Now that I have a dedicated rehearsal space, I decided that it was time to install wall mounts so my guitars and basses could be more accessible. Over the years I have tried a few different brands, and I feel most secure with Hercules wall hangers.
I have heard arguments before and against keeping guitars hung up instead of storing them in cases. I am convinced that my instruments are not harmed by being stored this way, and as there is limited access to my rehearsal area, I am not too worried about incidental damage occurring.
There are many options out there if you want to buy guitar hangers, and I have even seen arguments from guys on Talkbass that you can buy 99-cent generic hooks at Home Depot that work just as well. More power to them, and when their necks get scratched or discolored, or their guitar falls off the wall I am sure that there will be plenty of solace in the fact that they saved 10 or 15 bucks.
There are a few reasons that I chose the Hercules hangers:
1. The yoke swivels so that guitars, basses or ukuleles hang straight, despite their headstock shape.
2. There are built-in jaws that automatically come down to hold the guitar in place. They instantly pop back up when you lift the guitar to remove it from the hanger.
3.The yokes are covered with specially-formulated foam that is not supposed to react with sensitive finishes.
4. They are sturdy.
Hercules recommends mounting these hangers to a stud, or using proper wall anchors. They include some pretty cheap plastic wall anchors and screws, and had I chosen that route I would have bought nicer ones to use instead. But, I went for the gusto and screwed mine directly into the studs with 2.5-inch screws. These things are not going anywhere.
These Hercules hangers have a list price of $31.95, but I found them online for a little over $20. They are the best and are worth every penny. If you choose to go with something cheaper you are fooling yourself, and don’t come crying to me when your guitar hits the floor.