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bass suspended by neck/headstock for long periods.....yes or no?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by lomo, Jan 25, 2021.

  1. perfectly fine

    351 vote(s)
  2. suboptimal but no biggie

    31 vote(s)
  3. to be avoided

    21 vote(s)
  4. always suspend carrots by their greens

    30 vote(s)
  1. lomo

    lomo passionate hack Supporting Member

    Apr 15, 2006
    The stand I leave my bass on while it's out of the bag (ie not for long term storage) suspends it from the neck. While stored, my other basses live in gig bags in a closet. A good friend and top shelf, life-longluthier keeps display basses at his shop on wall hangers that support the full weight of each bass at the body/heel, putting no added stress on the neck. Does it matter at all, a little, a lot? Opinions.........
    Last edited: Jan 25, 2021
  2. JIO

    JIO shaken - not stirred Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    The Mission SF/CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
  3. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    I've been hanging them by the neck for years, no troubles so far. Only issue I had would have happened how ever I had it stored - I took the strings off my Ric 4003s/8 for a few years, didn't loosen the truss rods, and it had a pretty good backbow when I strung it up again. The fact that it was hanging by the headstock is irrelevant, I believe.
    Pauly 4001, basspraiser and lomo like this.
  4. Clark Westfield

    Clark Westfield Floyd Pepper is my mentor!

    Jan 30, 2012
    Central Jersey
    No worries hanging instruments by the neck.

    Go to any guitar shop, hanging guitars are everywhere.

    For years!
  5. Tim1


    Sep 9, 2005
    New Zealand
    Similarly, I always used to slightly detune any bass if I was going to store it for a while. Since learned/decided that storing at normal tension is the way to go.
  6. Warpeg


    Jun 20, 2005
    I've had a very large number of basses hanging from wall hangers for over 20 years - not a single issue. Besides, if instrument factories, guitar stores, and even the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland keep their basses hanging on wall hangers regularly, can it really be an issue?
  7. el murdoque

    el murdoque

    Mar 10, 2013
    There is a string tension of over a hundred pounds pulling on the headstock.
    The few ounces of bass guitar don't really matter.
    Avigdor, BlueTalon, Ellery and 7 others like this.
  8. dalkowski

    dalkowski Supporting Member

    May 20, 2009
    Massachusetts USofA
    I'll assume you're using a Hercules GS415B and salute your excellent choice of product.
  9. Bruce Johnson

    Bruce Johnson Commercial User

    Feb 4, 2011
    Fillmore, CA
    Professional Luthier
    No, it doesn't matter. From an engineering viewpoint, the strings being up to tune are normally pulling on the headstock with about 100-150 lbs of force. Hanging the bass by the headstock might reduce that load on the neck by 6-8 lbs.
  10. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Supporting Member

    i voted "perfectly fine."

    TBH: i have no clue except my own experience: i've hung them that way (like a GC would) and have had no issues. they don't hang that way but a few days (weeks, tops) before they're rotated to stands for access/playing...then back to the hook!
    Dubious Aa and B-Mac like this.
  11. 9Thumbs


    Jul 3, 2013
    Near Boston
    Hey, the worst thing that could happen is all your Fenders end up being 35" scale. Maybe then, only the silked part of the E string will wrap around the post.*

    *Don't kick me, I'm joking
  12. JeezyMcNuggles

    JeezyMcNuggles Inactive

    Feb 23, 2018
    Santa Maria, CA
    I suck, but nobody notices
    Yeah, my strings pull at 220.
    lomo likes this.
  13. el murdoque

    el murdoque

    Mar 10, 2013
    My six string exceeds 200 as well, I was not sure on the numbers of a four.
    JeezyMcNuggles likes this.
  14. Clark Westfield

    Clark Westfield Floyd Pepper is my mentor!

    Jan 30, 2012
    Central Jersey
    Now I wouldn’t do this with a $3200 bass if it were to cause any damage.

  15. JeezyMcNuggles

    JeezyMcNuggles Inactive

    Feb 23, 2018
    Santa Maria, CA
    I suck, but nobody notices
    I use heavy guages though.
  16. I kept a regular 34" bass suspended for 3 years, now it's a 35". ;)
  17. MF-Winzlow


    Mar 1, 2019
    Cntrl FL
    I have hung all of my basses from wall/neck hangers for many years with no damage to any bass...until last year -2020 go figure. Damage because of falling out of the hanger - not because of the hanger itself. One of my pointy Jackson 3Bs came off of the hanger - and hit me in the head on its way down. It is a retired bass and lives on a hanger over my bed. I now use rubber bands to hold them more securely. Bass and head are doing fine.
    Real Soon and mikewalker like this.
  18. Keith Guitars

    Keith Guitars Commercial User

    Aug 25, 2004
    Woodstock, NY
    Builder: Martin Keith Guitars
    I just had a client ask my this. My opinion is that it's perfectly fine to hang by the headstock - in fact, preferable to leaning the instrument against a wall or corner.

    The only problem that can arise is that some hangers have rubber padding that can react with certain kinds of finish - especially nitro lacquer.
    I've seen many guitars with black marks or chemical 'burns' from this.
    Buy a quality hanger and you should be fine.
    TrustRod, WillieB, Jackass76 and 9 others like this.
  19. Jeff Roller

    Jeff Roller Jeff Roller Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 24, 2007
    Maryville, TN
    I left one on the wall at an angle too long, and now the frets are crooked!

  20. 31HZ

    31HZ Supporting Member

    All of the manufacturers send their guitars to guitar shops with specific instructions to avoid this potentially damaging method of displaying their product, but they all ignore it and do it anyway. ;)
    Last edited: Jan 25, 2021
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