DIY Pvc Multiple Guitar Stand

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Introduction: DIY Pvc Multiple Guitar Stand

A simple and cheap stand for one or more guitars. Takes maybe two hours to build.
Mod is based on imarunner2's pvc bike rack.

Step 1: Parts List

This is a 4 guitar version.
I bought two 10 foot 3/4 inch pvc pipes and had them cut in half at the store.
11 3/4 "T" connectors
6 elbows
5 caps
2 sections of self adhesive insulating pipe foam.
Pictured is my dog wondering if the foam is edible.

Step 2: Measure Twice Cut Many

Height is 32 inches. Width is 27 inches. Front/back is 32 inches.
I started by building the base first. I used 4 elbows on the ends to give it a slight off the floor elevation. Here is an example pic the one side of the base. I've dry-fitted the rubber insulation foam. This is where the lower bout of the guitars will rest.

Step 3: Assembled

Pretty easy to make. I used a metal saw and a dremel to cut throught the plasic. If you use a dremel have good ventilation as the melted plastic stinks. The caps go on the end of the teeth.
The rubber foam is very cheap-less than $5 for 6 feet. It has two self adhesive strips on both sides of the slit. It is very sicky so care is needed when doing the final fit. I used PVC cement on the top elbow joints-didn't want to risk it popping apart and dropping the guitars. I measured for 6 inches between the teeth for the archtops and 4 inches for the other two slots.
One improvement you should consider is adding a cross support halfway up the back. The unit is fairly sturdy now but does have a little sideways looseness.
Whitman still can't figure out if this is food, a toy, or what...

Step 4: Done and in Use!

I'm happy with the results. It saves space and I no longer need multiple single guitar stands.
Here you see my Ibanez, Heritage 575, Hagstrom Swede, and National Delphi filling it up. (yes they're all left handed)

Total cost was less than 30 dollars. Similiarly manufactered items go for $50 to $100 in music shops.

2 People Made This Project!

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199 Discussions

Great job you guys.
now has anyone solved the flying V guitar mistery?
how to get one on these type of stands?

I got glue but it was stable enough just being fitted. So I didn't.

Has anyone bothered to research the typical foam being used in this design to see if it might react with guitar finishes, particularly lacquer, and ruin them? Foam products are manufactured with different types of plasticizers, many of which will eat into a variety of other materials when in close proximity and under pressure. If the wrong foam is used here, the ultimate cost will be way, way more than the thriftiness that everyone is so excited about here.

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Felt instead of foam works great too!

Awesome man, exactly what I was looking for. Thanks so much, what a brilliant idea :)

hi! i am planning on making this but i also know that pvc can be flimsy. on the peice that sticks up vertically does it bend when you put the guitars in it?

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How much did this cost everyone? Priced it at a local store, and it was already around $30 before I even got to looking at the connectors..

That's a pretty cool use of PVC, I like it. I just made a case rack too, and decided on wood. It cost $11 in 2x4's and came out pretty nice.

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Hello guerrillagator, could you provide the diagram or the various measurements you used to make the rack? I like the simple idea and want to make one of my own. Thanks!

The 2x4's on the floor are 2' long, and the vertical boards are 4' if I remember right. The diagonals we didn't measure, we just held them up in position after screwing the vertical and floor pieces together, and penciled in where the cuts should be to fit (the vertical pieces are cut diagonally). And for the cross pieces we just lined up all his cases and measured how long they needed to be to fit them all. Hope that helps.

hey man, brilliant instructable - I'm using it for GCSE work :D one problem i have is i'm not sure if the T connectors are the same in the UK & US, in the UK i think there is a little lip on the inside, preventing me from inserting the whole pipe through? if anyone could give me lengths between the T connectors it would be a huge help to me, I have limited resources because the parts cost around £45 to buy here, and I don't wanna screw up my work by cutting it short. If anyone can help me - thank you so much, you saved my ass :)

Here's a picture of my 9 guitar rack. I added caps for feet so it has a little more clearance, and added a center strengthening section and feet. Spraying it black was a great idea I saw on here - people are surprised when I tell them what it's constructed from. Total cost, about $40. The best thing I bought was a PVC Pipe Cutter (about $10) which made cutting all the pieces really quick, easy and clean.

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What a great idea! I don't have the fancy corner foam pieces yet, but it is working very well. I added another cross piece at the back and some snazzy red paint to mine, and made it a little wider with wider spaces to fit acoustics. . The only problem is that now I obviously need another guitar. :) Here's a 'should have known better' tip if you are going to paint yours - don't forget the primer!! I already have a couple of bits rubbed off. Ah well.

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i too am making this for mainly acoustics. what distance did you use between pegs? i know the original used 6" for the arch tops, so i figured acoustics would be a little more, ~8" or so.

I'm not really sure. I moved across the country a while ago, but my stand didn't come with me (yet). You could always try experimenting with different lengths, dry-fitting the pieces together (i.e. no glue) to see how it works. Start at 8" or even 9" and reduce the length until it looks like it will work.

Good luck