I walk into a 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. There was 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 similar 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, head-stock 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!
Professional musician / composer / audio engineer who also ventures into fine art photography, geometric design, lutherie, artisan bread baking, electrical engineering, blogging, charity drives, and other things that keep life crazy and amazing. . .
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