DIY Guitar mounting wall hooks and other inexpensive alternatives
Hold that guitar!
In the WHO film “The Kids are Alright”. There is a scene where John Entwistle walks down the winding stair case of his mansion and you can see there are guitars and basses hanging on the wall all the way down the stairs. I decided it would be nice to hang my guitars on the wall. I have noticed that guitars are always hanging in guitar stores so this has to be OK to do at home. Store bought hooks can be expensive expecially if you own several guitars. So let’s look at some DIY guitar mounting wall hooks.
I had these beveled wooden plaques that I had picked up at a yard sale. So I used them as my base. You could use any rectangular piece of wood. I measured the width of the clip on a typical guitar stand. I decided that the holder arms should be at 45 degrees in relation to the base. This would spread the weight against the wall as opposed to straight down. I decided to use ½ wooden dowels. To protect the guitar, I bought a length of clear plastic tubing to cover the dowels. I used wood glue to secure the dowels to the plaques. The biggest problem was cutting the dowel holes into the plaques at a 45 degrees angle. You can see from the photo that I wasn’t always successful.
Here is one of the wooden plaques that I had and dowel. Any shape can work.I applied a wood stain because I thought it looked better.
I chose to use a spacing of 2.5″ center to center and tested this with several guitars.
Here is it screwed to the wall with a guitar hanging from it. Remember if your wall is made of sheet rock, use anchors for added support.
After a few years using my Red-Neck guitar holders, I decided to upgrade my design. I liked Cait’s idea ( seen below) but when I priced the screw-in wall hooks I was in for a shock. These would cost between $4.60 and $5.75 CDN each.
In my search for a cheaper source I found these. I just ordered a set of two for under $ 6.00 CND with free shipping. I’ll report back on these soon. If you are interested in more details and my sources, please contact me. Contact info is on the HOME page.
Here are some other idea’s
I have completed my latest project using Cait Geddes’ idea. I had a length of dowel with a diameter of about 1.5″. I had problems sourcing those tool hangers. I wasn’t going to pay The Home Depot price of $ 5.75 tax included. I searched several “Dollarama” stores and found some for $1.00 each.
I wasn’t sure of the length to cut so I made some 3″ and some 4″.
Since the dowel is round I had to cut a slice off one side to achieve a flat surface to make it wall mountable.
Having only a hand saw this was a challenge. I used my workmate as a vice and did my best. Next time I’ll have the store do the cuts. I was too lazy to use my drill press so the pilot holes were a bit off.
When drilling holes, always start small and gradually increase your bit size. The final hole for the mounting hook was 5/16th ”
Another trick is to apply a bit of grease to the screws to help them go through the wood with ease. The mounting hook hole was centered on the dowel piece. The screw holes about 1/2″ from the ends.
The mounting blocks were sanded to make the back end flatter and for a more aesthetic appearance. Here is the finalized assembly. All that is left is to install on the wall. If you are installing these in gyprock (drywall,Sheet-rock, whatever you call it) use anchors.
It seems like every guitarist I know has 3 or more guitars, so the multi-rack maybe the way to go. There are a few DIY examples on the web. This one pictured below is not that expensive.
Here is one idea for a DIY stand
There are quite a few other ideas out there.
Now that I live in an apartment space is an issue. We have tackled the guitar hooks and the racks but what about cases. Recently I came across these guys. Guitar Storage . I really like the concept especially the castors.
Before you buy a stand decide if you need one to accommodate both acoustic and electric guitars. Not all the stands on the market do both.
Here is a DIY idea for a multi-guitar stand.