PVC Guitar Amplifier Stand

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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

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    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.

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

    amp stand addition.JPG

    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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    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.

    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.

    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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    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.

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

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

    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!

    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.

    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