Learning to play the guitar can be a long, frustrating ride which, along with joyous moments and frustration, leads to sitting down for hours on the floor, sofa or armchair. So we started wondering what the best guitar stool was out there, and did some research.
A decent guitar chair or stool is one of those fundamental purchases that makes playing a lot more comfortable but also increases the time you end up playing and practicing - that's a good thing.
All of these questions can only be answered by testing some out, luckily for you, I have. If you're in the market and want to know some of the best guitars chairs available, then read on!
At a Glance: Our Choice Of The 5 Best Guitar Chairs On The Market
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Buyer's Guide: Buying a Guitar Chair Or Stool
The following make up what I think are the main points to finding a good quality guitar chair or stool.
For lengthy sessions playing guitar, having a back to lean against is going to make all the difference - so a chair is better. The only watch out is that a chair can encourage slumping, whereas with stool encourages you to keep a straight back. The other big advantage to the guitar stool over the chair is the foot rest - yes that ring around the bottom of the stool - is a rest to put foot on (some are even adjustable).
Whether this means a good quality wood that’s curved or a soft, velvet finish; having a chair that is comfortable is key. Obviously buying on the internet isn't always the best option for testing the comfort of these things.
You do not need to pay over the odds for a good chair. Set your budget then go hunting for something appropriate.
Which Is Better - A Chair Or Guitar Stool?
Opinions differ. Personally, I prefer a guitar stool. I can't play without having my left foot rested on something (I don't really dig the foot rests you see classical guitarists using) so stools are great. Stools are also relatively easy to shove under a desk when you're not using them - plus if you're image conscious some of these stools look pretty cool . Check out the editor's choice stool below.
This is a useful video highlighting the importance of guitar sitting positions:
Our Choice Of The 5 Best Guitar Chairs
1. Quik Lok DX749 Deluxe Seat
A good looking and simple black seat with adjustable height, foot rest and back. This chair uses a locking pin to complete its adjustments and can also fold up.
- A sturdy foot rest allows most players to sit without worrying where to tap their feet.
- Good build quality, you can tell the Quik Lok has been made with guitar players in mind
- Ease of use, very simple to use and nice to have a chair that’s easily folded away
- Price: The Quik Lok is one of the more expensive chairs, fair weather players might not want to invest that much money.
- The seat slips slightly forward when anyone taller than me uses the chair. My friend at six foot found the chair annoying
- The quality materials used has made the chair quite heavy. I struggle to heave it around the house
Watch a small demo of the Quik Lok:
2. Gibson Logo Barstool
At 24 inches high, this stool looks extremely simple yet oozes style with the Gibson logo proudly on show. It looks cool and has a high quality finish with a chrome base.
- A thicker, padded seat means it is a lot comfier than some other stools you could buy and definitely one of the best guitar stools available.
- Has a clean, stylish look which is great for those who like something a little fancy while they play
- Extremely easy to assemble, took less time than I thought
- Still expensive for a seat, less so than the Quik Lok
- Not particularly ergonomical. Can be uncomfortable for those who like a back to their seat
- The upholstery isn’t the best quality
A short video showing the stool:
3. ProX Cases T-DJ Chair (Budget Choice)
This is a multi-functional chair, used for DJs, drum, guitar and keyboard players. It is even called the ‘padded throne’, which should give you an idea of how great a product this is.
- Relatively cheaper than some of its competitors out there
- Adjustable seat rests, which is useful for different heighted players
- Seat is extremely comfortable
- The seat can wobble after being used for several hours
- Not the sturdiest seat for players who may have a few extra pounds on them
- Not as adjustable as some of the more expensive pieces out there
Let's see it in action:
4. Fender 24 Inch Stool (Editor's Choice)
Ahh, Fender. The great guitar name makes its appearance here with a classically styled stool. The heavy steel tubing means even the biggest guitar player should feel pretty stable. A soft, padded top looks amazing with the Fender logo blazing across, it also helps that the stool is pretty comfy.
- Quite cheap compared to other models
- The Fender name lives up to its standards with quality materials and build, easily making it one of the best guitar stools you can buy
- Looks great, will suit any guitar/music room
- Build instructions were quite confusing, took a few head scratches to get it done
- Foot rest isn’t adjustable, meant my six foot friend found it hard to sit on properly
- Can get uncomfortable after a long session (but its a stool, right?)
Not in English, but this video gives you an idea of how the Fender looks:
5. Road Runner Star
Another 24 inch stool makes the list. This stool has quite a simple design, a large star plastered over the top with a chrome base.
- Excellent price, a lot cheaper than others out there
- Simple assembly, even I could manage it
- Height is just right
- Seat can look worn after a lot of use and felt stiff after a couple of months
- It doesn’t swivel around as well as others can
- My friend hated it as it looked like something from Captain America!
Personally, I feel like all five guitar chairs and stools mentioned here are great for different reasons. The best guitar chair for you really depends on your preference - is comfort the most important thing, or is style what you're after?
I believe that out of the five mentioned, the best all rounder would actually be a guitar stool - the one I would choose is the Fender 24 inch stool.
Quite cheap compared to chairs like the Quik Lok and stools of similar quality. The Fender name is synonymous with guitars and the seat is comfier after long periods unlike the Road Runner.
Which guitar chair would you pick? Drop me a comment and let me know
Ged is Founder and Editor-in-chief at Zing Instruments. He’s a guitarist for London based gypsy jazz band ‘Django Mango’ and a lover of all things music. When he’s not ripping up and down the fretboard, he’s tinkering with his ’79 Campervan.