New to Building the Ergonomic Guitar?


Recently, BTEG has received a huge influx of new traffic and with it some basic questions about what it is, why it is and how to get the most out of it.

So if you’re new to the site, let me share a few tips to help you get the most out of this frequently updated guitar site. And if you’re an old timer, you may learn something new so stick around…

What is Building the Ergonomic Guitar?

Frequently updated, this site is dedicated to the subject of ergonomic guitars – their design elements and construction as well as coverage of the professional and amateur guitar makers who build them and the guitarists who play them.


Musicians in general have long suffered from instrument design that doesn’t consider the way the human body works. Back pain, hand pain and finger pain are common issues. While some never suffer ill effects, many suffer quietly in pain. Some even give up as they end up with loss of function due to the ravages of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and other forms of Repetitive Stress Injury (RSI) and musculoskeletal disorders (MSD).

Some may think of this as “suffering for your art” when in reality there’s no need. Viable options exist and BTEG is your source and catalog for these alternative guitars and approaches.

Subscribe to Building the Ergonomic Guitar

To get the most out of Building the Ergonomic Guitar and keep up with the latest articles, I highly recommend you subscribe using one of two methods – either email updates or the RSS feed.

Finding Content

The guitar blog contains over 130 200 articles, 100’s of pictures and almost 1000+ 2000 comments across 12 different topics (or categories). And with new articles published 2-3 times a week, there’s always something to check out.

Also check out the recently created Forums for even more content.

For content no longer on the home page, you have several easy ways to find what you want:

    1. Use the Search box – powered by wpSearch – to track down content.

    2. Scroll through the Archives (use the navigation menu) where you’ll see a month by month listing of article titles.

    3. Explore individual Topics accessible in the tabbed sidebar section.

Introduce Yourself

If you’re new here or just haven’t commented yet, I’d enjoy “meeting” you. Feel free to leave a comment below with your name and a short introduction. I’d be interested in how you became interested in the subject matter.


One of my favorite parts of this site are the comments left by readers. Through your comments, we learn from each other and gain new perspectives and insights. So read the articles and comment away!

Welcome and thanks for visiting Building the Ergonomic Guitar!

10 Responses to “New to Building the Ergonomic Guitar?”

  1. I’ve been reading your blog off and on for a while, and I love the original slant you’ve taken on the guitar blog. Keep up the good work…adding your RSS feed now!

    1. Welcome to the site Jeremy and thanks for subscribing! Lots to come in 2008…

  2. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone around here!

    1. Happy Holidays, Mats!

  3. Looking forward to it!

  4. I actually love the look of these Klein inspired guitars. I would love to be able to walk down the street and lay down the required cash to have one. But I’m not that flush with cash even if they were available, and certainly don’t have the dough to have someone secure one of the rare one’s if it became available.

    I’d love to make one… actually I’d much rather just have one but it appears the ‘making’ is the only way now.

    I found that Ed Roman does an Ergo style but it’s doesn’t appear to be exactly a copy of the Klein… and I don’t know enough to tell if the angle of the neck is correct.

    Ah well I’ll just keep reading 🙂

    LOVE the blog Robert


    1. I can’t say anything about the quality of the Ed Roman Ergo’s. I’ve never read of or heard from anyone who has one but I’m glad you’re enjoying the blog. 🙂

  5. Hi Robert et. al.,
    Really have learned a lot from this site the past couple of days, as Im working with a guitar builder on a new project… i have to decide on the initial shape, tho, so im looking for ideas…

    Anyone have any thoughts an ergonomic doubleneck? 12/6, and can not be headless. Im thinking of modifying the classic Klein shape in some way. I see a lot of people making Klein replicas or Klein-inspired varaiants, so Im assuming there’s no patent or copyright infringement, but do correct me if Im wrong.

    looking forward to learning more!

  6. Is it me or are your posts appearing in random order recently?

    1. Glad to see a few folks are paying attention. 🙂 Actually, I’ve been playing around a bit with a plugin that lets me pin any post(s) to the front page. This particular one was relevant due to a huge number of new visitors from Stumbleupon over the past several weeks.

      That said, I don’t expect it to be a permanent change by any means. Just a small experiment that’s part of a grander scheme – more to come. 🙂