Guitar stands, like many guitar accessories that do not directly relate to music, are unfortunately the least priority to a lot of people. When you pay a couple of thousand dollars for your guitar, gig bag, tuner, amplifier, picks and other items altogether, you probably are not too eager about the thought of reclining your precious guitar against a wall or laying it on the table. So if you are standing in the middle of your room with one hand holding the guitar and the other facepalming yourself for having overlooked the most basic and practical item for your instrument, a stand, you are not the only one. So let’s discuss some of the most important aspects of stands and possible options that might make your research for finding the best guitar stand for your budget and needs a little bit easier.
Best Guitar Stands
If you just spent all your money on the accessories that you have been pumped to buy for months and you are really close to being so broke that you have to call your parents again for another loan that will definitely and irreversibly destroy your self-esteem, well… you should probably not be putting any money into accessories. But if the circumstances are not as grave and you have, let’s say $10-20 to spare, why not put it into the safety and protection of your guitar rather than another round of beers on a Friday night? If your budget is around that price range then On Stage XCG4 Black Tripod Guitar Stand is the right model for you. It comes in black color and has a sleek and stylish design. This model is good quality, affordable stand with a velveteen rubber padding. Rubber end caps prevent any kind of slippage, so you don’t have to worry about any accidents. The rod with locking keyway fits almost any acoustic, bass, and electric guitar and it does not take up too much space.
It’s really easy to get greedy and start saving money on accessories. After all, they don’t affect your sound and you don’t really think that you need them. But units, such as a guitar stand can’t be overlooked, especially if you don’t want your instrument to hang on the wall or be shoved somewhere in the corner. I hope you take guitar stands seriously, especially if you own more than one guitar. And if you don’t, men, I’m really sorry for everyone you share your home with. An affordable and reliable guitar stand, such as AmazonBasics Guitar Folding A-Frame Stand, can help you organize your instruments and store them securely as well. Since you can fold it, it will hardly take up any space and you’ll be able to transport it without any trouble as well. This particular model has A-shape and its width can be adjusted with 3 different settings so that any guitar can fit nicely, be it your favorite acoustic or electric. This guitar stand does also have padded arms and back to make sure your instrument isn’t damaged. It’s rubber feet keep it in place and avoid slippage. As you can see, AmazonBasics did an amazing job once again, since Guitar Folding A-Frame Stand will store and protect your guitar really well.
In the same price range as the other two, we have a ChromaCast CC-MINIGS Universal Folding Guitar Stand. This is an A-Framed model with stable construction that will fulfill all your needs for holding and protecting your guitar. It is lightweight with a metal construction and rubber feet to stop slippage. Also, the soft foam stepped yoke will keep your guitar safe and cozied up. One big issue that some people have with A-Frame stand is that sometimes their shape is not the best for keeping the guitar in place if someone bumps into it. If you are keeping your stand somewhere with not as much “traffic”, A-Frame might good great for you. Plus, this problem is not consistent with every model, so you should probably look at the A-Frame models that you are interested in and maybe find them in your local store and check them out for yourself.
Created to hold acoustic or electric guitars this Gator Frameworks GFW-GTR-1000 Guitar Stand is a great model for you if you are looking for something affordable but do not want to compromise the quality. This model features folding legs, and rubberneck restraint to keep your guitar from falling over and breaking, in case of an accident. Apart from that, this stand also has rubber support that will not mess up the finish of your guitar. It is extremely compact, making traveling and keeping it in small spaces very easy. I have mentioned that there are stands that will cost up to several hundred dollars but to be honest I do not think they are worth it. If I was buying a new guitar stand and had a ton of money to spare (I said “if”, okay?), I do not think I would buy the really expensive models anyway. Yes, sure they might have one or two extra features and look extra cool, but the main function of a stand – to hold up and give support/protection to your guitar, is there in cheaper versions, too.
Do we even care what our guitar stands look like? We do pay attention to the appearance of our guitars, but we rarely do the same when it comes to the accessories. I can surely tell you that while talking about guitar stands, such an attitude is understandable. After all, the majority of the models out there have a basic design – a black body and a predictable shape. We can’t complain about that – it’s a stand which is supposed to showcase your guitar, not vice versa. And since we’ve all agreed that looks don’t matter in this case, let me introduce to you a standard-looking stand that does its job perfectly. TopStage JX40A has a black body with padded handles and rubber back rest, which make sure that your guitar doesn’t get any scratches or damage from rough edges. This fella has a secure lock, which means it won’t fold on its own in case you stumble upon it or it decides to do so. It’s totally under your control. Its features also include a rubber fit that won’t slip on your floor, regardless of its finish. All in all, Topstage JX40A is a great affordable stand that will hold your guitars for a long time.
You spend months deciding on what guitar model you want and a couple of more months (who are we kidding, probably years) on saving up money to buy that guitar. You are exhausted and think that the hard part is over. Deciding on a stand is going to take 5-10 minutes at most, you think very naively. Sorry to disappoint, you my friend, there are thousands of varieties of stands for your guitar. Well, this sounded like a bad thing but it definitely is not. Now, you can research and decide on a stand that fits your needs perfectly. There are different types of stands ranging from A-Frame, wall hanging, to racks and much more. The stand you will choose depends on how much you are willing to spend on it. There are models that cost about $10 and then there are posh ones that cost several hundred. Make no mistake, the fact that a stand costs several hundred does not mean that it will be the best fit for your guitar and circumstances. Another factor to play a big part in your decision making is the amount of space you are willing to allocate for your stand (and guitar). Do you live in a dorm? Then you should be looking for something very compact, maybe a wall-hanging stand. There are also A-Frames which are quite affordable and easy to travel with. On the other hand, if you are not a newbie and have several guitars you might think of buying a rack or multi-guitar stand. Another big thing to keep in mind when choosing your stand is the finish of your guitar. Contact between metal and plastic wears the finish off, so if your guitar has a nitrocellulose finish, you need to be careful. If the finish is polymer-based, then you will probably be fine.
Be it a $10 A-Frame stand or a couple of thousand dollar premium stand, the fact that you are getting a stand is already a great step forward. Hopefully, the list of some of the factors that need to be considered when deciding on which stand you should be getting was helpful because man, oh man there is a plethora of choices out there that can spin your head. Hopefully, some of the models featured here will be interesting for you, otherwise good luck with your endeavor of finding the best guitar stand for you and your baby (I mean the guitar… not trying to be weird).