Well it was time to
order a new Soundseat and they sent me one with the new foot rest add-on
option. Players have been asking for this as an option and Soundseat has
come through with a sturdy device that installs onto any existing soundseat
foot ring. They
asked me to test it and give them any helpful feedback but from what I can
see the foot rest is a well designed option and should work great. I've
spent a day or so using it with great results. It's not the exact same
feeling or playing position as a classical guitar player with a foot rest on
the floor but it's very comfortable and may be the perfect solution for most
players needing one.
The footrest on my
chair measures about 9" inches from the floor. The toe tip end of the foot
rest sticks out about 5-6" inches from the center horn of the chair. Total
size of the footplate is 11.5" long and 6" inches wide and it's made of
sturdy aluminum. It's removable from the chair but you normally would leave
it on during transport. It's also reversable for left or right handed
players. Plus some players like to play with the guitar resting on their
left leg while others use the right. In my case the guitar sits on my left
leg when I play so I reversed the footrest by loosening the bolt and
flipping it over. The bolt and washer holding the footrest prevents it from
spinning around and holds it in place when in the storage position (shown
You may also notice
I've chosen the wider diameter footring on my chair which does hold the
footrest farther out. I'm not sure if I would like the footrest on the more
narrow foot ring. It might not stick out far enough. Compared to a classical
guitar position this option and my chair tend to hold my leg pretty high
compared to the other one on the floor. My knee bends and my heel tucks
slightly underneath the chair. So there are many times where I'm going to be
more comfortable not using the footrest. The good news is how easy it is to
deploy and store.
Summary: This will more
than likely be a must have for most Soundseat owners. The quality seems to
be there and the design seems to be a good one.
footrest is strong but it's not intended to hold your full body weight or be
used to step on and off of the chair. There is a warning sticker that comes
on the footplate.
Below are photos of my
new break down model chair with the footrest deployed and stored away.
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