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Guitar Support

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Caution:  if your guitar has a nitrocellulose finish instead of polyurethane,
suction cups may leave marks. Likely they could be buffed out, but be aware.

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A guitar support makes holding and balancing the guitar while seated easy. Supports take all of the weight off of the fretting hand and don't cause shoulder and neck problems one can experience when wearing a strap while seated. This support easily attaches to acoustic or classical guitar, bouzouki, mandolin, mandola, or in this case, banjola. The guitar does not have to have strap buttons. The support does not scratch finishes and will accommodate horizontal neck positions to high neck positions (classical guitar, banjola for example).

The cost of a store-bought guitar support ranges from $35-50 plus shipping. Some are made of wood and suction cups, or plastic and metal with suction cups, others are made of leather with straps and suction cups. I created with homemade support with dollar store / thrift store items.
 
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Step 1: Materials & Tools for DIY Guitar Support

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Materials

I purchased all materials for this DIY guitar support  (except leather belt at a dollar store). Got the belt at a thrift shop.

A utility knife

One 2 - 2 1/2 " wide leather belt.  20-24 inches long
The leather should be a little stiff. The one shown here is braided. I did not use this one as you will see. Regular plain old, belt leather is best.
Cost: $3.00

One piece of 1/8 " plastic sheet.
Enough to cut at least one 2" x 6" piece. I used a cheap "Betty Crocker" cutting board purchased for a dollar at a dollar store. Any plastic that is rigid yet can be cut with a box cutter will work.
http://www.dollartree.com/Betty-Crocker-Paddle-Cutting-Boards/p310118/index.pro
Cost: $1-$3.00

Stick on velcro strips.
Strips come in packages of male/female pairs usually about 3/4" X 14" - 20"
http://www.dollargeneral.com/product/index.jsp?productId=12578796
Cost: $4.00

2" diameter suctions cups.
These are often sold as holders with hooks. Just remove the hooks.
http://www.homehardware.ca/en/rec/index.htm/3-Pack-Medium-Suction-Hooks/_/R-I2353571
Cost: $4.00

One 2" x 9" padded shoulder strap.
One side should be pebbled rubber or rubber. Strap must have some kind of "feed though" pocket for the belt.
$5 if you find an old pack or case in a thrift store. I borrowed one from my laptop case.

Total DIY Guitar Support Cost $10-$20.
It's quite possible to make your own guitar support for about $10 if you have a belt you can use or can get one from a friend, and if you forego the anti-slip pad or use one that you have on an old pack.

The cost of a similar store-bought supports ranges from $35 - 45 plus shipping. What's nice is that you choose the design and can customize to suit your needs using recycled material for 1/3 or less the cost.
slopez267 months ago
Great instructable!! I was about to buy one like this at deoromusic.com, but wasa bit discouraged by the fact that I cannot use that system on a nitrocelulose-finish guitar. Will give it a try to your exceptional guidelines. Thank you !!
zilla1 (author)  slopez267 months ago
Hi Slopez26. Thanks.

Proceed with caution ;-) If Deoro Music's guitar support will damage the finish so will this. The cups are what do that damage (just read that now) to the nitroceluslose finish and these suction cups are really no different as far as I can tell. Thanks for pointing it out. I'll update this instructable. BTW: I bought a Deoro Music guitar support for another instrument recently. I have to admit the Deoro provides a little more stability than this DIY, but if you are a do-it-yourselfer as I am, it does work . The benefit of this custom job is that the base on this can be customized and made wider so sits nicely in the lap.

Still and so, I don't recommend you use this. It may just cause your finish the same problem.

Have you seen Thomas Heck's solution?
http://buildingtheergonomicguitar.com/2007/01/lap-strap-for-guitar-support.html

Saulopez zilla17 months ago
Hello and thank you for the fast response !! I think I'll give it a try to do something like this: http://www.sentex.net/~walker81/dynarette.htm Even when my guitar is not a good one (it's hard to tune), I do not want to mark it. Will try that cushion system, and let you know the outcome.

C u !
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