Review: Woodside Guitar Support

Woodside Guitar Support
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Big thanks to Woodside Guitars for sending me the Woodside Guitar Support to test out. It’s a fantastic design with excellent craftsmanship. It feels secure, stable, and comfortable. I loved my old Murata support until I bought a raised fingerboard guitar and it no longer fit. But with more adjustments on the Woodside Guitar Support this style of support is back in the game. I did have one small concern but overall an excellent guitar support. You can also check out my dedicated page for Guitar Support Review and all my other reviews. Here’s the YouTube link for this review if you want to watch it there.

The Good Stuff

  • Quality craftsmanship and it looks great
  • Innovative improvements to a classic design: more adjustability for angles and positioning of the guitar. The unique pivoting system compensates for any guitar body depth variation, and grips at all four points equally so it works on my raised fingerboard guitar.
  • Feels secure and solid, completely trustworthy in performance
  • Clamps are more reliable than suction cups
  • Just the right amount of maneuverability in combination with secure stability, their locking ball and socket mechanism works well
  • Quick to put on or take off with the clamping lever. Also available with an adjusting screw model.
  • Doesn’t slip on the leg, feels very comfortable

Concerns

  • The guitar support right out of the box doesn’t raise up high enough for me. It’s probably high enough for plenty of people but I need it higher. They have a Lift Kit for sale that is an extended bar for higher adjustment so that is good news. Problem solved. I highly recommend that Woodside just include the Lift Kit along with the support as many people will want it. That said, every customer will want something specific so it’s hard to please everyone all the time. Glad they are selling the extension.
  • UPDATE: I received the Lift Kit (the longer bar). Feels pretty good now. The first support I received was a an earlier prototype, I also tried out the current one and the steeper angle adjustment is good. If companies listen to customers and innovate, I’ll stick with them to see where they go.

Conclusion

The Woodside Guitar Support is a solid, secure, and comfortable support. I would trust it in performance and happy to see the design working on my raised fingerboard guitar. Not everyone likes clamps on their guitar but I trust them more than suction cups for most designs. With the addition of the Lift Kit I’m feeling pretty good about this support.

FYI, the non-adhesive protective vinyl material I mention in the video is a non-guitar one called Grafix ClingViynl. 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 use a black cloth/foam on my right leg to keep the guitar from slipping, just a basic Shelf Liner


Specifications

  • Clamping Width Range: 79 – 113 mm​
  • Height Range (Upper part of leg rest to instrument resting position):  90 – 130 mm​
  • Angle Range – 13 Degrees (Ball & Socket) in all directions​
  • Weight:  200 g​
  • Materials:  Anodized aluminum, brass, stainless steel
  • Folded Size (for stowage; e.g. in guitar case):  115 x 100 x  57 (high)  

One comment

  1. Bradford thank you so much for sharing guitar supports with clamps because there isn’t a lot of choice. I have a question but I need to explain my situation first. I started with the small guitar support from Ukraine you talk about too. My guitar is open pore, clamps are the best secure option. And more I am practicing, more I realize this great minimalist guitar support is limited in adjustability. I am a woman and I noticed my chest adds a lot of unstability. If I want to play with a straight back, my chest pushes back the guitar away. So I have to position the guitar above my chest like the flamenco players. The guitar support very low on the guitar + put very close to my left knee to help lying down the guitar on me,my legs are crossed with a stool is very very low. Lots of tensions, left arm/hand, back left side, legs etc. not good.I feel I need something to prevent the guitar moving everywhere + especially would help to really lie down the guitar on me. Perhaps my analysis is wrong. So what would you recommend? Which one of the murata or the woodside would help me better to solve my situation? It’s difficult without seing me…. I will be happy to read your thoughts and recommendations. Thank you !

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