Best guitar stands and guitar hangers 2024: options for single and multiple acoustic and electric guitars

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1. Product guide
2. Buying advice
3. How we choose products

After hours and hours of research and months of saving, you buy your dream guitar… and inevitably it ends up tucked away in a case. That doesn’t seem quite right, it should surely be pride of place, ready and waiting to be picked up and played at an instant. Getting hold of one of the best guitar stands or hangers is the perfect way to keep your guitar front of mind.

But it’s not just for home, without stands and hangers, gigs and studios are warzones for guitars, where scratches and knocks are around every corner. With our choices of the best guitar stands and hangers, you can be confident that your guitar will be able to combat gravity and avoid potentially lethal falls. Read on to find the best options for you.

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Chris Corfield

Chris Corfield is a journalist with over 12 years of experience writing for some of the music world's biggest brands including Orange Amplification, MusicRadar, Guitar World, Total Guitar and Dawsons Music. Chris loves getting nerdy about everything from guitar gear and synths, to microphones and music production hardware. For this guide he got stuck into the world of guitar stands!

Best guitar stands and hangers: Product guide

Best guitar stands and guitar hangers: Buying advice

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How to choose the best guitar stand or hanger for you

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Matching the perfect stand to your guitar might seem like a pretty simple choice, but it rarely is. From deciding where you’ll want to use it (stage, home, studio, or a mixture), to matching it up to the type of guitar you play (acoustic, electric, or bass), and even the shape – offset guitarists, beware. Some decisions will be made for you, but you also have personal preference to factor in, because some stands and hangers simply won’t do for your precious instrument.

What’s the difference between a guitar stand and guitar hanger?

Other than stowing your guitar safely away in a case, there are two main types of guitar storage solutions. A guitar stand sits on the floor, upon which your guitar will safely sit, with some support to ensure it doesn’t topple over. Stands take up more room than a guitar hanger, but they make switching instruments nice and easy. A guitar hanger on the other hand will be mounted onto your wall – so may not suit DIY-phobes – which means it takes up less room, however, it won’t be quite as instantly accessible as a guitar stand.

For many guitarists, they will often move their guitars, be that for gigs, in the studio, or simply around the house. Wall hangers aren’t made for players on the move, so you’ll need to look at a guitar stand that’s lightweight and easily transportable. There are countless stand options on the market, with three, five, and even seven guitar variants available, so no matter how large your collection is, they will have somewhere to safely reside when not in use. Many of these are foldable so they can go wherever you do too. If you stick pretty rigidly to one instrument, and you’ll want something to take to shows with you, look for a compact stand that folds away into a small footprint – some of these will even fit in your guitar case! That means you can avoid the treachery of leaning your guitar up against a wall or amp; we’ve seen too many guitars knocked over by overzealous support acts or careless sound techs. Bring your own stand!

If you’re looking for something for the home or home studio, then you may want to take the aesthetic into account. Lots of guitar wall hangers come with designs on their mounting point, so you can match the wooden finish to that of your home, or just pick something that stands out a little more. You’ll tend to find there’s less choice here when you’re looking at guitar stands, but there are some interesting choices out there if you look hard enough!

Ultimately, a handful of wall hangers (if you’ve got multiple guitars) plus a stand or two, for when the guitar is in frequent use – the studio for example – is an ideal combination that should cater for all environments. We know, buying one of each sounds like it could get expensive, but the good news is that you can get some really great guitar stands and hangers for really good prices. If you do want to have both a stand and a hanger, but finances won’t allow that right now, a stand is a great place to start and then look to invest in hangers down the line.

How we choose the best guitar stands

Here at Guitar World, we are experts in our field, with many years of playing and product testing between us. We live and breathe everything guitar related, and we draw on this knowledge and experience of using products in live, recording and rehearsal scenarios when selecting the products for our guides.

When choosing what we believe to be the best guitar stands available right now, we combine our hands-on experience, user reviews and testimonies and engage in lengthy discussions with our editorial colleagues to reach a consensus about the top products in any given category.

First and foremost, we are guitarists, and we want other players to find the right product for them. So we take into careful consideration everything from budget to feature set, ease of use and durability to come up with a list of what we can safely say are the best guitar stands on the market right now.

Read more about our rating system, how we choose the gear we feature, and exactly how we test each product.

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