Correct sitting posture is something musicians should be mindful of from the get-go.
Posture problems develop because most chairs, couches, or make-shift homey seats are not designed with guitarists in mind. Which manifests in aches, pains, and poor playing technique.
Luckily, a wide range of musical gear can contribute to a painless playing or learning journey. The guitar stool is one of them, and getting the best one is a wise investment.
Sure, it’s not half as glamorous as shopping for wild guitar pedals. But it is important, and worth investing in if you want to save your back in the long run.
So, if we’ve got you excited, stay seated. We created a nifty buyer’s guide and rounded up the top guitar chairs and stools for 2022.
What are the Best Guitar Stools in 2022?
The Fender 351 Guitar Seat is our top pick among the guitar stools. It’s compact, collapsible, and comfortable. Plus, the pick-shaped backrest and gray tweed cover earn it extra brownie points for good taste.
Roughly 25.5-inches (650mm) in height, the Ibanez stool is a robust guitar throne. The frame is lean but solid, with anti-slip caps on the legs that grip the floor well. The stool also features a fold-out guitar stand and fixed footrest.
The utilitarian-looking seat has enough padding to avert ‘numb bum’ after prolonged use. While the guitar stand has acceptable padding and feels secure enough, at least for temporary use.
The stool boasts a tubular alloy steel frame with a black vinyl-covered seat and backrest which can support up to 300lbs of weight.
It also features a built-in guitar stand for acoustic or electric guitars. The seat top is well padded but does not swivel. And while it does require some assembly, it ships with all the necessary hardware.
Once assembled, you have a 27” stool that’s stable, ergonomic, and looks great both in the home and studio.
It’s heavy, stable, and can blend into the decor of any music club, studio, man cave, or garage.
24” bar stool for guitar players
360-degree swivel seat
Foot ring to rest the foot
Chromed metal base with anti-slip caps
The Gibson barstool features tubular steel legs with anti-slip caps, a foot ring, and a large padded vinyl seat.
The black seat top is adorned with the Gibson logo screen printed on it. The seat swivels 360° on ball bearings, making it a great choice for guitar practice or studio use. Just watch you don’t hit your headstock on something as you’re spinning around on it.
The assembly needs a little elbow grease, but once set up, it’ll be a sturdy and stable seat. The cushioning can be hit or miss if you plan to use it for hours at a time. Several reviewers recommend a seat pad or even getting it re-cushioned.
The barstool is a touch over 24″ high. The max weight capacity isn’t mentioned but based on customer reviews, it can handle 200 to 250lbs with ease. Additionally, the footrest height (8.75”) seems ideal to prop up your guitar without it sliding off.
Beginners and enthusiasts may need a cost-value analysis to contend with this higher price tag. But rest assured, this beast is built for comfort and is capable of lasting an entire career.
A durable workhorse for home/studio use
Double foam swivel seat
Foldable quad-leg base
Pneumatic seat height adjustment (20” to 28”)
Backrest sold separately
The DW Air-Lift throne features a quad-leg base with a black double-foam seat. The “Air-Lift” alludes to its ability to incrementally position the height using a hydraulic adjustment system (read: pneumatic).
That means you can adjust the height between 20” to 28” on the fly.
From build quality to features and comfort, the Air-Lift is a notch above the competition. It’s the archetypal throne, perfect for a high-end studio or rehearsal space. The only thing lacking is a locking mechanism to stop the seat top from swiveling.
The seat is detachable and the silver-chrome base is foldable, making it easy to store away. The comfy dual foam top might tempt you to not stand up and take a bow after a performance.
However, at 20lbs, it’s better to buy this stool only if you plan to carry it around for gigs.
The other outlier that may make you stand up is the price. More so if you pair it with the add-on backrest that costs an additional $50.