If there’s one accessory you shouldn’t rush into buying or cheapen out on, it’s the guitar wall hanger. After all, you’ll be trusting it with one of the most valuable instruments you own. The last thing you want is to walk in one day only to find a broken guitar on the floor (and possibly a hole in your wall). So, let’s help you find the best wall hanger for your guitar!
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Rather than a simple two-pronged fork on the headstock holder, Hercules went for an automated grip system (AGS). As you put the guitar in place and let it drop, its weight pulls down on a slider. This slider then closes the two wing-like latches, locking them around the guitar’s neck.
This isn’t Hercules’ first AGS wall hanger, though. There was the original GSP38WB, which shared almost all features of the upgraded “Plus” model except for the N.I.N.A. (Narrow Instrument Neck Adjustment). N.I.N.A. is basically two rubbery cushioning attachments that go over the latches to make them thicker. This way, the hanger can accommodate much narrower instruments. Think banjos and mandolins.
The CC01K hanger is a step up from String Swing’s original CC01 model, with its deep cradle design. Thanks to this upgrade, the CC01K can accommodate a wider range of guitars—acoustic or electric. The design is basic, but it does the job nicely and is stable with both stud and drywall mounting.
Levy’s multiple-guitar hanger system features a 45.8” rack with two parallel dents for holding individual yokes. Depending on how large your guitars are, you can space out the yokes and drill through the metal plates. While the company doesn’t provide an exact weight capacity, the hanger can handle up to five guitars.
The load capacity shouldn’t be a major concern here since you’ll have to mount the system to a stud, anyway. You do get stud screws and installation instructions with the set. Still, the mounting could be tricky and time-consuming, considering the number of hole drilling and lining up needed.
The MZB101 is a two-in-one solution: a wall hanger and an ambient lighting source. But it’s not one of those LED lights that change color with a remote control. The three LEDs at the bottom of the base are going to be either red, green, blue, or yellowish-white based on the model you buy. Plus, you’ll need to turn it on/off from the side switch on the plate.
While the base is mostly made of plastic, the swivel post is chrome and sturdy enough to handle your instruments. The cradle is steel as well, but it’s padded with a foam coating. The way the cradle is bent also means that you have to lift the guitar a couple of inches in order to remove it. This makes accidental drops less likely.
Snigjat’s wide V-shaped hook is rated for acoustic, electric, bass, and mandolin guitars. The price point is already low, but the fact this is a two-pack set makes it an even better deal. If you don’t mind limiting your color options, you can also grab this mount in a four-pack for more savings.
For the most part, they’re safe. The downward weight exertion shouldn’t be enough to damage the headstock. But you still need to make sure the mount is padded and swivels to avoid damaging the headstock or the tuning pegs. It would also be wise to keep an eye on the humidity level in the room. Aim for 40–50%.
Not exactly. The compatibility depends on the mount’s maximum load capacity and cradle opening width. Having a swivel hook also helps with asymmetrical instruments. That’s why we focused our top picks on rotating models.
It’s generally safer to mount heavy and valuable objects on vertical studs. Use a stud finder if you need to. However, it’s still possible to mount guitar hangers on drywall. You just need a pair of anchors that you can put your trust into.
We don’t recommend using adhesive strips on regular guitar mounts. A small hanging strip will likely be able to handle 4 pounds or so. That won’t cut it for the average guitar.
If you’re going to install multiple individual hangers on studs, you won’t have to worry too much about the spacing. Usually, studs are spaced around 16” apart, which should be enough in many cases. But you can always skip one stud between hangers.
For drywall mounts, you need to measure each guitar separately and account for a few inches of buffer space. It might be easier to have friends over to hold the guitars on the wall so you can visualize the arrangement.
With a snapping latch and neck adjustments, the new Hercules model is our number one grab-and-go hanger choice. The updated CC01K from String Swing isn’t as innovative but still provides good value for money. We particularly love its soft finish and stripped-down design. If, however, the CC01K is out of your budget, you could consider the Snigjat pack. Design-wise, it’s a close match but with a slightly wider cradle and less premium padding.
No matter which way you go, we hope having your guitar in your sightline will inspire you to pick it up and play more often!
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