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  1. jadams71

    jadams71 Member

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    I am thinking of hanging my guitars on the wall of my house. Are there any issues I should be aware of, such as necks flexing or anything else?
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  2. rickcard71

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    Do it, they are also art work.
     
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    Just make sure that the padding on the hangers isn't the kind that can react with nitro, assuming that some of your guitars are finished with it.
     
  4. EADGBE

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    They'll fair better in their cases.
     
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    Never put a wall hangar on an outside bearing wall (one which the other side is outdoors).
     
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    Why is that?



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    I would imagine that the reasoning behind this is due to the temperature swings that will be going on outdoors. With only the wall and what little bit of insulation is there, you're more likely to suffer the effects of the changing temperature and humidity against that wall than if it was on the opposite side of the room.
     
  8. Bossanova

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    makes sense. sunlight isn't great for some finishes either. i would only hang cheap poly-finished fenders, but it's not a great thing to do ime. I had a tele hanging all winter here and it got super dry and the frets sprouted. live and learn, i've been showering 'with it' for a week and it's a little better now.
     
  9. Jahn

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    Yep. Did the same. Fret sprout. So dry here even guitars in cases got sprout if I didn't keep up in case humidification. Having guitars in the open is a death sentence for acoustics particularly.

    In my area at least.
     
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    Unless you have jumping kids or animals, don't hang them high. Hang them so you can grab them by the neck with the least amount of effort and reach.
     
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    You should be able to fix the fret sprout once and never have it again. It's literally 5 minutes with a competent tech.
     
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    Done it for decades. The stress on a neck from the strings is way more than the things own weight. Keeping good humidity is def important though.
     
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    +1. Guitars, especially semi-hollow body and hollowbody instruments, are sensitive to changes in humidity and temperature. You can get a humidifier and a dehumidifier, but having to refill/empty them is a pain after a while.

    As people already have mentioned, sunlight can affect finishes, particularly nitro finishes, and airborne debris will age the strings faster and also gunk up the metallic parts.

    Best case scenario: you can count on spending a lot more time maintaining your instruments by displaying them, rather than leaving them in their cases.
     
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    I agree with JDutch. When I'm in a pro studio, I notice that most of the go-to guitars for tracking are kept in the cases, not hanging on the walls. I used to have a nice rainbow of 12 guitars hung up in my studio, but after the winter months they were no longer playable and I needed to adjust the truss rods, change strings, oil the rosewood necks, file fret ends, etc. so now I leave them in a nice case and shut the clasps until I use them again.
     
  15. jadams71

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    Thank you very much for all the insight it really helps.
     
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    I'm about to install some hangers on my wall primarily due to the fact that I've no space to keep them in their cases in the music room. Is it cool to hang Gibson's, too? I feel like the headstock on my LP will break if I stare at it the wrong way.
     
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    The hanger may mark the guitar in the area around the nut. It will break if you drop it, like other valuable things. So, be sure not to drop it.


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