Your Frequently Asked Questions
about the Road Warrior


Where did this idea come from?

What is Polycarbonate resin??

What is thermoplastic elastomers?

Will the Road Warrior™ hold my acoustic guitar?

What makes Old Dog stands so durable?

Are Old Dog stands totally unbreakable?

Will Old Dog stands hurt the finish on my guitar?


Q: Where did this idea come from?

A: Old Dog founder Bob Stevens got tired of replacing his guitar stands. Every time he threw one on top of the metal graveyard in his basement, he thought about a design that would be free of the parts that always broke on his stands. Finally out of frustration, he decided to make a stand for himself. During the process, it occurred to him that other working musicians might like to have one as well. His design idea was simple - no hinges, no screws, no telescoping pieces – NO MOVING PARTS - something that wouldn't bend or break. He knew from firsthand experience that during set-ups and tear-downs, a musician needs something rugged. His idea was to do what electrical instrument manufacturers have been doing for years - apply the latest technologies in materials to produce a superior product.

Q: What is Polycarbonate resin?

A: Polycarbonate is a tough engineering thermoplastic, which offers very high impact strength and a high modulus of elasticity. It is unrivaled in its ability to stand up to hard knocks in very cold and very hot temperatures. Products made with polycarbonate resin are extraordinarily durable. “PC” solves the limitations of many traditional materials used for musical instrument stands with its unmatched combination of high performance features such as strength, durability, appearance and optical purity. Hockey masks, NASCAR windshields and NASA’s Space Shuttle, to name a few, include parts made with polycarbonate.

Q: What is Thermoplastic Elastomers?

A: Thermoplastic elastomers are an high-performance elasticized material that combine the desirable characteristics of vulcanized rubber, such as flexibility, with the processing ease of the thermoplastics. Old Dog has determined that for our design, this high-tech material is the best application available to protect the guitar’s finish.

Q: Will the Road Warrior™ hold my acoustic guitar?

A:
No.  The Road Warrior™ is designed for the electric guitar.  It was originally created for the traveling musician who needs a durable stand that can take the punishment of road work. 

Q: What makes Old Dog stands so durable?

A: Old Dog stands are made with polycarbonate, a tough, engineering thermoplastic which offers very high impact strength. Few other engineering plastics can match its ability to stand up to hard knocks in very cold or very hot temperatures. Products made from polycarbonate resin are usually shatter-resistant and virtually unbreakable. Products such as hockey masks, NASCAR windshields, riot shields,  and NASA' s Space Shuttle (to name a few) include parts made from polycarbonate resin.

Q: Are Old Dog stands totally unbreakable?

A: No.  Our research has determined that given excessive, abnormal treatment, the polycarbonate material will break.  However, we fully expect that they will stand up to the normal treatment (and mistreatment) that is to be expected from the working musician.  Polycarbonate resin will tolerate significantly more punishment than the traditional materials from which most guitar stands are made.  We would like our customers to let us know if their Old Dog stands survive any unusually rough treatment.

Q: Will Old Dog stands hurt the finish on my guitar?

A: No.  An over-mold of thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) on the neck and the cradle cushion and protect the guitar each place it touches the stand. The strap holding the neck of the guitar in place is also made of thermoplastic elastomer . TPE is extraordinarily durable and is safe for all finishes including nitrocellulose. Its non-slip surface provides the ideal cushion and protection for your instrument.