Teresa Chandler's Voyage-Air, right at home with the Taylor 714 and one of my Martins.

Guitar Stands


Guitar stands are not for storing your guitar.

When you own a beautiful instrument, it’s a natural desire to want to display your prize and keep it within easy reach for play. This isn’t the best idea for a number of reasons.

Storing your guitar on a stand makes it susceptible to… everything. The guitar can be knocked over. Things can fall on your guitar. Your cat might mistake your pride-and-joy for a scratching post.

A guitar on a stand is also not protected from temperature and humidity extremes. For utmost protection, you should keep the guitar in its case at any time you are not actually playing the guitar.

If you use a guitar stand to keep your guitar handy, consider it as a place to hold the instrument while you take a break.

Avoid stands with rubber pads.

Over time, the chemistry of the guitar’s finish interacts with the rubber pads. This usually results in an unsightly band or stripe at the contact point. At worst, the rubber can actually eat into the finish of the guitar. Very recent guitar stands have improved synthetic pads that are supposedly safe for the guitar’s finish. If you want to use a stand like this, please double-check with its manufacturer to make sure that the stand won’t harm the finish of your Voyage Air Guitar.

If you choose to keep your guitar on a stand for some period of time, make sure that the guitar is not exposed to direct sunlight. Sunlight can cause uneven heating of the instrument. Long term, it can also prematurely age or damage the finish of the guitar.