Gear Review: D&A Starfish Passive and Starfish+ Guitar Stands

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There are two types of guitar stands; those built for normal circumstances and those built to survive sheer chaos!

D&A has added two stands to its Starfish line that are perfect for whatever your gig calls for.

Both stands feature a burly five-legged design, a lockable height adjustment and the ability to set up or tear down in seconds.

What sets the Starfish Passive and the Starfish+ apart is the Starfish+'s spring-loaded locking head mechanism. This means your guitar isn't going anywhere—until you lift it out of its stand.

Both stands grip the instrument where the neck meets the headstock, while a bulk of the instrument's weight is absorbed by the padded front legs. This equal-balance design gives the Starfish the upper hand compared to a basic stand.

The photos below show the difference between the tops on the Passive and + models. I successfully seated everything from electrics, acoustics, basses to even a cello on the Starfish.

The Starfish promises it's safe for all finishes and is backed by a lifetime guarantee.

Price: Starfish Passive $55.99, Starfish+ $71.96

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