Brian Roberts' Resource Page



Strings Strings By Mail

Specializing in Classical Guitar Strings, DVDs, nail products and accessories at discount prices.


Notes From Tom

Classical Guitar Strings at discount prices.


Guitar Supports

Gitano Guitar Support

A great alternative to the footrest. It's small, comfortable, stable, foldable, and fits in most cases while still on the guitar. Because you don't remove the suction cups, they stay very firm. This is what I use and I highly recomend it. I've had mine on my guitar for over five years and the suction cups haven't slipped or moved in that time. (If your guitar is finished with French Polish or another porous material, you'll need to install plastic tap plate material on the guiar under the place where the suction cups go.)

The Gitano along with other alternatives is available at:




The 'NeckUp' Guitar Support

A solid and dependable alternative to the footrest. Needs to be removed everytime you put the guitar in it's case.

Dynarette Guitar Support Cushion

Another good alternative to the footrest.


(212) 397-6038

341 W 44th St

New York, NY 10036


Nail Care

Glass Fingernail File

Very fine filing. Cuts rather than rippes. Nail requires less smoothing after use. Easy to clean and can be sterilized with heat or boiling water. Frequent use reduces nail chipping and peeling. Dip in water for a flawless finish. Use on artificial nails as well.

Best Grit sand paper to use.

Available at most autoparts stores, in the touchup section. This and a glass file is all you need for nail shaping and surfacing your nails. Cut into roughly 2 1/2" squares, and wrap around file to use. 3M Imperial Wetordry Sheet, 9 in x 11 in, Grade 1000, Pack of 5 Sheets for around $12 including shipping. This amount will last about five years for most guitarists. 3M has the most flexible backing for controlled smoothing.

Hoofer's Choice Nail and Cuticle Cream

Also available locally at Sally Beauty Supply store. Strengthens and conditions present nails and cuticles. Does not affect growth, but is immediate. I use in combination with Onymyrrthe.

Also available locally at the Sally Beauty Supply store.


Guitars and other supplies

Young Musicians

Students Classical Guitar from the Czech Republic for under $200

Sizes 1/4, 1/2, 3/4, 7/8 & 4/4

Accessories and Suzuki Guitar Materials

Good source for footrests


GSP -Guitar Solo Publications

Probably the Largest Inventory of

Classical Guitar Music in the World.

Tel: 415 896-1144, Fax: 415 896-1155

Guitars International with Armin Kelly in Cleveland, Ohio

Vast Selection of Fine Classical Guitars

Tel. (216) 752-7502, Fax. (216) 752-7593

Ruben Flores Guitar

Importer of Fine Student Classical Guitars

Elderly Instruments in Lansing, MI

Reasonably Priced Student and Concert

Classical Guitars, and Accessories

1100 N Washington, P.O. Box 14249, Lansing, MI 48901

showroom 517-372-7880, mailorder 517-372-7890, fax 517-372-5155

Introduction to Alexander Technique

A technique for helping many musician related physical problems

Baoding Balls

A good and inexpensive source for Chinese Exercise (Health) Balls. A big selection of sizes and styles. The marble and stone ones are not recommended, but all the other styles are. Great for limbering up the hands and developing greater hand and finger coordination,

as well as for general relaxation for musicians and typists, etc. I would recommend the 47mm size, for guitar players, made of hollow iron, coated with chrome plating or cloisonne, not ones made of stone.


Take care in all your transactions. I have no financial relationship with any of these businesses. They are simply listed here because they have been very useful to me and might be of use to you.