Hanging guitars

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  1. rockon1

    rockon1 Member

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    Ive heard that hanging guitars from the headstock may not be a good thing. Of coarse if you go into any guitar store they are all hanging from the walls. Thoughts? Just B.S.? Thanks Bob
     
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    Let me say this: I live in Bergen County NJ and visit Lark Street Music quite often. If Buzzy Levine can hang 30K strats on the wall, with no temp control, I'm not going to worry about it.

    Ron
     
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    I have recently started to hang all my guitars on the wall, and love the fact that I can always see them, and I am getting more playing time out of them.
    Cant see how it would be a big concern.
     
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    The only section of the guitar I could see getting any tension that's not usual would only be the neck joint. Now on bolt ons there's way more shear strength that could ever be needed to support about 7 lbs. I'm confident that a set neck would have similar properties.

    A case does keep the dust off though.
     
  5. Pietro

    Pietro 2-Voice Guitar Junkie and All-Around Awesome Guy

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    Keeps the humidity and temp a little more constant, too.

    Keep 'em in the case!
     
  6. hogy

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    Hanging is good for your guitars.

    1. it keeps the strings vibrating all day long. Just sneeze in a room full of guitars and you'll hear it.

    2. Many components (especially of vintage guitars) gas off chemicals. Nitro guards are the worst. That's why your frets are green and oxidized after a long time in the case, the more, the closer they are to the pickguard.
     
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    If you have hot air heat don't hang em. Mine are all cased just in case.
     
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    I bought a display case from Ebay. It is an ATA case with form fitting plush covered foam and a clear plexiglass window. My guitar is readily available, protected and constantly admirable. I do not like hanging guitars.
     
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    That oxidization point is very interesting. I never knew that, but I had noticed the effect. Thanks!
     
  10. bluesyjacuzzi

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    by hanging them you expose them to the hot air coming into the room in the winter. this and to a lessser degree the AC in summer changes the humidity in the wood and will result in more frequent adjutments and setups needed. If you live in a dry climate or one with alot of heat needed in winter you will be doing your guitars and yourself a diservice by hanging them on the wall imho. Of course if you are lucky enough to have a humity conrolled room, nevermind :).
     
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    I hand mine in a room. have done for 4 years now
    they've held up well. I do make a point of humidifying thoroughly.
     
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    Hanging guitars



    After a trial of course I presume.
     
  13. hogy

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    Yes, that's called "seasoning". A good thing.
     
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    Hang 'em out where you can get feeling guilty and practice. Mine are always out and hanging. Yep they get some dust on them...who cares? They're made to be played and looked at, not hidden away in a case rotting.
    I actually have some hanging and some out on stands (no kids, no pets). I was gonna put a couple away and my wife said "No leave them out they look great and add to the decor".
     
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    And her sister is...?


    The weight of the guitar is a minor percentage of the tension exerted by the strings. Avoid outside walls and hanging in the path of forced air, otherwise feel free.
     
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    hang em baby... theyre always on hand. yeah!
     
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    I thought thats what you do to firewood! lol! Just kidding. Interesting responses with a lot of good points! Bob
     
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    i have mine all on stands to have them handy all the time.
    hanging them will not harm them but make sure your gibsons (or other nitro finished guitars) will not touch the rubbber protection on the wallhanger. the rubber will melt into the nitro finish.... (same as in stands..).
     
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    I believe that the accessability is very important. I have 8 hanging all the time. I only have one that is valuable, a 60 strat, and it stays in a gun safe.
     
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    I want a system that can wall-"hang" the guit sideways...kind of the same angle as when strapped on.
    I have at least one guit that I'd like to long-term display that way.
     

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