How to Hang a Guitar on the Wall
Most guitar necks splay out at the end of the fingerboard to allow room for the tuning pegs, and the splay point is an ideal place from which to hang the instrument. You usually see guitars displayed this way in music stores, and the stores sell hangers for anyone who wants to hang their guitar on the wall in the same way. It's relatively simple for even the novice do-it-yourselfer to make a homemade version of this type of hanger, and because guitars aren't heavy, you can suspend the hanger from conical plastic wall anchors if the wall studs aren't conveniently located.
Cut a 6-inch section from a piece of one-by-four hardwood lumber with a hand saw. Sand the front surface and edges flat with 120-grit sandpaper and round the corners around the perimeter of the front side of the board.
Saw a 1 inch slice from the lumber, turning and cutting it so that it's 4 inch width becomes its length -- which is the width of the larger board you just prepared. Sand the front side of this smaller board and its edges to smooth them, and then position it about an 1 inch down from the top of the larger board so it forms a ledge across the width near the top of the 6-inch long, but roughly 4-inch wide board.
Glue the ledge to the larger board with carpenter's glue. Clamp the two pieces of wood with a C-clamp to hold them together while the glue sets. The purpose of the ledge is to separate the neck of the guitar from the hanger. The smaller board is glued to the larger board so that the 4-inch length of the smaller board fits the 4-inch width of the larger board. Allow the glue to dry and cure about 24 hours before removing the C-clamps.
Measure the width of the neck of the guitar you want to hang at the point at which it transitions to the fingerboard, using a tape measure. You need this measurement to space the dowels that holds the guitar. Add 1/2 inch to this measurement and mark two points on the front of the smaller strip that are this distance apart. Center the marks on the 1-inch tall, roughly 4-inch wide strip of wood previously glued and held with C-clamps.
Drill a 1/4-inch hole through each mark in the smaller strip all the way through the back of the larger board. Hold the drill at an angle relative to the surface of the hanger so that when you drive screws through the holes in the back to secure the dowels, the dowels will have a slight upward tilt to them. When you're done, drill another 1/2-inch hole centered on each smaller hole that is about 3/8 inches deep while holding the drill at the same angle. The larger holes are countersunk to hold the dowels at the proper angle.
Cut two 4-inch pieces from a length of 1/2-inch dowel and sand each piece. Dab glue on the end of a dowel and insert it into one of the 1/2-inch holes to its depth. Repeat for the other dowel. Let the glue set overnight.
Drive a No. 6, 2-inch wood screw through the back of the wood into each dowel, using the 1/4-inch hole as a pilot to guide the screw. When you're done, both dowels will be firmly attached to the front strip of wood slightly angled up.
Sand the entire hanger with 150-grit sandpaper, stain and finish it with a urethane or other chosen finish. If you prefer, you can paint the hanger a solid color.
Wrap each dowel with felt, foam rubber or leather to prevent wood-on-wood contact when you hang the guitar. Glue the material to the wood with carpenter's glue.
Drill a 1/4-inch hole through the top and bottom of the larger piece of wood and secure the hanger to the wall with screws into a stud. It's best to secure the hanger to a stud with 3-inch screws, but if there isn't a stud in the place where you want to hang the guitar, install wall anchors and drive the screws into those.
Things You Will Need
- One-by-four hardwood lumber
- 120- and 150-grit sandpaper
- Carpenter's glue
- 1/2-inch dowel
- 1/4- and 1/2-inch drill bits
- 2 No. 6, 2-inch wood screws
- Felt, foam rubber or leather
- 3-inch wood screws
- Wall anchors (optional)
- You don't have to make the hanger base rectangular. It can be round, oval or whatever other shape you choose.
- The purpose of the 1-by-4 inch strip on the front of the hanger base ensures the guitar pegs sit away from the wall.
- When sanding, staining, finishing or painting the hanger, work in a well-ventilated room with a face mask and gloves.