Guitar stands and nitro finish

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  1. johmica

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    Hey, everyone. Quick question.

    I just got a brand-spanking new AO 50s tele. I like having it in a guitar stand next to my favorite recliner, so I can grab it every time I go to sit down. It seems like I've heard at some point that guitar stands could permanently discolor the finish on some guitars at the points of contact.

    Does anyone out there have any reliable information in regards to this issue? The alternative is a wall-hanger, which I have plenty of. It's just not nearly as convenient.

    Thanks as always for any info/advice.
     
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    i used to leave my Dobro with a hula girl painted on the back on an "A" stand. One day I noticed the paint had gotten weird where the stand made contact. Can't be totally sure but now the guitar stays in the case.
     
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    yes stands (at least most) will react with the lacquer. I have an EC 00-28 was on a stand. noticed one spot on the back of the neck getting gummy. Like menfreghist's Dobro, It now lives in the case.
    Having said that, for a long time I put a new pair of socks on the stand contact points and my current player (MIM strat) lived there, till a friend gave me a stand that he said didn't react.( he uses them in his music store)- no issues
     
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  5. Matthias

    Matthias Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

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    I use a Hamilton KB38 and a Fender Custom Shop hanging stand (the tall wooden thing) for my nitro guitars. Not had issues but I try not to keep them out permanently. I had a cheap stand melt an SG finish slightly, but it took years.
     
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    I use Hercules stands which are supposed to be "safe" but I don't chance it. Have some felt on all of the areas where the guitars make contact. Costs pennies for peace of mind. Looks a little weird but not as weird as a burn in the finish.
     
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    I use K&M's Guardian translucent stands - they are especially made for guitars with nitro finish.. never had a problem.. don't know how easily they are available in the us (german company
     
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    I haven't had any trouble in the last 48 years leaving guitars on stands, and I'm not about to shuffle 20 guitars in and out of cases because I'm afraid of a stand.

    I'm sure you could find one that'll give you trouble, but find one that doesn't instead of being afraid of it. There are many music stores with high dollar guitars sitting on stands, so 'good' ones obviously exist.
     
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    The only thing I found that would not react with nitro was a t-shirt over the stand (or a cotton terry towel). All plastics, particularly softer ones, will offgas compounds that will soften the lacquer. Cotton doesn’t offgas, and seems to insulate the guitar from the polymer touching the finish. Doesn’t look good, but never had a problem after I began to use cotton between the contact points on the stand and guitar.
     
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    yep, an old cotton t shirt works..:)

    I even use one with fresh finishes of any sort...
     
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    Hercules. that's all you need. Trust them wholeheartedly.

    For acoustic and electric.
     
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    It won’t only discolor it will almost burn through
    If you have any doubt about your stands or hangars put some cotton cloth (old t-shirt etc.) on the contact points
     
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    had a gibson sg i put on a stand and the finish literally melted!
     
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    Buy any one you want and wrap the contact areas with leather shoelaces. Been doing it since 1966 and never a worry on nitro finishes. Cheap too!
    Rob
     
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