Best height of stool for guitar ?

Discussion in 'Home Recording and Studios' started by MuleFan, Oct 17, 2019.

  1. MuleFan

    MuleFan Squier-Meister

    Jul 29, 2013
    Upstate New York USA
    Hi guys! I found what looks like a great deal on a 30" bar stool that I would like to get for practicing, it's the Fender Worldwide 30" bar stool from Guitar Center. It's been marked down to $50 right now, which is about the same price as a generic bar stool.

    Based on some of the user reviews I read I'm concerned that this 30" stool would be too tall for me to sit and play comfortably. I am a about 5'7" in the morning on a good day with the right shoes ;-) Does anyone have any experience playing on these bar stools and could comment on comfortable playing height? I should mention that these stools are also available in a 24" version, which is currently not on sale.

    Thank you for your help!
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  2. JohnnyMac

    JohnnyMac Squier-holic

    Mar 5, 2018
    Front range Colorado
    30" seems to be pretty tall for someone your height. I'm about 5'6" on a tall day and my 24" stool is just a tad too tall for me.

    Measure the height of a chair that has a comfy guitar playing height for you to get an idea.
    Last edited: Oct 17, 2019
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  3. duzie

    duzie Squier-Meister

    Jul 8, 2017
    Nw New Jersey
    I’m no help here but I just measured mine and they’re 24”.
    I’m 6’4” and my feet comfortably reach the floor .
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  4. MuleFan

    MuleFan Squier-Meister

    Jul 29, 2013
    Upstate New York USA
    Yeah, it's likely the 30" one will be too high for comfortable playing. I may pass for now and see if a 24" version goes one sale for Black Friday.

    Thanks very much for the help!
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  5. fadetoz

    fadetoz Squier-holic

    Jun 29, 2011
    I have one that is one of the taller ones and have never used it. I tried to 1 time and it sucked. Looks nice.
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  6. MuleFan

    MuleFan Squier-Meister

    Jul 29, 2013
    Upstate New York USA
    ^ That's exactly what I was afraid of ;-)
  7. Papa Joe

    Papa Joe Squier-Axpert

    Dec 12, 2009
    Swanton Ohio
    Crazy thing, I was never comfortable on a stool..Any stool..A regular chair or standing works for me..prefer standing..
  8. Smith357

    Smith357 Squier-Meister

    Apr 30, 2017
    I use a padded piano bench.
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    LOSTVENTURE Squier-Nut

    At church I use a 24" stool with the footrest relocated to around half way up. At home I have an 18" stool that allows me to reach my volume pedal comfortably.
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  10. cool gouhl

    cool gouhl Squier-holic

    Dec 4, 2014
    This is my new guitar stool, it's working pretty good so far. IMG_20191013_143127.jpg
  11. Papa Joe

    Papa Joe Squier-Axpert

    Dec 12, 2009
    Swanton Ohio
    Now that's cool as all hell..
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  12. Tele-kitty

    Tele-kitty Squier-Meister

    Dec 12, 2016
    I agree with Papa Joe. That is the coolest looking stool and looks comfy.

    I think that 30" is going to be too tall for you.

    I'm short so I use various chairs/stools that I can make work haha..
    I have a ottoman I use mostly that works pretty well.
    I also have a Kobalt stool ( the tool brand) with a backrest on it that my husband got me but was waaay too tall. I took a hacksaw to the legs and cut that puppy way on down. It's not very cushy or comfy though and I can't sit on it very long.

    Still looking for the perfect guitar seat :(
  13. That might just make a stool fool out of you yet :). Cheers, Barrie.
  14. Dave M

    Dave M Squier-Nut

    Feb 27, 2017
    Mira Loma, CA
  15. Lonn

    Lonn Squier-holic

    Dec 19, 2009
    Carmel IN
    I'm 5'8" and use an old office chair with no arms to play. Not sure of the height but it's less than 24" I'm sure. I also have a stool that's probably 24". I came across this chair at my work the other day and want to find a similar one. It's low, probably 18" but I like to lean back a little and relax when I play for the most part. This one is wide and firm.

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  16. duceditor

    duceditor Squier-Axpert

    May 29, 2014
    The Monadnocks, NH USA
    When we first were setting up our music room we purchased 3 30 inch stools for it. Nice looking 'bent' Italian leather with bent aluminum legs, low, shaped, backs.

    Everyone compliments how good they look. Yeah. But that (and holding picks) is their sole usefulness.

    Now, almost twenty years older, i have to work to get onto 'em, and can't use pedal controls if I do.

    I still way prefer to stand, but can't for long playing sessions. I need to replace these stools with one low, armless, attractive chair. But chairs take up so much space that I've yet to so so.

    Besides, Italian bent leather is so pretty.

    "Vanity of vanities, everything is vanity. So sayeth the congregator.". ;)

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  17. Davis Sharp

    Davis Sharp Dr. Squier

    Jan 7, 2016
    Maryland, USA
    I also use an armless office chair. It's padded, it swivels, it rolls.
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  18. strat_strummer

    strat_strummer Squier-holic

    Nov 24, 2018
    RC addiction....
    Coolest chair I've seen yet.
  19. TimTheViking

    TimTheViking Squier-holic

    Maybe this is a question for Peter Frampton?
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