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    #16
    I have tried many guitars for different periods and find that I can get used to most body styles, but by far the most comfortable for me are the Steinberger L shaped guitars. They are tiny and accomodate very easy to the wheelchair, most even bring a leg rest integrated, which I dont use. They sound great too.

    That Parker is beautiful. Congrats.
    T6 complete (or so I think), SCI since September 21, 2003

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      #17
      Originally posted by paramoto View Post
      I have tried many guitars for different periods and find that I can get used to most body styles, but by far the most comfortable for me are the Steinberger L shaped guitars. They are tiny and accomodate very easy to the wheelchair, most even bring a leg rest integrated, which I dont use. They sound great too.

      That Parker is beautiful. Congrats.
      I had a Steinberger bass years ago. How do you hold it? With a strap is the only way I could make it work, especially being stuck in a chair.

      I'm so used to having a big wooden box to hug, though, and hold onto while I'm playing, I think I'd feel a little naked holding a Steinberger!

      What would I hide behind?!?!?

      Last edited by Oddity; 1 Jun 2012, 12:12 AM.
      "I have great faith in fools; self-confidence my friends call it." - Edgar Allen Poe

      "If you only know your side of an issue, you know nothing." -John Stuart Mill, On Liberty

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        #18
        This is how I hold a Jackson (Strat type body) and an L shaped Steinberger type body. The Steinberger feels much more natural sitting down. I wear a strap for both that holds most of the guitarĀ“s weight.

        Originally posted by DaleB View Post
        I had a Steinberger bass years ago. How do you hold it? With a strap is the only way I could make it work, especially being stuck in a chair.

        I'm so used to having a big wooden box to hug, though, and hold onto while I'm playing, I think I'd feel a little naked holding a Steinberger!

        What would I hide behind?!?!?

        T6 complete (or so I think), SCI since September 21, 2003

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          #19
          Hey, sorry to bring back this old thread, but Google led me here after searching for wheelchair + learning guitar. I wanted to share some of my findings in hopes this will help other para wannabe-shredders

          In terms of playing posture, I went out and bought a Dynarest cushion http://www.vamu.se/, and it works well with my dreadnaught acoustic guitar. I go back and forth playing with and without it, still testing it out to be honest.

          I think @SCIfor55yrs. has a great idea searching youtube for wheelchair + guitar to get some ideas on playing postures, to answer OPs original concern - though I hope he figured something out by now

          I?m loving the photos of your axes, I?ll have to snap a good one and post it. I?m lucky to own a beautiful Taylor 7-series? now I just have to learn how to play it properly. I was reading up on what online guitar lessons are recommended... man, what a wasteland of bad sites. Finally found one decent one, they review the 4 Best Websites for Online Guitar Lessons. I started on JamPlay. OP are you still doing online lessons, and if so, what did you pick (free? paid?), how do you like them / did you keep it up? I?m loving it thus far, but I?m super early.
          "Give me peace of mind and trust, don't forget the rest of us..."

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            #20
            Got a "youth" acoustic guitar after struggling with full size for years. That said, I only plunk around for peace of mind, not a guitar player. Don't know if they have youth electric guitars. Hope you work something out! I've always found solace in the few chords I can handle.

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              #21
              Originally posted by kimi83 View Post
              Hey, sorry to bring back this old thread, but Google led me here after searching for wheelchair + learning guitar. I wanted to share some of my findings in hopes this will help other para wannabe-shredders

              In terms of playing posture, I went out and bought a Dynarest cushion http://www.vamu.se/, and it works well with my dreadnaught acoustic guitar. I go back and forth playing with and without it, still testing it out to be honest.

              I think @SCIfor55yrs. has a great idea searching youtube for wheelchair + guitar to get some ideas on playing postures, to answer OPs original concern - though I hope he figured something out by now

              I?m loving the photos of your axes, I?ll have to snap a good one and post it. I?m lucky to own a beautiful Taylor 7-series? now I just have to learn how to play it properly. I was reading up on what online guitar lessons are recommended... man, what a wasteland of bad sites. Finally found one decent one, they review the 4 Best Websites for Online Guitar Lessons. I started on JamPlay. OP are you still doing online lessons, and if so, what did you pick (free? paid?), how do you like them / did you keep it up? I?m loving it thus far, but I?m super early.

              Indeed, I really like the Dynarest cushion, too. I've been playing since forever ago, don't really need "lessons", so to speak, but I really enjoy YouTuber "guitarlessons365" for his daily song lessons. Not always something I want to learn, but his instructional style suits me. His archive of songs is deep and eclectic and I Always find something I like when I look through it.

              Congrats on the Taylor! I went through a Taylor phase, added a few to my collection, and aside from my first one, a GC-7 is the only one I still own and play regularly. The 7 series is perfect for me! Style and tone wise, both. Love it! I'm sure you will too!
              "I have great faith in fools; self-confidence my friends call it." - Edgar Allen Poe

              "If you only know your side of an issue, you know nothing." -John Stuart Mill, On Liberty

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                #22
                Try a ukulele. So much easier to hold and play. I play tenor and baritone ukes. The baritone is tuned like the top 4strings of a guitar;D,G,B,E. I played guitar for 56 years and struggled with balance and the longer reach of a guitar. The uke brought music back into my life. So much so I lead a uke group of up to 30 people doing gigs at assisted living homes and other venues. I also play a uke bass which is so much fun.

                I've got many guitars worth thousands of dollars lying dormant in my closet while the mighty ukes I own are played daily.

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