Lacquered guitar finishes (nitrocellulose) We have on going tests with nitrocellulose lacquer finishes with the quality Adams sucker cups we use with our products. over a 5 year period we have had no chemical reaction and ring marking with the our tests. We are aware that there are many variables in the application of lacquered finishes including hard and soft curing times between coats, age of finish amongst others. With this in mind, despite our successfull testing to date, we cannot guarantee that our sucker cups won’t react chemically with all lacquered finishes, and must say that using our products on these finishes is at the owners risk.
Matte and Shellac Finished Guitars with Kling-on Protectors: For Matte finished guitars we recommend using our bespoke Kling-on protectors; some of our customers successfully use sticky back plastic here too. For shellac French Polished guitars we’ve yet to find a perfect solution as there are quite a few variables to consider. Some luthiers fill the wood pockets before polishing and this creates a reasonable surface for the Kling-on to take to, considerably slowing the passage of air through the wood. If this process has not been done, then the surface is unlikely to support the Kling-on for longer periods and therefore we cannot recommend this idea. We are at present working with some new ideas with Kling-on and hope that these will bear fruit in the near future, so stay tuned, it’s a problem we want to solve.
* First, test the optimum position of your support or strap attachment head;
* Ensure the surface of your guitar is clean;
* Peel and apply ‘Kling-on’ using a soft cloth to rub into place being sure to smooth out air bubbles. Keep the backing for storage of the Kling-on if not being used.
* Apply second Kling-on on top of the first again using a soft cloth to rub into place smoothing out air bubbles.NB. Kling-ons are designed to be used over and over but it’s important to peel the film off very slowly to avoid damaging the guitar’s finish, and return to backing when not being used to preserve the special glue.
Unseated Sucker CupsProblem: Two customers using the Mundo Strap, have mentioned that their sucker cups have at times become unseated in their attachment heads. This problem has caused us some serious head scratching over the past 6 months, we’ve never experienced the problem at all ourselves and were at pains to find a reason. Recently, I noticed a young pupil of mine removing his guitar, and it made me think. He removed it by releasing the sucker cups, this I’d not intended or foreseen in the design. I designed the triangular sucker cup array so that the cups would be easy to change, but at the same time impossible to move when in use on the instrument. With the guitar attached, when two of the cups are released, the full weight of the guitar bears on the last cup. If it has the upper position in the array, it will be pulled out of its seat. Our thanks to Mark Ingram for bringing this to our attention. Mark has an animated performing style with hefty guitars, so we’re really pleased to cure this problem. Solution: The solution is unbelievably simple and we believe stylish, heaven only knows why we didn’t think of this before, doh! Simply plug the holes in the sucker attachment head, (see below). This makes it impossible for the sucker cups to move under any circumstances.
The quickest and most effective way to remove your guitar from your Mundo Strap is simply to lift your instrument out and away from the spin plate keyhole slot; then remove the sucker attachment head from your guitar if required, by releasing the suckers using the large patented tabs. See video demo at video for full demonstration.
Mundo Strap Set Up for Maximum Comfort This top comfort set up was sent in by Michael Young using his new Mundo Strap on a flamenco guitar. I’ve recreated it on a Les Paul guitar, see below. With the aluminium sucker attachment head on the forward lower bout, the straps ride even wider on the shoulder blades and further away from the neck muscles. With the Mundo Strap’s unique even weight distribution, this is incredibly comfortable and highly recommended. Combining this configuration and the waist belt tucking method, as seen in the sketch, this is ultimately the most comfortable way to strap a guitar. Excellent! Thanks Michael.
Stiffening or Freeing your Mundo Support attachment head: Your Mundo Guitar Support attachment head comes pre-lubricated with a mixture of blue tack and candle wax. This gives a perfectly smooth rotation, no squeeks and jerks. To stiffen it up, simply add some blue tack: To free it up a little add some bees or candle wax.
Fender Guitars: Most Fender guitars have a neck plate and also a plastic cover panel on the back of their guitars. The attachment head can just be fitted in between the two. This limits positioning of the guitar support although removing the plastic cover plate can allow a little more room to manoever on some models.
Using the Mundo Support with heavy guitars on the right leg: Positioning the guitar on the right leg is a great position when you’ve mastered it, watch the Mundo Strap video carefully. Heavier guitars exert a greater twisting force on the attachment head. To avoid any detachment use your ’bout tether’ to give extra support to counteract this force. See picture for positioning: