NAMM 2014: Gotham Stands Gets Modular, Futuristic While Keeping You Upright

You see new ideas in the oddest places. I expect crazy new tech in recording, or amps, but usually not in the field of “making your shit not fall over.” But guitars are fragile, warping things.

Well the Coffin Case folks went all out and rethought the whole thing. Hence, Gotham Stands, which come in a single and multiple guitar versions. And I mean guitar in the broad sense: basses, acoustics (with an adapter), semi-hollowbody (ditto adapter), etc. They open like some terrifying man-eating metal plant, and then close up once the guitar is in position, but I’ve been told that they’re perfectly gentle. Sensual even.

There’s some other neat innovations like a magnetic arm closure, rotatable display angles, and the ability to move the main piece from the single stand to the one that holds multiple guitars. I’m no scientist but I see “patent pending” a lot on their website, so I’m assuming there’s high-tech wizardry involved.

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Chris Alfano has written about music and toured in bands since print magazines and mp3.com were popular. Once in high-school he hacked a friend's QBasic stick figure fighting game to add a chiptune metal soundtrack. Random attractive people still give him high-fives about that.