About Guitar Bra

“Necessity is the mother of invention.”

i.e. A need or problem encourages creative efforts to meet the need or solve the problem.

This saying appears in the dialogue Republic, by the ancient Greek philosopher, Plato. It remains true after well-over 2000 years.

I am a guitarist/singer/songwriter/guitar tutor and designer. After over 40 years of playing guitar, I became aware of a common problem for guitar player’s – needing a solution. Besides water, perspiration contains salt, protein, urea, and ammonia. Along with natural oils in your skin, these compounds build up on the upper edges of the guitar, where your arm makes contact. Dust and skin cells become embedded in the build-up, leaving a visible coating of grunge, and eventually damaging the surface of the guitar.

When playing guitar in warm weather, sweat between the arm and the body of the guitar “sticks” your arm in place – impeding free strumming movements. Even in cooler weather, when sweat may be less of a problem and long sleeves may be worn, the fabric of the sleeves and the buttons attached, can cause scratches to the face of the guitar. Handling the guitar or even placing it on a stand can inevitably result in little accidental bumps and scratches. These are mostly on the lower bout (the big end) of the guitar. Seeing a necessity, I set about creating a simple solution to these problems. Utilising my rudimentary machine sewing skills, I experimented with numerous prototypes made from fabrics cut from my old polo shirts! And so, the Guitar Bra was “born”!

Guitar Bra largely eliminates all of the above problems. Guitar Bra provides protection from those annoying little bumps and scratches, and insulates the guitar from contact with your arm. Any sweat/oil from your arm is absorbed in the fabric, and the Guitar Bra can be easily removed and machine washed to remove the accumulated grunge.

Unlike a guitar case/bag, which only provides protection when the guitar is stored, the Guitar Bra remains in place at all times, gently hugging the guitar’s lower bout, without impacting the sound quality. It provides constant protection for the most vulnerable area of your guitar and greatly enhanced comfort when playing it.

These days, Guitar Bras are beautifully made, by a professional team of skilled machinists, in a small factory in Brisbane. I have been using Guitar Bras on my guitars since 2017. I would not use a guitar without one!

Guitar Bra options include:

  • A variety of quality stretch fabrics – providing a snug fit on your valuable instrument.
  • A range of fashion colours to complement the colour scheme of your guitar.
  • Your embroidered initials.
  • Custom sizes.
  • Opening for access to your amplifier cable jack.