Though the tone of a guitar won't be affected by regular maintenance, removing the accumulated gunk, giving it a good polish and paying some attention to the hardware will not only help it retain its looks, but it should play better, too. Trying to find a suitable surface to perform these essential tasks, having all the necessary tools at hand and making sure that the instrument is adequately supported can be quite a challenge. Grundorf's portable GMT-004 folds out to accommodate acoustic or electric guitars, includes compartments for stowing away tools, strings and supplies, and features a pop-up support for the instrument's neck.

When in travel or storage mode, the 8 lb (3.6 kg) GMT-004 measures 4.75 x 20.5 x 16.25 in (120 x 520 x 412 mm), but when opened up and folded flat, it's reported to offer ample room for getting down to some serious cleaning on a road warrior acoustic or electric. The included compartments mean that tools should always be at hand and the neck support provides a good viewing angle when changing strings, removing dirt, grime and dead skin from the findgerboard or giving the frets some attention.

The maintenance table is covered in vintage effect black vinyl to match your Marshall amp, has plastic bump corners to help it withstand the rigors of travel and a latch that can be secured with a padlock.

The GMT-004 is available now for a suggested retail price of US$149.95.

Product page: GMT-004