Why Get A Guitar Hanger?
- looks great as allows you to display your guitars
- fixes to wall allowing guitar to hang freely
- space efficient - great if floor space is limited
- keeps out of reach so cant get knocked over - especially good if kept in a room accessable by kids or pets
- bit more effort to set up than guitar stand as require drilling
- need right walls (strong/ not outside walls/ not above or near radiator/boiler
- make sure to check the max weight it can take and use quality screws (normally included with product)
- may swing and hit the wall (can use wall bumper to avoid this)
What To Look For To Get A Quality Guitar Hanger (4 essential tips)
- Get a hanger with a head that twists. Certain guitar designs, like the fender stratocaster for example, do not have a symmetrical head design meaning the hanger yoke will need to hold the head at an angle so the guitar can be held correctly.
- Its worth having a decent amount of thread on attaching bolt so wont come undone itself (most good brands will come with this anyway).
- Look at wrapping around the hanger - best is rubber (should feel surgical and be squeaky). Uncoated foam is not a good option as this can affect the finish of your guitar if it has an ingredient called nitrocellulose lacquer (sometimes known as just ‘lacquer’ or ‘nitro’). This is what can give a guitar that glass like shine. Not all guitars use it but a lot do so it's worth being aware of. If your guitar doesn't have a nitrocellulose lacquer finish then you are completely fine with foam but if it does, or if you are unsure then I would suggest getting a hanger without foam.
- I would recommend never getting a hanger without two or more screws to attach it to the wall. I would also make sure the screws are of a decent length to ensure they attach to the wall well. If you’re getting a cheaper hanger it may be worth getting some longer screws if the ones supplied are a bit short.
Tell Tale Signs Of A Poor Quality Guitar Hanger
Short screws supplied to hold the base to the wall or very little tread holding hanger to the base. Both of these can mean the hanger is more likely to come apart and drop your guitar. I would also look at the yoke (head) as this can be too wide on some designs so your guitar can end up hanging by its tuning pegs/machine heads, rather than the wood of the head itself. This can at best cause your guitar to loose tune or at worst damage the machine heads
Mounting on the Wall
They do require some basic DIY skills and drill to fit but this is quite straight forwards and secure once fitted. I will write an article in more detail on this later but for now I would recommend ensuring you are drilling into a solid wall (brick for example) or if its drywall make sure you are drilling into a timber stud or joist. I would also recommend not hanging your guitar on a wall that touches the outside or is near a source of heat such as a radiator, heater, or boiler. For more information on how temperature and humidity can affect your guitar read here.
One concern that some people have is that the guitar may swing and bang against the wall. In my experience this rarely happens however should you be concerned you can get a wall bumper which can easily secure the wall to absorb any impact and stop the possibility of the guitar getting knocked that way. Some hangers also come with locking mechanisms or stoppers at the end of the yoke to further hold the guitar in place so it can't get knocked off the wall.
To avoid confusion wall hangers have lots of different names from hooks, mounts and brackets. The advice here is appropriate for all of them and the most important one is to get the right one for you (rather than the name). I hope this article has helped you do this.