Some products are aspirational in nature. “Buy this Fender Eric Clapton Signature Strat and your blues solos will sound just like Slowhand’s.” Or “Hop on this Harley and the world will see you as the rebel you really are.”
That’s all well and good, but I like products that understand who we really are. “Sometimes you’re lazy and lean your $2,000 guitar up against your amp instead of cradling it in a stand.” Or “You tend to leave your guitar stand at home because you’ve got enough stuff to carry to a gig and the stand just doesn’t fit in your gig bag.”
The Axe-Handler portable guitar stand, the first product from Re-Axe Products, understands the real you. The designers took a real problem – delicate instruments in a dangerous world – and made things a bit safer for your guitar.
The product itself is very simple. Weighing in at about a pound, the metal plate at the core of the Axe-Handler is surrounded by rubber. At the end that holds the guitar, a long rubber edge hangs over the table or amp to keep the Axe-Handler in place, while more rubber extends from either side to keep the guitar neck sturdy.
The Axe-Handler is extremely compact – small enough to fit in the back of your amp, your guitar case, or even your pocket. And at $17.95, this product is cheap enough to have a few lying around in strategic spots. Think of it as a $18 insurance policy!
The guys at Re-Axe sent me an Axe-Handler for review, and overall it works like a charm! It’s certainly heavy enough to stay put, and the rubber grips the neck for extra security. I did feel a bit more secure when the Axe-Handler was higher off the ground. For example, it seemed sturdier placed on a high chair or low table vs my amp.
The one warning I would attach to this product is that it works much, much better on carpet than hardwood floors. When your amp or table is sitting on carpet, the guitar’s strap button is able to dig into the carpet, giving it extra grip to prevent sliding. On carpet I felt very confident that my guitar was safe. On a wood floor, the strap button didn’t have that grip and tended to slide out from beneath the guitar. This got worse the greater the angle of the guitar’s lean.
If I had a wish list for the next iteration of this product, I would make two suggestions. First, I think some sort of strap that fits around the neck would give me some extra piece of mind. Second – and this might be something that no one would actually use (see laziness above) – perhaps an extra rubber piece that fits over the strap button would keep the guitar from sliding on non-carpeted floors.
All-in-all, this is a great new product that fills a void! If you’re interested in buying an Axe-Handler, they can be purchased on the Re-Axe website.