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Thread: Comfort on EBMM/SBMM Valentine

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    Comfort on EBMM/SBMM Valentine

    Seeking input from those who currently own a Valentine model. I'm normally leery of slab bodies, but I'm curious about the wedge shape. Realizing it's not a belly cut of forearm contour, how comfortable is the Valentine to play?
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    To me, the wedge shape makes no, none, zero difference at all.

    It's the main reason I'm selling mine. Fantastic guitar, but I need a forearm contour for comfort and to get in the optimal picking posture.

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    Feels perfect to me, but I come from an Axis, which is a slab as well. Love them both.

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    It makes a slight difference. My Valentine is more comfortable than my Tele.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlbasscatcher View Post
    It makes a slight difference. My Valentine is more comfortable than my Tele.
    I think you hit the concept right on the head here: it's better than 'pure' slab-bodied guitars (Tele, Axis), but is a downgrade compared to anything with contours or bevels (for those who are used to this).

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    Better than a Tele, not as good as a Reverend with a proper forearm cut. I've been thinking of putting my Valentine under the knife for this reason, but it's fine as-is. If you play standing, it's just great.

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    My guitar experience is limited, but I completely agree with the consensus.... to me it feels very Telecaster-ish.

    Overall, it's thinner and seems lighter, and with the bevel and other touches, more ergonomic... but if you don't like the feel of a Telecaster I don't think you'd like the shape of the Valentine either.

    It's different... but not THAT different. Again, just my opinion.

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    Its a concern i have a about the valentine. I'm attracted to it sound wise, but comfort worries me. and no dealers near enough to me have one in stock to try

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    I had the same concern. I'm used to having a forearm contour since I started on a Strat. I hardly ever played my Tele. Ever.
    I now grab my Valentine about as often as I grab my Cutlass. I've sold my Tele but the Valentine is staying.

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    I own a Valentine and as someone who likes comfort cuts, it has been a process to become more comfortable. If I am going to play something more technical I still will gravitate towards my L3's as there is a benefit to having my arm anchored in such a way for alternate picking(at least for me). Otherwise, the guitar sounds great and looks very cool. I also noticed that James Valentine, who I never knew before the guitar, plays his guitars very high when standing for whatever that is worth...

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    I'm in the same boat. No one has one in stock near me, so it's a buy and try scenario.

    I'm itching to call Pete and order one, but I'm concerned the ergonomics are a deal killer. I may just wait until one is available locally. I need a belly cut and either a forearm contour or a carved top. The design of the Valentine is intriguing, but I think the slab body isn't for me.

    I'm ok with it. It's a bummer that it doesn't have those features. But I also recognize that EBMM made it for the artist, not for me.

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    It feels nothing like a Tele to me. I can't play teles because the bodies are so different in feel than my Axis or Valentine. Every time I pick up a tele, my picking hand is 1 string off. As in, I also think I'm somewhere I'm not.

    The valentine is way thinner. For me, it feels fantastic.
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    Valentine is way more comfortable than my tele.

    I'm usually playing something with a contour, but I don't get hung up with the valentine like I do when i grab my tele... in comparison to my countoured guitars.
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    IMO the Valentine's gradual wedge design shines the most when playing while standing. James plays live as much as anything so I think that was a big part of the design philosophy. It may not have tons of cuts and bevels like a silo special, but it is pretty comfortable. As always YMMV. James is a real picker and a smart dude and his guitar reflects it.

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    I didn't even know it was wedge shape until this thread. Lol

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