Are you an Aussie guitarist looking for the perfect guitar stand?
In this article we dive into all of the "guitar stand types", and the pros and cons of each.
NOTE: If you were just looking to buy a guitar stand, check out our huge range of guitar stands here 🎸
We've Australia's best guitar stand brands at awesome prices, with leading brands including D'ADDARIO, HERCULES, JAMSTANDS, TAYLOR, ULTIMATE SUPPORT, XTREME and more!
So let's just jump in, with everything you need to know about guitar stands in 2024!
The Different Types of Guitar Stands
When it comes to guitar stands, the first factor is deciding on the various types to choose from. Whether you have an acoustic guitar or an electric guitar, there are stands designed specifically for each.
Here are the different types of guitar stands to consider:
1. Floor Guitar Stand
A floor guitar stand is a popular choice for many guitarists who want a single guitar stand, perhaps for gigging our keeping your fav guitar in hands-reach while the other are stored away or in a multi-guitar stand.
Floor guitar stands are a go-to for most guitarists, and they come in different styles, where some support the headstock, and some like the A-Frame guitar stand don't - but are still super secure! No matter the type of guitar stand, of course they are designed to securely hold your instrument in an upright position, allowing you to showcase it while also keeping it easily accessible for practice or performance.
HOT TIP: At Coleman's, we find the simplest guitar stands last the longest, like the Hercules electric and acoustic guitar stands. However if you are moving around the guitar a lot, keep the headstock secure will matters, and in this case a JAMSTANDS, ULTIMATE SUPPORT or XTREME guitar stand with a headstock lock might be the best option!
2. Wall Mounted Guitar Stand
If you're looking to save space and display your guitar as a piece of art (who doesn't want that!), a wall-mounted guitar stand is an awesome option and sure to impress friends. These mounted guitar hanger stands can be attached to your wall - or a stud in your wall, allowing you to showcase your guitar in a vertical position, like it was handing in a guitar store like at Coleman's Music 😎
Wall mounted guitar stands not only save floor space (great in apartments and studios), but also adds a visually appealing element to your guitar setup. We do love a good handing acoustic guitar that's for sure, just imagine a log cabin and a brand new Taylor guitar hanging up, or even a stunning nitro Les Paul, droooool.
HOT TIP: At Coleman's Music, we sell a range of wall mounted guitar stands, from brands like Taylor and Xtreme! Our hot tip however, is that finding a stud in your wall to screw it too is really important, or using a green plug type setup if screwing to a concrete wall. The guitar wall mount is everything!
3. Folding Guitar Stand
For gigging or regularly rehearsing guitarists on the go, a folding guitar stand is a super convenient choice. Some of the best folding guitar stands include he Hercules electric and acoustic guitar stands. and Xtreme and Taylor options.
Saying that, the big boy Multi guitar stands are also foldable if you are carrying and using a few guitars to gig with or record, then these are ideal - and they're not as bulky as you might think! Folding guitar stands are are lightweight and compact, making them ideal for traveling musicians or those who frequently perform at different locations.
HOT TIP: Of course anything with moving parts is not going to be as reliable as a solid item. We're not saying they will break, but if you do use a foldable guitar stand just take a little extra care with it. Check out our full range of guitar stands here to see if a foldable guitar stand is for you!
4. Multi-Guitar Stand
Now to the big boys! If you have multiple guitars (you can never have enough right:), a multi-guitar stand is a great option. These stands are designed to hold multiple guitars at once, providing a neat and organized way to display and access your guitars including electric, acoustic and bass guitars.
Whether you have 2 guitars, 3 guitars or 10, a multi-guitar stand is perfect. You can see our multi guitar stands here, and they are super affordable when you consider what it would cost for individual stands.
HOT TIP: Multi guitar stands are also great for gigging or recording guitarists as you can have all of your guitars ready to go, including acoustic, electric and bass guitars. The only thing we would like to mention, is that only downfall of these stands is that it's easy to knock guitars when taking a guitar in and out. Just be careful and it'll be 😎
Guitar Stand Features to Consider
When buying a guitar stand, there are several features to consider to ensure that you find the perfect stand to meet your needs. Take these factors into account before making your purchase:
1. Design and Style
While functionality and durability are important, don't overlook the design and style of the guitar stand. It's why lots of guitarists love the a-frame style stands (no headstock support), as you can't really see the stand at all. This puts the focus on your instrument not the stand itself.
Also consider the kind of stand that would look good with an acoustic guitar. Wall mounted stands actually look awesome, and as most acoustics are lighter than electrics, this is a popular option. If you're unsure, just have a look at all of the different guitar stand options here.
2. Additional Features
Some guitar stands come with additional features that may be beneficial to you. For example, some stands have adjustable height options, allowing you to customise the stand to the perfectly match your guitar, be it an electric, acoustic or bass.
You also need to be sure that if you play a 7-string or more guitar, that your guitar stand can accommodate the neck width. If you're unsure, please just give our Coleman's Music Melbourne CBD team a call on (03) 9654 5115 and we can help find the right guitar stand for your style and need.
Guitar Stand Stability and Security
When it comes to choosing a guitar stand, stability and security are paramount.
Of course every guitar stand is designed to be stable, but this also depends on the shape of your guitar. For example, offset guitars are not great on a-frame style guitar stands and might tend to fall off on one side. In these cases, a guitar stand that's focused on supporting the headstock is more important.
Also, consider the cost of your instrument.
Because while an a-frame guitar stand looks cool, if you own a high-end Fender, Gibson, Taylor etc, the last thing you would want is the someone knocking the guitar and the stand and guitar going over. That's where stands like the ULTIMATE SUPPORT GS1000 Genesis Series Guitar Stand come into play.
If your first priority is protecting your instrument, look for stands that have locking mechanisms like these to keep your guitar in place. These locks provide an extra level of protection and peace of mind, ensuring that your guitar stays put even if the stand is bumped or jostled.
Headrests also provides added support for the neck of your guitar, preventing it from tilting or falling forward. It helps maintain the proper position of your instrument and reduces the risk of any potential damage. Whether you have an acoustic or electric guitar, investing in a stand with a headrest is a smart choice if you are after stability and security first and foremost.
Guitar Stand Care and Maintenance
While guitar stands are highly robust pieces of gear, usually made from metal, you still need to take care of it. This is even more so for folding guitar stands with moving joints.
For example, don't load other gear on top of your guitar stands. Instead, put them on top of cases and amps as they are lighter and this will prevent any damage.
For gigging guitarists, regularly wiping down your guitar stand with a clean cloth is a great way to remove dust and debris that can accumulate over time in joints too. And of course, try to avoid spilling too much beer on your guitar stand when gigging 😅
What types of guitar stands are available?
There are various types of guitar stands available, including stands specifically designed for acoustic guitars or electric guitars, floor guitar stands, wall-mounted guitar stands, and folding guitar stands. You can check out one of Australia's best guitar stand ranges here.
What features should I consider when buying a guitar stand?
When buying a guitar stand, consider features like locking systems, if it can hold multiple guitars like a triple guitar stand or guitar rack, and the stability and security measures such as head rests.
How can I ensure the durability and longevity of my guitar stand?
To ensure the durability and longevity of your guitar stand, don't put other gear on them and keep your stand clean and free from dust and debris, especially if your guitar stand has moving joints.
Can guitar stands add a personalised touch to my guitar setup?
Yes, guitar stands come in different designs and finishes, allowing you to match your aesthetic preferences. Whether you prefer a sleek and modern design or a vintage-inspired look, there are guitar stands available to suit every taste.
Where do I buy Guitar Stands in Melbourne CBD or online from Sydney, Brisbane, Hobart, Canberra, Adelaide or anywhere else in Australia!
At Coleman’s Music of course! If you're looking to buy a guitar stand, even on a tight budget, simply buy online today or get in touch with the friendly Coleman's Music team and our stores in Melbourne CBD, with fast online shipping all over Australia. Or give us a call on (03) 9654 5115 with any questions, we’re always happy to help!