Hercules Tripod Stand Review
Hercules Stands are a UK company, based on the south coast of England, that specialise in guitar stands as well as hangers and racks. They are known for quality making a particular name for themselves with their AGS (Auto Grip System) and specially formulated foam rubber meaning their stands provide a level of protection greater than average and the GS414B Tripod Stand is no exception.
The tripod design is the stronger of the two standard guitar stand designs (A Frame and Tripod) due to having three legs to evenly spread the weight of the guitar making it more secure from being knocked over. Hercules have added rubber feet to the legs to provide maximum grip and stability for the legs. No stand is 100% knock proof but this stand would take a pretty big knock to topple.
The stand is Universal due to its adjustable neck height which uses a ‘clutch’ or grip mechanism allowing for simple adjustment between acoustics, electrics and bass guitars.
The yoke comfortably fits necks between 40-52mm and swivels to accommodate asymmetric guitar heads. Special adaptors are also available should you wish to use it for smaller instruments as well (banjos and mandolins for example). The yoke also has Hercules AGS meaning when the guitar is on the stand it is held in place at neck by two ‘wings’ that swing up automatically when the guitar is placed in the stand to hold it in place and then drop back down again when the guitar is lifted out. Pretty neat and very secure.
The design of the stand is one that supports the guitar from the head, meaning the guitar ‘hangs’ from the yoke with the base of the guitar resting against the foam covered two front legs rather than being support from underneath. THis is partly a personal choice but I would recommend a stand that supports the headstock in this way as should the guitar have a strap on (which is highly likely) or if you ever put your guitar down still cabled in then the strap or cable can get caught on the hooks the guitar sits in when removing it from the stand. This can cause you to accidentally pull the stand with it when you remove the guitar either knocking over the stand or, in the worst case scenario, pulling the guitar from your hand. The ‘hanging’ design hercules use helps avoid this potential mishap.
All contact points are covered in Hercules specially formulated foam rubber. This provides padding on all parts that might touch the guitar protecting against knocks and scratches. The rubber is specially formulated to be safe on all guitar finishes so should be fine even if your guitar is made with a nitro finish.
Assembly is easy with a straightforward two piece design, the neck with yoke and the tripod. The tripod legs simply fold out and the neck slots into the top of the tripod with the grip making it easy to adjust to the right height in seconds.
This easy assembly also means it can be dismantled and folded away in seconds for storage or transport.
Aesthetically the hercules stand is a black, sleek design (like most stands) with Hercules signature yellow on the tripod where the legs hinge. An attractive design without being too in your face, as you don't want to distract from the guitar really.
In summary this stand is well designed and well built. ITs not the cheapest on the market but it is the most robust and will provide the most protection for your precious guitar. Well worth the money and the best guitar stand on the market.