Q: What is “stand damage”?
A: Stand damage occurs when the chemicals in the rubber used on guitar stands react with the nitrocellulose lacquer (and other finish types) used to finish guitars. It can range from a slight discoloration to the finish to actually “eating away” the lacquer topcoat. The safest way to prevent this from happening is to cover the rubber parts of your stand with a soft cotton cloth (use guitar polishing cloths). Guitar stands should only be used to ‘temporarily’ store your instrument, such as on a gig. Perhaps the safest place to store your instrument is in its case.