An alternative support system for seated play, designed by Emmett Chapman, engineered by Michael Johnstone
For those of you who like to play The Stick sitting down, there are several known ways to support the instrument in comfortable positions. I'd now like to announce another alternative, the fully adjustable "Underdog", a new Stick accessory now in production and available upon order.
You sit on the unit itself, so The Stick naturally sits lower with the headstock tip roughly at eye level (your spinal column may vary). From this lower position, you can elevate the instrument at the belt-clip's four pairs of fastener holes.
Mike Johnstone and I have been focusing on seated play as a comfortable option to the common standing position. His "LapDawg" invention is ingenious in its adjustability for all Stick angles and elevations. It's a permanent installation onto the belt-clip and its arms folds down and out of the way for stand-up play.
The base, to stabilize the instrument with your sitting weight.
To securely engage the belt-hook and to adjust diagonal instrument angle.
To slightly adjust the angle of the base relative to the chair, thus adjusting "twist" of the neck.
Two to slightly tilt Frame from underneath and one to tighten the incline setting from above.
The underside of the Underdog, shows the frame adjustment.
The Stick's adjustable belt hook fits snugly in the mount.
This setting gives the highest diagonal angle.
This setting gives the lowest diagonal angle.
Now Mike has taken on design refinements and fabrication of my new
Underdog invention using his best technological know-how. Both of
these sit-down accessory support systems provide the advantage of
positioning the bottom ("tail") end of your instrument outward toward
your knees. The headstock can then incline inward toward your left
shoulder, thus providing another comfortable angle of adjustment.
The Underdog provides Stick adjustments in all
three dimensions plus elevation, as follows:
* Diagonal angle - ranging from about 15 to 40
degrees from the vertical, and adjustable at the
mount's six positions. It's good to remove the
shoulder strap, which in standing play would
normally adjust this "diagonal" angle. The
adjustable mount cradles the belt-clip suspending
the instrument neck at the desired playing
* Incline angle - bringing the headstock inward
toward your left shoulder, and adjustable at the
mount's aluminum frame with three interactive
thumbscrews. Adjust instrument "incline" with the
bottom two small thumbscrews, then tighten the
larger top thumbscrew to secure.
* Twist angle - rotating the fretboard on its vertical axis "to the
right" (more into the player's line-of-sight) and adjustable at the
stopper on the player's left side to vary the angle of the entire
Underdog unit as it engages the chair's front edge. For maximum
"twist", fasten down the stopper at its outermost position to the
player's far left.
* Instrument elevation - Raise or lower The Stick
at the belt-clip by selecting one of the four
pairs of fastener holes for a three-inch range of
The third fretboard marker should be centered in
front of the player's body for balance and
You can lean forwards and backwards on your chair
or stool while playing. Losing the shoulder
strap frees your body to back away from the
fretboard or to lean into it.
The Stick is stabilized by the weight of your
body sitting on the sheet plastic base.
You can easily extend your right leg outward in
front of the pickups and away from the strings
and controls. This leg position is especially
helpful if you hold your instrument at a more
SEAT - 19 1/2" across, 9 1/2" front to back, 1/4" thick.
MOUNT - 7 1/4" across, 2 1/2" high, 1/2" thick (matching belt-clip gap).
WEIGHT - 2 1/2 libs.
Selling price $180 plus shipping.
"Underdog" is a trademark of Stick Enterprises.