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Old 07-31-2014, 04:10 PM   #1
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Guitar stands?

Would leaving a guitar out on just a stand damage it?
Guitar in question will be used for at least 3-4 hours a day, but would be left on a stand for the other 20 or so, if I do end up buying one.

What do you guys say?
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Old 07-31-2014, 04:19 PM   #2
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Depends on the stand probably, I could imagine some stands damaging the instrument, but they need to be stored somehow right?
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Old 07-31-2014, 04:25 PM   #3
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Stands are not recommended for guitars with nitrocellulose-laquer (Gibsons for example) as the rubber could react with the laquer but otherwise they are fine.

I have 5 of my 14 guitars on stands at any time (I have hardcases for all of them). Both for practical reasons and for display. Drawbacks are that they collect dust and needs to be cleaned and that they could be knocked down.

Guitar stands are great when you just want to put your guitar down temporary. A must.
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Old 07-31-2014, 04:27 PM   #4
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Depends what you mean by damage. Some guitar stands have a padding that can react with a nitro finish, which would be bad.
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Old 07-31-2014, 05:48 PM   #6
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Guitar in question doesn't have a nitro finish, regular satin finish, not a vintage instrument by any stretch of the imagination. Dust can be cleaned off, I'm in the habit of giving it a wipe down after each practice session. No one there to knock it over, it is currently against the wall in a soft gig bag.
Stand I'm considering is one of those Hercules stands which holds the guitar both by the heck and the body. Reason I am considering one is partly for aesthetics and partly because I'm lazy.
Aside from dust and strings rusting faster, anything else that might damage the guitar? I live in India, can be very humid in the wet season, as much as 90%. But quite dry otherwise.
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Old 07-31-2014, 06:14 PM   #7
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I've had my guitars permanently on a 3-guitar stand for the past years. I just pick them up for playing/rehearsals/gigs, otherwise they're on the same exact position on the stand.

Never had any issues whatsoever.
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Old 07-31-2014, 06:29 PM   #8
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EDIT: i use cotton hankies for nitro
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Old 07-31-2014, 06:44 PM   #9
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I used to just leave my guitar and bass leaning up against their amps until I got this: http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0007...2&pi=SY200_QL40. Now I never even have to think about the guitars falling to the floor (which happened a few times when they leaned against the amps ).
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Old 07-31-2014, 10:47 PM   #10
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In other words, a stand is perfectly legit? Would it be affected by the at times high humidity levels here?

EDIRT: @above post: I'm considering something almost exactly like that, actually.
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Old 07-31-2014, 11:13 PM   #11
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I usually avoid stands as much as possible.

Several reasons: Earthquakes, salt air, athletic cats, clumsy bandmates, crappy air. Guitars deteriorate faster on stands than in the case.
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Ive had my guitars on a 5-way rack stand and a 2-way Hercules stand for years. Never had a problem with finish or anything. Just the dust.

Only problem now really is my son. He likes to play guitar when im not there to stop him..
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Guitar in question doesn't have a nitro finish, regular satin finish, not a vintage instrument by any stretch of the imagination. Dust can be cleaned off, I'm in the habit of giving it a wipe down after each practice session. No one there to knock it over, it is currently against the wall in a soft gig bag.
Stand I'm considering is one of those Hercules stands which holds the guitar both by the heck and the body. Reason I am considering one is partly for aesthetics and partly because I'm lazy.
Aside from dust and strings rusting faster, anything else that might damage the guitar? I live in India, can be very humid in the wet season, as much as 90%. But quite dry otherwise.



the humidity changes where i live are pretty drastic so i keep them in their cases/bags etc.

i use one these when one is out for play.
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EDIT: i use cotton hankies for nitro

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Old 08-02-2014, 05:20 PM   #18
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Na, there arent huge sudden humidity changes. Rainy season has lots of humidity for extended periods of time that gradually wears off. Sudden changes are very very rare.
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Old 08-02-2014, 11:05 PM   #19
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Being on a stand isn't going to hurt any guitar. There's the risk of it being knocked over, which is obviously not a huge issue if you don't have kids or live in a party house with a bunch of douchebags. As others have said, the only real issue to look out for is if you have a guitar with a nitrocellulose finish. The finish reacts with the rubber that is used on most guitar stands/wall hooks, and it makes the contact areas get all weird, with the finish looking rubbed out and faded. Easy fix though. Just cover the areas of the stand that make contact with the guitar with some kind of fabric. Anything soft will do. Rip up an old t shirt and wrap it around the lower legs of the stand, whatever. If you're using a wall hook, a real easy trick that doesn't even look too bad is to take one of those real thin fabric gloves, cut off two of the fingers and slip them right over the hook arms. As long as the rubber isn't directly touching the guitar, there won't be a problem.
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You'll just need to dust it regularly that's all.I kept an old Strat on a stand for years.It survived dust,spiders,temperature changes,my girlfriend throwing things at it during heated arguments.Worked perfectly fine.
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