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6 Top Classical Guitar Supports for Players

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As classical guitars require proper positioning to be played perfectly, classical guitar support has been used to help bring their guitar to their preferred position for a long time now.

For a while, the most common guitar support classical guitarists used was footstools or footrests. But nowadays, due to concern over the long-lasting physical effects of using footrests for extended periods, other forms of classical guitar support equipment have gained popularity. 

As most classical guitarists, being right-handed, prefer to use their left leg to support while holding the guitar, that will be the default assumption in these reviews. But unless specified, the described supports should perform the same way for both left and right-handed players. Now, these are some of the best classical guitar supports on the market:

Check out some must-have Classical Guitar Accessories here.

Murata GR-1

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The Murata GR-1 is a suction-type support with a simple design.

Pros and Cons of The Murata GR-1

Pros

  1. The support includes multiple replacement poles of varying lengths ranging from 2” to 8 ⅜”, which gives a range of 3.5”-11.5” on the support’s height.
  2. The molded plastic platform that rests on your leg is lined with fabric to prevent slipping.
  3. A hinge between the pole and the base allows you to adjust the angle by moving the base on the leg. This gives you an approximate range for the guitar’s angle of about 40-50 degrees despite the fixed angle.
  4. It collapses down to a compact size that can fit in your classical guitar case most of the time.

Cons

  1. The support has a fixed angle, meaning less flexibility compared to some of the other supports.
  2. The suction cups can wear out with extended use, meaning that you have to replace them after a while.

Ergoplay Tappert Model

Ergoplay Tappert Model
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The Tappert model is one of the two main classical guitar supports by Ergoplay, named after Ergoplay co-founder Johannes Tappert.

Pros and Cons of The Ergoplay Tappert Model

Pros

  1. Allows you a wide range of angles from slight to steep through the freely adjustable suction cups on both ends of the support.
  2. Multiple suction cups allow for better grip and less chance for the guitar to move or fall off the support.
  3. Allows you to change the tilt of the guitar towards or away from you by adjusting the angle of the upper two suction cups.
  4. Includes two semi-permanent suction cup protectors with adhesive backings.
  5. This is the cheapest guitar support available on this list (as of writing this article), at 62.95$ while the others range somewhere between 80$ to 90$ in price.

Cons

  1. Requires a specialized version of the support for left-handed players.
  2. The guitar needs to be at least 3 1/2″ wide for the suction cups to attach, so it doesn’t work with Ovation guitars or very thin guitars.

Ergoplay Tröster Model

Ergoplay Tröster
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The Tröster model is the other main classical guitar support by Ergoplay, named after co-founder Micheal Tröster.

Pros and Cons of The Ergoplay Tröster Model

Pros

  1. The base platform is shorter than the Tappert model, allowing you to slightly shift the relative right-to-left position of the guitar by changing the position of the base on your leg. Doing this also allows you to shift the angle of the guitar slightly.
  2. Both height and angle can be changed separately from each other on both the upper and lower bouts. This allows it to achieve almost every possible angle and height.
  3. At its maximum, it raises the instrument about 2 inches higher than other ErgoPlay supports. This makes it particularly suitable for taller guitarists.
  4. The suction cups are all adjustable for rake and tilt.

Cons

  1. Like the Tappert, it requires a specialized version of the support for players preferring their left hand.
  2. The suction cups aren’t always reliable and won’t adhere to some guitar finishes such as French Polished surfaces, matte finishes, and semi-gloss finishes.

SageWork Umbra Model

SageWork Umbra
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SageWork Guitar supports, unlike other guitar supports, are magnetic-type supports. The SageWork Umbra Model is the less expensive model produced by SageWorks, but it is by no means inferior in functionality when compared to the handcrafted Atlas model.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  1. The rare earth magnets are more secure than suction cups, strong enough to easily support even the full weight of a guitar. They also ensure that the supports always attach to the exact same spot, ensuring that the optimal setup will stay between your practice sessions.
  2. The heights of both the front and back supports are fully adjustable, and the base is on an adjustable hinge that can be locked. This allows you to achieve almost every angle that could be needed.
  3. The magnetic clamps are unlikely to damage the finish of your guitar in any way.
  4. The compact size of the support allows it to fit inside most guitar cases.

Cons

  1. The inner magnets for the clamp can be tricky to attach properly since they have to be placed inside the guitar.
  2. Less aesthetically pleasing than the Atlas model, which is constructed exclusively from Vydene.

Guitarlift

Guitarlift
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The Guitarlift is a suction-style support that stands out by attaching to the back of the guitar, whereas most other supports attach to the bottom.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  1. The placement of the suction cups means that they get reinforced by you holding the guitar, lowering the chance of the cups losing their grip.
  2. The plexiglass back minimizes your contact with the back of the guitar, minimizing dampening of the sound and maximizing reverb.
  3. The position of the suction cups is adjustable. Combined with the cups attaching to the back, this makes adjusting the height and angle the easiest among the supports. It also allows the guitar to be held at practically any playing position that you could want.

Cons

  1. The Guitarlift doesn’t have a way to keep a consistent setting due to its design, meaning that it needs to be calibrated in every sitting. This causes it to need time to set up every time it is used.
  2. The suction cups may damage or not adhere to certain finishes on the guitar.

Gitano

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The Gitano Guitar Support is a unique and versatile accessory designed to improve the comfort and posture of classical guitarists. It is a compact and lightweight device that attaches to the guitar’s body using suction cups, providing a stable platform to rest the instrument on the player’s leg. 

Pros and Cons of Gitano

Pros

  1. The Gitano Guitar Support elevates the guitar to a more ergonomic position, reducing neck, back, and shoulder strain. This allows for longer and more comfortable playing sessions, promoting better posture and technique.
  1. The support is suitable for both classical and acoustic guitars, and it can be adjusted to accommodate different playing styles and preferences. It works equally well for left-handed and right-handed guitarists.
  1. Its lightweight construction makes it convenient to transport and store.

Cons

  1. There is a concern about the potential for damage to the guitar’s finish, especially with prolonged use. The suction cups attach the support to the guitar and could potentially leave marks or pull on the finish.
  1. The suction cups may not adhere well to all guitar surfaces, especially those with rough or porous finishes. Additionally, the suction cups may lose their grip over time, requiring replacement.

What Is The Correct Posture For Classical Guitar?

Per Yamaha’s guidelines, the foundational posture for playing a classical guitar involves sitting more toward the front edge of the chair. Either keep your right knee angled outward or elevate your right heel so it aligns with the chair’s right side.

How To Use A Classical Guitar New Support

  • Setting Up Your Classical Guitar With a Support
  • Position the guitar’s body curve over your left thigh.
  • Elevate the guitar neck to bring the tuning pegs in line with your eyes and to your left side.
  • Lay your right elbow on the guitar’s edge, keeping your hand and wrist relaxed.
  • Consistently keep your left thumb at the backside of the neck, ensure your fingers are at a right angle to the fretboard, and use the tip of your finger to depress the string just past the fret.

What Is The Correct Posture For Classical Guitar?

According to Yamaha, the basic position for playing the classical guitar is to sit relatively forward in the chair. Sit with your right knee in an open stance, or lift the heel of your right foot in line with the right side of the chair. Players can use a classical guitar knee rest as an alternative to guitar supports.

How To Use A Classical Guitar New Support

  • Place the guitar on your left leg so that your leg rests in the curve of the body.
  • Raise the neck of the guitar so that the tuning keys are at eye level and to your left.
  • Rest your right elbow on the side of the guitar and relax your wrist and hand.
  • Always keep your left thumb behind the neck, hold your fingers perpendicular to the fingerboard, and press the string down just behind the fret with your fingertip.

What To Look For In A Classical Guitar Support

There are many different types of guitar supports available, each with its advantages and disadvantages. Footstools, for example, have been in use for a long time and thus are preferred by many guitarists out of familiarity despite their uncomfortableness and potential health issues in the long term.

A cushion is cheap, very stable, easy to set up, and doesn’t harm the guitar’s finish. But it isn’t adjustable, doesn’t offer as much height as other supports, and might squeak due to rubbing up against the guitar while in use.

Of the supports used in this review, most have used suction cups, with the exception of SageWorks, which uses magnetic locks. The pros and cons of using both have been covered in the review already.

Which Guitar Support Suits You?

Every player has their unique needs and preferences, and what works for one person might not work out anywhere near as well for another person. The only factor that matters is whether the support helps you play at ease.

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