Instrument Supports Patents (Class 84/327)
  • Patent number: 10789919
    Abstract: An acoustic guitar strap lock adapter that utilizes a conventional strap lock system in a manner that does not require modification to be made to the guitar. The adapter includes an elongated body having first and second ends, a first opening formed through the elongated body adjacent the first end thereof and being internally threaded to co-axially engage with the guitar's pick-up jack; and a second opening formed through the elongated body adjacent the second end thereof and being configured to securely receive a strap lock therein, whereby the guitar strap can be anchored to the acoustic guitar at a position offset from the pick-up jack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Music Nomad, LLC
    Inventors: Rand Rognlien, Glen C. Wolff
  • Patent number: 10674814
    Abstract: To provide a support device having preferable operability. A music stand includes a support body supporting a music. A movable body is provided at a support column of the support body to be movable. A fixed body is provided at a lower end portion of the support column. A leg body is fitted to the movable body to be rotatable. The fixed body and the leg body are connected with a connection body. The movable body has three leg fitting projections arranged in a peripheral direction of the movable body main body part. The leg body has facing portions separately facing each other with the leg fitting projection interposed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: VELBON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Koichiro Nakatani
  • Patent number: 10535329
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a magnetically latched, spring assisted, built-in guitar stand that is built in to a guitar to provide quick standing of the guitar without the need for a separate guitar stand. The magnetically latched, spring assisted, built-in guitar stand consists of a stand arm that pivots away from the guitar when opened to form a tripod-like footprint that allows the guitar to stand by itself. The reduced footprint of the guitar stand allows the guitar to stand in a relatively small area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Inventor: Sean Michael Berg
  • Patent number: 10418007
    Abstract: The present application introduces a musical instrument stand which can be easily carried or installed, comprising: a first part in which a stopper piece extends upward on one side of a support body for placing musical instrument; a second part elastically connected to the first part and extendable in the longitudinal direction with respect to the first part; and a locking means provided on the first and second parts and a fixing force to a counterpart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Inventor: Hae Min Park
  • Patent number: 10235899
    Abstract: A locator device for removable attachment to a musical instrument body to locate a musician's hand or arm while holding or manipulating the instrument. The locator device includes a guide structure for providing a contact surface for the musician's hand or arm. An attachment structure is connected to the guide structure for removably attaching the guide structure to the instrument body at a location selected to locate the musician's hand or arm in relation to the instrument, the attachment structure configured to detach from the instrument body without damaging the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Weinraub Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Kara Weinraub, Marc Jeffrey Seal
  • Patent number: 10176790
    Abstract: A guitar support for supporting a guitar during a performance includes a base, a stand having an upper portion, a lower portion, and a curved middle portion. A lower end of the lower portion is connected to the base. A shaped support element is connected to a top end of the upper portion, the shaped support element having a top surface shaped to support a guitar body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: The Penn State Research Foundation
    Inventor: Jonathan J. Gangi
  • Patent number: 10157601
    Abstract: A strap button and connector for connecting one end of a strap to a musical instrument or other body consists of a connector fixed to the instrument and a removable strap button to hold a strap securely. The connector has a large opening or mouth and is designed so that the strap button and the connector be easily engaged or disengaged. When the threaded neck of strap button is received into threaded connector cavity the strap button is easily hand screwed together and the additional aid of a rubber washer placed between strap button neck and connector head or lip keeps the two parts from disengaging. The strap at this point is secure from coming off the strap button and the strap still has movability between player and instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Inventor: Brett Runge
  • Patent number: 10147406
    Abstract: A strap attachable to a musical instrument for enabling a musician to wear the musical instrument and for carrying at least one instrument playing accessory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Inventors: Yevgeniy Blekherman, Dimitri Vishnepolsky
  • Patent number: 10109263
    Abstract: This is a universal support system for bar percussion instruments. It can support any size and type bar percussion instrument, in any size snare basket, with any snare basket arm bracket variations. When used in a snare basket having a ball joint, the system can tilt the bar percussion instrument into infinitely many positions, enabling performance art never before possible with this type of instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Inventor: Brett Fugate
  • Patent number: 10037749
    Abstract: A collapsible and height adjustable stand for a stringed musical instrument is described; specifically, a compact, portable and customizable stand for holding stringed instruments in a secure upright position. The stand can be easily used and also collapsed back quickly after use. Padding on the top and bottom cradle handles holds the instrument and cushions the stringed instruments. Also, a bow hook attached to the upper part of the stand allows for hanging the bow. The adjustable height feature allows the stand to hold musical stringed instruments of different sizes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Inventors: Andrew Glasser, Felix Chen
  • Patent number: 9990910
    Abstract: An automatically actuating strap lock mechanism for use on instruments is disclosed. The multiple embodiments disclosed herein use an automatically actuating retaining mechanism to allow a user to attach the end of a strap to a strap button on an instrument without having to manipulate a lever or knob. The retaining mechanism is capable of being moved into the open position using the head of a strap button, allowing a user to slide the mechanism over a strap button. Once a strap button is seated in the strap lock mechanism, the retaining mechanism is automatically released, locking the strap button in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: D'Addario & Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard Ned Steinberger
  • Patent number: 9805699
    Abstract: A guitar arm rest adapted for mounting on a side of a guitar for holding a guitar player's arm in a proper position on the guitar. The guitar arm rest includes an arm rest cup received next to an edge of the side of the guitar. A front of the arm rest cup is adapted for receiving the guitar player's arm thereon. A base plate is hinged to a back of the arm rest cup. The base plate includes one or more suction cups for securing the guitar rest on the side of the guitar. One end of a height adjustment pivot plate is hinged on the base plate. An opposite end of the pivot plate is received in a selected hole in a hole track plate. The hole track plate is attached to a rear of the arm rest cup. The pivot plate is used to adjust the height/angle of the arm rest cup above the side of the guitar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Inventor: Timothy L. Johnson
  • Patent number: 9721550
    Abstract: An instrument support adapted for placement between a musical instrument and a musician's body includes a flexible pad joined to a flexible flap. The instrument support has a roughly textured side for resting against a musician's clothing without slipping and a smoothly textured side for contacting the instrument. A transverse ridge extending from an approximately flat upper surface of the pad establishes an accurately repeatable position reference for playing the instrument and prevents the instrument from slipping from the pad. The smoothly textured top of the pad establishes close contact with a smooth surface on the instrument and may establish stiction or suction between the pad and the instrument. An end of the flap may optionally be tucked around a belt worn by a musician to hold the pad in a preferred position against the musician's chosen leg. Some embodiments include a belt clip attached the flap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Inventor: Daniel Manrique
  • Patent number: 9715869
    Abstract: A stand adapted for placement between the legs of a player while in a sitting position supports the weight of a standard 5-string resonator banjo or banjo of similar head radius. A locking telescopic design with an instrument cradle allows the player to adjust the height to accommodate a comfortable playing position. The stand removes all of the weight of the banjo from the back, shoulders and legs of the player and allows for a more comfortable practice or playing session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Inventors: Chris Sorenson, Stephanie Sorenson
  • Patent number: 9704461
    Abstract: A stand for a stringed instrument includes a base, a post, a lower support, and an upper support. The post extends between a lower end portion and an upper end portion, the lower end portion is proximally located relative to the base, and the upper end portion is distally located relative to the base. The lower support is disposed relative to the lower end portion of the post. The upper support is disposed relative to the upper end portion of the post. The lower support is selectively moveable relative to the upper support, between a receiving position and a locking position. The lower support is biased toward the locking position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: The Music People, Inc.
    Inventor: James R. Hennessey
  • Patent number: 9514721
    Abstract: A guitar support device permits ergonomic use of a guitar by a seated user, without attachment of any damaging hardware to the instrument. The guitar rest receives the lower and upper bouts of a guitar body with a complementary shaped frame. Stabilizer mounts abutting the guitar face and at least one stop abutting the guitar's back secure the device. The ergonomic support securely cradles the guitar so that the user may move around to better play or to relieve pressure points. The weight of the guitar is distributed over the user's leg and supported by a toe that descends vertically between the user's legs and abuts the surface upon which the user sits. The device is hinged to allow it to fold and skeletally framed to reduce weight and create a carrying handle, both of which make it easily transportable and storable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Inventor: Brent William Champion
  • Patent number: 9495945
    Abstract: A guitar pad is designed to support a guitar or similar stringed instrument on the lap of a seated player, and the body portion rests on the pad when it is draped over on one of the player's legs. This facilitates the player maintaining proper posture and positioning when playing the instrument. The guitar pad is formed of a single-thickness piece of a flexible non-adhesive grip material formed of a woven scrim on which beads of a low-slip resin are positioned to alternate with open spaces; and a frame or border affixed onto the edge of the grip material. The frame or border may be formed of a narrow strip or strips of a low-stretch flexible material, e.g., leather or synthetic leather.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Inventor: Michael A. George
  • Patent number: 9373312
    Abstract: A harness for suspending a large stringed instrument on the player. A peg belt wraps around and secures the harness to the peg box. A strap assembly stretches diagonally across the player's back from the peg belt to the endpin or anchor. The strap assembly has a central sash with a bottom extension and a top extension. Optional detachable sash cushions attach to the inner surface of the sash. An eyelet in the bottom extension attaches at the endpin. A neck connector extends from the outer surface of the sash near the top end of the sash. The free end of the neck connector loops between the neck/fingerboard and instrument body and detachably attaches to the free end of the top extension. The peg belt detachably attaches to the neck connector. An optional chest cushion hangs from the instrument where the neck/fingerboard attach to the instrument body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Inventor: Michael G Block
  • Patent number: 9368094
    Abstract: A system and method for safely supporting a stringed musical instrument at various positions of orientation while processing actions are being performed on the instrument. A support structure includes a plurality of reorientable surfaces that each present a depression, a majority of the depressions each having a slope relative to a longitudinal axis (all slopes may be different) to provide an adjustable work surface, such a supporting a musical instrument in various configurations and arrangements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: Music Nomad LLC
    Inventors: Rand Rognlien, Pieter Hans Schouten
  • Patent number: 9257110
    Abstract: Disclosed is a torque suppressor for bodies having a forward assembly comprising an extension having a rear-portion, a mid-portion, and a fore-portion, wherein the fore-portion is configured to attach to the forward assembly, the rear-portion is configured to attach to the body at a forward point of attachment, and the mid-portion is configured to attach to a first end of a shoulder strap, the shoulder strap having a second end configured to attach to a rear point of attachment of the body. The device is effective in eliminating neck dive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Inventor: Gordon S. Smith
  • Patent number: 9257109
    Abstract: Eyebolt mounting devices are disclosed. In an aspect, the present disclosure provides an eyebolt bracket assembly for mounting a musical instrument to a rod. The assembly has a bracket having a first side having a first opening, a second side having a second opening, and a top side having a third opening. The bracket houses an eyebolt member having a threaded portion and an eye opening portion. The eye opening portion has an eye opening, an outer surface, and inner surface. A spring is disposed on the threaded portion and to apply a variable tension force to the eyebolt member. The threaded portion passes through the third opening and receives a washer and a fastener. The eyebolt member is held to the bracket by the fastener and is movable within the bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: DRUM WORKSHOP, INC.
    Inventors: Andrzej J Krol, Victor Filonovich, Sergio G. Bonsignore
  • Patent number: 9245503
    Abstract: In some aspects, a musical percussion support stand includes a stand tube, legs that are configured to be deployed perpendicular to the stand tube in supporting arrangement and a set of two or more height adjustable foot elements. The height adjustable foot elements include a body with at least one rest surface and a first recess. The first recess is configured to receive a leg, with a central axis of the first recess substantially parallel to a horizontal central axis of the body. The body has a first position and a second position relative to a central axis of the leg. In the first position, the rest surface may be disposed on a supporting surface for supporting the stand, with the leg relatively more spaced above the supporting surface than in the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: Conn-Selmer, Inc.
    Inventor: Joshua Allen
  • Patent number: 9196233
    Abstract: A removable cover or protective device has been developed for the lower bout area of a guitar or like musical instrument, especially a classical or acoustic guitar, where the arm meets the instrument in a normal performing position. The device protects the instrument surface from perspiration and also can alleviate potential nerve damage created by resting the forearm on the edge of the instrument. In a typical form, the protective covering can be comprised of leather, faux leather, or leather like polymer, and can be secured to the instrument by the optional use of suction cups attached to the topside of the lower bout of the instrument in a removable manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Inventor: Robert T. Schulze
  • Patent number: 9190041
    Abstract: A leg strap, that connects a guitar or bass player's upper thigh to the shoulder-strap end pin, located on the body of a guitar or bass, for the purpose of supporting the instrument in a stationary playing position, eliminating an adverse condition known as “neck-dive”, which is the tendency in unbalanced and neck-heavy instruments for the neck-portion of the instrument to drop in a downward direction when both hands are taken off the instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Inventor: Richard Miller
  • Patent number: 9108102
    Abstract: An improved supplemental binding attachment scheme involving an extended strap and customizing tool enables customizing of a strapped article of leisure wear. The customizing tool may take the form of a stud, or any number of personalized shapes, including characters, strings, logos, icons and anything that attaches to show that any article belongs to a user. Kits, straps, and software based instructions are likewise included in the present disclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Inventor: Sean Tudor
  • Patent number: 9070349
    Abstract: An apparatus for holding a musical instrument has a strap that is secured at a first end to a base of the instrument by magnetism. An opposite second end is secured around a neck of the instrument by any of various ways. If available, an overall length of the strap is adjusted. The first end of the strap is secured to the base of the instrument by the use of one or more magnets disposed on one side of a planar rear surface of the base and by a ferric or steel member disposed on an opposite side of the rear surface. Magnetic attraction pinches and secures the magnets and steel member in position until urged apart. Fabric covering around the magnets and steel member prevent damage. The magnets or, alternately, the steel member are inserted through a sound hole into an interior of the instrument base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Inventor: James Warren Fischer
  • Patent number: 9016640
    Abstract: A stationary base with at least two door shrouds extending from a tower portion. The tower portion has at least one groove communicating with a groove guide. An actuating housing is attached to the groove guide and connected to at least one force member positioned between the base and the actuating housing. At least one containment door is positioned in a door groove adjacent each door shroud. Each containment door communicates with the actuating housing with at least one guide pin positioned in a guide slot of each containment door, the guide slot being angled at a predetermined angle to translate vertical movement of the actuating housing to horizontal movement of each containment door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: RKS Design, Inc.
    Inventors: Ravi K. Sawhney, Kavinder Singh, John Vernon
  • Patent number: 9010701
    Abstract: A stand for supporting an object comprises: a first main support leg; a second main support leg; a first vertical support member pivotally connected to the first main support leg; and a second vertical support member pivotally connected to the second main support leg, such that first and second vertical support members can be rotated relative to the first and second main support legs to configure the stand in a storage position or a deployed position. The stand further comprises a hinge that operably joins the first vertical support member to the second vertical support member. The stand further comprises a first rear leg configured for sliding movement relative to the first main support leg between a retracted position and an extended position; and a second rear leg configured for sliding movement relative to the second main support leg between a refracted position and an extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Coopercopia, LLC
    Inventor: Daniel Lee Cooper
  • Patent number: 8978945
    Abstract: A musical instrument strap 100 has a neck band 101 worn on the back side of the neck of a musical instrument player, and also has a musical instrument connector 10 that is connected to both ends of the neck band 101 extending forward respectively from the left and right sides of the neck and connects the neck band 101 to a musical instrument. The musical instrument connector 10 has a flat plate 1 that prevents a right portion of the neck band 101 that extends forward from the right side of the neck, and a left portion of the neck band 101 that extends forward from the left side of the neck, from approaching each other, thereby maintaining the distance between the right portion and the left portion; and a hook 5 capable of engaging with the musical instrument. The flat plate 1 has a hole where the right end of the neck band 101 is connected and a hole where the left end of the neck band 101 is connected, and the left and right holes are spaced from each other by a predetermined distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Inventor: Yumiko Komura
  • Patent number: 8975502
    Abstract: A very efficient guitar design, light weight and having a body-mounted tuning system to assist with performance is disclosed. The guitar comprises two main components: an acoustic body and a housing. This separation is intended so that the acoustic body is isolated from the housing and free to vibrate. The guitar further optionally comprises seven strings, twelve-strings, a vibrato system and a retractable built-in stand attached to the back of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Inventor: Rodulfo Delgado
  • Patent number: 8975498
    Abstract: A device and method of supporting a stringed musical instrument such as a ukulele or guitar in a stable hands-free playing position on the user by means of a shoulder strap comprising a single adjustable closed loop including a one-half twist which follows a specific novel path under the strings and about the instrument and the user's body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Inventor: Timothy Dennis Mullins
  • Patent number: 8967585
    Abstract: A guitar stand has a base section, a pair of first frames arranged at an opened position or a closed position, a pair of second frames and a pair of third frames arranged at the use position or the folded position. A slider for holding the first frames at the closed position and the second frames at the folded position is mounted to upper ends of the first frames. The first frames, second frames and the third frames are opened at the same time by unlocking the slider, and the guitar stand in a folded state can be brought into a use state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Hoshino Gakki Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hajime Furuta, Yuko Naganawa
  • Publication number: 20150053061
    Abstract: The guitar cradle provides a method for holding and supporting a guitar when using a belt secured around the waist while in a standing position. The guitar strap buttons that are standard on most guitars are positioned so as to be used with a traditional guitar strap and do not provide adequate support when using a belt secured around the waist to hold and support a guitar. The guitar cradle provides support for a guitar that uses a belt secured to the waist by fitting securely to the underside of the guitar body without any modifications being necessary to the guitar and provides a strap button or other type connector that allows for securing the guitar to the belt worn around the waist.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventor: Santo Joseph Coglitore
  • Patent number: 8925890
    Abstract: A height adjustable stand for musical instrument includes a connecting housing including a sleeve secured to the stand, a bifurcation extending out of the sleeve and including a top opening communicating with a slot therein, and two limit surfaces on both sides of the opening respectively; two opposite hooks each pivotably secured to the bifurcation and including a coupling member including a spring receptacle, a lever, an inclined surface adjacent to the receptacle, and a latch, and a curved member extending from the coupling member; a torsion spring biased between the spring receptacles; and a lock pivotably supported in the opening and including a first part, a second part at an angle with respect to the first part, and a protrusion on a bottom of the first part. Pressing of the first part moves the protrusion out of the slot to unlock the hooks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Inventor: Yuan Terng Liaw
  • Patent number: 8920092
    Abstract: An end pin has a composite shoulder with a fixed lower half and a rotatable upper half. The halves are alignable in a first, installation mode of minimal footprint relative to the hole and slit in the end piece to permit the pin to be easily inserted through the hole in the end piece. The upper half is rotated into a second, locking mode that increases the footprint of the pin over the hole and slit, thereby preventing inadvertent disengagement of the strap from the pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: D'Addario & Company, Inc.
    Inventors: James D'Addario, Robert O. Miller
  • Patent number: 8901403
    Abstract: An improved adjustable stringed instrument apparatus, hereafter known as ‘support’, ‘instrument support’ or ‘guitar support’, that supports the instrument in playing position while the user is in the sitting position. The support attaches to the instrument using magnets and rests on the user's leg. It utilizes a leg rest connected via an adjustable support with a magnet housing at each end of the leg rest. This instrument support has several unique benefits over suction cup-type supports such as secure and reliable attachment to the instrument, non-marring attachment components, and the ability to be attached to a variety of imperfect surfaces and shapes. In addition, magnets have the unique ability to allow location of the support repeatedly at the exact desired location when it is secured to the instrument. Three discrete mechanisms on the support allow for vertical, horizontal, and angular adjustments of the instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Inventor: Kristopher Charles Barnett
  • Patent number: 8878039
    Abstract: A drumstick holder, comprising: a member providing a surface; one or more retaining members (for example clips arranged to grip a drumstick) arranged to prevent or restrict free movement of a drumstick across the surface; a plurality of protrusions from the member; wherein the drumstick holder is adapted for fitting to a rim of a drum or further comprises means for fitting the member to a rim of a drum (for example a clamp); and when the drumstick holder is fitted to a drum rim, each respective protrusion engages a drum at a different respective position around a circumference of a drum rim. The surface may be substantially planar. The drum may be a bass drum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: The Stageworks Gear Company Ltd.
    Inventors: Richard Ian Chambers, Matthew Douglas Chambers
  • Publication number: 20140251113
    Abstract: Examples of the disclosure are directed toward a modular guitar strap, wherein one or more modular guitar strap ends may be detachable from the guitar strap for replacement. A guitar strap end may be made from an exotic material, such as snakeskin, and bonded to a durable material, such as nylon fabric, so that the guitar strap end can hold up to wear and tear even while its outer appearance is that of an exotic material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: CDB Straps, LLC
    Inventor: Cletus D. BOTTRELL, JR.
  • Publication number: 20140208920
    Abstract: An adjustable strap holder comprises a housing having an end face and a channel that extends from the end face axially into the housing. The adjustable strap holder also comprises an extension rod or bar that extends into the channel of the housing so as to have an exposed end that extends from the end face and a strap button secured to the exposed end of the extension rod. Further, the adjustable strap holder comprises a release mechanism coupled to the channel, where the release mechanism is operated by a user so as to allow the extension rod to be adjusted axially relative to the end face and/or removed from the instrument body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2014
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Inventor: Kathryn L. Creek
  • Publication number: 20140190331
    Abstract: A device and method of supporting a stringed musical instrument such as a ukulele or guitar in a stable hands-free playing position on the user by means of a shoulder strap comprising a single adjustable closed loop including a one-half twist which follows a specific novel path under the strings and about the instrument and the user's body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2013
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Inventor: TIMOTHY D. MULLINS
  • Patent number: 8763961
    Abstract: An automatic locking guitar holding rack comprises a brace arm, a first movable lock device and a second movable lock device separated from the first movable lock device. The first movable lock device has a first movement portion located on the first holding section, and the second movable lock device has a second movement portion on the second holding section. The first and second movement portions are separated. The first movable lock device is depressible by the head of a guitar to move a first actuation member in a first compression displacement to drive a first confining member to proceed a first swivel displacement. The second movable lock device is depressible by the head of the guitar to move a second actuation member in a second compression displacement to drive a second confining member to proceed a second swivel displacement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Reliance International Corp
    Inventor: Bean Yang
  • Patent number: 8735702
    Abstract: A dissipating medium made of a stone-like tile. The tile used for removing a wolf note and its related energy, when played on a string musical instrument. The tile is made of a natural mineral, such as travertine. Also, the tile has a shear wave velocity between 300 to 440 m/sec. The tile can have an angular or annular shape. The angular shape is in a range of 10 to 12 inches square and a thickness in a range of ½ to ¾ inch. A top surface of the tile includes an annular depression for receiving an end pin of a cello's tail piece. The medium can be constructed of two tiles with an upper tile 10 inches square and a lower tile 12 inches square. Also, the medium has a weight in a range of 6 to 12 pounds for ease in transporting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Inventor: Deborah R. Miles
  • Patent number: 8710341
    Abstract: A guitar strap attachment means (also called the “strap plug” herein) preferably comprises two main components that are integrally formed together. A shaft member, in a preferred embodiment is generally the same size and shape of the shaft of a TRS (tip, ring, sleeve) connector that is typically plugged into the electric audio jack. The shaft member is cylindrical in nature, and includes a tip, a ring and a sleeve portion. A head member is attached to the end of the sleeve (on the end opposite the tip), and in a preferred embodiment is enlarged and round in shape. The shaft member extends in axial relation from the center of the head member. The strap plug may be made of plastic or any other suitable material. In use, the shaft member is run through the end loop of a guitar strap, and the strap plug is then inserted into the electric audio jack of the guitar. The head member serves to hold the loop in place so that the guitar does not accidentally become detached from the guitar strap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Inventor: Joseph Anthony Bowen
  • Patent number: 8646666
    Abstract: An instrument carrier is disclosed for supporting one or more drums without using traditional “J” rods components. The carrier uses sliders that eliminate the interference with the user's legs and more particularly the user's thighs and provides a more natural stride of the user. The drum mounting structure is repositioned or translated on the sliders. The carrier allows the drum to be rigidly mounted in a variety of positions relative to the user. The cantilevered weight of the drum(s) rotates the drum or drum array to lock the drum(s) into a vertical or horizontal slots or saddle. In another embodiment a bridge extends from the carrier to a single post or tube to support a slidably mounted single drum. The structure also eliminates the necessity of a structurally rigid fixed abdomen plate and allows for use of a flexible and conforming abdomen plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Randall May International, Incorporated
    Inventor: Randall L. May
  • Patent number: 8637752
    Abstract: A strap mounted instrument stand includes a pair of hingedly connected plates. The stand is movable between a closed position, in which the plates lie against one another in a generally flat configuration, and an open position, in which the plates are disposed at an angle with respect to one another. A bracket extends in a generally normal direction from one of the plates to support a musical instrument when the stand is in the open position. A securement member secures the plates together in the closed position. Releasing the securement member allows the stand to move to the open position. The stand holds a musical instrument, such as a guitar, in an upright position when not in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Inventor: Paul Innocenti
  • Patent number: 8618392
    Abstract: An adapter piece (28) for fixing a shoulder rest (30) on a string instrument, having an adapter body (38) provided with at least four clamping fingers (32) engageable with a peripheral bottom edge (12) of the string instrument to be supported, shall keep the tonal impairment of the instrument particularly low, offering, at the same time, a high stability. For this purpose, at least two of the clamping fingers (32) are positioned such that they are engageable with the peripheral bottom edge (12) in the area of the outer blocks (20) of the string instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Gustav Pirazzi & Comp. KG
    Inventor: Berent Korfker
  • Patent number: 8618393
    Abstract: A strap assembly worn by a player in a sitting or standing position for supporting a guitar or similar instrument in a generally horizontal face-up position, stabilizes the instrument while it is being played without impeding freedom of movement of the player's hands. The strap assembly includes an elongate shoulder strap, a shoulder pad slidably mounted on the shoulder strap, an instrument headstock strap releasably connected to a first end of the shoulder strap having a looped end for attachment to the instrument headstock, an instrument body strap releasably connected to a second end of the shoulder strap for attachment to the body of the instrument, and a forearm loop mounted on the instrument body strap for receiving the forearm of the picking-hand of the instrument player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Inventor: Janet K. Peters
  • Publication number: 20130305897
    Abstract: An improved adjustable stringed instrument apparatus, hereafter known as ‘support’, ‘instrument support’ or ‘guitar support’, that supports the instrument in playing position while the user is in the sitting position. The support attaches to the instrument using magnets and rests on the user's leg. It utilizes a leg rest connected via an adjustable support with a magnet housing at each end of the leg rest. This instrument support has several unique benefits over suction cup-type supports such as secure and reliable attachment to the instrument, non-marring attachment components, and the ability to be attached to a variety of imperfect surfaces and shapes. In addition, magnets have the unique ability to allow location of the support repeatedly at the exact desired location when it is secured to the instrument. Three discrete mechanisms on the support allow for vertical, horizontal, and angular adjustments of the instrument.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2013
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Inventor: Kristopher Charles Barnett
  • Publication number: 20130298747
    Abstract: Various embodiments and methods of using an ergonomic guitar strap are disclosed herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2013
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Inventor: Thomas E. Werges
  • Patent number: 8541674
    Abstract: A support bridge includes a support platform having a top surface and a bottom surface and a holder attached to the top surface of the support platform. The holder includes a first set of support members separated by a first gap, a first material free region, in the first support member, that provides access from outside of the first member through the first member to the first gap, and a first securing member on a surface of the first support member bounding the first material free region, and a first plug configured to physically engage the first securing member to secure a first object disposed between the first members in the first gap to the holder and the support platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Inventor: Jody M. Kamensky