It's a common practice to hang a guitar on the wall.
Typically, they hang
by being hooked under the headstock and left dangling.
The music stores do it to save money and space, but they don't
think in the long term. Their main concern is to move them out
as soon as possible.
In the short term, in a stable environment, there is no problem.
But to you as a guitar owner,
I want to show you why I am offering an alternative to the
common wall hanger.
And why your guitar will be healthier,
if you are not using them.
This can be illustrated with a
At right, I have a strap hinge
hanging in perfect alignment,
because there is no offset
weight attached to it.
With the box attached to
simulate a guitar body and
considering the upper part of the
hinge as the neck, you can see
that the bottom part is forced out
of alignment with the upper part
of the hinge.
In an actual guitar, there would
be no pivot as in a hinge, but the
force is still there being exerted
on the entire neck and body.
|if the guitar continues to be hung?
The truss rod is there to compensate for natural string tension,
not the entire weight of the guitar.
A more damaging result can be the need for a "neck reset".
It could lead to a separation of the neck heal from the body,
but even if it remains tight, there can be enough movement of the wood in the neck joint
or within the body, to cause an instrument to become un-playable.
Perhaps you have sighted down a neck to see it line up with the bottom of the bridge
instead of the top.
It's not likely it was built that way.
If you feel that the construction of guitars are usually strong enough to withstand a little
hanging tension, then consider this.
Guitars are made of wood and wood is flexible. Even the strongest and finest
hardwoods are susceptible to atmospheric changes.
We've all experienced how our guitars go out of tune when there is a change in
Wood will bend if a force is applied to it and every time a piece of wood swells a little
and then shrinks back,
it makes it easier for it to stay bent in that direction.
The amount of movement may barely be measurable, but if the force is constant... the
result will be cumulative.
Something to keep in mind,
unless you like high action guitars.
|The problem involves general physics and the center of gravity.
If the body of a guitar was a sphere and the neck was attached to
it's center, there would be no problem.
But, when gravity pulls on an object whose point of attachment is not
in line with the center of gravity,
you have a force being exerted toward that center line.
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|The Wall Stand
A guitar stand for the wall.
A safe and secure way to display
a guitar worth keeping.
|One of these solid wood guitar stands would make a fine addition to any guitar collectors display, or an excellent one of a kind gift for the discriminating guitar owner.
You will now find banjo stands and mandolin stands, also handcrafted from beautiful solid hardwoods.
All my stands are designed to provide a safe and attractive place to conveniently display your finest instruments.
You won't find a better guitar stand anywhere else.
If you would like one made of any specific wood,
just send me your request and I'll reply with a price.
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