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 dislpay them,
and move them out as soon as possible.
In a short term 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 typical hinge.
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, so the entire guitar will
be pushed forward to re-align the
center of gravity.
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 humidity.
Wood will bend if a force is applied to it, and every time a piece of wood swells a little
and then shrinks back again when it dries out, it's easier for it to stay bent in the
direction that the force is applied.
The amount of movement may barely be measurable, but if the force is constant...
the result will be cumulative.
A 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 difficult to play or even un-playable.
If guitars are displayed in a stable environment where temperature and humidity are at
constant proper levels, there will likely be no or little ill effects from hanging.
But, if you experience changes in humidity and continue to hang a guitar, you will
eventually see changes in the instrument.
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 to naturally re-align
the objects center of gravity..
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|What one perceives, when viewing a hanging guitar, is it's simply balancing on the hanger.
One does not see the force, because it is not as apparent as it is in the hinge example
... but is still present.