Guitar Stand Protection
Don't know what to do with all that extra tubing you just bought for your talkbox project?  Well, here's a good project that will have your guitars thanking you.




Rotten
My experience has been that the original rubber material on your average guitar stand will dry rot after only a few years.  In addition to leaving bare metal for you to chip your guitar's finish on, this decaying substance can (and probably will!) stain any unfinished wood on the guitar, especially the neck.  The back of the neck on my black Strat is permanently marked because of whatever chemicals leeched out of the rubber.

Worse yet, rubber will slowly release solvent that will etch into the finish on any part they touch for an extended period.  Thankfully, my Strat survived a relatively limited exposure to this material before I removed it entirely, but your vintage '57 flame top Gibson Les Paul may not fare so well.


Before...
Notice how crummy the rubber has gotten on this stand.  A lot of good this does your guitar!  (This is my friend Allen's stand.)

Fortunately, there's something you can do about it!


After...

I replaced all that cheap rubbery stuff on my guitar stands with this sturdier material.  A lot of the time stands like this come with that foam material that begins to tear after a year of regular use (or faster if the puppy takes to it).

This is basic plumber's vinyl tubing, and it can be found in various sizes in just about any major hardware store.  I bought a small roll of the stuff, but you can buy it by the foot as well if you just want to fix one or two stands.  You can also use it if you make wall hangers like mine.

My recommendation is to go with a size that is about 1.5x the diameter of the bare metal.  This will still be a tight squeeze, but it will stay in place and still provide enough cushion to protect your guitar.

It takes only about five minutes per stand.






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