Introduction: DIY Pvc Multiple Guitar Stand

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A simple and cheap stand for one or more guitars. Takes maybe two hours to build.
Mod is based on imarunner2's pvc bike rack.

Step 1: Parts List

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This is a 4 guitar version.
I bought two 10 foot 3/4 inch pvc pipes and had them cut in half at the store.
11 3/4 "T" connectors
6 elbows
5 caps
2 sections of self adhesive insulating pipe foam.
Pictured is my dog wondering if the foam is edible.

Step 2: Measure Twice Cut Many

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Height is 32 inches. Width is 27 inches. Front/back is 32 inches.
I started by building the base first. I used 4 elbows on the ends to give it a slight off the floor elevation. Here is an example pic the one side of the base. I've dry-fitted the rubber insulation foam. This is where the lower bout of the guitars will rest.

Step 3: Assembled

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Pretty easy to make. I used a metal saw and a dremel to cut throught the plasic. If you use a dremel have good ventilation as the melted plastic stinks. The caps go on the end of the teeth.
The rubber foam is very cheap-less than $5 for 6 feet. It has two self adhesive strips on both sides of the slit. It is very sicky so care is needed when doing the final fit. I used PVC cement on the top elbow joints-didn't want to risk it popping apart and dropping the guitars. I measured for 6 inches between the teeth for the archtops and 4 inches for the other two slots.
One improvement you should consider is adding a cross support halfway up the back. The unit is fairly sturdy now but does have a little sideways looseness.
Whitman still can't figure out if this is food, a toy, or what...

Step 4: Done and in Use!

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I'm happy with the results. It saves space and I no longer need multiple single guitar stands.
Here you see my Ibanez, Heritage 575, Hagstrom Swede, and National Delphi filling it up. (yes they're all left handed)

Total cost was less than 30 dollars. Similiarly manufactered items go for $50 to $100 in music shops.


isarraff (author)2016-10-14

Great job you guys.
now has anyone solved the flying V guitar mistery?
how to get one on these type of stands?

wazevedo2 (author)2016-04-22

do you guys glue the parts?

RaghavendraS6 (author)wazevedo22016-05-07

I got glue but it was stable enough just being fitted. So I didn't.

RaghavendraS6 made it! (author)2016-05-07

I made it! Haven't glued the pieces together, its only fitted at this point, and also painted.

RaghavendraS6 made it! (author)2016-04-03

Almost done.

Have only 4 instead of 5 neck rests. I think I can work with it. Planning to paint it and then cement all the fittings.

Any comments are welcome...

RickM7 (author)2015-03-13

Has anyone bothered to research the typical foam being used in this design to see if it might react with guitar finishes, particularly lacquer, and ruin them? Foam products are manufactured with different types of plasticizers, many of which will eat into a variety of other materials when in close proximity and under pressure. If the wrong foam is used here, the ultimate cost will be way, way more than the thriftiness that everyone is so excited about here.

DerekH20 (author)RickM72016-03-27

Felt instead of foam works great too!

santamanuela (author)2015-01-30

Awesome man, exactly what I was looking for. Thanks so much, what a brilliant idea :)

Connorb7324 (author)2014-07-18

hi! i am planning on making this but i also know that pvc can be flimsy. on the peice that sticks up vertically does it bend when you put the guitars in it?

3pra1 (author)2014-02-16

Yes, I made It! Thank you!

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alex125 (author)2013-05-19

Have not asked him about termites yet which we certainly have around here(Spain). It is about time the tech boys came up with a material that bugs don't like. Thanks to all Gatwick Car Parking

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LOLRECONLOL (author)2012-07-16

How much did this cost everyone? Priced it at a local store, and it was already around $30 before I even got to looking at the connectors..

GuerrillaGator (author)2012-01-15

That's a pretty cool use of PVC, I like it. I just made a case rack too, and decided on wood. It cost $11 in 2x4's and came out pretty nice.

jyanes (author)GuerrillaGator2012-04-25

Hello guerrillagator, could you provide the diagram or the various measurements you used to make the rack? I like the simple idea and want to make one of my own. Thanks!

GuerrillaGator (author)jyanes2012-04-26

The 2x4's on the floor are 2' long, and the vertical boards are 4' if I remember right. The diagonals we didn't measure, we just held them up in position after screwing the vertical and floor pieces together, and penciled in where the cuts should be to fit (the vertical pieces are cut diagonally). And for the cross pieces we just lined up all his cases and measured how long they needed to be to fit them all. Hope that helps.

ozboz7 (author)2012-01-03

hey man, brilliant instructable - I'm using it for GCSE work :D one problem i have is i'm not sure if the T connectors are the same in the UK & US, in the UK i think there is a little lip on the inside, preventing me from inserting the whole pipe through? if anyone could give me lengths between the T connectors it would be a huge help to me, I have limited resources because the parts cost around £45 to buy here, and I don't wanna screw up my work by cutting it short. If anyone can help me - thank you so much, you saved my ass :)

ryates1 (author)2011-12-04

Here's a picture of my 9 guitar rack. I added caps for feet so it has a little more clearance, and added a center strengthening section and feet. Spraying it black was a great idea I saw on here - people are surprised when I tell them what it's constructed from. Total cost, about $40. The best thing I bought was a PVC Pipe Cutter (about $10) which made cutting all the pieces really quick, easy and clean.

CanGooner (author)2007-05-20

What a great idea! I don't have the fancy corner foam pieces yet, but it is working very well. I added another cross piece at the back and some snazzy red paint to mine, and made it a little wider with wider spaces to fit acoustics. . The only problem is that now I obviously need another guitar. :) Here's a 'should have known better' tip if you are going to paint yours - don't forget the primer!! I already have a couple of bits rubbed off. Ah well.

hoonflap (author)CanGooner2011-05-18

i too am making this for mainly acoustics. what distance did you use between pegs? i know the original used 6" for the arch tops, so i figured acoustics would be a little more, ~8" or so.

CanGooner (author)hoonflap2011-05-18

I'm not really sure. I moved across the country a while ago, but my stand didn't come with me (yet). You could always try experimenting with different lengths, dry-fitting the pieces together (i.e. no glue) to see how it works. Start at 8" or even 9" and reduce the length until it looks like it will work.

Good luck

kmsewell (author)CanGooner2009-03-24

Saw that you made your Les Paul. My son would like to know where you got the kit to make it? He is also going to make a stand like yours. Thanks for sharing your plans.

CanGooner (author)kmsewell2009-03-24

Glad to be of help!

The kit is made by a company called saga - here is a link to their page - but I bought mine on ebay. The quality was better than I expected although one day when I have time and $ I will update some of the components. It comes unfinished and so I kept the natural look with some clear spray lacquer and it looks pretty good!

Have fun!

Metal4God (author)CanGooner2007-10-27

is that the saga les paul copy if so how does it sound and how easy was it to build?

CanGooner (author)Metal4God2007-10-27

Good eye! That is the Saga. It was an absolute piece of cake to build. I am a fairly good woodworker, but really did not have to call on any particular skills in the build. Everything went together snugly and easily. I added a clear satin finish to it, and waiting for that finish to dry before assembly was by far the longest part of the whole process.

Components are obviously not top drawer quality, but considering the price, what do you expect? As for sound, *it* sounds great. The problem here isn't the guitar but the player. :)

As for whether I'm satisfied with it - I'll be getting one of their tele kits one day soon.

Metal4God (author)CanGooner2007-10-27

well what gave it two me is the les paul isn't just a wood finshesd BTW if i do get mine I'm gonna paint it and if I had the money I would get EMG pickups like what Zakk uses! and paint it white (or yellow ) and black EHV style! how does it play? and can you post a video?

CanGooner (author)Metal4God2007-10-27

Sorry man, what I said about me being the problem with the guitar's sound was just brutally honest, and that is a particular kind of public humiliation to which I shall not submit myself! Well, that and a general lack of video recording devices... As for how it plays, please understand that I have a grand total of bugger all experience playing electrics. But it feels pretty good to me: good action, no buzzing. It doesn't sound or feel like a Gibson or Epiphone, but considering I paid about $75 on ebay for it, I'm not complaining.

Metal4God (author)CanGooner2007-10-27

what $75 you must be crazy i saw it for 50 shipping and $155

CanGooner (author)Metal4God2007-10-28

Ah, the importance of proofreading... I got a good deal, but not quite that good: I paid $175 all-in, not $75

Metal4God (author)CanGooner2007-10-28

ok you freaked me out i mean you said (and I copied and pasted it!) but considering I paid about $75 on ebay for it, I'm not complaining.

Metal4God (author)CanGooner2007-10-28

and guitars are the second most important (God's first)thing in my life! thats why I have a good eye!

scottytoronto (author)2011-03-25

You need two pvc couplings to join the 2 long u shaped base peices as well,I forgot to mentiion.

scottytoronto (author)2010-08-16

Hey DIY maf's! Almost finished my Warwick style futon frame stand,only costed 20 bucks in hardware,and holds 14 maf'n guitars! It even folds like a Warwick! lol check it out! xD :

hey that looks amazing! can you please send me the instructions? I would like to build one for 2 acoutstics and 6 electrics. How much did it cost to build it? Thank you!

I think it was about 25$ for the hardware (joining brackets,bolts,wingnuts so it folds,washers,foam insulation, etc.) and the frame itself was found in the neighbours trash! Thanks for the kudos! xD

I don't exactly have a blueprint for this,I did it all in my head from examining and cutting up an old metal futon you need are a workbench to clamp the poles and a reciprocating saw with metal blades(and motor oil for cooling the blades) Way cheaper and stronger then all that pvc b.s. too.Thank you for the kind words! :)

behnkebb (author)2011-02-25

Here is a three guitar version I built last night. Just connected three individual stands together. Shortened the upright a bit seemed to work better.

izatrini4eva (author)2011-02-08

how would i make this so i can lean my guitar back on an angle? like this

poulw (author)izatrini4eva2011-02-09

I don't know if that's possible- most PVC fittings are either 45 or 90 degree angles

izatrini4eva (author)2011-02-07

how much tube do u think i will need for 1-2guitars?

mrschneeebly (author)2010-12-11

Awesome instructable man, I spent about $16 on it and it took no time at all. I'm really glad I came across this guide.

violetkitty (author)2010-10-28

i made one and it came out great and it was soo cheap

scottytoronto (author)2010-08-01

For all you DIY guitar standers needing a life and low on cash,,you can also engineer a huge maf'n Warwick style rockstand from an old black metal futon frame that holds 14 guitars.Or it can be made into two 7 guitar stands etc.,whatever suits your needs. These useless old pieces of crap can be given another lease on life and are found lying around free almost everywhere on garbage collection days,or at the end of the month when people are moving. Save the plumbing parts for plumbing,this baby only needs two 1" couplers! Tools needed: Reciprocating saw, with metal blades,angle grinder power drill with metal bits,and an imagination. I'll post mine here when I'm done ;)

ghostrider2 (author)2010-07-24

what. no gibson?

lectric_bill (author)2010-02-22

Man i thought this was gonna be cheap... but now i gotta buy a dog :(

 haha, funny :P

pro_drummer247 (author)2010-04-29

Awesome instructions.
Got most of the parts free cuz of my dad and this stand was fun to do.

scottytoronto (author)2010-03-18

Finished my clothes garment guitar rack.Parts needed for a 6 slot rack:

1- garment rack "home maid" brand model MPG4068X0- $16 dollars (sale
priced at Canadian Tire).
2- 5ft length pvc 3/4" tubing- $6 (Canadian Tire)
3- 5 3/4" pvc tees,slip on- $5
4- 2 3/4" pvc elbows- $2
5- 5 3/4" pvc pipe caps -$4 (not really necessary)
6- 1 double length 1/2" pipe foam insulation- $1 (Canadian Tire)
7- 2 double lengths 3/4" pipe foam insulation- $2 (Canadian Tire)
8- contact cement- $1 (dollar store)


1-7/8"  wood spade drill bit to bore the 5 3/4" pvc tees to fit across 3/4" steel tube included in the garment rack.
2-reciprocating saw or other to cut 3/4" pvc pipe into desired sections.I cut 7 sections x 4.5" to offset the upper section of the unit and provide the guitar pegs,as well as provide plenty of wall clearance.The included hardware of the garment rack(2 peices) provide the elbows for the steel tubes (stand peice).

Note: You may want to cut the top knob part of the garment rack elbows off and cap them with the included hardware,unless you wish the unit to double as something to hang clothes on(with another section of 3/4" pvc pipe and 2 more elbows) lol. 


Pros:  Looks good, rock solid being made out of steel tubing mostly,comes apart easy for transport,and I like that it's on casters.

Cons: Cost  $37 to build,for $24 dollars more I could have bought a Warwick 5 slot Rockstand,except the stores likely don't stock them unless on special order, and I don't feel like waiting. Could have done without the 5 pipe caps,oh well.

Dereck Johnsen (author)2009-10-16

Mhh nice idea, I'm planning to build one my own! But I think I need to change the design a litlle bit, because I need more space for my dean and it needs a thing where I can put a V shaped guitarbody on to.
Got some idea's?? I could use some help!

Greets Dereck!

Sorry if you got problems reading my comments, I'm from the Netherlands and my engels isn't so good...

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