Step 1: The Design
Step 2: Parts and Tools
I used 1/2 inch pipe and it seems to be stronger than what I need which is definitely a good thing. PVC cement isn't necessary.
The measurement here are approximate and what worked with my Fender Strat. If your guitar is significantly thicker, you might want to tweak the length of the pipes.
2 8 1/2 in
1 7 1/2 in
2 4 3/4 in
2 2 3/4 in
6 1 1/4 in
Foam for pipe insulation (to protect your guitar)
2 Elbow fittings
8 PVC T fittings
1 PVC cross fitting
PVC pipe cutter (recommended if you want to get the job done quickly)
Acrylic paint and brush (optional)
Step 3: Assembly
Take your cross fitting and put two 1.25" tubes on one side and two 4.75" tubes on the other as shown in picture 1..
Lay the x shape and add four T fittings facing up on all four corners as shown in picture 2.
Set the X shape aside and attach two T fittings to either side of one 2.75" tube and then attach two 1.25" tubes to those fittings as shown in picture 3.
Attach the last part to the bottom of the shorter side of the X as shown in picture 4.
Put the whole thing aside, again, and attach two elbow fittings to both ends of the 7.5" tube and then two 1.25 tubes to those fittings as shown in picture 5
Attach the last part to the top of the longer side of the X as shown in picture 6.
With the whole thing aside again, attach the two 8.5" tubes to two T fittings and join them with the other 2.75" tube as shown in picture 7.
Put it all together as shown in picture 8.
Cut the foam and place it on the three parts that will come in contact with the guitar.
Step 4: Painting
It is in a liquid state as opposed to a gaseous state and therefore is easier to control.
It will dye the foam and won't come off as flakes like spray paint does.
It is probably less harmful to the environment.
When I spray painted the insulating foam and let it dry, the paint would adhere to my guitar and not to the foam. I was really upset. I had to clean my guitar and cut off more pieces of foam.
Even with acrylic paint, don't paint the areas that come into full contact with the guitar.
I painted the whole thing assembled because it stayed in place as opposed to painting each piece separately. To do so, simply pour some acrylic paint on the stand and spread it with a brush. It is very important that you let it dry throughly or else it will stay sticky. I found out that leaving it directly under the A/C vent will give us the results we want.
Get creative. Yours doesn't have to be like mine. You can paint it so that it matches your guitar, your room, or your taste.
Step 5: Other Ideas
Here are other things I wanted to share.
Before making a stand out of PVC I saw this instructable but I didn't want to drill huge holes on my wall. I got a big frame from a Rag Shop that went out of business, a peg board and two tool hangers from Home Depot and some black fabric from Wal-Mart. The result was that frame on the first picture. I think it looked nice, but I like practicing almost daily more than I wanted to display my guitar so I moved on to the PVC stand, which makes my guitar a little more accessible. However, if you have more guitars to display than to play and you don't have a custom display for them, that might work for you.
After I built the pvc stand, I liked working with the simplicity of it and I built a stand for my practice amp and stand for my plastic GH guitars. You can see them on the second picture.