Part of playing any instrument is setting it up on the stage or in the studio to keep it ready to go when the performance begins. For guitars, that means stands. Made in practically as many varieties as the instruments themselves, guitar stands are available in all sorts of shapes and sizes to suit your needs in terms of how many guitars you'll be loading onto them and where they'll be used. The tubular stand is probably the first thing that pops into your head when you think about guitar stands. These are seen everywhere, and for good reason: they're simply an effective and convenient holder for your guitar. Tubular stands can be had in single, double, triple and even quad arrangements, allowing you to have as many as four guitars at your side if you like to switch between electric and acoustic, or simply to change to the guitar best-suited to each song. Need even more space? A rack-style stand is probably for you. Racks can hold anywhere from 3 to 7 guitars with ease depending on their size, which makes them perfect for music classrooms or studios with a whole library of guitars to store. Collectors will also make good use of racks, as well any guitarist bold enough to bring so many guitars to the stage for a single gig. Some racks come in flightcase or guitar case style, which is great for a touring band or even if you just want that plush case aesthetic in your jam room. On the other hand, maybe your travel arrangements make big stands impractical. When you don't need a giant rack and you want to save even more space than you can with a tubular stand, it's all about the A-frame. These compact little stands can be so small they'll even slip easily into a carry-on or gig bag pocket. Peak Music Stands also makes a compact model called "The Dome" for the small and light crowd. Big or small, there's a time and a place for any stand. Whether you're getting ready to go on tour or just furnishing a studio, take into account the number of guitars you need to hold and choose the style you like best. From there, picking out an individual stand should be a piece of cake.