When it comes to guitar stands, you need reliability, stability and precision built. If you want to save money, you can involve yourself in a little DIY project and start building your own guitar stand instead of purchasing it from a shop.
Usually you have three options regarding the material: wood, metal or PVC. The size and design of your stand can vary, from x shapes, rectangles, racks, or circled shaped stands. You should consider factors like size, weight and whether you want a support for one instrument or many. The rack shaped ones are efficient for space and many guitars. The guitar can hang on the wall or rest on a floor base and have its neck supported.
If you want to save space, a small rectangular stand or wall hang will clear the room for tiny insides. If hanged on a wall mount, the support has to be bolted firmly and securely in order to withstand the weight of the guitar – some of them are really heavy, like the Gibson Les Paul or BC Rich models.
You will need rubbers and shock absorbers on the areas where the guitar will touch the stand. Another important factor is stability and reliability, so you need a strong foundation based on durable materials and secure joints. Guitars aren’t quite what you’d call cheap, so chipping, scratching, dropping or slipping should be avoided at all cost. The stand should be firmly grounded and allow no wobble or friction. Guitars are also quite heavy, so the stand should withstand the weight.
These are the factors on which you should base your foundation upon, and only after that you should consider the design and shape.
If you want to opt for wood you need one piece of plain wood or several, according to the size. The thickness should be enough to support weight and pressure. Make sure the wood is resistant, dense, and in good condition. According to the desired shape you need to cut two or several pieces that join together.
You can make measurements with a liner and make sure the lateral pieces are the same size, shape and thickness. If they join in the middle the support and weight center will be in equilibrium and avoid instability. Lacquered wood stands can be shaped and arched beautifully, thus making an elegant stylish piece of furniture.
For metal, you need welding equipment pipes, eye protection, etc. Even though metal makes sturdy resistant, well centered stands, it’s more difficult to make by the average player on a DIY project.
Since the PVC method is one of the easiest, cheapest and fastest, we’re going to make a tutorial about it. You won’t need access to power tools, the materials are light and easy to procure, and you don’t need in depth technical skills for it.
Usually this project is under $50. The metal and wood stands require more time, preparation, effort, money, technical skills, and access to special tools, which the average guitar player might not have around his house.
PVC pipes are durable and lightweight, allowing great mobility, while also saving space. The angled joints will be used to put the pieces together. The PVC stand is not the prettiest in its basic form, but it’s highly utilitarian, cheap and saves space. It’s easy to build, fast, doesn’t require much effort and many tools.
All these parts and materials can be found at a constructions shop and are inexpensive.
1. Choose a design, make measurements and then cut the pipes. The base should have 2 parallel lines, joined in the middle by a perpendicular one. It should be slightly angled forward to better support the weight of the instrument. To visualize, imagine a H letter shape, slightly angled to the ground.
2. The guitar bottom will rest between the two parallel bars, almost vertical, but slightly angled. Use the T’s, to join pipes, and the elbows and end caps for making sustaining base feet for the stand. If you use sandpaper to erase the numbers and smoothen the surfaces, you can paint the stand with a spray can and give it a more finished and deluxe look.
3. Once the base is made, you need an arm and a holder to support the neck. From the back end parallel H lines and the middle of the perpendicular one should start the support, which is basically a slightly angled vertical line backed by a square shaped support. Use connectors accordingly and plan ahead.
4. Use the glue to connect the parts by applying a coat across the inside connector circles. A q tip or a pencil can be used for this.
5. You can choose alternative shapes for this. Starting from the two parallel base lines that offer sustainment and ground stability, you can continue the vertical side either with a line, a reversed V shape or various angled and rectangular shapes.
6. After finishing the construction of the stand, take it to a proper ventilated room or outside and paint it black or whichever color you like, with an spray can.
This sums up the PVC guitar stand. You can use it for acoustic, electric and base guitars. Due to its lightness and low volume you can carry it at gigs rehearsals and garages. Some electric and bass guitar are quite heavy, so make sure your foundation is sturdy and solid, and can properly support the instrument without breaking, bending or joint slipping. You should wait several hours or a day or two, before using the stand. Make sure you read the glue instructions and check the drying time. This can vary according to the glue type, brand and composition.
Perhaps not the best looking instrument support, the PVC support is still worth building as a DIY project. If you need something useful, utilitarian, and have no need for stylish looking designs, the PVC is a great affordable option for the musician on a budget.
Check out this video tutorial on diy pvc guitar stand:
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