I always advise students buying their first guitars to purchase a guitar stand to go with it, for many guitarists this is an afterthought which never gets realized. Some guitarists who own cheap guitars don’t even bother purchasing a guitar stand because they aren’t that bothered if they damage their guitar, this of course is completely up to them, but it would be a shame to damage a perfectly good instrument. This is a real shame because many instruments get damaged because they are not stored in the proper fashion, simply storing a guitar in your wardrobe or leaning it against the wall will invite scratches and damage to the paint work. This article is going to provide you with a few things you need to know when buying a guitar stand.
Any guitar stand you buy needs to be sturdy, there is a big difference between how different stands cope with knocks. A really sturdy guitar stand should be able to absorb quite forceful knocks without losing its balance; a tripod style guitar stand is the best at doing this. A guitar stand also needs to be durable; chances are you will be using this stand for a long time so you need to ensure the materials used are solid.
Secondly you need to decide whether you value portability or extra security. A folding guitar stand is by far the easiest to use, it requires no assembly and can be folded up for easy transport or storage. A tripod guitar stand on the other hand may require some initial set up but once erected it will be the safest option, these stands keep the instrument far more secure, especially if it includes a fret board latch.
One final note to guitarists, you should purchase a guitar stand which will meet the requirements for your own guitar. If you own an electric guitar you should buy an electric guitar stand and vice versa. If you own multiple guitars you may want to consider purchasing an adjustable guitar stand so it is capable of holding all you instruments.