The guitar virtuoso Adrian Legg plays a great example of a custom guitar made with ergonomics in mind. Built by Bill Puplett, a guitar builder out of England, the guitar bares a striking resemblance to the Klein Electric guitar.
Among the key ergonomic features are the sweeping upper bout which provides plenty of picking hand support and a lower bout shape that helps set the guitar neck at an angle when seated. In addition, the guitar is chambered, which apart from its contribution to the guitar’s tone, reduces its weight as well. Further details about the guitar are available from the Tech Tidbits section of Adrian Legg’s site as well as the Guitar Player article Streaming Vertical Slices â€“ A Lesson with Adrian Legg in Fast, Fluid Fingerpicking.
From a guitar maker’s perspective, this design has a significant advantage over the Klein like guitar I am attempting to build – the use of a conventional neck and bridge. Because headless guitars are far less popular, components such as bridges, necks and head pieces can be difficult to find. When found, they are often significantly more expensive than those available for conventional guitars. Using a conventional neck, bridge and tuners, leads to greater choices and potentially lower costs. For the would be luthier, these are important considerations.