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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
The Impact of the Pandemic on Guitar Retail

The Impact of the Pandemic on Guitar Retail

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 of the worst.  The ambiguity of the situation sent many of us into a panic. For those of us who had to close our brick and mortar stores as I did, it was unclear how long we could operate with …
Oct 6th 2021 Douglas Armstrong
From Cheap to Sheik: How Budget Brands Shaped Guitar Culture

From Cheap to Sheik: How Budget Brands Shaped Guitar Culture

How Budget Brands Shaped Guitar Culture 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 Martin had deep roots and high price tags, other brands, many of them owned by large mail-order department stores, joined the six string gold rush, as well. Montg …
Aug 2nd 2021 Robinson Earle

PRS Guitars: History & Current Lineup

Paul Reed Smith started out as a shop class whiz and part-time guitar slinger with a dream of creating a 6-string that boldly positioned itself between the two giants of the industry: Fender and Gibson.The History of PRS GuitarsDuring the 1980s, the two major guitar manufacturers in America were Fender and Gibson, each a household name and their own reputations. During the mid 80s, however, they started to run into trouble from imported guitar manufacturers and more affordable brands such as Jac …
Feb 16th 2021 Robinson Earle
Harmony Guitars: The Historic Brand Revived

Harmony Guitars: The Historic Brand Revived

Established in Chicago in 1892, the Harmony musical brand produced consistent and affordable instruments of all kinds throughout the better part of the 20th century. The artists who learned to pick on Harmony guitars are legion, including Howlin Wolf, Elvis, Keith Richards, Syd Barrett, Big Joe Williams, and many others.In 1916, Harmony was acquired by Sears, Roebuck, an Co., which greatly increased their range and distribution. For those in rural areas, mail-order guitars were the only opt …
Feb 3rd 2021 Robinson Earle
The Rockin' History of Magnatone Amps

The Rockin' History of Magnatone Amps

History of Magnatone Amps Long before it was known as  Magnatone amps, the Dickerson Musical Instrument Company was founded in the 1930s and largely catered to the still-burning Hawaiian steel guitar boom that started around the turn of the century. In 1946, it was acquired by Art Duhamell who changed the name to the Magna Electronics Company, and began building Magnatone guitar amps. Magnatone bore witness to the birth of the solid-body electric guitar, and even employed Paul Bi …
Jan 7th 2021 Robinson Earle

Music Theory: Chords, Scales, and Triads

As most humans are only capable of producing one note simultaneously, it’s safe to say that monophonic music came first. Over time, melodic threads were combined, creating the sort of sonic tapestry that can still be heard in isolated villages of Eastern Europe, and deep in the heart of the Ituri forest of the Congo. The throat singers of the Asian steppes succeeded in mapping the overtone structure inherent to the human voice. The Greeks adopted lyres and other instruments capable of polypho …
Dec 11th 2020 Robinson Earle

All About Larrivee Guitars

Larrivee Guitars are known around the world for their uncompromising quality, beautiful, all solid wood bodies, and attention to detail. No matter which Larivee guitar model you choose, you can be sure that it was crafted with the finest materials possible. Their X-Brace and Scalloped Hybrid bracing systems offer unique tones, allowing you to choose the model that best suits your playstyleShop Larrivee GuitarsAbout Larrivee Guitars Before Jean Larrivee came along, the steel-string acoustic …
Oct 9th 2020 Robinson Earle
Diminished Chord Tricks on Guitar

Diminished Chord Tricks on Guitar

Chord Tricks on Guitar I once worked for a guy who enjoyed riding his bike around the showroom before we opened our doors for the day. He would weave his way through the guitar stands like it was some sort of demented driving test. It was his shop, so the rest of the staff just egged him on. I never saw him knock one down. One day, just to stir the pot a little, I plugged in a Tele as he was mounting his fixed gear and played this ascending series of chords: The tension was instantly heig …
Sep 16th 2020 Robinson Earle
PRS S2 594 McCarty

PRS S2 594 McCarty

Paul Reed Smith S2 594 McCarty In the world of electric guitars, PRS is unique in their endless search for tonal and ergonomic perfection. While other guitar builder’s content themselves with simply offering stellar examples of classic designs, PRS has committed to reverse-engineering a vintage style of their own based on the insights gleaned from decades of experimentation. In many ways, the PRS McCarty S2 594 is the culmination of this effort. This guitar exists at the cross-roads o …
Sep 2nd 2020 Robinson Earle