The Best Guitar Hangers - Our Favorites Reviewed
Whether you are looking to save space or display your guitar, a simple guitar hanger is a great solution. These days they come in all shapes and sizes. Fortunately, there are many options that will satisfy those on a strict budget. Ideally, you will want to store your guitar in a sealed case in a stable environment to prevent any damage due to humidity and temperature changes. However, this method of storage is not always feasible.
Hanging your guitar on the wall has obvious risks. They are exposed to accidental bumps or scrapes and sometimes have the potential to fall off. This is why it is crucial to purchase a guitar hanger that will protect your guitar and reduce any risk of it falling off. We'll cover the main features you will need to consider when picking up your guitar hanger. Our discussion today will hopefully allow you to choose a product that will keep your guitar safe and look great at the same time. Let's get started!
Some hangers you come across will have some limitations regarding the size of neck they are able to accommodate. Most will be able to fit a standard acoustic and electric guitar as well as most bass guitars. However, you may run into issues if you are trying to hang your ukulele or mandolin. Some of the higher quality hangers will use a pivoting hanger mechanism to adapt to every neck and headstock configuration on the market.
If you just have a common headstock shape, you can be confident in buying any of the standard hangers we have provided on out list. If you have an odd shaped headstock, be sure to double check the dimensions of the hanger before you pull the trigger. You can always buy a pivoting hanger to play it safe.
The Importance Of Your Hanger Material
If you're like me, you will be taking your guitar on and off your hanger multiple times per day. You need to have a soft, secure padding material to prevent any scratches or unnecessary wear on your neck and headstock. Even the most basic options will have some form of padding so there are no excuses here. If your guitar is exceptionally heavy, you may want to fork our a little more to ensure your hanger quality is strong enough to carry the heavy loads.
Some of the more budget friendly options will have difficulty holding up a heavy bass guitar if any additional strain is added (say your child trying to swing of the body). It will be a good investment to buy a hanger with a locking feature that prevents it from sliding off anytime the hanger is engaged.
Most hangers will be rated for 20 lbs or above. This will cover most instruments you will come across.
Should I Worry About Safety Features?
There are a few hangers on the market that will prevent your guitar from sliding out when the hanger locking mechanism is engaged. This is accomplished either by having rubber disks acting as barriers, or plastic tabs that turn into place when the guitars weight is applied. At first glance, these safety features may seem redundant. After all, the guitar will be hung safely out of reach.
We'd recommend these options for those who have very valuable guitars. It would only be an additional $10 investment that will help provide you with enough confidence to actually hang your prized guitar on the wall. These hangers are also great for any areas with high foot traffic. Having a locked in guitar will just give you a little extra peace of mind.
How Do I Mount Them To The Wall?
The hangers will typically fasten to the wall using two wood screws. These will either have to be sunk into a stud or into the drywall with inserts. It's absolutely crucial that you use drywall inserts when not drilling into a stud. Most guitar hangers will come with screws and drywall inserts. However, more budget friendly hangers will require you to supply the mounting hardware. Drywall inserts can be purchased at any local hardware store.
Not sure where your studs are? It can be challenging to find your studs without having much experience. You can easily find them using a stud finder (bought at a hardware store) although this will require an additional purchase. You can also ask a friend who is familiar with framing and construction codes to help you determine the location of your studs.
If you are not completely sold on the above guitar hangers, there are plenty of other options available. There are also many do-it-yourself options that can be accomplished with a little hands on experience. If you are looking for an incredibly simple optios, we've seen people hand their guitars using a conventional coat hook and paracord. These can be great projects to do with your kids or take on yourself!