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This guitar stand is based on a number of other stands found on this site. Additions I have made include two back support beams, and extra guitar slot and other minor modifications. Each slot is wide enough for an acoustic and low enough for electrics to rest comfortably.

Total Cost < $20 so cheap and good-looking. I might decide to spray paint it black...

Apologize for some darker pictures...

Step 1: Materials

A. All the cuts of PVC pipe were cut from 3 10' lengths
  1. 2 32" cuts
  2. 2 20.5" cuts
  3. 2 20" cuts
  4. 2 12" cuts
  5. 4 9" cuts
  6. 5 6" cuts
  7. 2 5.5" cuts
  8. 6 5" cuts
  9. 2 3.5" cuts
  10. 4 2" cuts
B. 18 "T" connectors

C. 6 caps

D. 2 3 way connectors? not sure what the formal name for these is...

E. Pips insulation (9 feet was more than enough)

Step 2: Build the Base


The base of the stand is basically a rectangle with a few supports build in to keep is stable with multiple guitars.

The two 32" pipes are for the guitar bodies to rest on and are therefore covered in foam. The elbow connectors on the ends are added stability. For these pieces as well as any others that get foam, connect them without foam and then just measure the foam out based on how much pipe is sticking out of the connector so as not to worry about exact measurements.

The general idea is that the two "T" connectors on the back support will add to the stability of the top, which is my major improvement over the other stands on the site. I tried building one without the supports but it was too flimsy for my taste. The back measurements are, from left to right, 9", 12", and 9", with "T" connectors in between.

With regard to lengths and where to place them, running from top to bottom the measurements of each cut is as follows: 2", 4", 4", 6", and 2". The same is true for the right side. It is clear from the picture which connectors go where. The connectors between the two 4" pieces on each side should face up because that is where the stand will go.

Step 3: Build the Stand

For the stand, on the left and right sides, connect, from top to bottom, a 5.5" cut to a 20" cut with a "T" connector.

The middle section of pipe will connect to the back of the base so assemble it identically. 9" followed by 12" followed by 9" connected by "T" connectors.

For the top, I wanted to have enough space between guitars so large acoustics did not bang into each other and so taking guitars to and from the stand was relatively easy. With the measurements I had already made on the bottom, I had to cut the first section 6", the second, 5", then 6", then 5", then 6", for a little symmetry. As usual, everything is connected with "T" connectors. For this top section everything should have foam as shown in the image. I apologize for missing a full picture of the stand not yet put together. I must have deleted it by accident after finishing it.

Step 4: Connect the Two


This is a really easy step: just insert the stand into the base as shown below.

Finally, insert the 20.5" cuts so they form a back support as shown below.

Step 5: Load Up Some Axes!


Five guitars max, just extend the width of the stand proportionally if you want more, it should still be stable. If needed, add a third diagonal support on the back. Again paint it black for some bad ass factor.
I added a hook for my Dean ML. thanks for the post!
<p>I made it, but for only 3, it worked fine but couldn't find the 3 way pvc ones, instead i bought some more T and elbows and i was kind of the same. I also painted it and it looks amazing! thank you very much you were very helpful but i recognize that without my boyfriend's help it would have been a disaster, i didn't read the instructions tbh. I'll try to upload some pics later</p>
OK! First off, a couple of the parts you used in the final product wern't listed in &quot;materials list&quot;. Secondly, I went to Lowes and Home Depot and couldn't find anything close the the mysterious 3 directional piece that holds the two end neck rests! Also (just as a heads up if you ever post anymore DIY stuff) YOUR INSTRUCTIONS ARE RIDICULOUSLY HARD TO UNDERSTAND!!! Maybe they sounded right to you when you were typing them but they really don't make a whole lot of sense when your reading them and trying to put something together!<br>Also, for the base, you said in your instructions to use 4&quot; pieces on both sides.......WHAT 4&quot; PIECES!!!! Read your Materials List! THEIR NOT THERE!!!! <br>I'm really sorry but for future reference please proof read your posts before posting them, and be a little bit more detail oriented when giving instructions! :)
is PVC glue recommended?
Yes by al means if youd rather your stand stay together once you put 5 guitars on it haha. Primer first then cement it up.
Nice work man! Love it! Any thoughts on making one of these out of metal pipe? It seems to me that PVC could be a bit flimsy for the needs of many gigging musicians. I'm thinking your design could easily be modified to use metal piping though. Looks like a lot of fun, so I might have to give it a try. Come to think of it, a metal version of this would probably benefit from being collapsible in some way... but I digress. This is just a really awesome, simple design. Thanks for sharing!
Metal would make it more stable but heavier as well, so if you wanted it to be collapsible, and therefore portable, I would rather have it made out of a lighter pvc pipe than metal. However, if you're interested in keeping it stationary, metal is definitely a more stable material, though it is not unstable with pvc. Thanks for the input!

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