Introduction: PVC Guitar Amplifier Stand

Hey guitarists, since our ears are way up in our heads and not on our knees, its better if floor amps projected our music upwards.

Here's a cheap way to make a tilted stand for your guitar amps.

The measurements I made for the stand are for my Vox Cambridge Twin Reverb amp that measures 22.5inches x 9inches x 16inches and weighs 40 lbs.

I'm pretty sure most combo amps will fit on this stand.




Step 1: Materials

Materials needed:

20 feet PVC pipe (I only used 15 feet)
4 pairs of PVC elbow connectors
5 pairs of PVC T-connectors
PVC cement
measuring tape

Step 2: Back and Bottom Support for the Amp and Bottom Frame Layout

I started by measuring supports for the back and bottom of the amp, 15 inches for the back and 9 inches for the bottom.

I then laid out the elbow connectors to see where the bottom frame support will be.

Step 3: Assembling the Middle Part and Getting the Tilt

Connect the bottom and back supports to form a 90-degree L then cut enough connecting pipes to form a length about 24 inches long, with the T-connectors at the end.

Step 4: Adding Front Support and Bottom Frame

Added front supports and started on the bottom frame

Step 5: Bottom Frame and Back Supports

Completed the bottom frame and back support.

Made a minor adjustment to one part, since it became short when the bottom frame got completed.

Step 6: Fabrication and Pre-assembly Completed

All parts fabricated and pre-assembled

Step 7: Glueing Parts Together

Started by glueing together the small parts, mostly one section of PVC with its corresponding T-joint and elbow connector.

I also found it easier to assemble them from right to left.

Step 8: Construction Completed!

FInished at last

Step 9: Testing Phase

After the glue has dried overnight, time to see if it holds up

Comments

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ekarges3rd made it!(author)2015-09-27

PVC doesn't seem very sturdy when it is just pipe, but after you assemble something like this it is very sturdy. I used one for a MESA Boogie Stiletto ACE Combo and it probably weighs close to 80 pounds and it worked fine with it. When the PVC is glued like that it is very sturdy.

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adw311 made it!(author)2014-01-08

I have a modeling amp (gdec 30) and would like to do something like this and add a stand/platform for a 18' laptop to sit around 3' above the amp. How hard do you think that would be to add? Great job.

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superoxy made it!(author)2014-01-08

Maybe you can add upright vertical pieces to the back part of the amp stand (see crude drawing)

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Mbornhoft77 made it!(author)2013-12-03

I have a few questions...After looking through the instructions and the pictures I am a little confused as to the measurements for the different lengths of the supports. You list the measurements as 9'' and 15'' and after looking at the pictures the supports just seem so small. I cut a few pieces of PVC at 9'' and 15'' and they just look so much smaller than what the pictures make them appear to be. Those back supports have to be at least 24'', don't they? Maybe these photos are deceiving. Could you please list how many of each pieces I will need and the measurenments for those pieces? Like, 4 pieces at 15'' each or something similar to that so I will know how many pieces total I need to cut total. Sorry to be a pain, and I hope I am not asking too much. I am just anxious to build the amp stand, but I need to be sure my measurements are correct before I start cutting all my PVC to proceed with the project.

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superoxy made it!(author)2013-12-03

those are really 9inches for the bottom support and 15inches for the back support.

for the front and back of the bottom frame i think i cut four pieces of 12inches and for the sides four pieces of 10inches.

I'll measure out the pieces when I get the time this weekend and update this Instructable.

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mkeisler made it!(author)2011-04-01

I like this! I'm thinking I may try building one a bit different. Make the whole thing wider and instead of one tube across the middle, have two so that the edge of the amp will sit on the floor and the stand will just cradle the bottom and back of the amp while the weight sits on the floor (and gets better resonance.

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Glockenator made it!(author)2010-09-04

Would this be able to support my 50 pound Vox VT50 or my, I'd say, 32 pound 2x12 cabinet?

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superoxy made it!(author)2010-09-05

my amp weighs 40lbs, and the stand is still in good condition up to now =)

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TheAntiHeroHimself made it!(author)2010-01-07

I might make something like this, but by welding square tubing together, since i have a class i can do that in at school, so i kind of have to use your pictures to make plans. Now i can't say i'll make an instructable on it, since i don't have neither a good enough camera, enough time, and other issues. But if i do it, i'll surely give you credit for it, and if i remember to, i'll update you on the result. I'd make it out of PVC, but i have the option of BUYING PVC tubing, or getting square tubing for FREE at school, so i figure, a little more effort is worth the money i don't have right now xD

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superoxy made it!(author)2010-01-07

good luck in making your version of the stand =)

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TheAntiHeroHimself made it!(author)2010-01-07

Trying to imagine and draw a foldeable version[which i would make of square tubing], but its sooo complicated. I need to stare at it longer.

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samuraiBSD made it!(author)2008-06-13

dude, if that's an AC30, you are so crazy for using PVC to hold it up...

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samuraiBSD made it!(author)2008-06-13

ah, just reread your text there...you're still crazy, but at least it's not my favorite amp...

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testpartner made it!(author)2007-11-30

Great stand! i build one for my marshall. It turned out great!

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superoxy made it!(author)2008-03-26

thanks for trying out my design :) mine is still in good condition after all these months

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by_my_scythe made it!(author)2008-03-25

This is really close to my design that I drew out. In mine though, the spine was made with a slightly larger gauge pipe fitting into a smaller one with holes drilled into the sides to make it adjustable. you'd have to remove the post holding the base of the amp in the front, and not glue the center to make a hinge. I'll have to do more research though. Good job!

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callmeshane made it!(author)2007-10-28

A thort in engineering efficiency . It's a GREAT design, and all angles are covered... as far as stress and loading goes. I would be making the next one fully supporting of the base of the amp, a narrow ledge is unstable.... And I'd rely upon the inherent strength of the material to make a double cradle.. sort of like two bike frames without the top tubes (and no forks or chainstays), and to only have narrow vertical pillars, to eliminate tilt or toppling.

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BOMBOMBOMB made it!(author)2007-10-07

Lol nice instrutbale but hwo did it cost you 10-15 bucks. The pvc cost close to 40 bucks up here. Are you in australia? AND ITS BLUE. Im buying pressure pipe thats the right type isnt it Cheers NAto

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Metal4God made it!(author)2007-10-09

40 bucks rip off! it cost 5bucks per 10feet! na na na na na na na na!

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superoxy made it!(author)2007-10-07

converted from Philippine currency

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RudyRocka made it!(author)2007-07-16

About how much did this cost you? I like this better than the humoungous metal ones, as i only want to tilt my amp up, and get it off the ground.

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superoxy made it!(author)2007-07-17

Around $10-$15 for materials

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Dr.+LD made it!(author)2007-08-26

Wow, PVC piping must be cheap where you live. I checked out the price for 10feet of PVC today and it was going to cost me $7, all up im looking at about $25 for all the materials... Looks like i gotta go dumpster diving again XD -LD

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RudyRocka made it!(author)2007-07-17

Great! I'll have to add about 10 bucks to that, because im gonna spray paint mine black to match my amp. (Crate RFX30)

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Metal4God made it!(author)2007-07-19

that will cost you about 3 bucks

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CaffeineHouse made it!(author)2007-08-15

yeah, what kind of spraypaint costs 10 bucks? only if you're buying the really expensive rust-oleum stuff... which would be kind of a waste in this case.

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Metal4God made it!(author)2007-08-15

you can get CHROME spray paint and it makes it like a chrome and shiny

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picbuck made it!(author)2007-08-23

See if it holds up? This thing has got to be indestructible. Very cool! -al-

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SaM+HiLL made it!(author)2007-04-22

Nice work! Musicians are the true mothers of invention.

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leevonk made it!(author)2007-04-24

uhm,.. no

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InfamousKirch made it!(author)2007-04-24

I agree .... only frank zappa's band were the mothers of invention, the rest of us are just trying...

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crapflinger made it!(author)2007-04-20

nice! haven't seen blue PVC either hehe would be cool to only glue the parts that need to be glued together..like maybe the base? and the main portions of the upper supports? that way you could take it apart for easy transport?

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superoxy made it!(author)2007-04-22

The overall strength of the whole thing may be lessened if you did that

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uzerzero made it!(author)2007-04-21

This is nice. Too bad my bass amp is already designed to lean back, to be used as a monitor. Not to mention that it's probably too heavy for PVC (not too sure what the weight limit is on PVC pipes). Good instructable, nevertheless :)

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Sgt.Waffles made it!(author)2007-04-20

Thats a cool instructable! Arent your ears in your knees, or am i the only one? +

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mdmoose29 made it!(author)2007-04-20

this is awesome... its gonna look great with my pvc guitar stand :)

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