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Double guitar amp stand

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I haven't made an instructable because I changed things up a bit. Mine has been holding up really well for over to a year now.

I welcome anyone that wants to collaborate on this because I never had the time to post an instructable. . So far I have added 3 people and will add anyone else that is interested.

"Lutherinski" has made one with electrical conduit and would like to post his pictures as well. maybe he will post an instructable?
jpmonkey3 years ago
jpsgpaw@aol.com
phill_up (author)  jpmonkey3 years ago
email sent!
phill_up (author)  jpmonkey3 years ago
I will get with you when I get off of work. The amplifier stand went through two designs. The first one was made so the amp on the bottom amp would lean back and project the speakers toward your ears. When i got a 2x12 speaker cab I had to change things up and the bottom amp no longer leaned back. Keep in mind that another person "lutherinski" had me post the one he mad on here as well, so you are looking at 3 different designs
jpmonkey3 years ago
The stand is 3/4 PVC?
phill_up (author)  jpmonkey3 years ago
Yes, it is 3/4" pvc. Feel free to look at the pictures and make one. Lutherinski has made one as well and was going to post an instructable but I'm sure it wore him thin also. Feel free to post an instructable when you are through also.
Hi phill_up. I was woundering about the guitar rack do you have pictures on that?
phill_up (author)  jpmonkey3 years ago
The guitar rack is a 7 guitar rack from guitar center. It was like $70, new and its made out good rectangular tubing. (Made to last)
The pictures on the amp stand are 2 different set ups they make it confusing.
jpmonkey3 years ago
Hi. Could please tell me how i can get the plans for the whole thing. This will work out great for me it will give me alot of room. I will try to figure out how hang my guitars on it to. I dont have alot of room for 3 amps and 5 guitars. Its a pain tripping over everything. I cant afford an add on or a new house so this will be great.

phill_up (author)  jpmonkey3 years ago
I also have made an effects pedal board that can be built with just scrap lumber that is laying around the house. I actually like it better than any of the plastic ones you can buy
phill_up (author)  jpmonkey3 years ago
Hi, thank you for your interest. I saw a rack made out of PVC to make the amp lean back and did the same thing. Then I got the idea to add another amp on top to save room. When I changed amps I had to redo it and the bottom amp no longer angled back. It was very time consuming to make this and was pretty expensive as well. I have recently came up with another plan that I have not posted on instructables yet, that is made from 2"x4" that blows this thing away in strength & function that can be built in half the time, with only half of the cost. It will be so strong that you can hang what ever you want on it and also take it on the road if you wanted. Is there a private message on here that we can discuss on how to get the instructions to you? I would also like someone to collaborate with and post your design on instructables for others to use, can you do that?
wicktana6 years ago
You may have answered this question and I just didn't see it. What size PVC pipe do you use for the double amp stand? By the way. Great idea. You know, if you had instruction on these I would be more than happy to buy them and I think others would also. As long as it is not real high priced. Something you may want to think of. The amps I am wanting to stack are all Fender tubes worth a lot of change. I would hate to go on my idea of how it should be done just to have the Fender 65 deluxe come falling down.
phill_up (author)  wicktana6 years ago
Hi, and thank you for your interest. It is made of 3/4" schedule 40. I will not charge for any plans, but I will not be held responsible for any thing that breaks either. This never moves from my bedroom so it works well for me and I never have any worries about it collapsing. Are you wanting the 1st design where the amp on bottom rocks back? or the second design? I have put this thing through so many changes it has been a work in progress and it does incorporate some birch wood now
Great concept and continued improvements. I would like to get a set of the plans for the 1st design, as you have them. I am particularly interested in the design for Picture 9 above. I would be willing to help you and your other collaborators with the write ups. IMHO this pictures are great and express the idea, but for those folks like myself, who don't have your imagination, a generic set of plans would set this instructable in a class all by itself.
phill_up (author)  1strenegade5 years ago
I still have not written any plans for this. It kept changing and I wasted a lot of parts. You have been added as a collaborator. feel free to use this page but it may work out better if you started a new page with your own password, that way you can add pics and explain them. link to it from here if you would like. From the 1st pic to the 9th pic are all the same design. Find the good schedule 40, not the material you get at Lowe's. it has short sockets and the pipe has no strength.
Thank you for the speedy reply. My intention for the amp stand/stands, are for my small home studio. At the present I have 6 amps, which are: Fender 65 Twin Reverb, Fender 65 Deluxe Reverb, 1957 reissue Blues Jr. NOS, 15 watt all tube, Peavey all tube Delta Blues, a cheap Behringer bass amp, and last but not least. A Marshall JVM410H, with a Marshall 1960A Cab. My thinking is to make a stand that would house the Deluxe Reverb over the Twin Reverb. The blues jr NOS is small enough to set on top of something. Because one of our bed rooms is used for my studio, I am out of room when you add all of the other equipment with the amps. So, long story short. If I could reduce the space of 4 amps down to two. This would give me extra room for other things that I will add as time goes on. As you know tube amps are heavy. What ever I build must be strong enough to hold 40 to 50lbs. The Twin Reverb and Delta blues would be on the bottom, with the deluxe and blues jr. on top. I hope I have given you a good picture in your mind that will help you with this project. I really do thank you for your time in helping others.
phill_up (author)  wicktana6 years ago
I will work with you on this. I was hoping for some Collaboration from others. The delta blues has the chicken head knobs toward the back of the amp? You wouldn't want the amp to rock back if it was on bottom, it may be tough to access knobs. The twin reverb may rock back but may not dissipate the heat as well if rocked back? lets assume that both bottom amps will sit horizontally. This design will be a piece of cake for you with just 1X12" amps on top. I can not stress enough to NOT buy the PVC from Lowe's, it is very thin. You will need to find an Air Conditioning Supply Store or equivalent to get the good PVC. The design you are making should be plenty sturdy. I have the big HEAVY peavey 2X12" on top of mine and I'm not afraid of it. I have a drum machine, light and top shelf mounted on mine now. I will pull the amps off this weekend and take some pictures so you can get a fitting count. Maybe you could post an Instructable?
Once again, many thanks for the information supplied. Had you not have said something about the PVC at Lowe's. That was the place I was headed for. See, I already learned something. I'm not what you would call a handy man. My skills just don't lie within making things. However, I did have to replace all the PVC in a motor home I had years ago. All of the PVC broke due to them freezing. It is a matter of measuring, then putting them together with the right connections----I THINK
I will let you know when I have addressed this project.

Thanks
Arron6 years ago
wow great Job, how much did it cost overall?
phill_up (author)  Arron6 years ago
It wasn't all that cheap to make it. I think I bought somewhere around 70' of pvc. I can't count the times I went back and forth to Lowe's for fittings. By the way Lowe's Fittings aren't as good in my opinion, the sockets are noticeably more shallow. Try to stick with one store for parts. If something like this would have been available to buy I would have bought it. It was very time consuming. You will need pvc cleaner, primer, glue, paint made for plastic, peel and stick tube insulation
Nice work Phil, very clean. Do you think this stand would work for small shows? Say, a Crate 212-120 combo and a 212 speaker cabinet, combo on the bottom, of course.
phill_up (author)  lutherinski6 years ago
I don't think I would attempt it with just pvc as the building material. Copper would be great but it would be too expensive. You may be able to accomplish the same thing with EMT (electrical metal tubing). This was just a way for me to gain some room in my house. It is basically an entertainment center for a guitar player. I am also asking for collaboration. If you can take this Idea and build on to it post an Instructable and some pics please.
I think that I am going to give it a whirl. I located some pvc electrical conduit, which is considerably thicker while no more expensive than the water pipe. My options on better fittings are limited. However, I think that I am going to use 1" stuff for extra support. My son has a Crate 120amp/212. When he bought it he also purchased a Musicman 212/65 amp minus the amplifier which he is using for an extra set of speakers. It will go on the stand with the amp (maybe 25lbs) Have any advice on finding this vintage piece amplifier. I don't know a lot about guitars and amps, but apparently this amp would be worth restoring; do you have any advice on how to go about finding a tube amp to go with what I have? Anyway, I will document my project. Later on Luther"inski"
phill_up (author)  lutherinski6 years ago
I never thought of using the electrical conduit. I think that it even uses a stronger glue. it would be cool to see your project after you have finished it.
I found some info on the amp http://www.musicmanamps.com/ but thats about it. You could find an older HotRod Deluxe (they were made in the USA) I'm thinking the new ones are made in Mexico now. you can google "eurotubes" and this guy will sell you a full retube kit to get any sound you are looking for. Avatarspeakers.com has great deals on cabinets, possibly without the speakers if that is what you wanted.
My amp stand is working out OK although there have been some unforeseen engineering problems to overcome. I have made at least one very important discovery in the area of painting pvc. First clean the fittings and pipe then coat the area to be painted with the pvc cleaner. While the cleaner is still a little tacky, I painted the test area. I gave it a good coat of paint then I let it dry for an hour or so. The paint cured pretty good, but the next day I realized that the paint adhered to the pvc better than I could have hoped for. Maybe someone else will try this process and post their results. Also, I purposely used the Purple PVC Cleaner, as it gave a peculiar appearance to the color.
phill_up (author)  lutherinski5 years ago
Are you going to post an Instructable? Did you use a stronger PVC? Have any pictures? Hope to see it! Thanks, Phillip
I used pvc electrical conduit, 3/4 and 1" and regular pvc fittings. The electrical conduit is much stronger than the water pipe. I may have went a little overboard with materials, but the finished product is pretty strong. Well, almost finished. I only took a couple of pictures, so I may not have enough info to make an instructable. Can I post a couple of pics on this site, and how would I go about doing that? Not a computer whiz. Still looking for improvements Thanks, Jon
phill_up (author)  lutherinski5 years ago
okay I tried to find a way for you to use this site, it doesnt look like you will be able to though. You have got to post it though, you may have done something better, plus I just like to see stuff that people makes. anyway this is what it says: Collaboration allows you to work with other members on the same Instructable. If collaboration is enabled, this instructable will be searchable as a collaboration. As the primary author, you will be the only user who can add collaborators or publish the Instructable when it's completed. enable collaboration Collaborating Members wicktana[x] lutherinski[x] GorillazMiko[x] + add/remove collaborators enter member name: add
Hey Phil, What if I send you an e-mail with an attachment containing some pics of the stand? Thanks Jon
phill_up (author)  lutherinski5 years ago
I sent you a private message with my email address
This amp cabinet is in excellent condition, with 2-12" original speakers. I was told that the amplifier was literally fried. We will check out the resources that you sent and then see if we can afford it. Thanks for the info.
phill_up (author) 6 years ago
I just bought an Avatar Extension cab and it is too wide to fit to fit in the bottom so I am going to widen it. This will be an easy fix with couplings. I wouldn't be able to do this as easily with wood or metal.
Nice, probably would work for my crate. Are you going to post an Instructable?
phill_up (author)  GorillazMiko6 years ago
I will try to post better pictures and maybe a count of pipe fittings. This thing has a pretty good sized foot print and with the bottom amp leaning back it gives really good stability. I don't have any fear whatsoever of this thing falling over or collapsing. I'll try to post a partial Instructable this weekend.
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