Z-Skinny Classical Guitar Support
Foldable Guitar Support System
Summary: The Z-Skinny is a beautifully designed and stylishly guitar support with a variety of models to suit the individual needs of the modern classical guitarist. It’s secure, adjustable, and designed to ensure ease of use and longevity. The important innovation is that it’s designed to embed into the contour of the instrument and stay attached in and out of the case. Models include a basic support and a swivel model with options for a bit more adjustability and positioning. The adhesive attachment will be a concern for some guitarists but it’s worth exploring the benefits. It’s an innovative guitar support that everyone will want to explore.
Bottom Line: I love the design and feel of this support and it’s awesome how it fits in case while attached. I’m apprehensive about the adhesive but the benefits are clear and wide-ranging.
Models I tested out:
- Basic Type
- Swivel Type
- Swivel Type Wide Pad
- Swivel Type Compact
The good stuff: Clean workmanship, wonderfully designed, and simple in usability. These are great looking supports and thoughtful in design and workmanship. I like the look and feel and that there are no parts that could come loose, fall off, or even fasteners to screw into place. There is a good amount of adjustment to the height and angle but see the video for clarity on that. The idea of a guitar support that stays on the instrument and fits in your case is not only innovative, but likely the projected reality of the future. No more suction cups or clamps or lugging a support around town in your bag. It’s just always there on your guitar. The multiple models will enable you to find the right fit for your instrument and body. If you like the way this support feels, are comfortable with the adhesive, and it fits in your case, this is might be for you.
Also great for youth students: I believe this could be a real opportunity for youth students. I often don’t want to deal with a guitar support with a young student but the footstool is a bit of a pain as well. I always want students to be able to use a footstool but guitar supports highly encourage good playing positions and it’s pretty much the ways things are going these days. A semi-permanent support that can fit in their case could be an excellent solution.
Basic or Swivel? I think the swivel is good as it allowed the leg pad to be at an angle correct for your personal preference. I might have liked the basic model a bit more as I thought it felt just a small amount more secure. That said, my overall recommendation for most people is to get the swivel. Shorter adults and youth can consider the compact model which is only slightly smaller.
Adjustability: The adjustability is generally good. The height and angle was excellent for me personally. It tilted/angled the guitar inward at the top a bit which I wish I could adjust but it was subtle so not a big concern. So good overall adjustability but maybe not as much as the Ergoplay Troster model support or Woodside support due to the tilt adjustment.
Adhesive Removal and Considerations: The adhesive attachment will either be welcomed or a huge concern. Classical guitarists with expensive instruments and finishes will certainly have to think about this. The adhesive is actually removable and the product does come with a wire removal tool but it’s not super easy and it’s on there very securely. The left over adhesive on the guitar is a bit difficult to remove. However, the very important instruction for removal is that you want to use the tool to remove the adhesive foam from the guitar support (not the surface of the guitar) to avoid damage. Once the guitar support is removed from the guitar you rub off the adhesive and/or try one of their suggested adhesive removers or solvents that are safe for your finish. This is all at your own risk. I would talk to your luthier about using any kind of solvent or removal product before attempting it. I tried it on my cheap beach guitar and it did come off without damaging the instrument. It took a long time to get the adhesive off the guitar though but I did manage it by carefully smudging and using some wd-40 to quicken up the process. But keep in mind that the guitar I tried it on did not have French polish and was not expensive, the finish was hard as a rock so I really went at it without any concern. Truthfully, I am apprehensive about trying it on my nice guitar with French polish but I might get there in time since I like the support. It depends on how cautious you are with your guitar’s finish. To some extent, I view the guitar as a tool for making music so wear and tear is ok with me. Also, I get my guitar refinished every decade or so. Keep in mind that other guitar supports and general use can cause wear over the years (think suction cups, clamps, or even your belt and shirt buttons). Our nails and random accidents cause tons of wear and tear. Nevertheless, it’s a tough decision but the more I think about it, the less apprehensive I am. If you are happy with the support why not have it as part of your instrument semi-permanently? You don’t want to miss out on a good thing. And having a guitar support always attached could be great. I’m actually impressed with the design and company for their confidence that some people are going to love this aspect. But it won’t be for everyone. I recommend seriously thinking of the benefits of permanent attachment before dismissing it. In many ways, this is the coolest design for a guitar support yet.
Below are some pictures of the supports.