From beginners with one guitar to blues lawyers with a music room full of classics, everyone needs a place to put a guitar.
Here at KGR we’re big fans of hanging them on the wall – this way your guitar is always there to remind you to practice. It’s also super helpful to have a guitar at hand when inspiration strikes, as opposed to having to go open cases.
To prepare this article, we got the whole team on a zoom call and talked through the guitar wall hangers that we own and like (and had a good laugh at the ones we hate) and came up with this list of what we think is the best guitar wall hanger for every situation.
If you need to conserve floor space, or have kids running around that will knock a guitar off a floor stand, a hanger is the way to go – and these are our top choices.
- Our Top 3 Picks for best guitar wall mount or wall hanger
- Best All-Round Wall Mount or Wall Hanger for Guitar
- Best Budget Wall Hanger for Guitar
- Editor’s Choice
- Other Good Options for Guitar Wall Mounts in 2021 w/ reviews
- Guitar Wall Mount Hanger Buyer’s Guide
- Killer Guitar Rigs FAQ
- The Final Word
Our Top 3 Picks for best guitar wall mount or wall hanger
Our top recommendation is the Hercules GSP38WBK Plus – a sturdy hanger that can accommodate any kind of guitar. We felt it had the best construction quality and a trustworthy locking mechanism to guarantee the safety of your guitar. This is a no-brainer for Gibson guitar owners because it proudly claims to be nitrocellulose safe i.e. it will not cause any issues with the guitar finish.
If you are looking for something functional and cheap (but reliable), you can opt for the no-frills WOGOD Guitar Hanger – it is steady, sturdy, reliable and gets the job done at half the price. For a little more money, you can opt for the Gator Frameworks wall hangers, which are ideal for matching to your room décor as they have the most finish options among our list.
On the other hand, if you want to step outside the conventional stuff, the Bikoney Wall Hanger w/ Shelf is a fantastic option. It is a hardwood wall mount with 3 brass hooks, a shelf and a plectrum holder to keep you tidy and organized.
Best All-Round Wall Mount or Wall Hanger for Guitar
- Excellent Adjustable Design
- AGS – Auto Grip System
- Easy to install
- Durable construction
- Best All Round Guitar Wall Mount
After extensive research and real-life testing, our team unanimously agreed that the GSP38WBK Plus is the top guitar wall mount or wall hanger in 2021. It offers the best mix of functionality, protection, durability and design. The main reasons for this selection are the reliable AGS locking mechanism, excellent design and load-bearing capacity.
Unlike most guitar wall hangers we encountered, this isn’t another run of the mill V-fork that uses the curvature of the yoke to seat the bulge of the headstock to hold a guitar in place. The auto grip design has two locking tabs that lock up when you place your guitar and unlock as you lift it up. This eliminates all concerns about your favorite guitar being accidentally knocked off or damaged.
The high-quality foam padding is nitrocellulose-safe and protects the neck and headstock from damage or scratches. It can be angled or adjusted and handles asymmetrical shapes with equal ease. It is sturdy enough to handle a 5-string Fender Precision bass without showing any signs of stress.
The product ships with three drywall anchors and screws. You simply need to place the stand against the wall and mark the spot where the screws go in with a pencil. We had no trouble installing the guitar wall mount with the help of a screwdriver and ¼-inch drill bit.
Verdict: The GSP38WBK is our top recommendation for the best guitar wall hanger. The well-functioning auto swivel yoke, thick foam padding, and the added protection of the auto grip design provide a lot of value despite the relatively higher price.
Best Budget Wall Hanger for Guitar
- Simple and reliable design
- Best No-frills option
- Safe and secure fit for all guitars
- High quality foam padding
- Includes 4 picks and a keychain
- Affordable product with good value
This WOGOD stand, which would have otherwise flown under the radar, caught our attention because of its online popularity. At the time of this review, it was the top Amazon Choice for a guitar wall hanger with 1k+ five star reviews. On further investigation, we can testify that it is a surprisingly high-quality wall hanger with some extra goodies.
For around $8, you get a guitar wall mount with four guitar picks and a ‘pick-pouch keychain’. The product also ships with wall anchors and screws. The easy installation process takes less than ten minutes.
The yoke arms are covered with a thick layer of foam padding that will ensure that there are no scratches on the finish of your guitar neck. In terms of security, this obviously can’t provide the same level of safety as a locking mechanism. However, the curve on the yoke extension is deep enough to ensure reliable storage.
The construction is great for the price and it can handle up to 20lbs of weight without flinching. On the downside, this wall hanger provides less clearance from the wall compared to other products. Nevertheless, you can remedy this by sticking a few strips of foam on the wall; parallel to where the guitar body hangs to ensure that it does not bang against the wall when you place it precariously.
Verdict: The WOGOD guitar wall hanger is the best budget option on the current market that is backed by thousands of content customer reviews. The product makes no extraordinary claims; it just delivers a reliable and sturdy wall hanger with a plectrum goody bag for a very reasonable price.
- Unique all in one design
- Hand painted solid wood
- Classy design w/ functionality
- High value for money
- Lifetime Warranty
Rating: 4.25 / 5
The Bikoney guitar wall hanger (and shelf) is a refreshing alternative to the swivel yoke design. It is handcrafted from solid Paulownia wood that is renowned for good bending resistance and durability. The well-balanced construction holds the instrument securely and can handle 22lbs of weight.
The top shelf parapet has a 3×220 mm long notch to store your guitar picks or thumb picks and below that you get a 3.25 x 9.5 inch shelf which is ideal for putting a capo or clip-on tuners. The three brass hooks are ideal to hang your guitar strap or cables.
The curvature on the wood is sufficient to hold the guitar reliably in place while maintaining a reasonable distance from the wall. The product ships with all three bronze hooks preinstalled along with the hardware necessary for installation, including a screwdriver.
The holder surface is layered with thick flannel to prevent scratches on the headstock. The flannel is soft enough to cradle the headstock but it may still lead to scruffs and scratches over time. However, you can remedy this easily with some DIY foam installation after you buy it.
This is a great option for people looking for something multi-purpose and beyond the mundane. You can also choose between six different finishes, from vintage white or vintage black to weathered walnut.
Verdict: We gladly recommend the Bikoney wall hanger because the shelf is spacious, the design is functional, the material is durable and, despite the $21 or so price tag, the product-to-cost ratio is high.
Other Good Options for Guitar Wall Mounts in 2021 w/ reviews
- 5 adjustable hangers
- Slatwall rail with end claps
- Ideals for guitar shops and collectors
- Handcrafted in USA
- Lifetime warranty
For those of us who believe that there is no such thing as too many guitars, the String Swing Guitar Keeper Bundle is a reliable and cost-effective way to store your prized collection. It is a safe and sturdy solution to decluttering a room and offers several adjustable options to customize your display.
All String Swing products are handmade in the USA with rigorous QA that is evident in the faultless fit, finish, and construction. The SW5RL-C-K is no exception. It looks elegant, feels durable and includes a lifetime structural warranty.
The base of this product includes a sturdy aluminum slatwall and two end clips, powder-coated with a copper finish. It has two rails with multiple studs where you can slide in the five hangers and seal them in with five slatwall clips.
Each hanger has a seven-inch arm length that provides sufficient clearance from the wall. You can slide each arm along the rail to create the ideal distance between guitars. Moreover, the two-inch adjustable swivel can be adjusted to make every guitar face forward, right or left.
Each arm has a robust yoke with first-rate foam padding to protect the guitar finish from scratches and scruffs. The curvature on the yoke is deep enough to provide safety against slippage and the pivot makes it ideal for asymmetrical headstocks.
The item ships with all the essential mounting hardware and can be installed in a matter of minutes. If you need additional hangers, you can purchase the BCC03RL-3K on Amazon to add more guitars for display.
Verdict: If you’re looking to hang several guitars in your collection from the wall, the String Swing Keeper Bundle is the way to go. Normally you would expect a US built multi-hanger of this quality to cost over $200, but String Swing managed to knock it out of the park for a fraction of the price.
- Rubber swivel yoke for firm grip and cradling
- Dapper decorative wall plates
- Available in multiple finishes
- Safe for Polyurethane finish
- Finish Option: Cherry, Black, Mahogany, Maple and Satin Chrome
Known for their guitar cases, Gator also makes a range of simple but super functional wall hangers that come in a wide range of finish options.
While most companies fail to venture beyond the all-black or black/wood design, many of us hanker for a stand that matches the room décor. Gator Frameworks has the perfect solution to hanging a guitar stylishly and securely in your home, studio or office.
In practice the hanger feels as deep as the others in this round up, if not better. The arm distance and the foam padding provide a safe and snug fit for all types of guitars. The overall construction and immaculate finish add a lot of value to the product as well.
The swivel yoke can support angled headstocks like the Telecaster. A slight nudge or knock won’t bang the back of your guitar against the wall because the yoke extension provides ample clearance for electric and acoustic guitars.
Unlike other products on this list, the decorative wall plate of Gator Frameworks conceals the mounting hardware. This touch of minimalism gives it a chic and elegant look. You also have the option to choose between the cherry, black, mahogany, maple and satin chrome base plate.
Verdict: The Gator Frameworks wall hanger is affordable, sturdy, reliable and straightforward. The installation barely takes ten minutes and the product can easily withstand the weight of the heaviest bass guitar you own. If you dig the aesthetic, it can follow up with the functionality and promise of a quality product.
- Foam padded yoke extensions
- Solid hardwood base
- Available in light/dark finish
- Easy to install
- Made in USA
The String Swing guitar hanger is made in America and assembled with a solid hardwood base and an adjustable yoke. The wooden base is covered in a lacquer coating and you can choose between a light or dark stain.
The pivoting yoke on the CC01K is one of the key selling points for this product, especially useful for an irregular guitar headstock like the Telecaster.
Like you, we too were concerned about the lack of a locking mechanism in the wall mount. But after rigorous testing, we found that the deep bend in the yoke does a consistent and reliable job of preventing any sliding out or topping over.
The only downside we could find is that it feels a bit too tight for classical guitars. As per the manual, it can handle 15lbs of weight, which ranks lower than a lot of the competition.
The product is built to last and ships with a woodblock, yoke, two screws and two drywall anchors. The instructions in the package are easy to follow and installation can be completed in 10 minutes.
Verdict: At under $15, this is the highest selling guitar wall hanger from String Swing and for good reason. You can save more money if you opt for a 2 pack or 3 pack of the same product. It offers a secure storage option with functionality and rock-solid construction.
- One-piece horizontal guitar wall mount
- Available in narrow and standard profile
- Sturdy construction and snug fit
- Alternate design to conventional product
- Made in USA
Unlike the typical vertical wall hangers on the market, the CC151 is a flat wall mount with a horizontal profile. This one-piece unit consists of a base plate and an adjustable hanger rod with two hooks – one for the guitar body and the other for the neck. The base plate and rod are powder-coated steel with a black finish.
You can adjust the angle of the connecting rod to hang your guitar at an angle of your choice. This product is available with a narrow profile that is ideal for electric guitars or narrow body guitars and a standard profile that will work well for an acoustic.
While it is a very different approach to hanging the guitar on the wall, it does not seem necessary. There is no added benefit of doing it this way. If anything, our review team agrees that it is purely an aesthetic choice, with no added functionality.
It takes longer to place the guitar and remove it than it would with a regular yoke-style wall mount. And, quite frankly, many people are likely to not find any visual appeal in the wall hanger without a guitar in it.
On the plus side, the sideways rest prevents the guitar from swaying or swinging with the wind and makes it impervious to being knocked against the wall. Both the hooks have sufficient protective padding that is gentle on the instrument without compromising on support.
Verdict: We can’t fault the construction, durability, or finish of the string swing horizontal hanger. Although, it does cost twice as much as most other products on this list. However, since it is our job to inform you of all the top-shelf products out there, we thought it would be important to include the best horizontal guitar hanger on our list.
Guitar Wall Mount Hanger Buyer’s Guide
Here are the salient features of any first-rate guitar wall hanger that you ought to be aware of before you make a purchase:
A Good Grip & Secure Fit
A good guitar wall mount hanger is stable and holds on to your guitar as dutifully as you would. You don’t want to worry about a slight nudge or a slammed door knocking your guitar off the mount and onto the floor of your music room. Nor do you want a gust of wind from the window to make it swing precariously. For these reasons, we have only listed products with reliable locking mechanisms, slip guards or a deep curvature on the yoke in our best wall mounts for guitar list.
Durable & Sturdy Construction
No one should have to keep buying and fitting new wall hangers every few months. Each installation costs more money and may lead to drilling new holes unless you buy the exact same product. And if you are buying the same product over and over again, that doesn’t bode well for the quality. Secondly, the guitar wall hanger has to be sturdy because you will be using it frequently and/or hanging a costly instrument on it. Hence, durability and construction quality were our chief considerations for shortlisting the best guitar wall hangers.
The back of your acoustic or electric guitar neck, right beneath the headstock, will maintain constant contact with the guitar wall mount. Any product you buy should have high quality foam or rubber padding that will respect the satin or lacquer finish on the back of your guitar-neck. Any erosion, discoloration or scruffs will greatly diminish the aesthetics and resale value of your instrument. Our team has ensured that all products in this list are ‘finish-friendly’ products that are gentle on the guitar-neck. Gibson owners should opt for a stand that is nitro-safe or they can wrap the contact points in cotton or felt to preserve the neck/headstock finish.
Killer Guitar Rigs FAQ
How do you install a guitar wall mount?
All guitar wall mounts in our list ship with screws and wall anchors. In the reference image, you can see two screws + two drywall anchors setup and a visual indication of how to install it in the wall.
- Step 1: Place your unit by the wall where you want to install it and make marks for the holes with a pencil. Do not mount the unit on a thin wall or plasterboard. Use concrete walls or wall with a thickness more than that of the screw.
- Step 2: Use a 0.25 (1/4) inch diameter on any drill to make holes to insert the wall anchors. Do not drill with anything that has more than ¼ diameter as it can make the hole too large and the fit will be precarious and wobbly.
- Step 3: Insert the wall anchors into the holes. Place the plate above them and screw the base plate into the wall.
- Step 4: Once the base plate is fit, screw in the guitar mount into the plate tightly.
- Step 5: Gloat over your efforts and brand new guitar wall mount on Instagram and don’t forget to tag us #KGRigs
Are wall mounts bad for guitars?
A good quality wall mount -such as any option on our list -is as sturdy and reliable as a floor stand or storing your guitar in a case. A deep curve in the yoke or a locking mechanism eliminates any safety concerns, and as long as you’re mindful of the stand’s material and your guitar’s material, you won’t run into issues.
Is it okay to hang my guitar on the wall?
The wall mount hangers that are fit properly will remain sturdy and won’t let the back of your guitar touch a wall. This is a good thing because guitar wood can pick up moisture and dirt from the wall once it comes into contact and we most certainly don’t want that to happen.
Is it OK to hang a guitar using a wall mount hanger instead of a floor stand?
Yes absolutely. If you have the space for it (and no kids running around) a floor stand is a good way to keep your guitar at hand, but just go to any music store, look at the number of guitars on wall hangers, and you’ll know they are just as safe as floor stands, maybe even moreso.
The Final Word
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