Picture of Hanging Guitar Stand
I created this guitar stand as a "under $10" secret santa gift using some leftover plywood and stain.  Most of the actual cost went into the hardware.
Remove these adsRemove these ads by Signing Up

Step 1: Trace and cut upright arm

Picture of Trace and cut upright arm
I used 3/4" leftover plywood for the stand.  Trace out template for upright arm & cut with jigsaw.  The front to back dimensions were approximately 2x the depth of an acoustic guitar.  Height was enough to keep the guitar off the floor from the headstock down.

Step 2: Complete arm cut

Picture of Complete arm cut
Lots of sanding required here!

Step 3: Base cut

Picture of Base cut
I tapered the back so the front is slightly wider.  Front dimension is slightly smaller than the width of the acoustic guitar.  Front to back dimensions are approximately 3x the depth of the guitar.

Step 4: Cut out top to hold guitar

Picture of Cut out top to hold guitar
I free handed this cut, ensuring the inside width was wide enough to hold the headstock of the guitar.

Step 5: Installing mounting bolts - bottom

Picture of Installing mounting bolts - bottom
Holes on the bottom of the upright arm were pre-drilled and tapped with hex drive threaded inserts.

Step 6: Installing mounting bolts - top

Picture of Installing mounting bolts - top
One hole drilled for hex screw thread and one for a dowel to prevent the top from spinning.

Step 7: Drill base holes

Picture of Drill base holes
Three holes drilled on rear center of base to align with arm threads from step #5.  Four holes drilled in each corner for screw on stainless steel feet.

Step 8: Sanding and Stain

Picture of Sanding and Stain
Lots of sanding to get the curves and edges smooth.  Since I used plywood for this construction, I elected to use a dark stain to cover the plywood layers on the edge.

Step 9: Stain and Poly

Picture of Stain and Poly
I stained the sides and top with a honey stain to mimic an acoustic guitar stain.  Four coats of glossy poly were added to finish it off.

Step 10:

Picture of
Metal base feet screwed in & my sharpie inscription on the bottom (this was a secret santa gift).

Step 11: Felt wrap

Picture of Felt wrap
Fully assembled from the top.  I cut and stuck on two felt pieces on the top to protect the finish of the guitar.

Step 12: Completed stand

Picture of Completed stand

Step 13: Completed stand with acoustic guitar

Picture of Completed stand with acoustic guitar

Step 14: Completed stand with acoustic guitar

Picture of Completed stand with acoustic guitar

Step 15: Completed stand with electric guitar

Picture of Completed stand with electric guitar

Step 16: Completed stand with acoustic guitar - side

Picture of Completed stand with acoustic guitar - side

Step 17: Completed stand with acoustic guitar - front

Picture of Completed stand with acoustic guitar - front
SimonB131 month ago

Thanks a million!! This was the perfect gift for my girlfriends birthday!

friger3 years ago
Cool, it reminds me of the product from Take A Stand inc. I've been thinking of making one like this.
cgapay (author)  friger2 years ago
You got it...my original inspiration.
The finished product looks great. But I have to ask...what did you use to cut that plywood? Because it looks like a beaver got ahold of it.
cgapay (author)  The Papier Boy2 years ago
LMAO...a beaver might have been better. I started this late night and I broke my last jigsaw blade so I made due with a circ saw, router and a heavy grit palm sander.
blenderking3 years ago
That's really easy, and looks really nice too. Good Job I'm going to try to make one
creaper33 years ago
it's simply nice.
redskinsjbs3 years ago
Great look and a very simple build! I don't have a guitar to measure from at the moment, but I would like to build a stand as a present. Would you mind giving a few more dimensions than the generalized '2x the depth of the body and at least the height of the guitar so it can hang' ?

Those of use not blessed with a guitar to measure would really appreciate it! Thanks a bunch and keep on building!
I just started building one of these, an average guitar is 4.75 inches at it's thickest and if you gave your self about 39 inches for the height of the upright arm you'd be fine. The widest part of an average guitar is about 15 to 16 inches.
i_am_joey3 years ago
i was about to make stands using plans found here for multiple guitars but then i saw your design and i changed my mind! plywood it is!
duggerpato3 years ago
Great job. I think it looks great, and just made from plywood, impressive.
That is just gorgeous. If my boyfriend and I actually used our guitars, I'd be tempted to make one. :)
JackME3 years ago
Nice one, I really like that, simple and effective. Well done