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

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

Posted by Douglas Armstrong on May 12th 2022

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 Yin & Yang of the Two Guitarist Band - 2022 Edition

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

Posted by Sage Greer on Mar 28th 2022

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 angel …
SoloDallas & The Schaffer Replica

SoloDallas & The Schaffer Replica

Posted by Robinson Earle on Jan 18th 2022

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 command …

The 7 Best Acoustic Guitar Brands

Posted by Robinson Earle on Oct 26th 2021

Best Acoustic Guitar BrandsAlthough 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 …
The Impact of the Pandemic on Guitar Retail

The Impact of the Pandemic on Guitar Retail

Posted by Douglas Armstrong on Oct 6th 2021

In March 2020, everything changed. An imminent global pandemic crashed the stock market and cast a dark shadow over the rest of the year. We were fearful for our lives and livelihoods. Small businesses across the country were forced to close indefinitely. The early days of the lockdown were some …
From Cheap to Sheik: How Budget Brands Shaped Guitar Culture

From Cheap to Sheik: How Budget Brands Shaped Guitar Culture

Posted by Robinson Earle on Aug 2nd 2021

In the early to mid 20th-century, America fell in love with the guitar. It started with the ukuleles and lap-steels that were built to capitalize on the Hawaiian music craze of the 1910s, and developed into a distinct culture of stringed instrument manufacturing. While companies like Gibson and Mart …