“ Brand: JHS / Model: GS200 / Type: Traditional Guitar Stand „
After was bought one of the simpler, less protective guitar stands you see most commonly (effectively the same thing but without a tall back stand/support), and after my guitar fell over a couple of times, I decided to go for something a little sturdier and more capable. The JHS GS-200 came to mind when I went to a friend's house and saw the guitar elegantly held at the perfect pitch and height, when I asked what the stand was, he answered.
The GS-200 is a foldable, storable, transportable model suited to those of you wishing to move around with your instrument - Maybe the device is part of your day job, or you're one of those street performers who needs a safe place to stand your guitar when not performing. Even if you're at home and require something to support your guitar in the lounge or bedroom, this is the product for you. Its extendable neck allows the stand to cater for multiple guitar sizes and types. From the standard Fender Stratocaster, to the more prestigious Gibson USA, virtually any model of strumming apparatus can be stored and displayed on this unique, light-weight stand. The angle it tilts your guitar ensures it won't fall backwards or forwards, and the weight of the instrument won't knock the stand its self even if prodded harshly or tripped over. The devices three fold out legs at the base form a triangle structure taking the lateral load of the guitar. They stick out maybe a bit too much and can form an obstacle of their own to the room about them - though this isn't a bit problem.
Due to the stands folding, expendable capabilities, it can be shrunk down to an incredibly small size - which is great for transporting the thing. With the addition of the stands rubber components, friction with the floor is maintained at a high level hindering the apparatus's movement considerably. Similarly, the rubber components of the neck brace and under-side support produce friction with the instrument locking it in position - without scratching or damaging the guitar in any way. These bits are firmly positioned and won't break or snap under the pressure of the instrument above, they are more than capable of carrying/supporting the load well.
In general, this product is one of the best on the market for its niche category. It retains a bit of style and elegance whilst performing to a high standard and doing its functional job excellently. A 5/5 product from JHS - the traditional GS-200 meets all required requirements.
The humble guitar stand is something that often gets overlooked when you are thinking about music accessories. But the fact is that for any serious guitarist this is really a vital piece of equipment. The reason we use guitar stands is mainly for safety reasons. If you have a nice guitar and want to keep it safe and free from knocks then a guitar stand is vital. Due to the shape of guitars they often fall over if you simply lean them against a wall. I have a friend who is mad about music, he has a guitar worth over £3000, I was there the night he leaned it up against a counter in a kitchen, a slight gust of wind from an opening door and smash, it was down on the tiled floor. His guitar looked fine but on closer inspection there was a chunk missing out of the neck, he was not a happy bunny.
People also use guitar stands for convenience and displaying their guitars. I have had my guitar stand for almost ten years now and it has served me well. I got this one which is a JHS traditional guitar stand simply because when I bought my guitar all those years ago I got in thrown into the deal while I haggled with the salesman. I was a pretty standard looking stand with nothing overly special about it, but I wanted to keep my guitar safe as I had spent a fair bit of money on it.
The JHS guitar stand is very understated and it does the job pretty well. This is a fold up stand so you can pack it up and take it with you. I've even taken this on holiday with me when I've been taking my guitar, it actually managed to fit in my guitar bag which I was quite surprised about at the time. The stand comes in black as you can see, it's not overly stylish and I have seen far nicer stands, but really I more worried about the fact that my guitar is safe than what the stand looks like.
One thing that has been an issue are the rubber protectors that come with this. I must admit I was not 100% sure if I was supposed to remove them. They were a dull orange colour and looked rather ugly, but they were soft and grippy thus holding my guitar in place and not scratching it. The arms of the stand under the rubber are quite hard and I didn't like putting my guitar straight on these, so I kept the rubber on. Over the years though this has actually rotted away and fallen off. A few years ago I ended up simply pulling the remaining bits of as it looked a mess. So now I am down to the bear arms.
You can adjust the height of the guitar stand which is handy as guitar obviously come in different shapes and sizes. The arms at the bottom of the stand sway from left to right which means it is easy to put your guitar in and get it at the correct angle. The little screw sections on the back are still easily adjustable, even after ten years of use. Apart from the rubber the stand has shown no signs of wear.
Price wise this was not to expensive. Admittedly I got this included in the price of my guitar and amp when I bought them, but I do remember it was around £10 if I wanted to buy it separately. For a stand that will last you many years this is pretty good value I would have to say. Overall then this really has been a very good little guitar stand, apart from the issue with the rubber there have been no problems. There are better looking stands on the market but if you want a simple traditional stand then this one is for you.
~The tall tale of a long stand~
The JHS GS200 Traditional Guitar Stand that I have came as part of a set which had everything required for a beginner to take up axe playing for the very first time and at the time of purchase I thought that whole st up made for a good buy. The fact that this came as part of an all in one deal meant that I didn't get the opportunity to try the stand before purchase and bought it blind which meant it was pot luck as to whether the stand would be any good or not. This particular guitar stand is a very basic type that is not really a favorite as it doesn't work as well as the other A frame type stands I have in use and the fact that this one has a different body shape to it also means that it takes up too much room when placed next to other guitars on their A frame type stands.
The shape of the Guitar Stand is one that makes it better for those who have just one guitar to place onto the stand that will not be competing for space with other much loved guitars, as this stand does take up much more room than the A frame type guitar stands that you can buy. The stand seems to be best suited as more of an ornamental type of thing that you may want to use as a display stand only, rather than one that actually works as a jobbing guitar stand that might be sat next to other stands in the home etc as it can be knocked far too easily and is not as steady as it should be. As the product was not listed here on Dooyoo a product suggestion was made so as to allow me to share my thoughts about this stand which I hope will be of use to anyone thinking of buying one of these.
~How the stand performs~
The base of the Guitar Stand has a tripod type 3 legged base that should in theory ensure a nice stable feel once it has been set up, yet I feel that due to the two longer side legs and the shorter support leg at the back, this stand is at risk of tipping if knocked from behind or even from the side. I also feel that if you have placed the stand with a guitar on it next to other A frame stands, the tripod shaped base of this one can be a problem as it gets in the way of the A frame supports and cannot be placed as close to a wall as an A frame stand can be meaning it takes up too much room. The tripod base does sit well enough on a flat floor surface without carpet when the stand is on its own, but once you place it amongst other stands or accidently knock it, or even go to take your guitar out to play it, thats where this stand doesn't work as well as it should far as I am concerned.
The height of the back support on this stand is adjustable and can be set higher or lower to suit your guitars shape and size and whilst it can be placed at a height that will support your guitar at the top of the body where the neck begins I have seen these sited so that they literally sit just at the top of the neck under the head stock of a guitar. By extending the neck support in such as way so that it supports the full length of the neck and body of your guitar purely by being held on at the top of the neck under the headstock is something that could potentially put undesirable strain on your guitar neck. This to me is another down side to what I feel is a less well made and thought out idea for a guitar stand as it has been made to allow the user to set it up that way (although I have sited the neck support on my stand at the base of the guitar neck where is meets the main body of the guitar as I have it set up next to a number of A shaped stands).
~Comparing the GS200 to an A frame type stand~
If I compare the way the JHS Guitar Stand supports the guitar I have on it with some of the A frame stands I have I feel this stand is no where near as good. An A frame stand will allow the the main body of your guitar to sit on its padded cradle arms with the rear of the guitar body leaning against the plastic top piece of the A frame, which supports the guitar with no neck strain at all. The A frame shape stands lend themselves to a more stable and secure base for your guitar to rest on and really do sit more firmly in place once set up right, they also take up far less room and can be sited closer to a wall, or closer together if needed without the risk of the stands toppling over.
As the JHS Guitar Stand supports the neck of your guitar via a rather flimsy metal pole with lightly padded cradle arms and can be set up to sit under the headstock with the base of the guitar body being placed onto the lower cradle arms it is more at risk of tumbles and knocks. You might think this set up would provide a safe and secure base for your guitar whilst also allowing it to be nicely displayed, yet in my experience this is not the case as the JHS Guitar Stand I have seems far more prone to being knocked than my A frame stands are, thus risking the safety of guitar it holds and the integrity of the neck and headstock that are used as a support for the main body of the guitar. Having both the A frame types and this type of stand close in use and seeing how each works, makes me feel even more certain that I would go for a classic fold out click and lock A frame guitar stand over this one every time in future.
~Why does this need cradle arms?~
Any guitar stand that you pick will need to be able to support the weight and shape of your guitar safely and securely and the floor standing guitar stands that I have all use a system which incorporates foam padded metal framed cradle/ support arms to do this. As far as the cradle arms on this Guitar Stand go I have to say that once again they are not as good as those on the classic A frame guitar stands I have and I would go as far as to say I find them no where near as good as I would want them to be if I were thinking of using this stand for a more expensive guitar. As the Guitar Stand I have came as part of a set up for a starter type guitar I haven't been as worried about using it as much as I might have done had I bought it for one of the more expensive guitars. I am not sure why but the arms on the stand I have seem to be too easy to move and rotate which can cause problems when taking a guitar out of this stand or placing it back in after use and they seem thinner and less padded than the arms on my A frame stands.
~Over all stability~
As I have a cheap yet weighty electric guitar placed on the Guitar Stand I do feel that I would have liked the stand to have had a little more weight and stability to it, as I do feel that of all the stands I have it is this one that stands the most chance of being knocked over due to its make up. The JHS Guitar Stand is quite tall even when at its lowest setting and really is much more prone to being knocked than any of the stands I have and I really feel this is down to its shape and oddly proportioned leg lengths more than anything else. When placing a guitar into the stand I feel that it just doesn't sit as well as it would on an A frame stand and the neck support which can be angled to seat the neck of your guitar will move about at odd angles with even the slightest amount of force, meaning that it becomes awkward to sit the headstock and neck in the right position sometimes. When taking a guitar out of the stand you really need to be careful if there is a guitar strap on it as this can easily become wrapped up in many parts of the stand and can result in the stand tipping over.
I must admit that it does seem here that I am giving the JHS Stand a rather hard time as far as my opinions about it go, so I will balance what I have said here a little by saying that in the stands favour it has remained in a generally good all round condition after 3 to 4 years use with no chips to the black powder coated paint work that I can see. There is also no rusting to any of the metal parts and the plastic height adjuster still works as it should, the metal tube that supports the cradle arm which holds the neck of the guitar is not as strong as I would like it to be which is a minus point yet the rubber/ foam parts of the stand do still seem to be as lightly padded and tear free as they ever were although I would have liked more padding to them from the very outset if I am honest.
My over all feelings about this Guitar Stand are that had I seen the stand prior to purchase in the flesh so to speak I would possibly not have bought it as a stand alone item as it isn't as good as I hoped it would be. I bought this stand as part of a starter set a few years ago for my child to use, although I have used all of the items in the set myself and have a good amount of experience of using them, which makes me feel confident in discussing the faults and benefits of this product. As the set came as an all in deal including this stand at a good price, along with a guitar and several other items a few years ago, I feel that whilst it has many limitations it has lasted well with regular use, although I wouldn't have bought it to use with a more expensive guitar.
When buying this I did hope it would turn out to be a little better than it has been in terms of stability and security when a guitar is placed onto it, which will effect my final rating for the product as it could be much better. In the Guitar Stands favour I can say that I felt at the time of purchase the whole set that I bought which included this product offered very good value and I still feel that to be the case. After having used the items from the set I feel that I did get my moneys worth when buying this as part of that deal and would say that if you find this stand as part of one of these starter guitar sets it is of reasonable quality but should be used with care and consideration.
~Rating and prices~
I feel that this stand is best suited for use by youngsters who are just begining to play guitar and won't be placing high value instruments on it which may be more prone to damage, as the stand can easily be knocked and is not as stable as it could be. The stand works best when placed away from walls or other guitars which might knock against it and make it tip over and does make a fair job at displaying a guitar on it when used in that way. I don't feel this stand is very portable and as such I feel that an A frame stand works better than this does for setting up and folding away when not in use. As prices for this Guitar Stand as a one off purchase can be around £10 to £14 I feel that I would rather pay for an A frame guitar stand rather than one of these, as I do feel the A frames are more stable and easier to site should you have a number of guitars close together rather than just one.
Over all I feel that this is not the best stand you can buy although it lasted well enough it has never performed as well as I feel it should have done so with everything in mind the JHS GS200 Traditional Guitar Stand gets a 3 star product rating. This review is based on my experience of having the stand in regular use for a number of years, which has allowed me to see both the good and bad points that this stand has and as such my views and experience may differ from the views and experiences of others. As mentioned I prefer the A frame stands rather this type on the whole, as I feel they are in the main much more suited to my requirements for a floor standing guitar stand and offer a more stable and compact set up.