I bought a second hand Collings OM 6 months ago, chiefly because it felt so easy to handle and play a small bodied instrument with such a beautiful tone. I've never owned a small-bodied guitar till now - previous acoustics were a Fylde Oberon with a neck that never really agreed with me and an old Fender Gemini II dread and my electric of choice is an Epiphone Sheraton (335 size). Like I say, the OM sounds gorgeous in the way a 6 year old played-in instrument should sound, but I've noticed that when I play for any amount of time, the following occurs:
1) I find it hard to get a comfortable position to play and find myself constantly swapping the guitar from leg to leg in order to better fret certain chords/positions.
2) It hurts! ie armache, wristache, backache.
The other day, I picked up my old Fender and while it wasn't sonically a pleasure to play, it felt more comfortable. Just googling around, I found this article:
Towards the bottom:
The thinner bodies of OMs and concerts make them easier to hold, but it also means that your fretting arm will be a little lower, which can be uncomfortable for people with longer arms.
I'm beginning to wonder if therein lies my problem (I'm 6'2" with the arms of an orang utan) and whether I should abandon the small body experiment and return to larger bodied guitars eg A300 or L25/32.
Anyone else out there had experience of this?