Matthew Masail wrote: ↑
Fri Mar 01, 2019 9:11 pm
larryguitar wrote: ↑
Fri Mar 01, 2019 7:39 pm
Matthew Masail wrote: ↑
Fri Mar 01, 2019 10:27 am
Interesting problem. If the way your holding it on your right leg is comfortable to play with it shouldnt be hard to make a stand to hold it in that position and take the weight off. I would make a wooden tripod (nicely turned like the Agudo picture) with a heavy base possibly weighted at the center near the legs, then a bent laminate to match the guitar (think 6* guitar sides laminated together) with firm foam and upholstered is a black soft breathable fabric. This will attach to the tripod with s strong steel swivel. So now you have height and angle adjustment, the lower bout cannot slip back and the upper bout exactly over your leg floating on the support.
* correctly designed the base might not need to be heavy, as long as one of the tripod legs can fit under your chair inline with the guitar.
Thank you for your comments. After a two hour rehearsal this morning, I'm back to the idea of trying to get a stand built to support the guitar. I played most of the rehearsal with the guitar on my left leg but the body of the guitar is so big that it forces my legs open to such a wide angle that my right hip flexor is killing me now. I'm jealous of Aguado's ability to sit with the guitar and keep his legs closed!
I tried playing for a little bit with the guitar on my right leg but it's not stable enough there for me, forces my right shoulder too high, and pushes the neck too flat, so I just couldn't play it that way and went back to the left leg.
I wonder if the stand would allow me to hold the guitar between my legs, hovering there, that might be the best playing position.
If you're up for trying to help me, send me a PM and we can discuss the details. My dream is to play the monster in a guitar orchestra starting this September so I think I need to make my peace with the guitar by then.
Hi Larry, I would truly love to help, I appreciate how much you are dedicated to the instrument. I'm afraid the most I can offer are my thoughts since I am about 3000miles (maybe more) away from you.... But finding a woodworker shouldn't be hard once you have the design idea.
For the lower bout be supported between the legs a simple cradle (again upholstered) connected to the pedestal with a locking steel ball joint makes sense. This should allow you to tilt the guitar towards you (or anywhere) and thus have it located a little more forward so you could close your legs a little bit. The pedestal itself can height adjust with a large screw like a swivel chair, The feet will need some non skid feet or better yet a small folding arm to clamp the whole thing to the front of your chair so it doesn't slip forward. Have you considered standing ? A stand like this one could accommodate that too with enough height adjustment, it'll be up to you to support the neck though.
I understand, I started to have some second thoughts about the idea as soon as I made this post. I think I need find someone locally, in New York City, to try to devise a solution. I've reached out to a luthier and will see if he's interested in helping. If not, I'll ask some other people I know.
I appreciate your thoughts! I'm open to any suggestions. Perhaps a simple cradle and pedestal held between my legs, as you described, would work. I'll have to think about it some more.
I don't think I'll be able to play standing up. I'm not used to playing the guitar while standing up.
I suppose it might seem crazy to be dedicated to this instrument, but, oh, I think it is worth it because the sound is amazing! This guitar has the same range as a double bass in a much smaller package. It is amazingly loud for a plucked string instrument, mainly because the body is so large and the top is a spruce/cedar double top.
I think the contra guitar will be wonderful in an ensemble. Guitar orchestras are usually stuck with all of the instruments in the same register, and this gets around that problem. Everybody in my current ensemble appreciates hearing my bass, it helps a lot. It's nice that I don't have to be a virtuoso soloist to play the bass, as the bass lines should be relatively simple.