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Compromising principles to find the perfect stand?

Sunday, August 6, 2017

I went to Guitar Center, today, to look for a stage stand for the banjo.

The way the weight is distributed on a resonator banjo makes it just fall off a standard guitar stand. Too bad, because I have 4 or 7 of those. The hanging stands work better, but the first one I tried, the head hook was too wide for the tenor head. The instrument was hanging by the tuning pegs, no good. Too bad, because it had the head that automatically locks over the instrument when its weight is applied.

I finally got the Ultimate Support GS-1000 Pro Genesis Guitar Stand. It has a similarly safety lock system, but the hook is an acute 'v' shape, narrow enough to grip the instrument just under the head, and adjustable enough to accommodate the short scale length of the tenor.

I don't go to Guitar Center often, but sometimes there's no substitute for actually being able to try out several different brands, to see which one best meets your specific needs. The smaller Mom & Pop stores that I like to frequent can usually get whatever I need, but a variety on hand is often lacking for onsite comparison.


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Age: 51

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Guitar, bass guitar, diatonic harmonica, drums, percussion, vocals, ukelin, 5-string and tenor banjo

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The Dead South, Old Crow Medicine Show, Trampled by Turtles, BB King, The Band, John Lee Hooker, Ted Pearce

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I've played guitar and other rock/country/blues instruments in coffee shops and worship bands for over 20 years. I recently repaired an antique 5-string for a friend, then bought myself a cheap Washburn because I had fun playing hers. My grandfather recently gave me his 1931 B&D Sultana Silverbell, and I'm working on learning the tenor banjo, too.

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