I like to leave my guitars out, otherwise I don't play them. I have a couple of wall hangings and stands all over the place too. Will hanging a guitar from the wall damage it at all? Warp the neck? etc.

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    A guitar that's left in its case and is in excellent shape is a far worse problem than a guitar that's played and loved, but is a little worse for wear because it's left out. You can always rotate which guitars are on the wall and which are in their cases in the closet. Commented Mar 5, 2011 at 17:17
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    Electric or acoustic guitar? I've recently become aware that this makes a huge difference. "Acoustic guitar rooms" in guitar shops are often humidified. Commented Mar 29, 2012 at 15:11

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I doubt it. Every single music store I have ever been in hangs instruments from the headstock. If it caused damage I don't think use of them would be so widespread.


It won't warp the neck. The force of gravity on the neck is much less than the force asserted on the neck by those strings under tension.

I would still not advise long term storage of guitars by hanging them on the wall.

The safest place for your guitar is in its hard shell case.

While hanging on the wall your guitar is far more susceptible to changes in humidity and temperature. And these changes can definitely have an adverse effect on the wood your guitar is made from.

You can also experience finish issues with some nitrocellulose-based finishes when they're left in contact with rubber and foam, such as you might find covering the guitar hanger's hooks, for any period of time. It can discolour the finish and even rub it off the guitar with little effort.

And then there's the accident factor: a guitar hanging on the wall is far more likely to be bumped, banged, knocked, touched, dropped, sneezed on, puked over, drooled on, viewed by potential theives...you get the idea. It's just not wrapped in the layers of protective foam and plywood that a case provides.

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    +1 for the issues with nitrocellulose finishes. I've hung my archtop on the wall for ten years, and over time it's gradually pushed the finish up from the neck/headstock joint, so that the finish has pooled a bit at the base of the headstock, and the top of the neck is a bit bare. I still leave the guitar hanging, though, for exactly the reason Neil mentions above: it's an incentive to play it. Commented Mar 6, 2011 at 15:16
  • I disagree, the force of gravity is still a force and when added with the weight of the guitar and your placing that weight on the headstock then it adds up to quite a bit of force. Force=mass x acceleration. Even if you leave it in a case the neck can still warp, that is if you leave it flat. Either upright or on a floorstand. In the case you can control the humidity better with humidity packs and such.
    – JPM
    Commented Feb 25, 2019 at 18:11
  • @JPM a = 0 here so where does that leave your argument? :)
    – Ian C.
    Commented Feb 25, 2019 at 20:47
  • hah your talking to a Physicist here. Hey slightly misinformed person, a != 0, and F=ma is the basic equation the real equation is F = (Gm1*m2)/dd So do the math on a hanging object. The force on the neck for a 6Kg guitar is roughly 58 Newtons. So condensing the equation its not F=ma its F=mg m=6Kg and g=9.8m/s2, so 6*9.8 = 58 Newtons.
    – JPM
    Commented Feb 26, 2019 at 21:25
  • @JPM note in my answer I never said it wasn't a force, just that it was less than the force from the tension of the strings and therefore negligible in the calculus of answering the question "all the things that will warp a guitar" -- I stand by that and your 58 N number really makes that apparent. Feel free to provide your own answer if you think you have an improvement that can be made. Your comments haven't really brought anything productive to my answer but thanks for sharing!
    – Ian C.
    Commented Feb 28, 2019 at 0:56

It won't except for the effect of weather. But no matter what you do, don't let it lay flat on a surface without supporting the neck.


It'll do less damage than your kid running into the guitar on its floorstand and knocking it over, then falling on your precious instrument.


I'm doing it for many years now, without any problem... except the kids issue mentioned before of course :-)


Left mine in a stand that hung by the headstock when it transitioned to summer it caused a slight twist in the headstock. Gave the truss rod a small twist and it corrected some after a week in its case it's mostly back to where it used to be without any affect on tension and intonation. Be careful.


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