A useful tool

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  1. Jim Soloway

    Jim Soloway Supporting Member

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    The Dynarette Guitar Cushion. This is the larger of their two sizes. It's meant as a playing tool for classical players to use on the left leg but it also works with archtops and plank guitars on the right leg as well. On a regular chair, both feet are on the ground. On a higher stool, I use it in conjunction with a foot rest at the lowest setting. It puts the guitar in a good playing position encouraging better posture and with nothing hanging from my shoulder, I can play in comfort for much long periods of time. After about 10 days with it, I'm pretty much sold.

    EDIT (12/05/15) Have a look at post # 14 in this thread for new information.

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    I'm a believer! I use one a lot playing classical, and you can definitely get creative with other guitar types
     
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    I want as little between my guitar and me as possible.

    This is not only totally unnecessary but I believe it'd make playing more awkward and less natural.

    I'm sure there's money to be made though, good for them.


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    I am always amused by the certainty with which things are so often said by people on the internet. It's as though people believe that if they say something with sufficient emphasis and disdain, it will thus become true.
     
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    Really nice. Plus pleasing to the eye at that ...
     
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    I looked into this before and found there are a few devices out there...but right now I hold it more upright but not quite as extreme as John Stowell. I use a little amp (about 1' high) as a footrest when sitting down...and don't need a strap when playing like that.


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    also...it depends on the guitar. If you've never played bigger guitars, it can be a shock if you try to play even a semi-hollowbody. Posture issues get amplified.
     
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    I've got a Neck Up that's been attached to my acoustic guitar for a couple of years now. These devices do make sitting with a guitar much more comfortable.
     
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    Very useful - thanks for posting that.
     
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    I bought one of these about a year ago for use when playing acoustic. Best money I ever spent.
     
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    That's a bold statement. Have you actually tried one?

    It might not be for everyone but I love mine - it puts the guitar in a really comfortable position for me and lets me play without any tension. A fantastic piece of kit. I wish I'd bought one 20 years ago.
     
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    I'm going to throw away my NYC phone books too. I thought they were good footrests.
     
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    One fact out of the entire post. Nice going Sparky.
     
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    I was looking for a small Dynarette cushion to use with a larger guitar and couldn't find one available anywhere in Canada or the US. I did, however find a look-alike called the Oasis Guitar Support. It's on sale at the LA Classical Guitars site. The sales rep at LACG claimed it was identical to the Dynarette and it's $27.95 including shipping (or $22 without the shipping for those of you in the LA area). They also have the larger size. Here's a link to the appropriate page on their site.

    http://www.lacg.net/product/oasis-guitar-support-cushion-oh-29-small/
     
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    I have a "neck pillow" that does that. Maybe what we need are different shaped guitars, with a much bigger lower section? Guitar builders, unite and create an ergonomic instrument.
     
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    Thanks for that, Jim.
    I used an A-Frame (and sometimes an Efel) all through the '90s and 2000s, then at some point switched to the Dynarette.
    Also just saw this on Amazon:
     
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    I saw that and one other in my search but they only seemed to have the larger size.
     
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    Steve Klein's model was pretty popular, and still in demand. I love my Forshage Orion, and there are a few other makers out there like CG Lutherie, who are putting out ergonomic guitars.

    I always whip out ye olde footstool when I practice with the classical. Thanks for the heads up, Jim. This appears to be a more comfortable solution.
     
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    I'll often use both the large Dynarette and the footstool on low (same as Jim said).
    If it was OK to use a strap on a classical, we wouldn't need footstools or supports!
     
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