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Here are two definitions I found when researching offsets...

"Offset guitars refer to bodies with asymmetrical tops and bottoms. From classic examples like the Fender Jazzmaster and Gibson Firebird to wild '80s designs from builders like BC Rich, offset guitars have always offered players something a little different to stand out from more conventional body styles"

"A guitar described as being "offset" refers to the guitar body and literally means the upper and lower halves of the body are offset from each other. With the Fender and Squier Jaguar for example, you can see that the body "leans forward"; this is altogether different from the Stratocaster or Telecaster."

Example of an offset...



Example of not an offset...



Because I don't like standing in one spot too long, due the arthritis in my knees, I've only played sitting down since I started playing again in 2005 (the year a bone chip came loose in my knee joint and started stabbing me like an ice pick - six weeks medication and a cane - I can walk flat surfaces for a few km. now). Thanks to inheriting my father's physique, I have legs like tree trunks, so I don't sit with legs together or crossed when trying to play. The Fender Jaguar is the first guitar I can comfortably rest on my thigh due offset position lower waist cut on the guitar body and hold the neck at a comfortable angle too.

The stratocaster I can rest there almost comfortably, except it looks like I am holding it like in the above picture. I have to move my leg slightly out for the lower waist cut to rest on my thigh properly and keep the neck at a nice angle - a little too far out. So I tend to hold it centred like I am standing up. The SG and Casino Coupe, I don't even try. I also hold them like am standing up. When get lazy and recline to play, I can hold all guitars comfortably on the extra stomach padding. :)

Ergonomically, the offset works quite well for me, just slightly better than the Strat. Then there is the weight weight issue. It is not heavy, but not light either. About the same weight as the Strat. Now if I could find an offset guitar was under 6 lbs like the Casino Coupe or even 7 like the SG.........
 
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I've always found offset guitars much more comfortable to play sitting down. I also think they look way cooler. Never understood why they weren't more popular.

Glad you found some shapes that are more comfortable!
 

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Offsets seem to be everywhere when we are on the road, along with teles. There's a lot of options these days, which is a plus for prospective buyers.

Ibanez even has a few ;)
 

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Offsets seem to be everywhere when we are on the road, along with teles. There's a lot of options these days, which is a plus for prospective buyers.

Ibanez even has a few ;)
The Talman series has been around since the 90s.... man I still kinda GAS for one of the older style hard tails with lipsticks but they seem to just do tele and strat pup configs now.
 

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When I think about it, in order to keep strat comfortably on my leg, and have the neck at a good angle, I have to move my leg in. I start to feel some discomfort along the outside of my thigh after about 15 minutes. I don't have to move my leg in with the offset,
 

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I prefer the look of offset bodies, they just look cool. Can't say I've played one but visually they work for me.

This kind of qualifies. Washburn A-20, mid eighties.

 
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