Guitar Stand Protection
Don't know what to do with all that extra
you just bought for your talkbox project?
a good project that will have your guitars thanking you.
My experience has been that
original rubber material on your average guitar stand will dry rot
only a few years. In addition to leaving bare metal for you to
your guitar's finish on, this decaying substance can (and probably
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
Worse yet, rubber will slowly
release solvent that will etch into the finish on any part they touch
an extended period. Thankfully, my Strat survived a relatively
exposure to this material before I removed it entirely, but your
'57 flame top Gibson Les Paul may not fare so well.
Notice how crummy the
gotten on this stand. A lot of good this does your guitar!
(This is my friend Allen's stand.)
Fortunately, there's something
do about it!
I replaced all that cheap rubbery
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
I bought a small roll of the stuff, but you can buy it by the foot as
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
that is about 1.5x the diameter of the bare metal. This will
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