Introduction: The PVC Single Guitar Stand

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This is my first Instructable and as customary I am just mentioning it. This is another guitar stand made of pvc. I have to admit I built it some time ago but I thought I would share with the community here. It's very simple, so instead of buying more pvc I took mine apart and documented the reconstruction.

Step 1: The Design

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There are other guitar stands on this site, but I wanted to design mine into a condensed, short and light stand that was sturdy at the same time. Triangles have the properties I was looking for so the design is based on such shape.

Step 2: Parts and Tools

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For this project you will need:

PVC Pipe
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)

PVC Fittings
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

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The first step is to cut the pipe to size with the pipe cutter. Try to match the lengths if they are paired.
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

I spray painted the whole thing but would not do it again and would not recommend anyone to do it. Even after 3 coats, it came off with a simple scratch as you can see in all the pictures throughout this instructable. What I do recommend is using acrylic paint for several reasons:
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

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That is it for the pvc stand. I hope this instructable was useful. Don't forget to rate and comment, k?
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.


cinquanti (author)2014-04-28

I was skeptical this would not tip over after making it because it leans forward, but is solid as a rock. Thanks for sharing.

dantimdad (author)2010-11-18

You can spray paint if you use Krylon Fusion. It is formulated for plastics. I have used it for a couple years now and it even stays on in saltwater. (it's completely safe after it cures)

thetrystero (author)2010-02-12

where did you get your cross-fitting?
i can't seem to find it anywhere.

NICKSTER117 (author)2009-11-08

i have a 5 string peavey grind BXP bass and when i made this stand for it, it wouldnt hold my bass, its good for an "even" body instrument, like your stratocaster, but for "uneven" bodys, it will tip over. what i did was add a 16 inch extension for the neck and added a neck holder to the end of the 16 inch extension so it kind of looked like this:
                              |o|=| |=|o|
                                     | |
             16 inch --->   | |
                                     | |
                                | |=| |=| |                                 | |===| | <--original without 16 in
                                | |        | |                                | |        | |      extension and neck
                               | |== ==| |                              | |====| |       holder

and i made it extend 5/8" in the short end of the X base., after it was perfect for my bass guitar.

other than that, its a great instructable, nicely illustrated and great verbal directions. i give it 5 robots out of 5

-Ducky- (author)2008-07-14

the last step, you mention making a Guitar Hero Stand. will this stand work with a Guitar hero guitar or only a regular "real" guitar. also, for the GH stand you show in the last picture, was that made with the same sized pieces as the ones you listed, or did you use different sized pieces?

xr7vr0 (author)-Ducky-2008-07-14

This stand will work with GH guitars but I would use the 1/4" pipe. I have only seen it at Lowes and it's listed as hot/cold PVC and it is beige. I'm not sure if they have cross fittings for that size but they should. Mine uses the 1/4" pipe for GH. I still kept my GH stand simple since those guitars aren't heavy. I uploaded new pictures to the last step so you can see it.

duck_tape_ (author)xr7vr02009-06-25

sounds sort of like 1/2" CPVC. Thats what i would use for a guitar hero stand. I don't know why its listed as 1/2" though, it is actualy like 3/8" I think. It would be a good size for guitar hero. The total amount of pipe is an inch short of 4 feet (I'm pretty sure) for any one who wants to know the total amount of pipe they need.

superduperben (author)2009-05-12

i wonder if I cant find the cross fitting in my part of d world, any idea 2 modify it abit 2 not use d cross fitting?

mkkrushmt (author)2009-02-27

wow, that's really cool! neat to have on stage, that way you dont have to have one of thoes big ones and it can be packed up and deassembled and whatever, i want to make one...

jackmarrin (author)2008-11-27

This looks great... I may have to try it soon. I always have guitars on floors and couches so this could help me clear my house up a bit ! :D PS. I have the RP50 and I'm not the biggest fan. Any tips to get some good tones out of it?

if you use the edit button you can change the sound of the effects. look at the instructions they help alot, i was able to get eddie van halen guitar sound out of it.

sixway (author)2009-01-02

Another color option without painting would be to look for the grey pvc pipe used for electrical conduits. PVC pipe can be found on the internet ranging from clear to black. There may be stores in your area that carries colored PVC pipe.

tac135 (author)2008-11-01

i have pretty much the same fender strat that you do, cept mine has a double humbucker for the bridge pick up, it has the same paint job and everything, and the tremolo bridge.

abadfart (author)2008-07-08

this is like those travel stands

chalky (author)2008-06-26


dont yer just love em!
brilliant idea by the way

xr7vr0 (author)chalky2008-06-28

Thanks guys. I do love triangles. 3 is like a perfect number.

Jesusfreak101 (author)2008-06-28

Can you use it to hold acoustic guitars?

xr7vr0 (author)Jesusfreak1012008-06-28

YES! I just fetched an acoustic I picked up on a trick to Mexico to test it. I was going to suggest to make the tubes on the base a little longer and that would had worked, but you can use the same lenghts I did and have the guitar stand completely vertically and it looks great. Just don't forget to use the foam or other type of cushion to protect your guitar. I will update with pictures when I get more time.

LinuxH4x0r (author)2008-06-28

Cool! Cheap and good looking

codongolev (author)2008-06-25

cool, simplistic idea for a guitar stand. nice work!

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