a break, had a cool refreshment and jumped right back in. Loved every minute of it.

How Much Do Guitars Weigh?

The average Electric Guitar weighs somewhere between 6lbs – 10lbs.

Electric guitars weigh a little more because most electric guitars are solid body design.

The average Acoustic Guitar weighs somewhere between 3lbs – 6lbs.

Acoustic guitars are lighter weight because they are hollow body design. The hollow body and the interior braces help project the sound of the guitar.

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Which Guitar Shape Is Best?

Which guitar shape is best? The one you think is the coolest! Dugh..

Listen, guitars have been around for a long time and we’re not re-inventing the wheel here.

Which guitar shape appeals to you? What guitar shape catches your eye? Have you ever picked one up and tried it out?

Go to your local music store and pick up some different styles of guitars that you like. Even if you can’t play guitar, go pick up and hold some different styles of guitars.

Ask the sales person to fetch you a guitar strap and let that baby hang from your shoulder. How does it feel? Put your hand on the neck. What does it feel like?

Guitars In A Rack

Strum the strings a little with your other hand. Can you feel the guitar vibrate against you? Does your strumming hand and arm feel comfortable wrapped around that guitar?

Try on another one that catches your eye. Do the same things with a couple other guitar styles that you like.

You will find that different shapes of guitars will feel better to you than others.

Different guitars will vibrate and resonate better to you. This is what you are looking for.

Different guitars will feel better in your hands and make you feel alive.

The shape of the guitar will have a lot to do with your comfort and likes. Go try some different guitars out and remember the styles and shapes that you like.

If you can’t play guitar, don’t be embarrassed or nervous. Who cares, we all started at day one. Go try one out. It’s cool.

Belly Relief Contours

You may be wondering, What Are Belly Relief Contours?

Belly relief contours are carved out areas on the top back of the guitar. This is where the back of the guitar rest against your belly area.

The belly relief contour is carved out of the top back of the guitar so that the guitar can set more evenly against your body.

This can help some guitar shapes set straighter against you and provide a little more comfort when you are standing with your guitar.

Fender Stratocaster Belly Cut Contour

You primarily find belly relief contours on electric guitars.

I personally like belly carved contours on a guitar. You won’t find belly carved contours on a lot of guitars and that’s ok. It’s not a big deal.

You see the belly carved contours a lot on Strat style guitars.

I just wanted to make you aware of what a belly carved contour is.

Arm Relief Contours

Arm Relief Contours are carved out contours that happen on the top side of the guitar where your right arm reaches over the guitar if you are right-handed.

Fender Stratocaster Arm Relief Contour

The arm relief contour can make it a little more comfortable for the right forearm to rest on the top half of the guitar body and perhaps even help align your right hand better with the bridge, pickup area of the guitar.

A lot of guitars will not have an arm relief contour. It’s ok if you are playing a guitar that doesn’t have arm relief contours.

Arm relief contours and belly cut contours are comfort cuts and style preferences.

Some guitar players do not like the arm and belly contours.

Some guitar players prefer a thick slab of wood to work with and believe the contour cuts take away from a guitars tone and resonance.

You will see a lot of arm contour cuts on a Strat style guitar.

What Guitar Neck Is Best?

If you are shopping for a new and more comfortable guitar you may be wondering, “What Guitar Neck Is Best?”

What Guitar Neck Is Best

I can tell you that the best guitar neck for you is going to be the one that feels the best in your hand.

If you are a more technical kind of person, you may be interested in the specs and dimensions of things but don’t forget to just pick up a guitar and hold it. How does it feel?

Sometimes we get caught up in all the specs, dimensions, and technical aspects of things and forget to just do what works for you.

Your brain will automatically tell you if a guitar neck is too fat, too thin, or just right.

What Are The Different Guitar Neck Shapes?

Guitar Neck Shapes Chart

The C and D Shape necks are the most common necks that you will find on electric and acoustic guitars.

C Shape: The C Shape neck is one of the thinner and more narrow guitar necks.

D Shape: The D Shape neck gets a little more round and thicker.

U Shape: The U Shape neck gets a little more round and thicker than the D Shape neck. The U Shape neck has more pronounced shoulders and has a deeper grip.

V Shape: The V Shape has less roundness than the C, D, and U Shape necks.

Baseball Shape: The BB Baseball Bat neck is the thickest and round neck.

Asymmetrical: The Asymmetrical is a neck that is cut off axis to provide a different feel or grip for the player.

What Guitar Neck Is Best For Small Hands?

Guitar necks with the C or D shape, a shorter scale length, and a larger radius tend to be most comfortable for people with smaller hands. Let’s find out why.

Short Guitar Fingers

Neck Shape: Guitar necks come is several standard sizes. If you have smaller hands, you will probably feel more comfortable on a thinner neck like the C Shape or D Shape neck.

There is more to a guitar neck than the shape. You also have scale length and fretboard radius to consider.

Guitar Scale Length: The scale length of a guitar neck is the distance between the Nut and the Saddle. In other words, this is the area where the strings vibrate.

A shorter guitar scale length means the frets will be closer together. You still have the same number of frets, but the frets are closer together. Because the frets are closer together, you have less distance to reach the next fret.

Fretboard Radius: The fretboard radius is the amount of curvature you have on the top of the fretboard. It is said that people with smaller hands prefer a flatter fretboard.

To achieve a flatter fretboard, you will want a larger radius. A smaller radius will give you a more rounded fretboard.

What Guitar Neck Is Best For Big Hands?

You know what they say about people with big hands? They say you can play any guitar you want. But what guitar neck will be most comfortable?

Long Guitar Fingers

Neck Shape: People with larger hands may be able to maneuver any neck shape but will probably find a certain neck shape more comfortable than others.

Some people with large hands prefer the thicker U shape or BB Baseball Bat neck. This is simply because they have longer fingers and the thicker neck allows their fingers to stretch out.

Guitar Scale Length: The guitar scale length is the distance from the nut to the bridge saddle. This is the area where the strings vibrate.

The longer the scale length, the further apart the frets are. So, a longer scale guitar neck will have more space between the frets, and this will give your fingers a little more room.

Fretboard Radius: The fretboard radius is the amount of curvature there is on the fretboard. People with longer fingers or larger hands may feel more comfortable on a smaller fretboard radius.

The larger the radius, the flatter the fretboard. The smaller the radius the more curvature there will be in the fretboard.

Should I Sit Or Stand When Playing Guitar?

If you are just starting out on the guitar you may find sitting is more comfortable.

You are focusing on how to get your fingers to cooperate and getting your coordination in sync. So, I think sitting may be the most comfortable position for beginners.

If your back starts hurting, put a strap on your guitar and stand up for a while. It won’t hurt anything, and it will allow you to experience what it is like to stand up and play your guitar.

There really is no right or wrong here.

Girl Sitting Playing The Guitar

If you are currently playing guitar and plan to play out solo for an audience, you need to definitely stand up and play for your audience. I believe this gives respect to those who came to see you perform and will give you a better stage presence.

If you plan to play out with a full band, you are going to need to learn to stand up and play your guitar. This is not going to be a difficult task.

If you can already play guitar, strap up, stand up, and you will quickly get the hang of it.

It’s not a big deal so don’t over think it.

Is The Electric Guitar Or The Acoustic Guitar More Comfortable To Play?

I honestly think most guitar players start out on acoustic guitars. This is not a rule or anything like that. I think it’s this way because most people starting out find it easier to get their hands on an acoustic guitar.

A friend or family member may let someone starting out borrow a guitar or sell them an old acoustic guitar.

There is less cost involved, less things to hook up, and you can just grab an acoustic guitar and start playing.

Electric And Acoustic Guitars

Unfortunately, a lot of second-hand acoustic guitars are not great guitars, and a lot of people are trying to start out on a cheap guitar with terrible action, probably doesn’t hold tune and is difficult to play.

I know this was how I got my start.

My first guitar was an old Kay Archtop acoustic guitar that had been living in a family friends’ attic for a couple millennia.

I was completely thrilled to hold this behemoth in my hands and try with all my might to press the strings down on the old girl. She was stubborn but I was determined.

In the end we became great friends and she taught me a lot.

In hindsight, it sure would have been easier to start out on a guitar with proper strings and the action properly set up.

On the flip side, my first electric guitar seemed like a Cadillac to play compared to my first acoustic guitar.

What Is The Most Comfortable Acoustic Guitar To Play

A well-made acoustic guitar is really no more difficult to play than an electric guitar.

Taylor, Martin, Gibson, and Fender make some great entry level and pro level acoustic guitars.

The modern acoustic guitars have low action, narrow necks, and sound amazing.

They are really comfortable to play, and I highly recommend getting an acoustic electric guitar.

Most songs are written on an acoustic guitar because they are comfortable, quick access, sound great and are easy to play.

Yes, an acoustic guitar can be very comfortable to play especially if it has a proper setup.

What Is The Most Comfortable Electric Guitar To Play

Electric Guitars have low action and often lighter gage strings.

To a new guitarist this can feel more comfortable and easier to play.

Electric guitars have more size and color options.

When you plug an electric guitar in to your favorite pedal board and amplifier, you have an endless array of sounds.

Yes, an electric guitar can be very comfortable to play especially if it has a proper set up.

How Much Do Guitars Cost?

If you are just getting started with the guitar, you may be wondering how much do guitars cost?

New Guitars cost anywhere from $150.00 to $15,000.00 and even more.

It’s important to note that you do not need to spend thousands of dollars for a good guitar. But you get what you pay for in most cases.

Sure, you can get a guitar for $150.00. The action on the guitar may not be as good as a little more expensive guitar, and the tuners may not hold tune very well. This is what I typically see with a less expensive guitar.

Let’s say you spend $600.00 – $800.00 dollars on a guitar. You should be getting a very nice guitar with great low action, great tuners that will hold your guitar in tune, and a nice neck that feels good in your hand and plays smooth.

Acoustic Guitar And Money

Just because you spend more money on a guitar does not mean that you will automatically be getting a better guitar.

The way a guitar is set up will make a huge difference in the way that a guitar plays, feels in your hands, the strings respond to your touch, stays in tune, and the frets and strings react to each other.

If you buy a guitar from a retailer, ask them to do a set up on the guitar. This will dial the guitar in so that it can perform at its maximum level.

Not all guitars are made equal, and every new guitar should have a proper set up done.

A guitar setup usually cost anywhere from $40.00 dollars to $75.00 dollars and is well worth the money.

Some retailers will give you a free set up when you buy a guitar from them. Don’t be afraid to ask for the free set up.

If you have to pay for the guitar set up, go ahead and get it done. It really makes a huge difference.

When you are buying a guitar don’t be afraid to spend a little extra money. You are usually paying for a better-quality guitar that will serve you much better than a cheap guitar that won’t stay in tune, is more difficult to play, and doesn’t sound that great.

What Others Are Saying

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“My SG is miles more comfortable than my LP. I also have several strats, a 335 and my SG. I think those 3 are close together in comfort. All weigh less than 8 lbs. The strats because of their weight and nice body contours . The SG was my choice due to neck issues that made playing my LP difficult for any long periods. The SG is easiest on my back and shoulder. Mine weighs a tad over 6 lbs and is very comfortable.”https://www.everythingsg.com/threads/the-sg-possibly-one-of-the-most-if-not-the-most-comfortable-guitar-to-play.37185/page-4
“The most comfortable electric guitars to play while seated have Stratocaster body shapes. Parlour acoustic guitars are the most comfortable of all acoustic guitars to use while sitting down. This is due to the small size and comfortable contours of these guitar body types.”https://stampsound.com/which-is-the-most-comfortable-guitar-to-play-sitting-down/
“I’m a pretty small dude but for whatever reason 335s just fit me like a glove. The short scale on a Les Paul always felt awkward but suits me much better on a 335 body, and the body itself sits well up against my side”[QUESTION] What is the most comfortable guitar you have played? : Guitar (reddit.com)
“Ok – The title says it all. What’s the most comfortable guitar you’ve ver played? Based ONLY on how comfortable it was – not sound or name, just comfort.
For me, it had to be the Epiphone Les Paul Standard. I have yet to find a guitar as comfortable to play. AMAZING neck with a good feel.”
https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=423990
“For me, it’s the SG. Teles, Strats, Les Pauls / Juniors, 335s, Firebirds, PRSi, these are what I own, they are all comfortable to play sitting (yes, even Les Pauls) but the SG it just it. I use a piano bench quite regularly, right leg over the left, and I find it more comfortable than any other guitar. Fits like a glove.”https://www.thegearpage.net/board/index.php?threads/most-comfortable-electric-sitting-down.1762763/
“Personally, I’m most comfortable on an ES-335/SG layout. All of the vital controls are in a close, quick, handy clump. Who needs bridge tone, way out in the boonies, anyway?
The Tele is my second choice, the tone knob is a bit out in the boonies, but you don’t have to think about it while singing.”
https://www.tdpri.com/threads/most-comfortable-guitar.268516/
“I was at the GC a couple of weeks ago while in Miami and tried lots of guitars. The most comfortable was a relic 50s strat with the perfect body-to-neck weight ratio, but suprisingly I’d put a Dean Vee shaped Dimebag guitar second. It was thin with an interesting (and really flat) neck that just balanced well (standing up).
The worst was a heavy necked SG. I’ve played an Angus Young SG that was great but this one’s headstock dove like an EB-0/EB-3 Epi.”
https://www.tdpri.com/threads/most-and-least-comfortable-guitars.105911/
“To us, the best electric guitars should be reliable, well-built, look superb and have a sound that inspires you to play”https://www.musicradar.com/news/the-best-electric-guitars
“Finding comfortable guitar necks is harder than it seems since player comfort isn’t a one-size-fits-all proposition. The length of your fingers, overall size of your hands, and specifics of your technique will all play a role in which guitar you find the most comfortable to play.”https://www.songsimian.com/most-comfortable-guitar-neck-review/
“To some players, the ultimate electric is a high-end, tricked-out model that features all the latest gadgets, but to others, it could simply mean a guitar that helps you learn or a trusty companion as you embark on your first rehearsals with a new band.”https://www.guitarworld.com/features/best-electric-guitars

In Conclusion

I hope this article was helpful to you.

We all like different styles of guitars, we all prefer different weights of guitars, and we all like different neck styles. So, to say which guitar is the most comfortable for all players is impossible.

This article should give you some good tips to help you get started on your search for the guitar that will be most comfortable to you.

I have an article about the most versatile guitars that I think you will find helpful. These guitars will be comfortable to play and are great quality guitars. You can check it out here: What Is The Most Versatile Guitar?

If you are interested in setting up your own home recording studio, enjoy writing, recording, and producing music, then I encourage you to take a look around my website.

I have some great articles to help you get started with your journey and some great tips you will enjoy.

If you have questions or comments, please leave them below.

6 thoughts on “What Is The Most Comfortable Guitar To Play?”

  1. What guitar would you recommend for a beginner? I would love to learn how to play the guitar as a hobby but I would like to know which is the best guitar to use. Also, where can I learn how to play the guitar properly. I am looking for a great teacher. Thanks.

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    • Hi Daniel,

      As a beginner starting out, I would recommend a Taylor 110 model acoustic guitar or the Fender Nashville Telecaster.  You can start with any guitar you like.  The most important thing is to get started if you are interested in learning.

      If you want to learn to play the guitar, Guitar Mastery Method has some good classes for beginners and advanced players.  

      I do have an article I put together on some of the most versatile guitars: What Is The Most Versatile Guitar?  All of the guitars listed here will be great guitars to purchase because they are some of the most versatile and playable guitars.

      Don’t be afraid to spend a little money on your first guitar.  It’s an investment that is well worth the money.

      Let me know if you have more questions or need help.

      Thanks

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  2. Well to be honest, Gutar is one of the hardest instruments to master.
    All these facts you’ve stated are actually basic for pros but for me I never thought of them before!
    Guess what, I’m planning to buy a Guitar for my niece for Christmas, definitely I’ll save this article and make sure to be with me in this coming days when I go to the store for buying one. So helpful! So thankful for you for making Christmas a happy one!

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  3. Hi! Nice article you have here. I have a brother who is good at playing the guitar. I have tried a bit the last couple of years, have to say it is difficult but very fun. What kind of guitar can you recommend to me? Thank you very much for the information. Cheers 

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    • Hi Fredrik, Playing the guitar is a lifelong journey of learning.  One thing I know is, having a comfortable guitar makes the journey well worth it. 

      I have an article you may enjoy:What Is The Most Versatile Guitar? All of the guitars in this article are going to be excellent guitars.  Be sure and check it out. 

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