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28 of 28 found the following review helpful:
Never tipsy. Fits Electric and Acoustic Feb 02, 2006
By Larry S. Grant
Superb stand. Very well built. Buying a second one and also looking at an additional (and very cool) compact travel stand from Hercules. Heavily used my original Hercules about 2 years now. Drastic improvement over the cheezy/flimsy $8 stands you see every guitar at Guitarcenter sitting on. (I've owned a couple of those in the past and will never go back) This stand is rock solid stable on most any surface that is reasonably flat because it has a wider than usual spread to the legs so I never worry about my guitar falling over or OUT due to the autograb mechanism. It works flawlessly and has never put a mark on any of my guitars. BONUS is it fits acoustic as well as electic with a slick and quick neck height adjustment. No need for "electic only" or "acoustic only" stands as this is basically a free hanging stand, holding the neck of guitar, and the auto grabber holds any of my guitars perfectly. HIGHLY recommend.
16 of 16 found the following review helpful:
Simple and Secure. Jul 05, 2006
By W. Valley
The Hercules GS414B is so easy to use you don't even have to break stride as you walk by and pick up your guitar. It's a simple one-handed operation to stow or retrieve your instrument. When the guitar is hanging on the stand it feels much more secure than on any "cradle" style stand that I have ever used. It is solid and well built and I display both of my acoustic guitars, including a vintage Martin on this stand. I own two and if I buy another guitar I'll buy another of these stands.
12 of 12 found the following review helpful:
ZoSo Dec 27, 2005
By K. Hallman
Great guitar stand. Get rid of that tacky rubber strap in front of your guitar that you constantly have to strap on and off of the peg. With this you can just pick up your guitar when you want and the stand unlocks and when you set it back down in the stand the stand closes around the guitar. GREAT STAND HIGHLY RECOMMEND. I am buying another!
13 of 14 found the following review helpful:
GS414B vs. GS412B for Electric Guitars Nov 18, 2011
By Dee Fish
Here are some specifics on why you might prefer GS412B (or 422B, 432B) over the 414B... for handling "stand challenged" electric guitars. I picked up a GS414B before discovering the 412B... 414B is great and deserves 4-5 stars, but I gave 412B a solid 5 stars for these reasons:
So I have a variety of guitars, including some stand-challenged Z-shaped and "Explorer-style" solid body axes, electric base guitars, headless travel guitars, along with conventionally shaped guitars. I wanted a stand that could handle all guitar shapes and sizes, in part so that the guitars would display consistently with multiple stands and in part so I didn't have to match up a stand to a guitar when traveling or even just setting up in a different room.
The GS412B, so far, can handle them all, including somewhat extreme shapes like my Jackson Warrior, despite being designated as an "A/G" stand... and it's primarily due to the T-bar that extends out from the vertical upright.
Conversely, the reason why the GS414B can't do the job, is due to its use of padded tripod legs (no T-bar). Specifically guitars with extremely asymmetric shapes hit the floor at one corner before the other corner or edge of the guitar contacts the padded/raised tripod leg. If you raise the guitar up enough to get the extreme corner off the floor then the other side of the guitar floats past the padded leg -- if you're lucky the tail of the guitar might come into contact with the padded leg in a way that works but this is not a sure shot (and these guitars don't come close to fitting conventional stands even with tilting arms if the shape is sufficiently extreme).
The GS 412B, because of the padded "T" coming off the upright handles the Z's and Explorer-styles just fine -- though I do throw a micro-fiber cleaning cloth over the T to ensure no marring given the extra weight of a solid body up against the T-bar pad vs. an acoustic guitar.
One concern I had was whether the center of gravity of the bigger solid body electrics would be too far out towards the front of the tripod legs, given the acoustic designation of this stand -- making for a forward tip-over risk. At least for home and light on-the-road use this doesn't seem to be a problem as the vertical upright is sufficiently raked backward.
Also note that some of the extreme Z shaped bodies have pretty long overall length -- again, so far, the stand seems to handle this issue -- the Jackson Warrior has 3 inches to spare from the floor with the stand yoke only 60% of the way to max height (pinhole # 4 out of 10) -- so the upright seems very secure even when raised up for long guitars.
As other reviews indicate the guitar weight-driven yoke is pretty cool -- while conceivably slightly less secure than a rubber strap or a clamp/gate, the reality is many of us blow off the using the manual straps/gates, while the automatic yoke is "always on" when the guitar is in the stand -- so imho, better real world/everyday protection for the guitar.
But wait there's more... because the yoke is a clean, straight-sided "U" shape when viewed from above, rather than a splayed out "V" shape like many other stands, the straps on my headless travel guitars slip easily right over the whole yoke, but not with so much slack in the strap that they'd be likely to slip off if knocked into. Also, the tripod base is wide enough to be stable even if you hang the headless strap on just one side of the yoke (which then automatically locks the strap behind the arms).
Lastly, for home use:
1) the 412B is just a lot less horsey/intrusive -- look at the tripod base vs. other models -- lower profile but still good width... and slightly simpler to fold (legs just fold down). The T-bar, btw, is also simple -- when you fold the T out, it engages a friction bearing on the vertical upright tube -- so you can position the T bar quickly and easily anywhere.
2) a subtle thing, but the Hercules branding is much lower key on the 412B (name appears in a warm gold tone only on the back tripod leg (the back leg on the model I got - not on the front tripod leg as sometimes pictured) and the yellow color is limited to a yellow-gold tone at the connectors between the legs and the upright -- the other models use a bright yellow and similarly brighter and larger brand logo, so a bit louder/more commercial on the branding.
So if you don't need the stand for hardcore gigging it would seem that the 412B model rocks vs. the 414B and that for similar reasons having to do with the T-bar, the 422B and 432B should be good solutions for multiple guitars, though I only tried these out at a guitar store and have not used them routinely. (At the risk of TMI, note however on the multi-guitar models, the tripod legs may interfere on at least one side with long extreme/asymmetrically shaped guitars, as the yoke won't in all cases, be over the wide part of the tripod leg base).
6 of 6 found the following review helpful:
Great stand that can be moved easily. Mar 28, 2008
By S. Looney
Other stands will hold guitars too, but the gripping action on this stand is nice if you ever want to move the guitar and stand without risking the guitar falling out. It's nice to be able to grab the stand and guitar with one hand without fear of the guitar falling out when you need to vacuum under it or if you are moving things around on stage.
Rugged construction and versatile shape should work with any guitar. The guitar leans against the padded fore-legs. No need for a cradle which often flips wrong-way-around on other stands.
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