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Where is your guitar when you aren't playing it?

Poll: Where is your guitar kept (48 member(s) have cast votes)

Where is your guitar when you're not playing it?

  1. In the guitar's case. (29 votes [60.42%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 60.42%

  2. On a floor stand. (12 votes [25.00%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 25.00%

  3. Hanging on the wall. (5 votes [10.42%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 10.42%

  4. Leaning against something (amp, pillow). (1 votes [2.08%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 2.08%

  5. Someplace else (1 votes [2.08%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 2.08%

Do you use a cloth to protect the neck/headstock?

  1. Yes (5 votes [10.42%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 10.42%

  2. No (43 votes [89.58%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 89.58%

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#1 User is offline   sbrenn01 

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Posted 22 May 2014 - 09:23 AM

Hi, I'm curious as to how people keep their guitars safe and help keep the necks straight when they're not being played. Here's my opinion:

I hang mine in a climate controlled space, i use guitar cleaning cloths over the hanger's foam padding to prevent marring the finish. I believe hanging guitars encourages one to play them more often, the necks stay straight and there is more air for the guitar to breathe. I'm not big on case storage unless I'm not planning on playing the guitar for a while, or if I'm transporting the guitar.
If I'm storing the guitar I use guitar cleaning cloths where the neck supports touch the neck and detune the guitar so that the strings aren't placing tension on the neck.

I had a really nice Guild D-40 that suffered marring on the neck where the case lining was touching the neck. The neck itself was a bit bowed as well from lying flat on its back. Now if i case a guitar I put a polishing cloth where the neck meets the case.

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Posted 23 May 2014 - 02:18 AM

My answer is kind of two answers. I have a floor stand that i keep my Acoustic Guitar and one of my electrics (usually my Strat) on. My other guitars (including my Les Paul) sit upright in their cases, i also detune the ones in their cases to prevent neck tension.

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Posted 23 May 2014 - 06:12 AM

Electrics hang. Acoustic and bass are on stands mainly b/c there isn't room on the wall for more hangers.

No cloth or anything else. I've never had a problem with pad material vs guitar finish.
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Posted 23 May 2014 - 10:10 AM

When at home, it's in the dedicated case. During rehearsals and gigs, there always are some in nitro-safe guitar stands for fast access.
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Posted 23 May 2014 - 10:46 AM

almost always cased when they are not being used. That's the best place for them to avoid any ugliness happening.

If I'm hanging around on weekends or evenings when I'm using a few of them, I will use hangers or a stand, (and not the cheesy 20 dollar stands with the pitchforks.. those are accidents waiting to happen) and the areas the guitar hangs on are covered to make sure the finish doesn't get damaged.

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Posted 23 May 2014 - 11:06 AM

My Silvertone archtop lives on a wall hanger in my office. The L-7 is on a floor stand in the family room. These are for easy/instant access.

If I'm practicing for an upcoming performance, whatever guitar I'll be using on the gig will be on a floor stand in my studio, usually the L-5. All other stock is in their factory cases, and locked up in a roadcase "vault" in a storeroom.

A couple of people above have mentioned slacking off the strings for storage. This is not a good idea. A guitar neck and neck/body joint is engineered and built for string tension at concert pitch. You have a greater risk of neck damage by the constantly changing tension of tuning/de-tuning, than constant tension (not to mention this is really bad on strings). My L-7 is nearly 70 years old, and I have other 45/55 year old guitars, and they have always been kept in-tune.

De-tuning IS a good idea when shipping a guitar by truck freight or airplane, for you are protecting the neck from "sudden impact".

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Posted 26 May 2014 - 06:45 PM

If it's not being played or about to be played, it's in it's case.....period.

Used to work in a shop and the number of beautiful broken guitars I've seen will make you sick.

No problem with a rehearsal or gig having them on good/safe stands while waiting their turn, but when its over, back in the proper case for storage.

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Posted 31 December 2016 - 10:19 AM

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Posted 01 January 2017 - 08:10 AM

Definitely in the case. I'd really love having 'em standing/hanging all over, but it's a bad idea if there's any possibility of damage. Also, if they're cased it allows more control if you have to contend with children, adult idiots, and pets.

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Posted 21 January 2017 - 11:59 PM

3 of them are on the guitar rack and two are in their cases up right against the wall. Our 2 year old grandson comes over and I don't want him messing with those two as he loves guitars.

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Posted 29 January 2017 - 04:10 PM

All my axes are in floor stands. Never had a problem with the foam cushioning.

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Posted 29 January 2017 - 04:57 PM

In their cases with wet sponges, for heaven's sake. It's 18% humidity out here!
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Posted 31 January 2017 - 06:47 AM

99% of the time they are on Hercules floor stands

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Posted 31 January 2017 - 10:11 AM

View PostCougar, on 29 January 2017 - 04:57 PM, said:

In their cases with wet sponges, for heaven's sake. It's 18% humidity out here!

yep me too.

about the same here! very dry.

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Posted 24 February 2017 - 11:18 PM

I keep my electrics in hard-shell cases. My Seagull acoustic is on a stand so I can grab it and play whenever I get the urge to.
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Posted 28 March 2017 - 06:27 AM

For years I used cases. In closets. So I suffered from a lack of playing time - out of sight, out of mind - when your life gets in the way of things you'd like to be doing instead.
So now, with a dedicated 'music room' - I can keep them hung on an interior wall. I've only got 3 so they fit perfectly in horizontal racks. They're as nice to look at as any wall hanging you could find; and at least one is played every day because they're easy to grab.
I'm more comfortable monitoring and keeping the room in the right range for humidity than trying to do it if their locked away in 3 separate cases. Never had a problem with the 'foam' interacting with the finish.
But, for sure, if I had several guitars - knowing I couldn't get to them all - I'd put them up in their cases backing off 1/2 the tension on the strings.
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Posted 01 April 2017 - 04:02 PM

I have 3 on a 3 way stand for ease of access, and like someone else mentioned, if I put them fully away, I let life get in the way of playing. I do keep two in cases because of pets and other things, but I still drap them out frequently. One has a cracked bridge so it is tagged out for the moment, when I'm done school in three months, I will reward myself by rebuilding it.
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Posted 08 April 2017 - 06:07 AM

Floor stand. She needs to breathe. Reasonably distance from heater/radiator.

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Posted 23 April 2017 - 05:46 PM

If I'm not playing them, they're in their cases. Between sets at a gig, the guitar is in its case. I don't trust stands. Accidents happen.
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Posted 25 April 2017 - 04:41 AM

View PostMissouriPicker, on 23 April 2017 - 05:46 PM, said:

If I'm not playing them, they're in their cases. Between sets at a gig, the guitar is in its case. I don't trust stands. Accidents happen.

ask any luthier... (especially those cheap swiveling pitchfork stands) are the root cause of the lions share of neck repairs they do, then miss handling (like leaning your guitar against a table or amp) and strap accidents follow.

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