It seems that nearly every time I show up for a performance anywhere in the world I wind up kicking myself as I walk towards the stage and mumble under my brain, which usually comes out of my mouth, “I wonder if they have guitar stands here?”
It’s always been my own fault as I never stress that in a contract rider ahead of time or in a discussion with the promoter. I simply forget to – possibly because I either don’t want to become trivial or cause a fuss or I just assume by the time I get there they will forget. So I possibly subconsciously gave up on the idea years ago.
But it’s not trivial. Just as the sound quality is important, food before and after the show, bottled water, lights, the stool or chair I might sit on, the fact is that if I have two guitars, which I always do, the question inevitably arises, “What do I do with the one I’m not playing?”
Often times, although the venue may not have a proper stand available for the show, there seems to always be some sort of small table handy which is now all that is needed to get the job done.
During my last tour to the UK I ran into my friend Mark Pugh, who I had done some touring with years ago. His company, Aria, handled Tacoma Guitars and as I was doing guitar seminars for them I recalled that Mark and I hit it off.
This time Mark was handling his own company stones-music.co.uk dealing primarily in Ukuleles, but also handling a product I’ve been dreaming about for years. The Pub Prop. This simple device is not only sturdy enough to embrace my guitars next to me on stage, but the best part is that it folds up and fits into the small compartment in my guitar case!
I generally shy away from using exclamation marks because I feel that they are obviously so over-used along with words like expert, genius, and prodigy. But in this case, it’s more than appropriate.
I must admit that with all the restrictions airlines have put on us for travel these days, this little unit is incredibly effective for my needs and feels invisible in my travel items. It’s just a given. Drop it in your case and set your guitar in it and rest easy. Simply put – it’s secure.
Richard Gilewitz 2014