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Hopeful Sinner
06-04-2012, 06:51 PM
Just curious, do you all keep your guitars out on display or in a case when not in use?

Gary M
06-04-2012, 07:17 PM
I have a bunch of "Hercules" wall mount hangers in a "sawtooth" pattern on my wall - I keep the the axes hanging on the wall when in the house. When I take them with me I have stands that I bring along.... My guitars spend very little time in their cases - only when travelling.

Cheers!

Gary

sergiodeblanc
06-04-2012, 09:21 PM
My "beater" is the only one that does not stay in the case, learned my lesson long ago.

JMintzer
06-04-2012, 09:29 PM
Most are hanging from StringSwing hangers on the wall. The acoustics (which are more humidity sensitive), stay in their cases...


Jamie

Daniel
06-04-2012, 09:39 PM
A few on hangers on the wall, the rest in the cases.

RickO
06-04-2012, 09:49 PM
I've got 'em all over the place & in cases. They're not out for display; they're out to be played & knocked over, (I even have guitars in my kitchen).

]-[ @ n $ 0 |v| a T !
06-04-2012, 10:43 PM
If mine aren't being played, they're in the case.

"Owning" them and taking unnecessary risks aren't the same thing to me.

PRSHB2
06-04-2012, 10:52 PM
Mostly out on hangers or in stands. I find I play a lot more that way.

jrw32
06-05-2012, 08:24 AM
In cases in the guitar closet at all times when not being played.

CAFeathers
06-05-2012, 09:26 AM
Mine are hanging on StringSwings or on a stand. I play them more if they are out.

DISTORT6
06-05-2012, 10:09 AM
4 and 5 year old kids = CASE

John Beef
06-05-2012, 10:16 AM
4 and 5 year old kids = CASE
I have a 3 1/2 year old tornado, so mine are up high (she's more interested in the drums anyway!). I have definitely found that I'm more likely to play in general, or try something different as far as tones are concerned, if they're all out.
http://i235.photobucket.com/albums/ee251/johnmfer/IMG_20111110_150148.jpg

wilerty
06-05-2012, 10:53 AM
They hang on the wall on Stringswings ...

iahawk36
06-05-2012, 11:06 AM
My acoustics stay in their cases, but I have 3 wall hangers and regularly rotate electrics on them.

veinbuster
06-05-2012, 11:48 AM
Most of mine are in cases at any one time. I have a small number of oldies hanging in the library. I recently got a couple of humidity controlled display cases for acoustics - more to better manage the humidity than to display them.
I often keep the last few I've played out on stands in the music room and when the stands fill up I put them away and start over.

LSchefman
06-05-2012, 06:31 PM
Mine are always in cases. I love the cases so much, I hang them on the wall with Case Contraptions so that I can look at, and enjoy the beauty of the case design.

As soon as my unpleasant guitar work is done, those guitars go right back in the case, and the case gets hung on the wall so that I can reach for it whenever I need a hug.

There's a rumor that a case should be kept in a case cover, and I heartily agree, but it's hard to find a case cover that's as awesomely cool as the case itself. So, a dilemma. I also collect accordion cases, but they're a little harder to hang on a wall, because they stick out so much.

I would keep all my clothing in suitcases, and hang them on the wall, too, but my wife is already objecting to the accordion cases hanging in our bathroom.

In all seriousness, I do keep them cased, I've found over 45 years of playing that it keeps the guitars in better shape, and more ready to play, with fewer adjustments than if I keep them out.

cjmwrx
06-05-2012, 07:39 PM
On stands/hangers when at home or in use. I have hangers on the wall next to the practice stool. Easier than stands, and always out of tripping range.

To me, the are just instruments. If something happens, it was meant to happen. I got enough other crap to sweat.

http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l632/gibmarsh/P6052670.jpg

Brian Catron
06-05-2012, 07:54 PM
All my electric guitars hang from string swings. My acoustic guitars remain in their cases with humidifiers.

Jet Whitey
06-05-2012, 11:38 PM
All @ Zilmo's house.........:-(

KazJY
06-06-2012, 08:36 AM
For those of you who use String Swings - do you have a problem with the rubber reacting with a nitro finish? cjmwrx, I see you have something wrapped around the rubber, no?

cjmwrx
06-06-2012, 09:35 AM
For those of you who use String Swings - do you have a problem with the rubber reacting with a nitro finish? cjmwrx, I see you have something wrapped around the rubber, no?


Yes, I have had the Hercules stands react with Nitro, so I just wrap them with black cotton from old underwear. :cool:

Faded
06-06-2012, 09:52 AM
Mine stay in the cases, I keep a Squire strat leaning on my dresser next to the bed for those random moments of inspiration.

swede71
06-06-2012, 09:56 AM
All over the place!

tdarian
06-06-2012, 10:50 AM
Arms reach, except for the ME1. The lack of finish on the BRW neck makes it feel slender so it sits in isolation.

JMintzer
06-06-2012, 12:38 PM
For those of you who use String Swings - do you have a problem with the rubber reacting with a nitro finish? cjmwrx, I see you have something wrapped around the rubber, no?

Never with StringSwing, to Off-the-Wall hangers...


Jamie

Boogie
06-06-2012, 01:59 PM
For those of you who use String Swings - do you have a problem with the rubber reacting with a nitro finish? cjmwrx, I see you have something wrapped around the rubber, no?

I had an old stand with latex react with my Cu24 in an odd way. Caused chipping. Otherwise, the StringSwings are great, allowing me to display them in my living room. Err...my wifey let's me display them in the living room, that is. They are all out on stands unless en route to a gig.

-CM-
06-06-2012, 06:12 PM
Rack:

http://i763.photobucket.com/albums/xx275/CMphotographs/Guitars/7-in-rack.jpg

markie
06-07-2012, 12:35 PM
On hangers in my basement....................

tmac65
06-07-2012, 12:46 PM
On Hercules slatwall hangers. If they are all out and easy to grab, they all get played. Before the ones in the cases stayed in the cases and I only played the one that was out. I use the hangers to keep them off the ground due to a dog and kids (more worried about the kids).

ACE
06-07-2012, 01:39 PM
I have 3 electrics and 1 accoustic out at all times. The rest stay nice and safe in their cases.

11top
06-07-2012, 03:30 PM
Cases, display cases, and on the wall:

In my band rehearsal room:
http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c395/11top/DISPLAY%20CASES/GIGGINGGUITARS.jpg

In my office:
http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c395/11top/DISPLAY%20CASES/GUITARSHANGINGINOFFICE004.jpg

In my conference room:
http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c395/11top/DISPLAY%20CASES/GUITARSHANGINGINOFFICE007.jpg

In my coffee table (which is white oak, believe it or not):
http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c395/11top/DISPLAY%20CASES/GUITARTABLE.jpg

In my claro and bastogne bookcases:
http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c395/11top/DISPLAY%20CASES/POINTBESTSIE9-06186.jpg

In clear guitar display cases:
http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c395/11top/DISPLAY%20CASES/GUITARSHANGINGINOFFICE010.jpg

markie
06-07-2012, 03:32 PM
Cases, display cases, and on the wall:

In my band rehearsal room:


And?

11top
06-07-2012, 03:42 PM
And?

And..........even a few on a car:
http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c395/11top/CARS%20AND%20GUITARS/VIPERANDPRS4-10001.jpg

]-[ @ n $ 0 |v| a T !
06-07-2012, 05:44 PM
And..........even a few on a car:
Nice Saturn!

Shawn@PRS
06-07-2012, 05:55 PM
Nice Saturn!

I'm pretty sure that's a Yugo

11top
06-07-2012, 07:02 PM
I'm pretty sure that's a Yugo 200 mph

Fixed it for ya Shawn.

Shawn@PRS
06-07-2012, 08:09 PM
Fixed it for ya Shawn.

Nice ride Stevo! :)

Hopeful Sinner
06-07-2012, 10:56 PM
Steve's are literally ALL OVER THE PLACE...

DavidWann
06-08-2012, 01:31 PM
*******HOLY CRAP****** :)

Jedi
06-08-2012, 01:39 PM
In the cases, I don't like to have to keep adjusting them all the time from changes in temperature and I hate the way strings get when left out.

veinbuster
06-09-2012, 06:23 AM
My wife wants to know who makes Steve's cases.

11top
06-09-2012, 07:11 AM
My wife wants to know who makes Steve's cases.

Well........all the cases except the plastic ones (which I found long ago on EBay) were made by local craftsmen in my town from wood that I supplied. Oh, except for the last guitar stand which was made by Dodge.

The built-in case in my office (Birdseye maple and quilted sepele) was built by Rich Stephens, a local contractor, who is also the bassist in my band.

Mike Duncan
06-09-2012, 01:36 PM
Some in string swings and some in Fender stands.

slowro
06-22-2012, 09:41 AM
I keep mine in a rack nice and safe, apart from when the cat wants to be nosey and walks between them to see whats behind them haha

Aldwyn
06-22-2012, 01:23 PM
All of the above.

I have two hanging from the wall on String Swings(tm), three in a Rockstand(tm) below, and the rest in their cases in the closet.

rugerpc
06-27-2012, 10:22 AM
I used to display everything on wall hangers and stands, both at home and in the office. but a few things convinced me that I should change my ways.

Even minor changes in temperature and humidity can play havoc with any guitar - even solid bodies. I have had necks and fretboards warp, necks dry out and crack, acoustic tops crack and have even had intonation changes and of course, de-tuning.

On top of that is another concern - dust. I found that just keeping the dust off was becoming a full time job. And you know that dust is acidic and will pit ANY finish - no matter how modern or whiz-bang it is.

So, with more than a little trepidation, everything got stored back in its original case. The cases are neatly stacked so that even they don't collect much dust. I'm working on name tags with pics for each case handle so I can find the one I'm looking for more easily as I rotate through them.

The only guitars still out of cases are ones I use as decorations in the office. At home, only one or two solid bodies ever sit out at a time and the acoustics NEVER leave their cases unless they are being played (or fondled) .

prsrocker1988
06-28-2012, 02:44 AM
Mine are all hanging on the wall - every guitar I own in fact.

south89
06-28-2012, 08:08 AM
I don't know but but I just developed some serious guitar envy for 11 top's collection. Very Nice !!! Me myself I have to agree with somebody on this post earlier stating that I keep them all hanging out which makes me want to play more.

Blackbird
06-28-2012, 08:24 AM
I used to display everything on wall hangers and stands, both at home and in the office. but a few things convinced me that I should change my ways.

Even minor changes in temperature and humidity can play havoc with any guitar - even solid bodies. I have had necks and fretboards warp, necks dry out and crack...

I'm curious about the details of those outcomes. What kind of guitar, and how old were they? What kind of neck and fretboard? How long were they hanging for that type of damage to occur? Direct sunlight? Surely you have pics. That would serve as a good deterrent for myself and perhaps others.

rugerpc
06-28-2012, 09:43 AM
I'm curious about the details of those outcomes. What kind of guitar, and how old were they? What kind of neck and fretboard? How long were they hanging for that type of damage to occur? Direct sunlight? Surely you have pics. That would serve as a good deterrent for myself and perhaps others.

I live in Maryland. The environment here is brutal for guitars because of the humidity and heat mostly. In the summer, the humidity is off the hook, and even well insulated and tight houses and offices have a hard time maintaining a good balance. We also suffer horrible low humidity in the Winter.

My office in particular receives traffic. Good for business, bad for the HVAC system.

Every time someone comes or goes, a whole new crop of outside air is added to the current mix. With only1568 square feet, small changes make a difference. The AC is the tool for the summer doing both cooling and a bit of de-humidifying. In the winter, I run THREE humidifiers in the office alone.

Still - minute changes take their toll

The cracked top was on a Taylor 655ce-12 Man, you can't know the heartbreak unless you have had it happen to you1 I did manage to get it rehydrated and am working on reglueing the cracks, but it will never be the same. Amazingly, I can't tell any real difference in the volume or tone. My biggest fear is all that 12 string strain on the bridge. I expect to have it explode one night in it's case... Interestingly enough, a 614ce hanging right next to the 655 for the same time period suffered no ill effects.

The warped neck was on another Taylor, a T5 standard. It got enough movement in the neck that the truss rod almost bottomed out adjusting it back. It has been in it's case since and is slowly recovering with copious hydration. Intonation was affected a little too, with the neck bending a bit towards string 6, the last 3 strings went a bit off especially in the upper frets. That too is returning to normal...

Any time I store a guitar in it's case, especially for PRS, they stay dead nuts in tune. I have taken guitars out after a year in storage and they are still in tune. Anything that sits our, no matter the brand, requires tuning after sitting. some of the cheaper guitars like Samick will go for a week or two (unplayed) before they need tuning. A PRS will go a couple of months (unplayed) before it needs tuning.

So, everything is cased unless being played. I will leave at most 2 solid bodies out at a tie, but only if I am going back and forth between them.

Oh, no direct sunlight or anything like that. But if you have the kind of climate where there are days that you can open the windows, your interior environment is as changeable as the outside. Cases and in case humidifiers are a necessary protection on top of your HVAC, humidifiers and de-humidifiers in your building.

LSchefman
06-28-2012, 11:49 AM
I'm curious about the details of those outcomes. What kind of guitar, and how old were they? What kind of neck and fretboard? How long were they hanging for that type of damage to occur? Direct sunlight? Surely you have pics. That would serve as a good deterrent for myself and perhaps others.

I'm in Michigan. Humid summers, extremely cold and dry winters.

The older the guitar, I've found the fewer problems if it's left out of the case. F'rinstance my '65 SG Special was out for years, because by the time I did that it was over 20 years old and the wood was well-settled.

I've always had a whole-house humidifier, but in winter that maybe gets me to 25-30% RH. Not enough. The RH of the Sahara Desert is often in that range!

So a one year old Taylor W-14 I usually left out in my studio had the finish crack off the entire perimeter of the top due to wood shrinkage one winter. And I mean, a100% gap between the top and the edge binding. I had the back of a Martin crack. The fingerboards shrunk on a couple of Andersons (I mean, the fret ends were so far out they were unplayable), but that was fixed at the luthier's shop. I've had slightly poky fret ends on a PRS, though far less than on the Andersons, and the guitars were playable. Fenders have had problems as bad as the Andersons if left out, including some unexplainable neck warpage. I had the finish crack and literally flake off a new Rickenbacker Tom Petty model in the 90s. All of my guitars that were kept out needed quarterly neck adjustments. Then I read something Bob Taylor wrote about keeping the guitars cased and properly humidified, and I figured since I'm really not into the constant neck adjustments and other issues, I'd try that for a few months.

So about 10-12 years ago, I started keeping them cased, and using a room humidifier to augment my whole-house system. Gosh did that solve problems!

Since then, I've NEVER had a problem, and most importantly (just in terms of convenience because Jack Gretz sets up my guitars and he's far from me), none of my guitars has needed neck adjustments. None has had finish problems. None has had poky fret ends. No finish fading. And I've had lots o' guitars here.

So, for those who aren't into keeping them cased, no worries, do what you do and enjoy them! Whatever works for you is great. Not saying anyone else needs a deterrent, I'm just into having my guitars stay really, really nice.

I've decided that I really like what happens when I keep the guitars cased, and in a humidified room in winter. I do think it's the best way to care for the guitars, and I'm all about maintaining the guitars as best I can. I don't consider them easily replaceable or inexpensive! Wood seems to age best in a constant humidity environment.

What Taylor says is that it's not just the humidity issue; evidently the cases also buffer the temperature fluctuations that take place during a 24 hour period. So the wood and finish are expanding and contracting more slowly. This seems to also be a good thing, though I have nothing but anecdotal evidence of this via my own instruments.

I can say that another benefit of casing them is that they don't get dusty, therefore the pots and switches work without being scratchy and with fewer repairs. Remember that kept out in a house where cooking takes place, the circulation of air via doorways and cold air returns will also put cooking greases into the environment, even with kitchen fans, and this makes the dust kind of sticky, and of course the combination of goo and dust also affects the functioning of the controls. And of course, a cased guitar isn't going to get accidentally dinged, or knocked off its stand by the vacuum cleaner, pets, or little kids. Or dinged by the well meaning guest who takes it off the wall but hits another guitar in the process.

I don't have pics. The bad stuff happened for me in the 90s. Long time ago.