Tenor TPGS+ Guitar Support
Classical Guitar Support and Lifter
I’ve tried a lot of guitar supports and most were too cumbersome to carry or awkward to attach. But I was sure the right one would come along someday. I was skeptical about the TENOR TPGS+—seemed too good to be true—but I pressed the Amazon buy button and gave it an audition. And I'm glad I did!
Tenor TPGS+ | Installed on a Hirade TH8SS | On stage the Tenor is nearly invisible, imparting a floating guitar effect.
First, the Tenor is tiny: when folded, it’s the size of a modest smartphone and fits in the back pocket of my jeans and, of course, in guitar case accessory pockets. The supporting structure is beefy: two pieces of hinged metal, nicely finished in satin black. Leg contact is via a thick strip of Velcro, adjustable for length and slack.
The tenor ships partially assembled. It took me a couple minutes to muscle the suction cups into place. They’re very tight and not likely to pop out. I’m seen replacement cups and Velcro for sale so you can refurbish the Tenor when worn.
The Tenor is designed for durable glossy finishes like polyurethane or polyester. Indeed, it stuck to my Hirade (Takamine) classicals like crazy glue. On the other hand, it doesn’t work on satin finishes—slips off quickly—and is not recommended for delicate finishes like French polish. Also, due to the side by side arrangement of suction cups, the Tenor does not fit on narrow instruments like the Cordoba GK flamenco series (thin body), ukuleles or most electric guitars.
Mounting the Tenor near the waist of the guitar results in less lift while placement towards the lower bout results in more lift and a steeper angle. To remove, lift the little tab on the suction cups. Once you memorize the placement sweet spot, it only takes about 10 seconds to install. Once mounted, the suction cups and little rubber feet prevent wood to metal contact. It’s possible to ding your guitar if you’re a real butter-finger and the Tenor slips out of your hand. But, used with care, it is perfectly safe.
Using the Tenor
I’ve been using the Tenor a few weeks and it never inadvertently detached, surviving long ensemble rehearsals, gigs and practice sessions. As far as comfort, the angle and lift has never been more perfect or comfortable for my playing style.
However, the velcro strip tends to bite into my left leg with heavier guitars—Hirade TH90—so a folded towel on the leg is helpful. A Dynarelle cushion is more comfortable on the leg, but not nearly as adjustable or comfortable in terms of actual playing position. Compared to A-Frame support, the Tenor is roughly equivalent in terms of comfort and adjustability but much less fussy to install, stow and carry.
Tenor TPGS+ | Installed on a Hirade TH8SS
Finally, the Tenor is quiet compared to a metal footstool or Dynarelle cushion. Nevertheless, if you move around a lot, it emits soft crinkle or rub sounds (the Velcro I suspect). On the other hand, my Dynarelle cushion has ruined many audio tracks with loud squeak and rub sounds from even the smallest movements or pressure. So, with care, I can track while using the Tenor.
The TENOR TPGS+ was a very pleasant surprise: comfortable, flexible in positioning, an easy carry, quiet and reasonably priced. I plan to buy a couple more so I don’t have to remember to swap it in and out of different guitar cases.
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