If you have never knocked or banged your guitar I salute you, you are the stuff of legend. If however like me you have want to get some advice on the best types of guitar stands available to protect your guitar going forwards then I hope you find the following useful.
A-Frame stand designs are one of the simplest on the market and coupled with their affordability make them a very popular choice. They fold into an A shape (thus the name) supporting the guitar from the base and due to their small size and foldability make them great for travel (many can fit in a gig bag) or storage when not in use. They are not the most stable design on the market (I would not recommend if you have small kids or pets) however they are much much better than no stand. A great choice for your first stand or one on the go.
- simple and affordable
- fold into A shape (with two legs)
- despite their small size they hold the guitar well
- foldability and small size makes great for travel & storage
- good for their price
- not great if they get knocked --> not recommended if you have pets/kids or if plan to be used in busy areas
- normally holds your guitar at angle (leaning back) so may need a bit more room than just the footspace of the stand
Tripod or Tubular stands are the next step up from an A-Frame design and provide additional support. This is primarily through the use of three tubular legs (inspiring the names) and an additional neck support with yoke (horseshoe design to hold the guitar in place). Due to the extra legs they can take up a little more space than an A-Frame and are not as portable however this makes them more stable than an A-Frame while still being very affordable and so a good choice for your guitars at home when not being played.
- more stable than A-Frame stands due to tripod leg design
- also support the guitars neck, not just the base
- many come with Auto Grip Systems or safety strap on yoke to hold head in place
- like A-frames are popular with beginners (simple to use and cheap)
- can take heavier instruments
- most foldable for transport or storage
- need more floor space (due to three legs)
- bigger than Aframes even when folded so not as portable or storable
- might need some assembly
Wooden Guitar Stands
Wooden guitar stand designs can vary and, like quality stands are not a type per se but there are a number on the market and the look and feel of them allow them to offer a different option to Aframe or Tripod designs which tend to be more formulaic and primarily made of metal for strength. Wood of course is also a strong material and although often more expensive than metal as a material it is also easier on the eye and if you are looking for something secure but also aesthetically pleasing then a wooden guitar stand design can be a great option.
- wood is a strong material
- often more aesthetically appealing than metal designs
- higher cost
If you have more than one guitar you want to store I would recommend looking at either a multi guitar stand, guitar rack or multiple guitar hangers. Multi guitar stands normally come in a circular design, sometimes spinning on a carousel, and typically hold three guitars at a time. They normally also incorporate a stablising element to stop the stand being unbalanced if one or two of the guitars are in use. They can take up a bit more floor space than a single stand (but a less than three) but are a great way of having the guitars to hand and can look nice having them on display.
If you are looking to store more than three guitars at a time you may want to consider a Guitar Rack
- good for if you have a collection if guitars
- many use tripod design but take three or more guitars
- most are stabilised so won't become unbalance if don't have full complement of guitars on them at all times
- take less floor space than having multiple separate guitar stands
- more expensive
- take up more room
- can be awkward to grab guitar on further side of stand if not on a carousel
We hope this helps you find the right guitar stand