Best guitar stands and hangers 2024: Keep your precious guitars safe and secure

Three electric guitars on a stand in front of some guitar amps
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Keeping instruments locked away securely in cases is a great way of keeping them safe. Sometimes however, it’s more use having quick and easy access to them, so you’re ready to play whenever the desire strikes. This is where the best guitar stands and hangers come in.

Keeping your instruments out on stands means you’re not having to pack and unpack them whenever you want to play, and it helps keep them safe from knocks and bumps. Having your guitar on a nice stand can also look great in a room – there really are some cool showpieces out there to make your guitar front and center. 

From multi-guitar racks to compact stands and wall hangers, there are all sorts of options to help store your instruments. The best guitar stands and hangers really do come in all shapes and sizes.

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Buying advice

Lots of guitars on a stand backstage

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Are guitar stands nitro finish safe?

Nitrocellulose can be prone to marking from certain stands. Nitro actually takes a while to cure fully – some guitars can be made, finished and left to dry for a while, but the nitro may still not be fully set, or cured. They’re perfectly fine to be sold and played, but if they’re left on certain stands for long periods of time, you might notice marks or discolorations around the contact points. 

Some guitar stand manufacturers acknowledge this by marking them as safe for most finishes. Hercules says that the foam used on its stands is fine to use with nitrocellulose, and K&M makes some stands with dye-free material so there is no bleed. 

How many guitars can a stand hold?

If you’ve got a few guitars that you want access to, then you can either buy separate stands for them, or keep them on a multi-guitar stand. Which one is right for you most likely boils down to how much space you have, and whether you want them all in the same place, or dotted around the room or rooms. 

A selection of different guitars on a guitar multi-stand

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How big are guitar stands?

Another consideration to make in finding the best guitar stand or hanger for you is how big the actual unit itself is. Many of them fold or collapse down so that they can be taken from one place to another easily. If you’re after a stand to take to gigs, then you’ll likely want one that packs down quite small to make transporting it easier. Some can fit into guitar cases, meaning you’ve got one less thing to carry; others are slightly bigger. Some might be more permanent fixtures, better suited to home or studio use. 

Are guitar stands long lasting?

It’s worth mentioning that all of the stands on here are worth their salt. However, some are sturdier than others. A stand that offers neck support is always going to offer more security than one that doesn’t, though you’ll likely sacrifice some portability. Stands that comprise only a bottom part, on which you rest the instrument, can mean that guitars are more at risk of falling over, but they don’t take up a lot of space.

There are also hangers, which, as the name suggests, allow you to hang the guitar up from the headstock. These attach to walls and are great for saving space – that said, they aren’t much good for headless guitars!

How we test

When testing a guitar stand there are a few things we need to take into account before they can make it into one of our guides. Despite being a simple device a guitar stand does a very important job, and you're placing a lot of trust in one when you put your guitar on or into it.

First and foremost we'll look at how easy it is to set up. Some a-frame stands just need to be opened but guitar hangers require installation. In this case, we'll look at how easy it is to mount it on the wall, whether you get all the tools you need or not, as well as how clear the instructions are for installation. With floor stands we'll look at how easy they are to put together once out of the box, do you get everything you need in the box to put them together and is everything clearly marked?

Once this is done we'll use the stand with a variety of guitars to see how well it suits different instruments. In the case of a guitar hanger, we'll be looking at how securely it huge the instrument headstock, and whether the wall attachment feels solid enough that we'd trust our own instruments with it.

Floor stands get a similar treatment, but we'll look at how stable they are on the floor and in the case of multi-stands, whether they're still as stable when only partially full. We'll also look at the collapsible aspect of these stands, how easy they are to take down and put up, and whether you'd find it easy to do it on a dark stage.

Read more on how we test gear and services at Guitar Player.

Richard Blenkinsop

After spending a decade in music retail, I’m now a freelance writer for Guitar Player, Guitar World, MusicRadar and Reverb, specializing in electric and acoustic guitars bass, and almost anything else you can make a tune with. When my head’s not buried in the best of modern and vintage gear, I run a small company helping musicians with songwriting, production and performance, and I play bass in an alt-rock band.