i have been thinking about the properties of a guitar body. What does it do? The first area to consider is ergonomics. I looked up a definition.
The applied science of equipment design, intended
to maximize productivity by reducing operator fatigue and discomfort.
The guitar body, in this area, performs these tasks
Provides comfort for the strumming or plucking arm
Positions the neck in the right place for the fretting hand
The shape of the body makes for improved sitting posture.
The game changer for me is when i played a Klein Guitar. The lower bout makes the neck point upwards.
here is an example of a Forshage guitar
go to his Facebook page for more examples
lots of lovely instruments to look at
Rick Toone has devised an interesting variant on this
by moving the bout towards the "bottom" of the guitar, the neck points upward even more. Plus, notice the circled area below.
the body is shaped to enhance the comfort of the leg. Brilliant!
go to the instruments section of the Rick Toone page
caution! This site contains images of an amazing nature! Viewer discretion should be applied.
Strandberg Guitars provides an interesting approach to neck height.
I like to think of it as a"dual bout". The curve beneath the volume and tone controls must make the neck height verge on vertical! So elegant.
if you get a chance go to Strandberg Guitarworks articles/tutorials pages
these pages inspired me to think about taking on the daunting task of this blog
so the story so far. Take any one topic in relation to the design map and so much to think about!