Headless guitars vs traditional guitars – let’s disagree

Author Malcolm Gladwell once stated that it takes 10,000 hours to fully master any skill. That means that if you play guitar for 10 hours every single day for almost 3 years, you will be a guitar “master”. So, are headless guitars a better option for this endeavor than a traditional guitar? Or would that be “cheating”? Let’s see.

Well, first and foremost we have to make it clear that music (or any creative expression for that matter) is not a competition, which eliminates that there could be anything close to “cheating”.

Mastering the guitar, regardless of its type, demands dedication and practice. There are no shortcuts, no matter what type of guitar you play.

But, for the sake of argument (because, you know, arguing can be fun) we’d like to present some arguments as to why headless guitars might make guitar playing a little less straining on you, which might result in you getting more play time in.

Before we dive into this subject, let’s not forget the biggest benefit of the headless guitar, as one user so elegantly put it on Reddit:

“They’re really good for starting arguments among guitar players.”

Now, let’s get going.

Headless guitars are designed for comfort

Imagine two equally talented guitar players. Both are given the task of learning a new song, one is given a headless guitar, the other one a traditional guitar. Who’d learn the song the fastest, if they both are equally good at learning?

Our guess? The one who can play longer. Headless guitars, and especially .strandberg* guitars, are designed to provide greater comfort and reduce the risk of injuries. That might contribute to longer playing sessions.

Headless guitars often weigh less

Our guitars are often lighter in weight than traditional guitars. They are designed for prolonged periods of playing, without the strain associated with heavier instruments.

Headless guitars often have improved balance

The .strandberg* guitars are designed to offer increased balance. Enhanced balance not only improves the playing experience but also contributes to the perceived ease of playing a headless guitar.

Headless guitars are built for playability

Our guitars are designed and built with an emphasis on ergonomics. Every curve and design element serves a purpose in improving playability.

The patented EndurNeck™, for instance, offers a unique neck profile that supports a more natural hand position, reducing strain and facilitating both chord playing and soloing. Less strain means less pain, which might result in longer, comfortable sessions. Consequently, you might be able to practice more.

Dedication and practice become a whole lot easier when you don’t have to put your hand in ice water to ease your pain. So, while .strandberg* guitars might not be a shortcut to improving as a guitar player, they are designed to make the journey kinder to your body.

In other words, choosing a headless guitar could make you progress faster, if you’re willing to put the time and effort into it that’s required. Because in a scenario where two guitarists of equal skill begin learning simultaneously, the one with the ability to play longer and pain-free, is more likely to progress faster.

The benefits of .strandberg* headless guitars

As we stated in the beginning, guitar playing is not a contest. Mastering the guitar, regardless of its type, demands dedication and practice. There are no shortcuts, no matter what type of guitar you play.

On top of that, progress is not the most important thing either, nor is it the reason why most people start playing guitar. There is a lot more to it than that.

But, having said all that, headless guitars offer advantages that might help your progress, and help you stay free from guitar-related strains or injuries.

The main benefits include reduced weight and improved balance, which are complemented by features like the Endurneck™ and ergonomic body design. All of these things are there to increase playability and reduce the risk of injury.

This doesn’t mean that you will progress faster. But it does mean that the chances for longer playing sessions are higher, and the risks of having to stop playing are lower.

At least if you ask us… but we might be biased.

Now, stop reading and start working on those 10,000 hours.

Strandberg Magazine

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