I’ve seen a few discussions here on what guitars are most ergonomic - I’m curious to what extent extended range guitars are more or less ergonomic.
My daily rotation right now includes and Ibanez Prestige Fujigen 7 string, a Kiesel seven string multi scale and a JEM. I’ve been finding that I have the most endurance when playing demanding lead work on the JEM - so my first question is given the similarity between the JEM and Presitge, is there anything inherently less ergonomic with a thin neck seven string or about a greater neck width in general? I suspect the flat wide neck is reducing my ability to get a power grip rather than a pinch grip in the normal playing range. Adjusting my grip so my thumb is out to the side instead of behind my index/middle finger helps this some.
I think my Kiesel is more comfortable if playing a long time and my left hand tends to tense up less - but I have two factors to consider - it’s neck is thicker and being multi scale my hand posturing is different. Not sure which one contributes more, I’ve read that both could so curious to hear anyone else’s experience with that.
Now - if extended range guitars are actually just less comfortable in some inherent way - what’s the best way to offset that? I was thinking one obvious choice would be get something like a Strandberg endure neck which as I understand it allows your hand to assume a more power grip position easier due to the thick ridge rotating down the neck.
Curious about how folks here feel about any advantages with the endureneck - also wondering if anyone knows of a non-headless manufacturer that makes a similarly engineered neck - I’m just not a big fan of the look of the Strandberg - or if there’s any newer companies that are working on more ergonomic guitar neck designs I haven’t considere.
To be clear none of my guitars are uncomfortable- I’m just at the point that I want to see if I can optimize even more wrt the feel of the guitar.