I am very excited and pleased to receive the HB Guitar Supports all the way from the Ukraine. I’ve been looking for a trustworthy support for performance using clamps instead of suction cups for a long time. I used to love my Murata but because the clamps are so wide they don’t work on my raised fingerboard guitar because the top slopes down. Luckily, both the HB Support and the HB Lite support both work on my guitar since they attach lower on the instrument and the clamps are closer together.
The Good Stuff
- Durable construction – Made from light-weight and strong aluminium and leather these are durable and solid, they will probably last a lifetime.
- Secure and reliable – They feel super solid and securely situated and will not come off. I talk about the pros and cons of clamps in the video but they work great for me.
- Small – The HB Lite is super small and light and easily thrown in your bag or case for on the run gigs.
- The tubing on the clamps does not slip on the top of the guitar, this allows you to only tighten the clamps very lightly which is an important fact for your expensive guitar.
- Great for youth and adults alike. For youth, you could attach the HB Lite and leave it on the guitar permanently if they have a soft shell case.
- The larger HB Support was great for me but some people might want it to raise up higher.
- A future upgrade on the HB Lite would an adjustable strap as the Tenuto has but, that said, I love the leather as it doesn’t slip.
- I think the clamps are perfectly safe for your guitar but you should ask the luthier of your guitar to make sure.
- Get some non-adhesive protection if your guitar uses French polish. I’ve been using a non-guitar one called Grafix ClingViynl which is super cheap and you get so much. 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. There is a guitar specific one too called Kling-on which you can find around. Maybe you don’t need it but I feel more comfortable with some protection between the support and my guitar.
- Don’t push super hard on the guitar or the clamps can slip in the tubing, this never happened when I was using them but I did a ‘stress test’ and it happened a bit. You shouldn’t be pressing hard anyway so it’s not a concern. Also, don’t tighten the clamp too hard, only very lightly is needed.
Suction cups are fine for practicing and I’m happy to use some devices for performance as well. The GuitarLift never comes off due to the side to side pressure. Even my Tenuto or Gitano generally stay on, especially if I clean the suction cups but I’m always a bit hesitant to perform with suction cups despite how reliable they are. Clamps are a great solution and I’d perform with either of the HB Supports. I don’t love the idea of the clamps pressing on my guitar’s thin top but I think it’s safe. I can see myself still using suction cup support for practice due to their ease and the HB Supports for performance. Great product and an important step forward with guitar supports.
For more reviews on guitar supports see my Guitar Supports page.