You may be wondering, “who makes the best guitar stands?” Below are 10 of our top favorites to keep your guitars safe and secure!
Keeping Your Space Organized and Functional Is Key
We talk about workflow and efficiency in the studio all the time. And we also talk about how the least glamorous additions make some of the biggest impact on our home studios. Guitar stands, racks, and hangers fall into that category — nowhere near as fun as a new guitar itself, sure. But they’re a way to keep our instruments off the floor, and most importantly, close at hand.
For one, having a stand nearby with your favorite guitar(s) is great for those spontaneous bursts of creativity we all get from time to time; and secondly, keeping an organized studio is better for your motivation to put in the hours to make something great.
While technically a case is the safest place for a guitar — to protect it from both damage and even fluctuations in the weather — it’s amazing how much of a barrier that can be to simply picking up the instrument and playing. With one of the best guitar stands in your studio, your tools are right there, just asking to be played!
The 10 Best Guitar Stand Options For Your Home Studio
Depending on how many guitars you have, and how many you want to keep idling by, you might go for a single instrument stand or a multi-guitar rack. Thankfully there are a ton of choices out there, which we’ve narrowed to our top 10 favorites.
Hercules Stands are without a doubt one of the best known names in guitar storage, and we’ll see a little more from them later. This one is a no-frills wall hanger; you just screw the steel base plate directly into your wall and let the self-locking mechanism cradle the guitar near the nut. Wall hangers are a semi-permanent installation, so you’ll want to be sure that’s the route you’re willing to take. The biggest benefit is how much space they save by keeping your guitars off the floor.
A-frame stands are no-nonsense. The frame has two arms that hold the body of the guitar, with an extra piece to support the body higher up. The thing about A-frame stands is that they take up quite a bit of space. It holds the guitar at an angle, so you have place the stand a good distance away from the wall so the headstock doesn’t hit it. If you have multiple guitars on A-frames, you end up not saving any space. That said, it’s very stable and you don’t have to worry about it collapsing or otherwise “dropping” your axe.
Here’s another A-frame stand with much better aesthetics than the previous one. Yes, aesthetics do factor into the equation when purchasing one of the best guitar stands for you and your precious instrument. Not only is this one pretty, but it’s also just as affordable as some of the less attractive options.
Now we’re getting into multi-guitar stands for a whole stable. This four-slot stand can accommodate up to three electric guitars/basses was well as one acoustic guitar. The frame is black and the support slots are translucent for a cool, modern look. There are also integrated pick slots so you never have to lose another one again!
We’ve all leaned our guitars against a desktop or table edge, right? And every time we’ve done it, we know it’s a gamble. The D’Addario Dock lets you safely do the “lean” by locking the headstock in place to prevent disastrous falls. This one works by clamping onto the edge of a desk or table, and then you just lock your guitar behind its safety arms.
The Bravo7 by DRS Racks is an elegant seven-guitar rack made of solid bamboo. For a high-end multi-instrument rack, this is certainly one of the better choices out there. The best part is that it can hold an ample collection all at once, but it also has a pretty small form factor. Snug it right up against a wall or in a corner for sleek and secure storage.
The Hercules “guitar tree” is a unique vertical stand for six instruments. It’s easy to set up, totally sturdy and reliable, and the verticality frees up floor space compared to more traditional racks. Now, you don’t have to get the sixer if you don’t have that many guitars. The other Hercules stands in the lineup include single, double, and triple options.
Okay, now no list would be complete without the classic — the inexpensive starter stand we’ve probably all owned at one point. Lots of companies produce it, though ChromaCast offers a good balance of quality and affordability. If you just need something that gets the job done, this is about as simple as it gets.
If you’re a collector and have a guitar that just begs to be put on display, the Fender wall-mounted case is the ticket. It’s made out of the same material as a standard hard case, and includes a plexiglass window for viewing. This hanger is both fashionable and functional, because you can still easily open the case and take out your instrument to play.
Gator stuff is known to be rugged, and this steel frame single guitar stand is no different. You can adjust the height between 35″ and 40″ for acoustic guitars or extended scale instruments for just the right fit and support. Apart from that, there really isn’t much to say; the Gator stand is reliable and utilitarian.