When I play sitting, I hold any guitar in the “classical” style. On an RG, the cable consequentially goes directly into my right thigh. Does anyone have a cure for this problem? The best that I have found to date is use a 90 degree connector (shown), but it’s not ideal. Thoughts/advice are welcome!
I have an RG, but the jack is “normal” (a MIJ RG752, what model is yours?). Those angled jacks I mostly associate with the JEM - I think the idea is well-intended when standing, but I definitely see it being an issue for classical posture.
Ah, I didn’t know that they moved the jack around! It is a RG8570. I presume that they assume that everybody sits with their guitar balanced on their right leg (something that leaves me uncomfortably twisted).
This way the guitar is really solid and doesn’t move, even with no hands. What is surprising to me is that a Flying V is excellent for sitting—much better than my ergonomic-looking Ibanez!
It’s pretty solid if you strap it snug. And having the guitar neck move around shouldn’t be a problem. I tend to think the classical position isn’t the best for electric as the body is so much thinner. Theres no need to to almost hug the guitar unlike an acoustic. If you insist on it being in that position only thing I can think of besides the strap is maybe try create something to slot over that area, maybe something on the guitar or your leg, or perhaps try get a wireless built into it, it looks like it’s got space in the back? Looks great from behind btw
Was thinking also how about a midi pickup? Not only pretty cool but I don’t think they go over the jack at all?
I just noticed this video of Jeff Loomis, and his sitting seems to be maximally ergonomic in my eyes, and exactly what I attempt to do. For those of you with your axe on your right leg, give it a try for a bit the next time that you practice.
Unfortunately, that is even worse than the 90 degree connector that I use now, because a straight connector goes right into one’s thigh (and bends the cable at an extreme angle, etc., likely reducing its life in addition to causing discomfort). Consequentially, right now I don’t play this guitar sitting down much, and that’s bad, as it’s supposed to be my main guitar! I’ve been looking for a low-profile 1/4 inch jack, and if I find one, then I can make a custom cable and everything should be fine. I’m still somewhat surprised that a commercial product doesn’t exist, but so be it.
Wow, that jack really is in the worst possible place for a classical playing posture.
You might try a different type of classical posture: flamenco players sit with crossed legs (either leg over the other), which places the guitar neck at a similar orientation to the classical posture but will leave that jack area clear of your body.
In fact, I’d forgotten to mention this to you @kgk but after watching some Marshall Harrison clips I noticed how high up his guitar is, yet it’s still on his right leg. The other day I tried using a foot stool to simulate it and I’m actually floored at how comfy it is. The guitar doesn’t budge and it allows very ergonomic fretting too, particularly if the neck is angled up just a little. It probably places it at the same angle you’d get in normal classical posture. So far I’m liking it so much I may not return the way I’ve been holding a guitar while seated for all these years.
True classical I’ll probably keep what I’m used to though, but I have a brace with suction cups that allows the guitar to stay put