Best Stand for an Electric Guitar

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  1. RYAN1987M

    RYAN1987M Supporting Member

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    Hello All,

    I'm looking for some advice, I'm hoping to upgrade my current guitar stand situation and I'm torn between two types of models - hang stands vs. the more conventional style.

    Hang Stands

    Hercules GS412B -
    http://www.herculesstands.com/guitars/GS412B.html

    Yorkville GS-205B -
    http://accessories.yorkville.com/stands_accessories/guitar/stands/product/gs-205b/

    Conventional Stand

    Hercules GS414B -
    http://www.herculesstands.com/guitars/GS414B.html

    Yorkville GS-204B -
    http://accessories.yorkville.com/stands_accessories/guitar/stands/product/gs-204b/

    I'm leaning towards one of the hang stands (GS412B or GS-205B) - though I can't really explain why. Which option would you choose?

    Additionally, at least here in Canada, the Yorkville options are about half the cost of the Hercules ones - so, in that case, should I go with the name brand or should I give Yorkville a try?

    Anyhow, I'm really torn here - any advice would be much appreciated!

    Ryan
     
  2. TheoDog

    TheoDog Silver Supporting Member

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    Hercules single or rack. Not the triple tripod.
     
  3. stevel

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    This is what I've used for years:

    http://www.ultimatesupport.com/product/GS-100

    Why? Because once, at a gig, the other guitar player in my band had one. An over exuberant dancer knocked into it. It teetered left, teetered right, teetered front, teetered back, and never fell over! The reason was, since the weight of the guitar is close to the floor, the center of gravity is low, and when it swings out, it tends to want to center itself back, like a pendulum.

    Now, I gig with mine regularly. It's easily collapsible, and quick to set up. The other thing, for me is, I have to pick up and set my guitar down in shows, and I need something that I don't have to fuss with. When I set it in the yoke, I know it's secure. Maybe the only thing I don't like is when I go to pick it up, the rubber on the yoke is grippy, and the yoke tends to raise up a bit if I pick up on the guitar. Not a bad thing because you don't want it slipping (!) but it just means I have to pull it out straight.

    The body of the guitar rests against the foam on the lower legs.

    I have two and have been using them for well over 15 years. I've seen some people break the twist lock thing but if you take even a decent amount of care with them, they should last you forever.
     
  4. 59Bassman

    59Bassman Plank Cranker Silver Supporting Member

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    I'm a fan of the Ultimate. I have 2 of them. I think mine are the equivalent to the current GS-100's.
     
  5. eclecticsynergy

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    A big +1 on the GS100. This is the most stable stand I've ever encountered. And it folds flat.
     
  6. Irreverent

    Irreverent Silver Supporting Member

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    Hercules 414. Every gig. Two in my studio.

    Peace.
     
  7. Glitch Magnet

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    The Hercules GS414B ought to be just as stable as the Ultimate. It's appears to be the same base design. I'll give advantage to the Hercules though, at any cost. Their Auto Grip System yoke is simply genius.

    I wouldn't call the 414 "conventional" It's still a "hang stand." It's just that the guitar body rests against the padded legs.
     
  8. TheoDog

    TheoDog Silver Supporting Member

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    Ultimate is a good stand, but if the user does not ensure the plastic lock wheel is secure, the legs can fold up. The gripping yoke also is not the smoothest as compared to the Hercules. Ultimate does fold more compact.
     
  9. fossilfuel

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    All my stands are Hercules.

    I have a few of the little fold up type, one stays in the gig bag. Very stable.

    I also have one of the neck hangers and a five rack, great products.
     
  10. Tim Plains

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    Herc just for the auto grip feature.

    I have the triple. What's wrong with it?
     
  11. o0Ampy0o

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    Hercules 414 especially if the guitar finish is nitro.
     
  12. TRGuy

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    I have a Hercules 414 and a 415B, both great stands and do the same thing, the 415B packs a little smaller, only real difference.

    I also have a 402B, which is a lot sturdier than you may think. Good for in the home but I wouldn't gig with it.

    But yeah, for individual stands, Hercules are the best. I still want one of the tweed Fender rack stands though!
     
  13. Raymond Lin

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    Hercules at home and I keep one of these Cooper stand in the case.

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  14. SackvilleDan

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    Hercules GS412B is my favorite out of all the options you listed. I like that they're nice and tall - I can hang my Explorer or an acoustic with a straight 1/4" plugged in the endpin and not have to worry about hitting the floor. They're also very secure.
     
  15. scmavl

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    Do the Hercules stands interact with nitro? I'm tired of having to cover my stands with cloth so my guitars won't have "burn marks" all over them, like my trusty old '92 LP got when I didn't know any better.
     
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