#1
I was wondering if someone has a suggestion with the following problem I'm having. Before I purchased the Martin I played both an Alvarez steel string and an Alvarez nylon string. I play in the sitting position and never had an issue with the guitar slipping on my leg.

With my new Martin, I am having major problems with the guitar slipping as I play up the frets. I have tried every possible position I'm comfortable in, and in the middle of songs I sort of lose control of the guitar. It seems so slick. Perhaps the curve that one places on the leg is too shallow. Has anyone ever had this problem? I LOVE this guitar, but I'm really frustrated that I can't seem to keep my Martin in a steady position without it slipping outward from my leg.

Can anyone suggest anything? Is it possible that this particular model just can't fit my body properly? I'm out of ideas as I'm become a gymnast trying to find a position that the guitar does not slide off my leg. Like I said, I've never had this issue with my other guitars...

I'm a newbie. Hope I posted properly. If not, sorry.

Thanks,
jimm
#2
I'd suggest trying to put something under the foot of the leg you rest the guitar on to raise it up a bit maybe 5 inches or more, if that doesn't work, I dunno.
#3
i have that problem when im in the standard sitting position as well.

heres two things that i try to do to make playing while sitting more comfortable.

1. sit with your leg raised a bit so that the guitar wont slide forward.
2. sit in the classical position with the guitar resting on the leg closest to the neck.
3. do both.

i usually sit in the classical position. my body becomes much closer to the guitar, so i get a better feel for what im playing. love sitting that way over the standard way. if i sit in the standard position, my arm tends to push the guitar off to the side as i strum(because it's a dreadnought body and the back end is very fat).
#5
I have the same guitar, and I've never hard that problem unless there's something in my pocket (like a cellphone). You might want to try wearing a strap though.
#6
Thanks very much for the suggestions. I actually just tried the suggestion of placing the guitar on the leg closest to the fret board. That helped a lot. I had always rested it on my other leg. Also tried raising my foot up about 5 inches. Both helped...

When I reevaluated where the guitar is slipping I noticed it may be slipping more sideways than forward. If that's the case maybe a strap, as suggested, will solve that problem.. I'll keep working on it......

I was thinking maybe it's just going to take a little time to get use to a new guitar. It's a big change when you switch to a new guitar after playing another model for years.

Thanks again,
jimm
#7
Can one use one of those none stick pads that go under carpets to keep them from slipping around? Maybe cut a small piece and place between you leg and the guitar? Not sure if it would harm the finish or not but you can use them on hardwood floors without problems.
#8
my father in law has glued a small peice of foam like substance on the bottom of his martin been that way for twenty years sounds fine and noone can see it and it is there only for friction to hold his guitar. i deffinitly wouldnt do it on a collectable or anything i planned on reselling at a later date though. however rubbing alcohol would remove the glue residue but possibly the finish as well.
#9
Quote by anita prs bad
my father in law has glued a small peice of foam like substance on the bottom of his martin been that way for twenty years sounds fine and noone can see it and it is there only for friction to hold his guitar. i deffinitly wouldnt do it on a collectable or anything i planned on reselling at a later date though. however rubbing alcohol would remove the glue residue but possibly the finish as well.

It's an X series; it's completely worthless.
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#10
Quote by Flight73
I was wondering if someone has a suggestion with the following problem I'm having. Before I purchased the Martin I played both an Alvarez steel string and an Alvarez nylon string. I play in the sitting position and never had an issue with the guitar slipping on my leg.

With my new Martin, I am having major problems with the guitar slipping as I play up the frets. I have tried every possible position I'm comfortable in, and in the middle of songs I sort of lose control of the guitar. It seems so slick. Perhaps the curve that one places on the leg is too shallow. Has anyone ever had this problem? I LOVE this guitar, but I'm really frustrated that I can't seem to keep my Martin in a steady position without it slipping outward from my leg.

Can anyone suggest anything? Is it possible that this particular model just can't fit my body properly? I'm out of ideas as I'm become a gymnast trying to find a position that the guitar does not slide off my leg. Like I said, I've never had this issue with my other guitars...

I'm a newbie. Hope I posted properly. If not, sorry.

Thanks,
jimm



You need guit-a-grip. Designed to help keep your guitar on your leg while sitting. This material will stick to the guitar, WONT leave any residue, easy to remove and the sponge rubber material will assist with the guitar not sliding of your leg.

Don’t let gravity win, guit-a-grip!

www.guit-a-grip.com or www.facebook.com/guitagrip
#11
Quote by Habit Zero
I wear a strap when I play... that's all I can really recommend to you.

Best answer. I got one for my Martin and once I have it at the right height and angle it stays in place. Strap is key!
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#13
Quote by fingerguy
Best answer. I got one for my Martin and once I have it at the right height and angle it stays in place. Strap is key!
Sage advice for sure. But, once again you were "lured" into the necrobump. (This thread is from 2008).

Just thank your lucky stars you're not a 13 year old girl on the internet. You'd find yourself in all kinds of trouble...
#14
I've had this problem is the past with lap dulcimers.They just WONT stay put. You might try either rubberized ******* shelf mesh or, if you desire class, a piece or real chamois cloth (not the fabric substitute).

BTW, I have a D12x1 and have never experienced this problem, Do you play in polyester tights?
Dave Bowers

Instruments
Martin D-28
Martin/Sigma DR12-7
Martin Dreadnought Junior
Washburn EA25SNB
Epiphone F-112 Bard
Epiphone Les Paul Special II
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#15
Quote by davebowers
I've had this problem is the past with lap dulcimers.They just WONT stay put. You might try either rubberized ******* shelf mesh or, if you desire class, a piece or real chamois cloth (not the fabric substitute).

BTW, I have a D12x1 and have never experienced this problem, Do you play in polyester tights?
Do you even read the posts above yours? This thread is from 2008. how many times do you plan on bumping it?
#16
Sorry Captaincranky. I didn't check the OP date. But neither did a whole bunch of people before me.
Dave Bowers

Instruments
Martin D-28
Martin/Sigma DR12-7
Martin Dreadnought Junior
Washburn EA25SNB
Epiphone F-112 Bard
Epiphone Les Paul Special II
#17
Quote by davebowers
Sorry Captaincranky. I didn't check the OP date. But neither did a whole bunch of people before me.
Well, some of these old threads are actually worth bumping. For example the "dark acoustic songs" thread. That was fun for a couple of days. Sad to say, this one certainly isn't.

I don't know where the noobs come up with these. The forum records only go back a month. Oh well, they say once something is on the web, it's there forever. Searches will turn up archived material like this on occasion.

My guitars sometimes slide off my leg. It's caused by horrible posture and a bit of a gut due to old age. I'm not expecting a different outcome though. Hence the reason I haven't started a thread about it.
#18
Try a deep bowl Ovation. Tried one and the only way I could keep it under control was with a strap.
Dave Bowers

Instruments
Martin D-28
Martin/Sigma DR12-7
Martin Dreadnought Junior
Washburn EA25SNB
Epiphone F-112 Bard
Epiphone Les Paul Special II
#19
Quote by davebowers
Try a deep bowl Ovation. Tried one and the only way I could keep it under control was with a strap.
And here I thought the whole Ovation sliding off people's laps was just an urban legend....
#20
^^^ I tried a deep bowl Adamas not long after they came out. It is the only Ovation I've ever really liked - big thumpy bass like a good Gibson - but it was expensive and uncomfortable.

I use non-slip pads made of rubber belting in the waist of my two shiny metal resos. They are plain ovals, but I can see scope for shaping them as a decorative feature
#21
Quote by davebowers
Try a deep bowl Ovation. Tried one and the only way I could keep it under control was with a strap.


I played some Ovations recently and I enjoyed their necks/playability, but I really hated that weird bowl shape.
#22
Quote by TobusRex
I played some Ovations recently and I enjoyed their necks/playability, but I really hated that weird bowl shape.
Well, the main problem is you can't really hear them from where you're playing them. Plus they're not very intimate since there isn't as much vibration transmitted through the body as with a wood guitar. I know that's sort of wasted energy, but it does, I suppose, put you more in touch with your music.

I found out I'm not allowed to bad mouth these things a while back. With that said and out of the way, I had an 1157 "Anniversary", (1981, I think), built for me, (left handed), and it was a rip roaring piece of shit.

I think if I was going to jump in with another composite guitar, (and if they even built them left handed), I'd opt for one of Emerald's offerings. They have a double-neck, which is reasonably priced, ($2400.00), an allegedly should handle the stress better than any double- neck acoustic to date. Although, admittedly that remains to be seen.

I saw a custom build double-neck Ovation maybe 30 years ago, and it was, (IIRC) $4500.00 way back then....
Last edited by Captaincranky at Oct 1, 2015,