Ultimate Support GS-1000 Reviews4.5/5.0 based on 32 customer reviews
This is what a guitar stand should be. One of the many benefits of this stand is that the strap doesn't get hung up on anything when you pick it up to play. After using one of these, I can't use anything else. I also don't have to worry about my precious axe falling out of the cradle, because there is no cradle! "It's just a stand." No, it's not - it's a GS1000!
from Central Illinois
May 16, 2013Music Background:
Keyboarding , slave-driving band leader
Ultimately SweetWhat do you call a product made by Ultimate and sold by Sweetwater?
This is one cool stand that stands up to the task of protecting your axe...in this case my sons bass.
He loves it so I am a coooool Dad, it works like it should in a cooooool way, so, Ultimately, I'm looking real sweeeeet in this birthday arrangement.
Thank you Sweetwater!!
You DO put the sweeeet in Sweetwater!!
from Duarte, CA
April 16, 2013Music Background:
Have had my own C&W band. Now, just for fun.
An outstanding product at a very fair priceI love my guitar. No, I REALLY love my guitar and this stand lets me rest in the knowledge that it is going nowhere when I hang it in the GS-1000. Its ease of operation, its steadfastness and its padded legs has given me reasurrance that I have done ALL that I can do to not only protect my guitar, but also have it ready within a split second.
Instructions are a snap...even for this ol' man. Spend the extra couple of bucks and move up to this beauty
from Virginia USA
March 18, 2013Music Background:
Playing Live,and Home Recording
Service & follow UpThank to the Staf at Sweetwater for your Comitment in Processing
my Orders,as soon as they were orded.
The delivery's arrived on time,the Prices were the best that I could find.
February 24, 2013
Like having a person take and hand back guitarI appreciate creative and well engineered products and this is one. You place down or pick up (not forward and back) the guitar. It almost seems like someone is taking it out of your hand and giving it back to you. Such an elegant product. My Reverend Warhawk II 390s with the jack where it is, if you leave the cord in, the plug would hit the floor or stand on other stands I have. This works so perfectly solving my problem. In a gig situation I would unplug the cord just to be safe.
from Bayside NY USA
January 28, 2013Music Background:
Don't even bother with other standsI have 3 other stands of various makes and price points and this is my favorite without a doubt. More secure then a regular hanger and nothing for your straps or cables to get hung up on. It's a plus that you can adjust the height so the cable jack is not hitting or resting on the legs as the guitar hangs.
from Placerville,CA USA
January 18, 2013Music Background:
love this unitreal smooth operating---holds my Jazz bass. Blown away, well ok yes
from Richmond, VA
January 14, 2013Music Background:
Have played guitar for fifty years.
Best Guitar Stand EverFor years I've favored hanging guitar stands. As much as I loved my old Hamilton, I have to say the Ultimate really is "the Ultimate." That self-closing yoke security gate is unbelievably clever--not to mention effective.
December 12, 2012Music Background:
Very happy with product and SweetwaterStand works great, exactly what I was looking for
September 1, 2012Music Background:
Great StandThe GS-1000 changed my mind about these types of stands. I swore I would never buy a stand that didn't have some sort of support under the body. I now know that it isn't necessary. This stand is strong, light, and holds my basses firmly and worry free. I own three of them and I'm getting ready to buy two more. Love 'em!
from Fort Wayne IN.
July 21, 2012Music Background:
Guitar stands GS 1000Great sales staff.
July 12, 2012
Best stand I've ever used!Outstanding! (Pun intended.) Finally a stand that's secure but still quick to use. Just place your guitar on it. Done. Grab it and take it off. Simple. Bought two of them, one for electric and one for acoustic.
from Huntington, IN
June 27, 2012Music Background:
Guitarist, Engineer, Music Geek
This is BrilliantIncredibly simple, easy to pack away. and a bunch of more adjectives that don't do this justice. Bought on a whim and I will never use another guitar stand again.
from Atlanta, GA, United States
May 1, 2012Music Background:
Ultimate Support GS-1000I know that many musicians argue against the use of guitar stands, insisting that an instrument should be put in its case whenever it is not being held. For someone doing home recording, like me, working from a case may be too inconvenient. This convenience is so important to me that, although I paid a high price for my use of a guitar stand, I still use one.
I had been using an inexpensive stand of the sort that cradles the instrument in a two-pronged support which pivots in the stand, but had to replace it after it tipped over, dumping my 1968 ES-335 on the floor and breaking the headstock.
The GS-1000 looked like a good bet, so I ordered one from Sweetwater. I was delighted with it. The design is superior to the other style, and it works with acoustic, semi-hollow and solid-body guitars, unlike the previous stand, which allowed solid-body guitars to slip through the cradle. The self-actuating yoke which captures the neck is a smart design, as are the locking legs. The yoke is made of material which is not damaging to nitro-cellulose finishes. This is of such obvious importance that I won't call it a feature. Incredibly, the previous stand was not made of such a material, and I was forced to wrap the yoke with cotton to protect the finishes of my instruments. The legs are angled so that the likelihood of tipping over is greatly reduced. I did not attach the ten pound lead weight to the GS-1000, as I had to the previous stand after the accident. I have not used the "handy guitar pick storage slots". I'm sure they work well.
Of course risks remain, and no stand is entirely immune to disaster. Recently an over-enthusiastic friend lost his balance, fell off a drum stool and crushed my GS-1000, bending one of the legs severely. I ordered another.
from Springfield, IL.
April 1, 2012Music Background:
ExcellentI was pleasantly surprised with the versatility and durability of this guitar stand, to say nothing of the ease in using and transporting. I highly recommend it; It's been a great addition to my gear.
from West Valley, UT USA
March 10, 2012Music Background:
One size does not fit allThe stand is great and is well made, the only downfall is that the entire reason i purchased it was to cradle my 8 string guitar. and the neck is a little too wide for it to work properly, if i do get it to fit the locking arms will collapse so close that its near impossible to get the guitar back out, probably due to the locking nuts. I still gave it a five star warning, as its not the fault of the manufacturer, but i think this warning needs to be out there, and maybe dimensions should be put in the sweetwater.com description so that i could find a stand that meets my needs.
from Vancouver, WA
February 8, 2012Music Background:
engineer, performer, producer, touring artist, pastor of rock
The perfect guitar standSeriously, there is no other guitar stand.
from Piedmont, SC
January 21, 2012Music Background:
Great stand!Great product. Best stand for the money. Works great with my bass guitars.
from Adelaide, SA Australia
August 5, 2011Music Background:
Everything!A great stand. Very secure with the lock in legs and the closing yoke gate. Packs up into a compact size, keeps the cable well off the ground if you have an input on the very bottom of your guitar.
Only small quibble I have is with the smoothness of the sliding components. Everything still moves fine, just not very smooth.
Fantastic stand with everything you could want!
from All over
June 6, 2011Music Background:
Finally - a guitar stand worthy of 5 stars...Finally, a great stand with no parts to assemble or remove. It is sturdy as hell and travels well. It lays back and the adjustable height allows your guitar to hang at the right angle and rest against the foam legs. Great for odd shaped guitars...a must really. The locking mechanism is great too. I bought 4 of them and may get a couple more.
from Southeastern USA
December 4, 2010Music Background:
Guitarist, Songwriter, Keyboardist, Engineer, Horns, Piano, Pro when the price is right!
Finally...perfection in a guitar stand!I've always loved USS's guitar stands, but this one with the new yoke locking mechanism simply blows me away. In fact, I bought 3 of em and may have to replace all of mine, as it is very hard to use anything else after using this baby. The price is right, the extension is secure and solid, and works for pretty much ANY shaped guitar (or length, for you low-enders), the foldup is easy, it's all ONE PIECE, the rubber is NONREACTIVE, and the lock...oh..the lock....!
You've never used a stand like this...until you use a stand like this. You'll never want anything else. And the price is right. Sweetwater did me right and got 'em out to me FAST.
You owe yourself and your guitars the favor of using these wonderfully safe and secure stands for everything you play. They'll take care of your babies...
from Reno, NV
March 18, 2010
A great standThis is a truly good stand. Very easy to use and holds my guitar steady. Safe for my LP's nitro finish which puts my mind at ease. A very good product that does what it is supposed to do.
from Cincinnati, OH
August 4, 2012Music Background:
Pretty Good Design. Simple, But Good.I was kinda wondering exactly how this was going to work, since there weren't any pictures of the stand with an actual guitar on it. Well, it actually is quite simple, and effective. It seems to be build pretty well, not perfect, but pretty well.
I still think it's a little overpriced for what it is, but besides that, it is a good stand.
from Yorba Linda Ca.
July 27, 2012Music Background:
Worship Leader / Writer - Acoustic/Electric Guitar
Stable StandThis stand takes care of all my guitars when sitting ready to record in my home studio. I feel like the guitar is much more stable then when in any other I have used. It is easy to fold up and carry as one piece without any arms jutting out. Great piece of gear
from Central NJ
February 3, 2012Music Background:
Nice standI am so far very impressed with this stand after 2 months of use. I love the automatic locking in of the guitar. And the way it hangs and rests on the frame bottom is a lot easier than worrying about sitting it just so and getting the balance right. Recommended
from Longview, WA
December 23, 2011Music Background:
nice standAll the features seem right on to me. Granted I have had it for only about six months and have been fairly nice to it. The price is right and so far so good.
from San Diego, CA
October 5, 2011Music Background:
all of it
A BETTER guitar stand?I admit it, I have a love-hate relationship with guitar stands. I've got to have them and rely on them to hold My Darlings, but sometimes that doesn't work out so well. These stands are definitely BETTER than conventional stands. For one thing, you get rid of the stupid U-shaped piece that invariably gets stepped on or bent, or is impossible to get in that upside down hole on a dark stage. Also, you don't have to deal with losing the rubber or foam parts of the neck rest that always come off. These GS-1000s are BETTER stands. I really only have 2 issues, and only 1 of those 2 count to keep me from a 5-star rating. That issue is price. I've not had these long enough to know if the $40 price tag is worth it. I've got 4 of them right now, so time will tell. But $40? Really? That's the price of 4 crappy stands. It's not that over-the-top, but still seems about $15 too much. There is another brand with a similar locking yoke, but the price-tag was a so stupid 50 bucks that I never even tried it.
The only other minor issue is that if you want to use the stand for something big (my Dobro neck) the yoke is a tiny bit narrow, and if you want to use it for something small (my mandolin), it is lacking one piece of foam just above the tripod lock to protect the beautiful piece of maple on my F-style. Overall, I'm pretty happy, and expect you will be too.
from Buffalo, NY
June 8, 2011Music Background:
Excellent guitar standVery pleased with this guitar stand. It's well constructed and most importantly holds my acoustic or electric securely in place thanks to the self-closing yoke. No set up needed and adjusts easily.
from Missoula, MT USA
April 6, 2012Music Background:
Don't clip your 'Snark' tuner on the 'forks!'Someone I know clipped my 'Snark' Tuner to the Ultimate Support GS-1000's 'fork'. I grabbed my 'Axe' to show how cool the 'auto release' function is (to another friend), and it didn't open. Thankfully, I still have good reaction time, so I didn't damage my brand new guitar, but it was still a lot closer than I would have liked. Please - 'Fool-Proof!'
from Kenosha, WI
July 22, 2012Music Background:
Ultimate GS1000 - split decisionI bought this stand at Gearfest. By the time I tried it out, Gearfest was over and I was home, 2 states away. To my chagrin, the spring loaded mechanism did not work properly. It would grab the guitar and not let go when I picked it up. Sweetwater took care of me and arranged for me to get a replacement at no cost to me and the replacement works fine so far. I gave 3 stars because I still have doubts about the quality control and durability of an item that comes out of the box nonfunctional.
from New York, NY
February 17, 2013Music Background:
Work great with my bass but not with my guitar.I'm not sure why Ultimate made the headstock holder a V shape. My tele slides right down and the strings push right up against the 'yoke security gates'. As a result, when I lift up on the guitar the whole stand lifts up because the gates can't release. This is a serious design flaw. The stand works fine with my bass however. It's much heavier of course and doesn't slide forward like tele does.
I have the Hercules version of this stand as well and it's properly designed. The headstock holder is U shaped.
from Atlanta, GA
September 13, 2012Music Background:
UpdateThis is an update to a previous, overly enthusiastic review, written when I didn't have enough experience with the stand. I have learned that there are two serious problems with the design.
One problem is inherent to the design. Because the instrument hangs from the stand, suspending the full weight from the neck, it causes the guitar to stretch slightly detuning it sharp. The result is that usually after placing the guitar on the stand for even a short time, I must retune.
The other problem is with the flanges that retain the guitar in the neck grip. It is too easy to catch the edge of the head on these when removing the guitar, possibly causing a chip or dent.
The solution might be to use a combination of a bottom support and a redesigned neck grip. That would, of course, be a very different design.
It's too bad that the stand has these deficiencies, since otherwise it's very well made.
from Northern California
October 30, 2011Music Background:
Pro musician, recording studio owner
Broke after less than a yearBought this in spite of warnings from 2 people -- 1 who had another Ultimate Support guitar stand that broke soon after he bought it (height adjustment clutch), and another who worked in a music store who said these stands had a bad rep. What the heck, I liked the one-piece design, easy setup, and "auto-lock" feature.
Well, I was wrong. Broke after less than a year, and I'm not especially hard on my gear. One of the auto-lock "ears" has a permanent droop, making it a struggle to get my bass into or out of this stand. And there's no way to fix it, it's all riveted together. So it's basically land-fill material.
Moral, from my point of view -- never buy a guitar stand with moving parts!