Review: Murata Guitar Rests (Guitar Support)

A review of the Murata GR-2B, Guitar Rest. Clamps instead of suction cups make a ton of sense.  Violinist’s have been using clamps for chin-rests for decades but the guitar world is just catching on now.

Pros

  • Relatively simple and small design. I love minimal.
  • Durable
  • Ergonomic Position
  • Clamps are better than suction-cups
  • Feels secure and solid, completely trustworthy in performance

Cons

  • Not adjustable enough. 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 (not great though). It will work better on normal guitars without a sloping top. 

TAKE NOTE: Murata now has a suction cup version which is probably very good. Because the angle is straight up and down I think the suction cups will hold well. I have it on order and will review it soon.

If you are worried about your guitar’s finish, try a non-adhesive protective vinyl material. I use a non-guitar one called Grafix ClingViynl. Just put it on the guitar where the clamps attach. I’ve used it on French polish and polyurethane finishes but I’ve been told not to use on lacquer finishes so use at your own risk, ask your luthier or maker. Also, I often us a black cloth/foam on my right leg to keep the guitar from slipping, just a basic Shelf Liner

Suggestions for Murata: Make an adjustable clamp like the Woodside Guitar Support. Build in more adjustable angles, this will complicate the device, I appreciate the current simplicity, however, people want ‘their’ angles and sitting positions.

 You can also check out my dedicated page for Guitar Supports and all my other reviews.

12 Comments

  1. Dr. Jean-Francois Desrosby

    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! 😉

    • I like the Ergoplay Troester more but I just can’t stand the suction-cups…Ergoplay needs to get clamps going…

  2. ClassicalGuitarTraining

    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.

  4. suction-cups are awesome

    • 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.

  5. 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)!

  6. 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?

  7. Is the dynarette cushion large enough to approximate a 7″ footstool height?

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