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​Exploring Today's Finest Dual Overdrive Pedals

​Exploring Today's Finest Dual Overdrive Pedals

In the ever-expanding world of guitar effects pedals, few tools wield as much sonic capability as the dual overdrive guitar pedal. These versatile guitar pedals offer the flexibility to blend and sculpt multiple overdrive tones, providing guitarists like us with a wealth of tonal possibilities. Today, we'll take a closer look at our three favorite overdive contenders here at Midwood Guitar Studio: the Mythos Herculean Deluxe, the Browne Protein and the Kingtone Duellist. Each effects pedal …
Feb 8th 2024 Sage Greer
Embracing Change: The Evolving Landscape of Online Guitar Sales

Embracing Change: The Evolving Landscape of Online Guitar Sales

The guitar industry, much like the melodic tunes it produces, has undergone a symphony of changes in the past five years. As we reflect on the transformative year of 2023, it becomes evident that guitar stores need to tune into innovative strategies to stand out in a market flooded with both local and national competitors, not to mention the growing presence of online guitar manufacturers selling direct to the consumer.The competition is fierce, and the numbers game is real. The behemoths …
Feb 3rd 2024 Douglas Armstrong
Are more expensive acoustic guitars better than ?

Are more expensive acoustic guitars better than ?

When it comes to guitars, there is often a debate about whether more expensive acoustic guitars are truly better. At Midwood Guitar Studio in Charlotte, North Carolina, we have three acoustic guitars that offer a unique perspective on this topic. These guitars are made with the same materials, but each brand has its own characteristics that set it apart. Today, we will compare the Eastman, Bourgeois, and McPherson guitars to shed some light on this age-old question.Let's start with the …
Jan 26th 2024 MGS Staff
​Two-Rock Amplifiers Welcomes Divided by 13 into the Family

​Two-Rock Amplifiers Welcomes Divided by 13 into the Family

As we step into the new year, the world of tube amplifiers is buzzing with excitement as Two-Rock, renowned for crafting some of the finest tube amplifiers in the world, Two-Rock Amplifiers Welcomes Divided by 13 into the family. This unexpected but thrilling venture promises a harmonious collaboration that amplifies the best of every flavor that the world of boutique amplifiers has to offer.Two-Rock amplifiers, led by the visionary duo of Mac Skinner and Eli Lester, has long been celebrated for …
Jan 20th 2024 Sage Greer
A Dive into the New Magnatone Slash Signature 100-watt Amplifier

A Dive into the New Magnatone Slash Signature 100-watt Amplifier

In a groundbreaking collaboration, Magnatone Amplification has proudly announced a partnership with the legendary guitarist, Slash and are launching the Slash Signature 100-watt amplifier! This marks a historic moment as it is the first time in over three decades that Slash has joined forces with a new amplifier company. The result of this exciting collaboration is the creation of the Slash Signature 100-watt amplifier and 4 x 12” Speaker Cabinet. As we delve into this extraordinary venture, the …
Jan 19th 2024 Sage Greer
Bourgeois Touchstone Series Acoustic Guitar's

Bourgeois Touchstone Series Acoustic Guitar's

A Dana Bourgeois and Eastman Guitars collaboration Bourgeois Touchstone Series acoustic guitar’s are a result of Dana Bourgeois and Eastman Guitars collaborating to offer a boutique quality guitar at a reasonable price point. Bourgeois guitar has long courted the active ingredients in guitar design; not only so that they can build the highest end instruments available, but so that he can include the most crucial factors on his more affordable models. These Touchstones of …
Jan 28th 2023 MGS Staff
This One Goes to 11: A Brief History of Guitar Amplification

This One Goes to 11: A Brief History of Guitar Amplification

The guitar was originally a parlor instrument. It was meant to be played in small rooms for small audiences. Overtime, however, players longed for increased volume, which resulted in a series of innovations that eventually culminated in the electric guitar.Making the Guitar Louder First came the steel strings. Westward expansion in the 18th century United States required a lot of fencing, so the material was cheap, and steel strings proved significantly louder than gut. Predictably, the …
May 12th 2022 Douglas Armstrong
The Yin & Yang of the Two Guitarist Band - 2022 Edition

The Yin & Yang of the Two Guitarist Band - 2022 Edition

Ahh yes, the modern guitarist of 2022. Stereo amps, or modelers…obviously, and a pedalboard that can cover any tone created within the last 6 decades with a few quick clicks: 2 fuzzes, an always on compressor, 5 drives, 3 modulation effects, 2 delays and a cavernous reverb or two that can make angels cry with just one simple minor 9th chord.In the context of our own home or the studio this recipe is absolutely magical. The old phrase of “wall of sound” has now turned into “World of Sound” reachi …
Mar 28th 2022 Sage Greer
SoloDallas & The Schaffer Replica

SoloDallas & The Schaffer Replica

SoloDallas and The Schaffer Replica SoloDallas created the Schaffer Replica because of his great love for the tone and sound of AC/DC. Thanks to an Italian acolyte of AC/DC we now have access to one of the secret ingredients used in mid-70s/80s classic rock. Turns out an early wireless system (using frequencies subsequently commandeered for cell phones) was doing a lot of the work. It may be illegal to tap into those waves today, but the EQ, compression, boost, optical limiting, and cruci …
Jan 18th 2022 Robinson Earle
The 7 Best Acoustic Guitar Brands

The 7 Best Acoustic Guitar Brands

Best Acoustic Guitar Brands Although taste is ultimately subjective, we strive to carry the “best” at Midwood Guitar Studio. The brands that we carry are a reflection of our values and extensive knowledge—if we don’t stand behind it, we don’t sell it. No matter what kind of player you are, we want to find you the perfect guitar for your preferences and playing style. There’s no one size fits all when it comes to guitars, and it’d be hard to declare any one manufacturer as “the best.” However …
Oct 26th 2021 Robinson Earle