Whiteagle wrote:i would encourage a new player to use a foot stool. Its cheap. portable, adaptable.
and it will bring a lot of pain to your back too
certainly if someone would play 15 minutes a day - footstool is fine.
4 hours a day or more? - back problems are guaranteed...
My guitars and lute are all luthiers made and I simply put buttons for strap to all of them and play standing. Certainly someone could play sitting with the strap too or change positions - 10 minutes sitting, 10 standing etc.
I work many hours a day for years and it saved my back - I still can play and enjoy it.
Many professional guitarists played standing (with the strap) long time ago, centuries ago and just lately in 20th century footstool became a standard for classical guitar.
It looks nice and possible for young and healthy player (still even some young players according to this forum messages have back problems because of it), but for older folks back pain and problems because of footstool position are guaranteed.
Seems that we care about our guitars so much that we would rather have back problems than buttons on the guitar
But later on we spending money on doctors, medicine, physiotherapy, massages and a lot of other things which resulting from sitting in this very bad (ergonomically) position with footstool.
Two buttons (but in the proper places) and good strap - guitar in a stable, safe and ergonomically best possible position...