I walk into my local music store , Music Depot, hoping to find some new guitar stands. The one's I have, while great for live, tend to get cables and stuff tangled up in the legs when I'm working in the studio. I've had a couple of near miss guitar toppling disasters. . . At first glance, looking through the show room, I see pretty much the same design guitar stands I already own. I'm about ready to turn to the exit when a flash of yellow catches my eye. I look down to the floor, way down. . . The thing I'm looking at barely stands a foot tall. Is that a guitar stand?, I think to myself. Sure enough, upon further inspection, it is. "Hercules model GS401B mini guitar stand", the label says. I like to think by now I've become pretty familiar with most brands and products in the musical instrument market but I'd never heard of Hercules guitar stands before. I certainly had never seen a guitar stand with such an interesting design either. I ask the salesman if this is a new company. "Oh, they've been around for years", he replies. I'm blown away. How have I not been aware of this company?, I ponder. . .
I test them out, I purchase three, I take them back to the studio. Wanting to find more information I find the Hercules website. I click on the "Hercules Artists" link. . . Don't know why, I hardly ever check to see who endorses a company's products. Nevertheless, I scroll slightly down and BAM! Bootsy Collins. . . BOOTSY COLLINS! The master of funk endorses these!!?? Totally sold, end of story. I used to love watching Bootsy, when I was a high schooler, in a certain series of videos where he described his sound and technique. . . "Check out my fuzz!", he'd say as he stepped on his Electro-Harmonix Big Muff pedal throwing his bass into total distortion. Those where the days. . .
I realize that blogging about a guitar stand is probably not the most exiting thing for most of you but, hey, finding such an innovative, well build, space saving device is a godsend when trying to line up guitar recording options in the studio. For those with simular needs, I recommend these. . . Hercules model GS401B (fits acoustic guitars) or model GS402B (electrics only).
As you can see, these stands don't get in the way. The legs are nearly flat to the ground where no guitar / mic cords can get caught up in them. When I'm ready to try a different guitar out for a part I can quickly grab one off it's stand. No more wrestling a guitar away from a stand with a traditional, but cumbersome, headstock support / guard. The stands are made out of steel tubing, bolts and quick locking pins; definitely built to last. Hercules makes all sorts of other musical instrument stands as well. Check them out. . . And just remember, If the Hercules brand is good enough for Bootsy, it's good enough for you (and me).