A review of the Murata GR-1 and GR-2, Guitar Rest (support). The GR-1 uses suction cups and the GR-2 uses the classic clamps system. The Murata is simple which is great but not very adjustable so it’s a trade. Adjustable supports with more moving parts can slip or fail but the simple designs don’t always allow the perfect angle.
If you are worried about your guitar’s finish, try a non-adhesive protective material. I’ve used a non-guitar one called Grafix ClingViynl. I’ve used it on French polish and polyurethane finishes but ask your luthier if it’s safe for your finish. I also use a black cloth/foam Shelf Liner on my right leg to keep the guitar from slipping.
You can also check out my dedicated page for Guitar Supports and all my other reviews.
Murata GR-1 – Suction Cup Support
The newer suction cup version of the Murata is a very welcome addition. Because all the weight and pressure from the guitar pushes down on the suction cups they never seem to come off while playing. The only downside is that in order to get the perfect angle and height I had to modify it. Here’s the Youtube Review Link if you want to watch it there.
I bought the Murata Guitar Support Pole Replacement, Black 5 7/8 inches but I hacksawed off about a cm. I also put a washer in the upper connecting piece to get a steeper guitar angle.
Murata GR-2 – Clamp System Guitar Support
This has been around since the 70’s I think, does anyone know the earliest date? Violinist’s have been using clamps for chin-rests for decades so it makes sense on guitar as well. The Woodside Guitar Support is very similar and is adjustable so you have to pick your preference between adjustability or simplicity. Moving parts are more adjustable but not always more secure.
The good side
- Relatively simple and small design. I love minimal.
- Ergonomic Position
- Clamps are secure
- Feels solid, completely trustworthy in performance
- Does not work with my raised fingerboard guitar. The body of my guitar is not an even width due to my raised fingerboard so I no longer use it. It will work well on normal guitars without a sloping top.
- The big pad could be just a small arched bar with foam (similar to the GuitarLift?). That said, the big leg rest is comfortable and secure.