Junky Musicians Gear stand nearly broke my headstock!

Discussion in 'Sidewinders Bar & Grille' started by ashtray, Mar 23, 2017.

  1. ashtray

    ashtray Strat-O-Master

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    Musicians Friend had a sale on their Musicians Gear guitar stands recently. "Hey, I could always use some guitar stands", I thought. Some of my stands are going on 25 years and are rusting or are so loose or the material is getting worn away and taped up. Thought I would throw out my old battle worn stands and just get a bunch of new ones. Bad mistake! What garbage!

    I made a video showing exactly how cheap and bad these stands are.

     
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    heltershelton BANNED Silver Member

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    the trash is a good place for those stands. bad overall design imo. i prefer the hercules stands myself, especially the muti-guitar rack stands. you can get them to hold either three or five guitars, but they make little attachments you can buy to make them hold more. i have 7 guitars on one stand now.
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    Stratoskater Fuzz Meister General

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    Yeah those style stands are garbage to begin with. Like Helter said use Hercules or the A frame stands. Those with the U shaped thing at the end of a pole are just waiting to dump your guitar out with a small breeze.
     
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    Any and all guitar stands will eject your pride and joy, given the slightest chance. Especially on a bouncy stage.
     
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    heltershelton BANNED Silver Member

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    the A-frame stands are also really good. i have a few of those myself......JamStands by ultimate support......about $20 each. holds both electric and acoustic.....
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    i always hated it when i got to a venue and they had one of these for a stage.....
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    ashtray Strat-O-Master

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    I've played some "big" clubs that host some huge names, and was surprised to find part of the stage was 3 layers of carpets/rugs that likely soaked up decades of fluids, and the whole stage bounced like a tramboline!
     
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    wildhawk Most Honored Senior Member

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    This^^^

    Two for $20 when on sale at MF.

    You can toss them from a tour bus and they'd be fine.
     
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    newplayeroldguy in the wind

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    another vote for Hercules
     
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    I only use Hercules now, can't recommend higher to be honest!
     
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    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon

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    38 ton curtain sided trailers are pretty bouncy when used as an outdoor stage too, but much more damaging to guitars. ;)
     
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    Even worse are the triple guitar stands. They have even less of an angle and the guitars are almost standing straight up and if you do not hook that top piece in, bad things happen. And indeed it did at a band practice years ago with my singer's Guild D-40 12 string. We all helplessly saw it falling and hitting the CEMENT floor. Instantly snapping the neck. It was like watching a snuff film. Horrible.
     
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    Nothing that a few sandbags and a roll of gaffer tape could not remedy......
     
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    I have several stands, but I usually try to minimize the time a guitar is on a stand. Either in my hand, or in the case...I'm kind of OCD about them.
     
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    I just bought SIX of those cheap stands... I gotta repurpose them - maybe as soccer goals for my kid with a net between them. Or to reach things on top shelves - use the hook end to pull stuff down. Dunno.
     
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    HelterShelton's got it right. The trash is a good place for those kinds of stands. He's right about the multi-guitar rack stands too.

    OnStage makes a passable A-frame style single guitar stand although it takes up a fair amount of space on the stage, more than many folks like myself care to spare. The best solution is imo is a rack stand like he's showing ya. In a band situation everyone can use it.
     
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    Mr. Lumbergh needs you to go ahead and come in on Sunday, too.

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    Nah man, plug in your wireless and get Eddie with it. [emoji106]
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    I have 4 of those Fender folding compact stands. They're not great - though much better than those Musicians Gear stands - but the Fender ones fit in my bag of cables. Great to use in a pinch instead of leaning the bass up against the amp. I used to carry one in the trunk of my car, "just in case". Super compact.
     
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    Even if you have a stable Helter Shelton style stand some sob can come spill beer on your axes or just flat trip and knock the whole works over, maybe take out your whole collection while they are at it. My baby is going in it's case if it's not in my hands and the rule is if the case lid is closed, it's latched all round too. No guitar stands here for me, ever.
     
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