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PVC Guitar Stand for Guitar Hero and Rock Band

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The Guitar Hero and Rock Band series have given us plenty of music, but they have also given us something else... many plastic guitars in different styles, shapes, and colors. After a while, moving those guitars around all the time gets frustrating and they are always falling over.

After looking through some of the PVC guitar stands here on Instructables I decided to come up with one that had proportions that would fit the game guitars. The best part is that if you have the tools you can make this stand for only around $15.

Before proceeding, a few pieces of advice. First, I recommend dry fitting the entire stand BEFORE gluing it together. PVC cement drys very quickly and if you make a mistake it leaves little time to adjust the parts. Second, when you are ready to glue the stand together make sure you do it in a well ventilated area because the PVC primer and cement give off very strong fumes. Make sure you read all warnings before beginning!
 
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Step 1: Parts List

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Here is what you will need to build this stand:

  • 2 - 10' sections of 1/2" PVC pipe
  • 6 - 1/2" PVC 90-degree connectors
  • 14 - 1/2" PVC end caps (smooth, not threaded)
  • 16 - 1/2" PVC T-connectors
  • PVC primer and cement
  • Some way to cut PVC (hacksaw, miter saw, PVC cutter, etc.)
  • Tape measure or ruler
  • Marker

You should be able to pick up all these items at your local home improvement store. The PVC cement/primer can usually be bought as a set at most home improvement stores. The PVC connectors can be bought individually or in contractor's bags, which will save you a little bit of money.

Step 2: Cut PVC Pipes

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Use the tape measure, marker, and cutter to cut the PVC pipes into the following lengths:

  • 2 - 30" lengths
  • 2 - 18" lengths
  • 10 - 4 1/2" lengths
  • 2 - 4" lengths
  • 4 - 2 1/4" lengths
  • 2 - 1 3/4" lengths
  • 15 - 1 1/2" lengths
skipernicus3 years ago
I made this! It works pretty well, but mine needed one improvement: I added pipe insulation foam on the bottom pipes to keep the guitars from slipping around.

Thanks for this instructable!
conor11486 years ago
i have a stand like this for my three real guitars, it makes life so much easier since regular stands that only hold one guitar take up so much space
I prefer wall hanging because it takes virtually no space, and you canstill view al your guitars easily :D
nc2014fan5 years ago
Great instructions!!! I tweaked mine a bit so it could hang on the wall. Added some paint and clear coat and bam!!! Check out the pics
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Wait? Can't you only play with 2 guitars at a time? Why do you need 5?
btravis72 (author)  nc2014fan5 years ago
I love how you made it look like flames coming up from the bottom. Great job!
jgrills5 years ago
Just built this today. Took me two days - one to cut and assemble, then one to re-cut and assemble with glue.

I had to re-cut pieces as my T and L connectors were obviously of larger dimensions, but I think this looks pretty good. Heaps neater than stacking my 3 (probably soon to be 4) guitars against the couch!

Thanks btravis72
my guitar stand
btravis72 (author)  pirate_monkey5 years ago
Looks great! Glad to help. I think you'll find it is much easier to move them out of the way when company comes over, too.
Once I move into my new place I might build this, lol Rockband and Guitar Hero makes a small mess
Big Bubba5 years ago
cool, 4/5 (i only play guitar hero, but if i had a whole bunch of guitars, i'd make one :D)
would this same invention work for a real guitar...commment on my page if you want to reply plz
Nice idea! I was planning on making something like this, but was just too lazy to. And I don't have much PVC and I know I'm not going to buy any. Great Instructable, I added it to my Guitar Hero Mods group. +5/5 stars. (added to favorites)
Bulletbill6 years ago
great instructable! this really, really helped
Very innovative! You should send this over to them...if there's enough of a demand, they might come out with a series of stands.
RetroTechno6 years ago
Good idea! PVC pipe is second only to duct tape as the most useful stuff ever. Do you think this thing would be sturdy enough to hold actual electric guitars? (You Guitar Hero types remember what those are, right? :-)
btravis72 (author)  RetroTechno6 years ago
There are other Instructables here on the site that do just that! Here is the one I used as inspiration for my scaled-down version.
purduecer6 years ago
A curiosity question: If Guitar Hero/Rock Band require at most 2 guitars...why make a stand that holds 5 or more? Cool idea though, congrats :-)
btravis72 (author)  purduecer6 years ago
Well, three reasons. First, like Noodle93 says, when the games come out sometimes they aren't interchangeable with other versions, so you are forced to buy new guitars. Second, some versions of these games only shipped with a corded guitar. If you buy a wireless controller later you now have two guitars for that game. Third, and this is the main reason I made this stand, is when other people come over to play and bring their guitars. It helps keep the game room uncluttered when you have a bunch of kids taking turns playing these games. :)
Because he's been forced to use all different controllers from all the different games.
Mr. Rig It6 years ago
So cool, I was just about to look for something like this, thanks for the posting.
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