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Old 07-11-2010, 06:39 AM
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Default Guitar neck cradle for string changes

What if anything are the good folks here using to support the neck of your guitar when changing strings? I saw a couple of products and was leaning towards this:

http://www.ducksdeluxe.com/gnrphotos.html

But this one seems to have better neck angle supportability But has a fixed height.

http://www.amazon.com/Dunlop-Formula.../dp/B001I1PWTY

Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 07-11-2010, 06:58 AM
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I have been using the Rock-n-Roller Neck Rest from Stewart MacDonald for the past few months and I am pretty pleased with it.

http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Tools/Sp...xst=3&xsr=9023

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Old 07-11-2010, 06:59 AM
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I really like this. It adjusts to any angle, has enough weight and width to be stable. A joy to use! Made by Stew Mac.


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Old 07-11-2010, 07:00 AM
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I've been using the Planet Waves for some time. works well for me. folds up and is pretty inexpensive.

http://store.daddario.com/category/146547

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Old 07-11-2010, 08:46 AM
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I have the Planet Waves but find I don't use it all that much. I tend to sit on a carpeted floor when I change strings (strange, but it's become a habit) and find that just resting the neck on my leg works fine. If I had a nice horizontal work surface that didn't become covered with stuff between string changes, I might find a neck rest more useful and have less leg stiffness after a string change, but it probably won't happen.
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Old 07-11-2010, 10:09 AM
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I use my lap for straightforward string changes. If I'm doing something that requires the guitar to be more stable I put a towel and a small pillow on my workbench (a/k/a the kitchen counter ).
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Two's up on the knee.

I've never used anything else! It works nicely but is not so elegant as one of those rather impressive rests.

Mind you, I sit on a two seater leather settee which keeps the body still and supported.
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Old 07-11-2010, 11:38 AM
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I use the Dr. Ducks. It's quite handy and much better than trying to do without support. One thing I did was to glue the pieces together once I was sure I had it where I wanted it.

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Old 07-11-2010, 02:34 PM
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I made my own out of oak, padded w/ leather in the cradle. Use it all the time. The price was right!



I also made a smaller one (less tall), but it's not all that stable due to the base not being big enough! Nevertheless, it too comes in handy. I've seen the Stew-Mac cradle used by quite a few shops also & it works great.
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Old 07-11-2010, 02:39 PM
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The Planet Waves neck stand is stable, it folds up small enough to carry in the case, and it's inexpensive. It's the best thing since sliced bread.

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I've got a set that consists of a plastic neck rest that fits through a circular hole in a neoprene rubber pad that lays out flat on any flat surface. When you're done, you roll the pad back up and put away in a clear plastic tube. The neck rest fits into the same tube and forms one end of the container, and a plain plastic cap forms the other.

I bought it maybe ten or twelve years ago when I was a Martin Telemarketing dealer. It's got the Martin logo on it, and all in all it's one of the best ten or fifteen bucks I've ever spent on a guitar accessory. So far as I'm concerned, it paid for itself within the first couple of weeks I bought it.


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I got a Dr. Duck's as a gift. It seems fine but I'm used to just sitting on the couch with the guitar across my lap.
If you'd like it, send me a message or email and I'll give it to you.
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Old 07-11-2010, 05:55 PM
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Actually, I tried something different today. I put the guitar on my Ultimate guitar stand and I changed the strings quickly and effortlessly while sitting in a chair with the guitar on the stand facing me. A complete change in under 20 minutes. Thanks to everyone for their suggestions, but I think this will work for me moving forward.

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I got a Dr. Duck's as a gift. It seems fine but I'm used to just sitting on the couch with the guitar across my lap.
If you'd like it, send me a message or email and I'll give it to you.
That is a very generous offer Bluewyatt. Thanks very much, but I think I'm set now with my method outlined above.
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Old 07-11-2010, 08:16 PM
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I use the neck rest Wade describes, but I just prop up the guitar neck in the case with it (I don't use the mat). The rest lifts up the guitar enough to get to the tuning pegs and the case keeps the guitar steady ... after I'm done, I just take out the neck rest and set the guitar back flat and latch up the case.
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