Multi-Guitar Stands

The Ultimate Guide to Guitar Stands for Studio and Stage Use  

If you’re just starting out as a beginner guitarist, you’ve probably made the same mistake that we’ve all made at one point in time: you have probably assumed that all guitar stands are the same and you probably ended up purchasing the first one that you saw.

Or maybe you make the bigger mistake and you purchase the cheapest guitar stand that you find. Buying a guitar stand isn’t as simple as picking out a place to lay your instrument down when you’re not playing it.

Depending on your personal tastes, where you plan on keeping your instrument, what kind of an instrument you have, and how heavy your instrument is are all factors that you should consider before purchasing a guitar stand.

It may have taken you a while to figure this out, but a good guitar stand is one of the best guitar gear investments you can make. A quality guitar stand not only keeps your guitar safe from damage, but it also keeps any equipment that you’ve purchased for your guitar.

The biggest problem with guitar stands is that it’s not very easy to separate the good stands from the bad stands.

Different types of stands

A Frame Stands

A Frame Stands

A frame stands are one of the cheapest and the most simplest stands on the market, which means that they have a bad reputation because some stands look cheap when just taking a quick glance at them.

However, A Frame stands are a lot more stable than a lot of people are lead to believe, which makes them a great way to store your guitar in a very limited space. When the A frame stand is collaped, they’re usually small enough to be packed away into the bag of your guitar or in other limited areas of space.

This make them amazing to have around if you happen to do a lot of traveling or a lot of gig playing. The biggest flaw in this design is that if the stand or the guitar get bumped, they are most likely going to fall over, as there is no neck to cradle the guitar.

Personally, I do not recommend the A frame for at home use, especially if you have pets or children. However, if you happen to have your own room for your guitar and your practicing, this stand would work just fine for you.

Tubular Stands

Tubular Stands

Tubular stands are frequently called tripod stands and happen to be a stand that people have strong opinions about, as they either absolutely love this stand or wouldn’t wish this stand on this worst enemy. Tripod stands are more popular because they pretty inexpensive and work very well in a variety of different situaitons.

The tubular stand happens to be the default first stand that most beginning musicians tend to frequent to. Compared to the A frame stands that we just discussed, tubular stands have an added neck cradle which helps to provide added stability.

However, these types of stands aren’t as portable as A frame stands and require some assembly to be able to use them. Cheap tubular stands can be unstable and awkward to use and are easily tripped over, which results in not only accidents and possible injuries for you, but for your instrument as well.

Wall hanging stands

Wall hanging stands

If you have your practice roomed confined to one small room, a wall hanging stand may be your most ideal option. A wall hanging option doesn’t waste floor space because it’s mounted on the wall. It also keeps your guitar safe from any danger because it stays clear of foot traffic, children, and pets.

Plus, it looks super cool, because it adds a decorative and functional piece of art to your room! However, that doesn’t mean that these types of stands are completely flaw-free. Setting up a wall hanging can be super tricky.

It you inproperly mount your wall hanging, you can cause a weak connection, which could cause your guitar to fall off of the wall. Your guitar also is expsed to an increased warping and cracking, because of the close proximity to the wall increases the tempature and humidity fluxations during seasonsal changes.

Also, your guitar is at an increase risk for wall collisions, because some guitars will swing freely when paired with certain neck cradles; however, you can avoid this by using a wall bumper.

Also, if you’re planning on using a wall hanging stand in a recording studio, you should be aware that a free floating acoustic guitar easily absorbs sympathetic vibrations and adds unwanted resonation into the room.

Multi-Guitar Stands

If you happen to own more than one guitar, you will probably find that the multi-guitar stand is the most practicle for you, as it helps to save you a whole bunch of floor space by condensing multiple guitars into a small space. This could be extremely useful for people who have smaller practice rooms and don’t have a whole lot of space to store several guitar.

However, my biggest complaint about this type of guitar stand is that it’s extremely difficult to properly grab ahold of your guitar, because the back of the guitar is typically positioned up against a wall or in the corner of a room.

Guitar Racks

Guitar Racks

This is the other option that musicians have if they’re interested in storing multiple gutiars at once. A lot of people prefer to use a guitar rack over a multi guitar stand because it’s much more portable than a multi guitar stand; it’s easy to break down, set up, and isn’t a hassle to pack up and store away.

A guitar stand is also much more efficient than a multi-guitar stand because it can hold anywhere between three to ten guitars with a small floor space.

Guitar racks work really well for people who are on tour with bands that have a lot of gear, they work well in home studios that have no floor space, and work well as a long term storage option for guitars that are in their cases.

However, the biggest complaint that a lot of people have about guitar racks is that the guitar can bump up against each other if they haven’t been carefully positioned. This can be super dangerous for your instruments if you’re placing an electric guitar next to an acoustic guitar that cost you more money than you would like to admit.

The padding on these racks can also be fragile and even if they are brand new, typically have some sort of damage on them. These aren’t amazing, but they’re a really great option for someone who is looking to store multiple guitars with less floor space.

Premium Stand

Premium Stand

What we’re getting ready to discuss isn’t necessarily a category of guitar stands, but they are two brands of guitar stand manufacturers that produce some of the most amazing guitar stands on the market period.

The brands Hercules and Ultimate are two brands that produce ‘premium’ stands that are much larger than A frame stands but still fold up and pack away just as easy as an A frame stand.

Instead of using the two pronged crale of a tripod stand, the premium stands use a weight of the guitar with a neck cradle that’s similar of a wall hanging stand; the lower body of the guitar rests up against the padding on the front legs.

In my personal opinion, these premium stands are the best models to use for both stage and studio use.

Walk up stands

Walk up stands

These are the most unique guitar stand designs that I have ever seen on the market. The walk up stand is a guitar stand that has been designed not to hold your guitar for storage, but to hold it for actual playing.

In live performances, it’s not unheard of for guitar players to change instruments mid song and a walk up stand allows the musician to do so instantly, by simply walking up to the instrument.

Best guitar stands on the market

Pro File Wall Mounted Guitar Hanger

If you’re not a musician that plays a lot of gigs, but has a decent collection of stringed instruments , the Pro File Wall Mounted guitar hanger may be the best guitar stand for you.

You can store electric guitars, acoustic guitars, bass guitars, and banjos on the mounted guitar hanger. This guitar stand would be the best decision to make for your guitar stand if you have any pets, limited floor space, any children, or you just are looking to keep your instruments damage free.

Hercules GS525B Five Piece Guitar Rack

While the Hercules GS525B is a guitar rack that’s on the more expensive side, but has incredible expandability that you just can’t really beat at the price point it’s at.

Through my personal experience with working with other guitar racks that are less expensive than the Hercules GS525B, like the Fender 5 Multi Stand, we found that the Hercules was not only a lot easier to move around, but it was a lot more sturdy than the cheaper options.

This guitar rack can hold up to ten acoustic gutiars, bass guitars, and/or electric guitars when using the GA205 extension packs. The yokes on this guitar stand are easy to adjust and are completely removeable.

Plus, the rack has a small footprint and folds up easily for transportation. The biggest complaints that I had about the Hercules GS252B five piece guitar rack is that unless you’re using the extension pack, it would be difficult to fit five full sized acoustic guitars.

I also didn’t like how there was nothing to prevent the guitars from hitting into one another. There is a bit of foam on the bottom bar of the guitar rack that can slide around, but it exposes spots of the metal bar, which could cause a little bit of damage to your guitar if your guitar is constantly rubbing against this metal bar. Also, this guitar rack is on the pricier side.

String Swing Hardwood Home and Studio Guitar Hanger

This guitar hanger securely attaches to your wall to keep your guitar secured and safely out of the way; the yoke freely pivots to adjust to any guitar’s headstock and can be adjust to different neck sizes, so this virtually works for any guitar.

The biggest complaints that I have about this guitar stand is that it must be installed in a fixed location and the hanging style isn’t ideal for everyone. These aren’t really much use on stage, so if you plan on traveling with your guitar a lot, this isn’t the right stand for you.

So There Handcrafted Solid Okume Wooden Guitar Stand

This guitar stand is great to purchase if you are looking for a floor style guitar stand that’s fashionable and useful. This stand is especially sturdy, as it comes equipped with a USA made String Swing cradle and weighs in at nine pounds, when completely assembled.

Each stand that has been comprised from solid wood, ensuring that no two guitar stands will look exactly the same.

On Stage XCG4 Classic Guitar Stand

This is a small and sturdy that has a removable velveteen rubber bottom to hold your guitar’s body, while also coming with a matching neck cradle with a removable security strap. This classic guitar stand can be easily adjusted for height, which makes it a great option for any size electric, bass, acoustic guitar, or even a banjo.

Hercules GS414B Guitar Stand

This guitar stand is a step up in quality from the On Stage XCG4 Classic guitar stand.

The Hercules GS414B features an easy height adjustment but also pairs this function with a secure auto grip system that allows musicians to store instruments that weigh up to 33 pounds, making it one of the most durable floor style guitar stands for instruments of any height on the market today.

Fender Mini Electric Guitar Stand

This guitar stand is an inexpensive option for the Hercules GS402BB stand; the Fender Mini electric guitar stand isn’t as sturdy as the Hercules stand. This Fender Mini guitar stands folds up and can tossed into a gig bag and is made from tough metal tubing that can withstand a certain amount of abuse.

This is a great guitar stand for a beginner guitarist and someone who is constantly on the move with their guitar. However, the main complaint that a lot of people have about this guitar stand is that it only works for electric guitar and some bass guitars.

K & M Stands Hell 2 Acoustic Guitar Stand

The K & M stand can be adjusted to a locking fourth position with adjustments, which allows you to resize it for guitars from a double zero to a jumbo fit, which basically will allow you to fit your entire guitar collection with this stand. One of the coolest parts of this stand is that you can use a cello or a French horn, which has been suggested by K & M.

This stand is an all steel construction that’s completely foldable; all of the surfaces on this stand have been coated in non-marking rubber, which means that this stand will hold better against signs of wear.

The biggest complaint that I had about this stand is that the top back rest wasn’t amazing and could be much more substantial, while there was also limited protection for my guitars from falling forwards.

Gator Frameworks GFW GTR 2000 Double Guitar Stand

There are some musicians who need more than one guitar with them while they’re performing on stage. The double guitar stand holds two guitars at adjustable heights, which is great if you’re playing a song in a different tuning, you need an acoustic guitar for a slow song, or you have a bass solo in the middle of your song.

This stand has a neck loop restrain and holds a wide variety of guitars. This stand doesn’t fold up as small as other stand options do and if you happen to accidentally over tighten the plastic can lead to accidental breakage. Also, there is only a single rivet that keeps the top from spinning away from the yokes.

Gator Frameworks GFW GTR SEAT Acoustic Guitar Stand

This is an excellent stand for singer/songwriters that are stuck in a small corner of a coffee shop or a room, which will allow you to bring both a seat and a guitar stand with you no matter wherever you go.  This is a stand that’s marketed as only for acoustic guitars, but it also works for electric guitars.

This combines the need for a guitar stand and a seat for all of your performance needs and this stand collapsed into a flat storage option, with a removable back rest. The biggest complaint that a lot of people have about this guitar stand is that if it tips over, you chair will fall on top of your guitar; this stand isn’t as effective if it’s just used for a stand.

Fender Multi Folding 5 Guitar Stand

If you’re a musician who plays a lot  gigs, the Fender Multi Folding 5 Guitar Stand is the perfect choice for musicians who play multiple instruments or for bands who feature a variety of stringed instruments.

This stand makes the perfect temporary pace to keep all of your instruments, whether you’re on stage or in a studio, regardless of the scale length or the size of your instrument.

OnStage Black Tripod Guitar Stand

This is one of the most popular guitar stands in school band settings, as they tend not to be prone to failure and pair very well with guitars that are on the higher price range. There is a neck loop that you can prop your guitar against if you know it’s going to be a while before you pick up your guitar again.

This stand is pretty reliable and I thoroughly enjoy how easy this stand is to take apart for storage. This stand works extremely well for electric guitars, acoustic guitars, and bass guitars. My biggest complaint about this guitar stand is that it isn’t extremely portable and can be easily tripped over.

Hercules Travlite Compact Electric Guitar Stand

This is an ultra sturdy stand that’s super compact and extremely difficult to tip, which makes it great to have around if you happen to have children or pets in your home. This stand is also easy to travel around with, as it folds up flat and doesn’t take up much room when folded up.

There’s a dense foam that’s around all of the contact points, which helps to ensure the safety of the stand and your guitar. The biggest complaint that I had about the Hercules Travlite Compact electric guitar stand is that there weren’t any restrains

Gearlux Guitar Stand Case

The Gearlux guitar stand case is something that you would see on the road from a set of professional musicians; this stand case is lined with velour and provides more than just some coverage for your instrument.

When properly set up, the side of the stands protect the instrument from accidents, wile the leatherette snapping loops ensure that the guitar won’t fall side ways out of the stand.

Six narrow bodied electric guitars or three acoustic guitars all sit comfortably into the gutar stand case, while the wide base of the case provide a great amount of stability. When it’s time to put away your stand, it easily folds up into a 27 x 21 x 5 inch brief case.

The plush liner is the only padding that is offered for the guitar and even when this guitar stand is still fairly large, which may make traveling with is difficult.

Conclusion

Just as a common word of warning to you, you should be extremely careful when choosing your stand if you happen to have a guitar that has a nitrocellulose lacquer finish, because contact with the plastic and the metal will cause the finish of your guitar to wear away over time. If you happen to have a guitar with a nitrocellulose lacquer finish, choose a stand with a wood or fabric covering.

The average guitar player doesn’t know anything about the finis of the guitar, which can be scary if you aren’t sure about the finish on your guitar.

Typically, a guitar is finished with either nitrocellulose or polymer based. Nitrocellulose is a lighter, more natural finish and comes with a pleasant scent; this finish can be normally found on vintage or custom built guitars.

Polymer based finishes are thicker and appear to be a coating of glass over the guitar; this is a standard lacquer that’s used on almost all of the factory built guitars that are produced in today’s market. Polymer based finished are safe to use with any type of guitar stand, so you’ve more than likely got nothing to worry about.

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