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Latest guitar support opinions

Post by Peter Oberg » Fri Jan 30, 2015 9:59 pm

Now I'm overwhelmed. The list of available supports is a bit daunting. I'm using an older ErgoPlay, but feel there is really something missing in terms of adjustability. Strings By Mail carries a fair number of them:

Barnett
A-Frame
Oasis
Dynarette
Efel
ErgoPlay
Gitano
Murata
NeckUp
Wolf

Any input on what members are using these days would be much appreciated!
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Re: Latest guitar support opinions

Post by petermc61 » Fri Jan 30, 2015 10:12 pm

I just go a De Oro from Diego at De Oro Music and my first impressions are very favourable. Have a look at his web site which shows videos of the adjustability of the support. It is economical, well made and easy to use.
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Post by lagartija » Fri Jan 30, 2015 10:14 pm

I've been using the Barnett support.
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Post by impphil » Fri Jan 30, 2015 10:21 pm

Barnett support for me. It's great, the only problem being if I get carried away and put my weight on the guitar while playing, the magnets aren't strong enough and it folds up.

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Post by Christopher Freitag » Fri Jan 30, 2015 10:27 pm

Love my Barnett support. For me, it is a far nicer option than the Ergoplay (which I used for over a year).
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Re: Latest guitar support opinions

Post by otirroz » Fri Jan 30, 2015 11:13 pm

Hello Peter,

I own and have used, in order, the ErgoPlay, Gitano, Dynarette and NeckUp. The two that I have settled on are the Gitano and the NeckUp. I found that I had to do some bending to get the ErgoPlay to fit me, plus I found it unwieldy and, because it is metal, made me nervous around the guitar. The Gitano, while also being metal, is smaller and much easier to transport and use. Since I can leave it on, I feel much less nervous about using it. The Dynarette would have been a good solution, except that I found it tended to shift around too much. The NeckUp is like a leather Gitano but with much more adjustability. However, if you do not get it tightly strapped, it can feel a little loose and insecure on your thigh. I have not tried any of the others, so cannot comment.

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Post by tormodg » Sat Jan 31, 2015 8:33 am

I am extremely happy with my Barnett support. Probably getting a second one soon.
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Re: Latest guitar support opinions

Post by impphil » Sat Jan 31, 2015 9:18 am

Or buy a second set of magnets.

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Post by Peter Oberg » Tue Feb 03, 2015 8:16 pm

Thanks to everyone for your input! I appreciate you taking the time to add your experiences.
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Post by keithwwk » Mon Feb 09, 2015 1:49 pm

I am using murata. So far so good. I am awaiting another killer product!!

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Post by GuitarX » Mon Feb 09, 2015 5:31 pm

Another vote for the Barnett second version. It's very stable and adjustable.

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Post by Jerohn » Mon Feb 09, 2015 6:29 pm

I have owned a Murata since 2011 and have really enjoyed it. The only issue I have had with it (which just happened this year), is that the non-stick feet began to slip off. They can be quite difficult to re-apply. However, I believe they are replaceable, so no big deal. I am interested in trying out the Barnett, though.

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Post by mepodojil » Mon Feb 09, 2015 7:26 pm

impphil wrote:Barnett support for me. It's great, the only problem being if I get carried away and put my weight on the guitar while playing, the magnets aren't strong enough and it folds up.
me too! i need to stop being so "passionate", which in my case is just a euphemism for tense.
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Post by Rick Beauregard » Wed Mar 04, 2015 11:03 pm

At the Parkening Master Class a week or so ago, he stated he would never walk out on stage with one of these supports, though they may be fine for practice. He called them "monstrosities." Of course he has retired from the concert stage, in part due to back troubles. So there you go. I don't feel that way, and if the main goal is the sound, as he professes, what's the harm?

I personally see no aesthetic problem with using these on stage, but what are your opinions? Is a clunky footstool any better?
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Re: Latest guitar support opinions

Post by Rick Beauregard » Wed Mar 04, 2015 11:04 pm

At the Parkening Master Class a week or so ago, he stated he would never walk out on stage with one of these supports, though they may be fine for practice. He called them "monstrosities." Of course he has retired from the concert stage, in part due to back troubles. So there you go. I don't feel that way, and if the main goal is the sound, as he professes, what's the harm?

I personally see no aesthetic problem with using these on stage, but what are your opinions? Is a clunky footstool any better?
All this time I thought I was making music; it was making me.
2015 Steve Ganz "Solidarity"
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