Review: Murata Guitar Rests (Ergonomic Guitar Support)

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Trying out my new Murata GR-2B, Guitar Rest. I’ve always hated the ergoplay supports because I think suction-cups are a ridiculous thing to use in a concert situation. Violinist’s have been using clamps for chin-rests for decades but the guitar world is just catching on now.

Pros: simple, small, durable (metal all around), ergonomic sitting position, clamps are better than suction-cups

Cons: not adjustable enough (can’t seem to get a steep enough angle), the body of my guitar is not an even width due to my raised fingerboard so I had to place foam supports on one side to make it work. Might wear down my french polish. Update: I put some extra washers under the screws and the angle is now great! Also, the original angle actually works well for most people and students. 

Suggestions for Murata: just use a thick plastic clamp, it would reduce the weight. Instead of one big clamp with 4 legs, use 2 sets of legs that adjust independently so more people can use this on various guitar designs. Build in more adjustable angles, this will complicate the device, I appreciate the current simplicity, however, people want ‘their’ angles and sitting positions and may not conform to the ‘closest thing’. Also, include English in the manual, Japanese is a bit hard to read…or at least one other language.

Conclusion: It is positive step in the right direction and I’m going to use it.  However, I look forward to improvements to its adjustability and a lighter weight model. Highly recommended. DOWN WITH SUCTION-CUPS!

Buy/more info via: Strings by Mail

ps. The black felt on the bottom of my guitar has nothing to do with the support. It is for when I use footstools. It called: Kling-on: Non-Slip Stabilizer, Removable, 2Pc.

Also notice the ‘produce of Japan’ on the box which makes me think its fresh veggies in there!

 

Murata GR-2B, Guitar Rest

Murata GR-2B, Guitar Rest

Murata GR-2B, Guitar Rest

Murata GR-2B, Guitar Rest

 

Here’s what Strings by Mail [click to see/buy] has to say :

Murata GR-2B, Guitar Rest with adjustable feet, Black

$77.99

An excellent alternative to a footrest offering less stress on the lower back by helping to maintain a good solid playing position. Compact and portable, the GR-2 attaches to the base of the instrument with 4 rubber feet. The width of the feet is adjustable. The comfortable, molded plastic platform rests on your leg and is lined with fabric to prevent slipping. Its height is adjustable. The Murata Guitar Rest’s (aka Aria Guitar Rest) collapsible, compact design can be stored in most guitar cases. Both right hand or left hand players will benefit from this wonderful guitar support.Minimum height +4″
Maximum height +5″
Note: Adjustment shaft can be cut down to a lower custom height.
Note: Will not fit correctly on guitars with tapered bodies as the support arms are square.


13 Comments

  1. Dr. Jean-Francois Desrosby on

    Nice pick! The Ergoplay Troester work sell for me, but the Murata is an excellent pick and I have one too! Your body is telling you a big thanks for using an ergonomical support! 😉

  2. ClassicalGuitarTraining on

    Just when I swore I was done buying supports (I still love my Dynarette) this thing looks pretty awesome… great review man 🙂

  3. I saw Benjamin Verdery use one of these in concert and it failed on him, the post separated when he lifted his guitar and he was forced to play the remainder of the piece holding his guitar in the air. While I don’t put all my faith in suction cups (although mine have never failed on me), the Ergoplay’s simplicity keeps things like this from happening.

    • You’re right actually. Suction-cups are awesome when they work. It’s when they come off in a concert that I don’t like them. I will grant equal rights for suction-cups.

  4. I’ve been playing on one of these for a few years now; I love it with two exceptions.
    1) It has damaged my instrument
    2) The threads on the thumb screw stripped out, so I replaced it with a regular screw. Now the threads in the device have stripped out. There isn’t much that can be done on Murata’s end to fix this; its bound to happen after a few years.

    Fortunately, both these problems can be fixed by going with the suction cup method. I think the analogy to violin is a poor one for two reasons:
    1) The violinist is already “clamping” the instrument; that is to say that the device is working in conjunction with the violinist’s body.
    2) For the above reason, placing a suction cup on the side of the violin is problematic because the side is too thin and is perpendicular to the force being applied. Placing a suction cup on the top and back is obviously unacceptable for tone production.

    Arguing that something has been done x way for a number of years, therefore it should continue to be done that way is a weak argument (raised fingerboards would be a perfect example of what happens when people move beyond tradition).

    Go forth and use suction cups (with protection, if necessary)!

  5. Serene Groove on

    Hi Bradford,
    I got one of these but I’m having trouble as my guitar has a slightly curved back. What did you use for foam supports on one side to fix the width adjustment issue?

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