Atlas Stands is Josh Childers (left) and John Schramlin (right). We’ve been designing handmade amplifier stands since 2010. We work out of a small wood shop that sits between the Nolichucky River and the Cherokee National Forest in the Appalachian Mountains of East Tennessee. We met in 1989 while riding skateboards in the City of Kingsport, TN. Our backgrounds include playing guitar and bass, studio recording, photography, graphic design, engineering, cabinetry, home construction, and fine woodworking. We graduated from MTSU, Josh with a degree in Record Production/Tech and Business Admin, John with a degree in Studio Art and Design.
How did Atlas Stands start?
We often faced challenges with our guitar amplifiers on stages and at practices. Our amps sat too low and the speaker dispersion was focused at our ankles making it difficult to achieve adequate volume and tone control. On hollow stages the vibrations coming through the floor would come through our amplifiers causing reverb tanks to bang and tubes to become microphonic. We could have used metal amp stands or milk crates as many guitarists do, but both looked cheap and flimsy to us and the milk crates didn’t solve the angle issue; we felt both were unsightly. We decided we wanted solid hardwood amp stands that would provide a stable foundation, isolate and decouple our amplifiers from floors, that tilted and raised our speaker cabinets to the proper angles and heights. We wanted them to look fantastic as well.
We quickly discovered that the hardwood amp stands we were looking for were simply nowhere to be found. It was then that we decided to design and build our own wooden amp stands from scratch, stands that met our criteria using solid hardwood. Thus Atlas Stand began, and we immediately recognized the limitless potential for amazing new amp stand designs. We built our initial prototype in 2010, since then we’ve built hundreds of hardwood amp stands, guitar stands, wall hangers, pedalboards, amp building/tech chassis stands, keyboard stands, trumpet stands, headphone stands, and even hardwood guitar picks for musicians from all over the world.
What makes Atlas Stands products unique?
Unlike other wooden tilting amplifier stands we offer a way to raise and tilt a two piece amp rig. We call it a Table Top. It supports an amp head on a tilted speaker cabinet and it fits within the base of the amp stand for easy transport.
Our modular design allows for a lifetime of easy maintenance and customization. Sets of spanners can quickly be switched out to make the amp stand different widths.
Many products today are designed so that they cannot be repaired. Atlas Stands does not believe in this throw-away philosophy, we’ve designed our stands to be easily repaired and to last for generations.
Unlike any other amplifier stand available we offer our patented Low Rider Guitar Stands that attach onto the front of the Standard Atlas Amp Stands to create a low-profile guitar stand using the front part of the amp stand as a backrest.
Adjustable backrest extensions are included with each Standard Low Rider amp stand we ship. Too often we’ve found that larger open-backed cabinets don’t fit amp stands because the backrests of the stands are just too short or because the power and signal cables gets in the way. We developed adjustable backrest extensions to help with both of these issues.
Each Atlas Stand is designed to showcase the natural beauty of the hardwoods we use, to be highly functional, rugged, and to last a lifetime. We hand-select rough-cut hardwoods from our local sawmills. We also use a durable hand rubbed tung oil finish that allows the wood to age naturally while protecting it from the elements.
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Where do we go from here?
Over the past several years of building made-to-order Custom Series stands we’ve developed many new design ideas, processes, and woodworking techniques. Our focus today is on growing Atlas Stands around our Low Rider amplifier stand. We were fortunate enough to have been granted the utility patent for the Low Rider in 2014.
Today, we are excited to introduce our new Standard Series Low Rider Amp Stand and Guitar Stand. After years of development we’re finally bringing to market an affordable handmade hardwood amplifier stand that does everything we wanted from the very beginning.
If you aren’t happy with the typical metal amp stand or milk crate and you’re looking for a budget-friendly hardwood amp stand option, our new Standard Series Low Rider amp stands are for you.
Josh Childers & John Schramlin