March 20, 2008

Hanging Your Guitar Controller on the Wall

In order to de-clutter our “boom boom room” where all manner of fake plastic rocking goes on, I wanted to come up with a way to mount the guitars on the wall. The method I found worked great for my Guitar Hero Les Paul model. The same technique should apply to any fake plastic guitar, whether you have a Rock Band Stratocaster, a Guitar Hero Xplorer, SG, or Kramer.

I performed a quick measurement of the Les Paul guitar neck and visited my local hardware store. I found a cheap (I think it was $2 or $3) convenient two pack of these generic “Screw-In Storage Hooks”. The width of the hook is a little over 1 1/2 inch, which is exactly the right size to hold the guitar neck.

hanging guitar - screw in storage hooks

These are of the self-tapping screw-in variety. The walls in that room are drywall, so there’s no way a simple screw will hold any significant weight. Here’s what I did: I screwed them in, then pulled them back out to create a properly sized hole. I then placed a generic plastic hollow-wall screw insert in the hole and tapped it in with a hammer. I then screwed the hook into the plastic insert– perfect!

hanging guitar - storage hook installed in drywall

Now when my friends and I are done fake plastic rocking, we just casually slide our guitar necks into the hook on the wall, like so, and gravity does the rest. The hooks are rated to 15 lbs, and with the drywall plastic insert, they do fine — even with the extra weights I’ve added to my guitars.

hanging guitar - closeup of guitar neck held by storage hook

Hanging your guitars on hooks really cleans up the place, and it’s so easy and simple to do, too!

hanging guitar - shot of guitar on the wall

It does look pretty great, if I do say so myself.

Thanks Jeff

You say “I then placed a generic plastic hollow-wall screw insert in the hole and tapped it in with a hammer.” – perhaps you can link to a picture of what you used there?

Anyhow, I think I can figure it out – just what I needed!

Best,
Martin

Martin CLeaver
May 12, 2010 at 8:06 am

I think what he means is using wall plugs. They are plastic plugs of various sizes depending on the size or screw you are using & differing types depending on the wall type ie: plaster board, brick wall etc.
Been looking for ways to hang our plastic guitars cheaply so thanks for the heads up.

Sonia
June 25, 2010 at 9:05 am

thank you so much! We have like 10 fake plastic guitars that I want to hang in our game room but thought “real” guitar hooks would be too large. This is perfect. Thank you!

...love Maegan
October 24, 2010 at 12:58 pm

Thank you again for this fabulously helpful tip. I used your advice, found the wall mounts & installed them easily …here’s my Rock n’ Roll video game room {where I linked to you } http://www.lovemaegan.com/2010/10/rock-n-roll-video-game-room-for-adults.html

Thanks!

...love Maegan
October 28, 2010 at 12:15 pm

I know it’s been awhile since you posted this, but I used your idea to hang the 5 rockband/guitar hero guitars that we have, which we arranged into a cool “v” formation on the wall behind the couch in our media room. I bought the hooks for, like, 79 cents each at Home Depot and, coincidentally, they happen to be almost the exact same color as our walls, so it looks really slick. Thanks for the idea – all of our friends love it!

Gina
December 28, 2010 at 10:09 pm

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