How damaging might this be?

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  1. Wenander

    Wenander Well-Known Member

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    Sun shines through my livingroom window and hits my guitar.. It doesnt get hot or anything, but maybe in 3 months it might.

    I got the guitar in dec and kept in the hardcase at all times, but people on other forums says thats overkill... Should i just keep it on the other side of the room or something.. Shure looks pretty in the sun and makes me pick it up more..

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    Matthews Guitars Well-Known Member

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    It's going to accelerate the fading of the finish, but many guitars have survived without damage hanging in a store window in full sunlight for a long time without damage so there's no reason that having your guitar out on its stand and getting a few hours of sun a day is going to destroy it.
     
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  3. Wenander

    Wenander Well-Known Member

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    ok nice =)

    and by the way ...... can it actually be good for the guitar, and foremost the neck if it hangs on the wall? cuz one of my other guitars that never been in a case and i just put here and there for years has a bit of a twist in the neck
     
  4. Ken Ops

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    I don’t like the idea of hanging my guitars by their necks. Maybe just seems morbid, haha.

    But anyway, also don’t spend a fortune of gear overall, so eh, perhaps I’m overthinking things.
     
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  5. Wenander

    Wenander Well-Known Member

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    it´s good you dont spend on gear ..... i have stoped doing it.. started selling stuff.....3 guitars and my 2525h have left the past 2 months
     
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    Vinsanitizer . Double Platinum Supporting Member VIP Member

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    I've been preaching that gospel for a decade. You hang a Gibson or an acoustic guitar on a wall hanger, then view it from one side. The built-in angle of the neck-to-body join dictates that in order to maintain equilibrium the weight of the body wants to naturally shift forward, causing the neck to pull at the body joint. This renders the guitar practically useless. Some guitars can handle it for a time, others might not take long. I had it happen to two acoustics and three Gibsons, one of which was a beautiful $3,250 ES-175. The acoustics were both Martins, one was a $4K D-42 - on that guitar I painfully watched it happening over a period of months before I realized what the cause was. If the relative humidity in your area is high, then that increases the chances of this happening. Again, doesn't happen with every guitar, depends on the stability of the wood, but I won't risk hanging any guitar again. They're either in my guitar rack or in their cases, and the cases are never laid flat on their backs, I lean 'em against the wall.
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    Can you post a pic of the damage from hanging the guitar?
     
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    Vinsanitizer . Double Platinum Supporting Member VIP Member

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    Pretty sure I mentioned Gibsons and acoustics and left out Fender copies, specifically citing the neck angle at the body joins and equilibrium and all that.
     
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    Generally speaking, if you are concerned about your guitars appearance it should be in its case when not in use.

    Your LP has a nitro finish, which is more delicate than a poly finish. My wooden floor has a lighter patch, where the sun had been hitting it after one summer.

    Yeah, Mr Vai has his guitars hanging on a wall. But those Jems have a thick poly coat, and he has an army of luthiers checking his axes at the flick of a finger.

    An axe out of its case, will need more maintenance than one stored in its case. LP's usually have more going wrong with them than say Fenders, in my experience.
     
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    Vinsanitizer . Double Platinum Supporting Member VIP Member

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    Are you being serious or sarcastic? (I just wanna make sure I respond appropriately.)
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    Serious, maybe a dumb question...it’s early.
     
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    No pics. Thing is the damage isn't really photographable, it's a warp at the body joint - nothing to really see unless you feel it, hear the frets buzz and measure it.
     
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    Ok, I picture that. Maybe a straight edge could be helpful to determine if hangers are causing problems on my guitars that have been hanging / played for years.
     
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    I have some guitars that absolutely change when hung by their necks, action changes, tuning stability, things like that.
     
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    If you've ever seen a burst with no "burst", thats what happens. The darker colors disappear leaving just the yellow, not really a bad look imo.
     
  17. Biff Maloy

    Biff Maloy Well-Known Member

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    I keep my guitars in cases standing up in a walk in closet. I usually only have out 1 or 2. I've never cared for the wall ornaments thing.
     
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    Just move it out of the suns light and you be fine. Over time sun light will make paint fade away...
     
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    I keep my guitars in their cases.
     
  20. Wenander

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    oh ok very good info....wont ever think about hanging a guitar again then.
     

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