April 30, 2009

The Axe Claw: Display Your Fake Plastic Axe in Style

About a year ago I came up with a cheap guitar hanging solution to wall mount our fake plastic axes.

I have another extra guitar I wanted to mount next to my desk, in case I wanted to play a quick tune or two on the Mac/PC versions of Guitar Hero III, Guitar Hero: Aerosmith, and (upcoming) Guitar Hero: World Tour. But my old mounting solution lacked that critical Wife Acceptance Factor for indoor use.

I researched a bit and found The Axe Claw.

the-axe-claw

It comes with all the parts you need to mount it to the wall, at least, typical drywall, anyway — two long screws, two drywall reinforcing screw mounts, the wooden plate, and the hanger.

axe-claw-parts

I used the wooden part as a template, screwing the screws into the drywall a tiny bit to get starter marks. Then I just drilled those into marks in the drywall, hammered the drywall screw mounts into the holes, then screwed the wooden plate in flush. The rest is obvious!

axe-claw-mounted

It is a very classy mount, with its wooden base and cool swooping black foam lined arms. It really makes the guitar look awesome. Well, as awesome as a fake plastic guitar can look, anyway:

axe-claw-closeup

axe-claw-distant

It has a nice dramatic shadowbox effect because it hangs the guitar pretty far out from the wall. And it’s very, very sturdy — much sturdier than my old ghetto guitar mount!

I found the best price / availability on the Axe Claw on eBay, but there are also good specialty stores like 7 Ball Music that have them as well.

Oh, and yes, I still think the Guitar Hero World Tour axe is the best fake plastic axe going! All of my guitar mods are on display here:

  1. I added some weights to give the guitars more realistic “heft”. I still say this is one of the best, if not the best “bang for the buck” mod you can do.
  2. I used my white lithium grease crayon to lubricate the buttons. You’d be astonished how much this reduces button noise — easily 50% quiter, and smoother movement as well. I also lubricated the strum hinges while I was in there, but it comes fairly well lubricated out of the box, so that one’s for completionists only.
  3. I used a silver metallic sharpie to add some faux metal flair to the fretboard and pegs. This one is totally easy, and it looks great!
  4. A custom faceplate; I am planning to paint my own faceplates again one of these days, but since we had a baby, I haven’t had time. (and as you have probably noticed by now I haven’t had as much time to devote to my FPR blog too, and I apologize..)
  5. A custom strap, which not only looks way sweeter but is also much more comfortable! Remember that all fake plastic guitars accept regular guitar straps, so your local music shop probably has some nice guitar straps to choose from.

As I always say, if you’re going to fake plastic rock out, you might as well fake plastic rock out in style!

We went with the Hercules GSP38WB guitar mounts. They’re spring loaded, and as the weight of the plastic axe rests on them, the arms swing inward to close off the opening.

Overkill? No such thing for fake plastic rock. :-)

Jeff
May 2, 2009 at 5:49 pm

auto-grab .. cool!!

http://www.ksmusic.com/xcart/product.php?productid=554

Jeff Atwood
May 2, 2009 at 9:12 pm

What I want to know is how you did that SWEEEET artwork on the faceplate? I’ve not seen anything like it before, is it custom?

Davyd
May 5, 2009 at 1:27 pm

No, it isn’t custom, you can buy it here: http://www.redoctane.com/Guitar-Hero/Faceplates

Yukka
May 29, 2009 at 1:24 am

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