A radical electric guitar, the Hohner EGS or Ergonomic Guitar System “features a patent-pending design metal made ERGO-WING which allows the player to adjust the position of his electric guitar for perfect posture.” Although details are sparse and only currently available through the Hohner Germany site, the idea is similar to a built-in neck up device. It’s a concept I’ve previously discussed with fellow guitar makers while exploring ideas for better ergonomic guitar designs. Of course, unlike the neck-up device, Hohner has incorporated the leg rest into the overall guitar’s design concept. It seems Hohner may be listening to us…
Basic specs include the following:
- Alder Body
- ERGO-WING Support of high grade aluminum
- Hard rock maple set neck, ebony fingerboard and graphite nut
- EMG 85 Active Pickups in Single/Single/Humbucker configuration
- Piezo Pickups- Shadow Piezo pickups built into the tremolo bridge
- Schaller M6 Locking Tuners
Here is a full look at the Hohner EGS with its leg support retracted for stand up playing. Note the integrated bevel in lieu of a forearm contour as well as the wide open access all the way to the last fret:
If this was the end of the story for the EGS guitar, it would still be a revolutionary electric guitar design. However, there’s more to it. This instrument represents an extraordinary commitment by a major guitar manufacturer and Hohner should be applauded. Hohner has dared to tread where only small guitar makers have gone before – designing way outside of the mainstream of Strat and Les Paul derivative designs while trying to address a real need for guitars that support better ergonomics. Meanwhile Fender and Gibson, with their comparatively huge resources, have generally committed themselves to living in the past – churning out one slightly different signature model after another. Innovation, it seems, is not in their vocabularies.
While there’s no information on the Hohner USA site at this time, I’ve contacted both Hohner USA and Hohner Germany in the hope of learning more about this guitar and its availability.
UPDATE: You’ll find additional details at More on the Hohner EGS Electric Guitar.