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What's in a Guitar Finish | Midwood Guitar Studio

What's in a Guitar Finish | Midwood Guitar Studio

What's in a Guitar Finish | Midwood Guitar Studio A group of butterflies is called a “kaleidoscope”, and given the amount of finishes available, that would be an appropriate term for a group of guitars as well. In a sense, guitarists can be classified based on their chromatic (pun intended) leanings. That said, it may also reflect one’s maturity and self-confidence. Case-in-point, my first electric guitar was a “wine-red” Fender stratocaster that I unburdened myself of after deciding …
Apr 17th 2020 Robinson Earle
A Mythology of 12 Tones | Midwood Guitar Studio

A Mythology of 12 Tones | Midwood Guitar Studio

A Mythology of 12 Tones | Midwood Guitar Studio From an architectural standpoint, music is like a spiral staircase. The same intervals repeat, while each floor is a new octave. In the west, we divide each level into 12 separate tones that can be selectively combined to create different scales. Assuming a static key signature, 11 of these tones can be defined by their relative distance from the tonic, or root note. Imagine the 11 tones as the 11 steps between floors (octaves). If you’re o …
Apr 14th 2020 Robinson Earle
Three of My Favorite Chords | Midwood Guitar Studio

Three of My Favorite Chords | Midwood Guitar Studio

Three of My Favorite Chords On the guitar, all inversions are not created equal. Assuming standard tuning, there are certain groupings of notes that the instrument seems to like best. Some shapes make inspired use of open strings, some are exquisitely symmetrical. Some chords test the limits of our physical capabilities, but make us stronger, better guitarists in the process. Here are some of my favorite chords:  Colloquially known as “The Hendrix Chord” for it …
Apr 6th 2020 Robinson Earle
A Love Song to the Piedmont Blues | Midwood Guitar Studio

A Love Song to the Piedmont Blues | Midwood Guitar Studio

A Love Song to the Piedmont Blues | Midwood Guitar Studio I first learned to “Piedmont” pick from the late, great John Cephas of the Richmond blues duo, Cephas & Wiggins. I had just turned 15, and my fledgling identity was intertwined with music. I gravitated towards anything that struck me as sincere and authentic. This took me from punk rock to folk and blues. At the encouragement of my parents, I attended “Blues Week” at the Augusta Heritage Center of Davis and Elkins College in Wes …
Mar 27th 2020 Robinson Earle

Dr. Z Amps - The Boutique Amplifier

The Boutique Amplifier - Dr. Z Amps For all your tubular amplifier needs, Midwood is proud to offer Dr. Z Amps. As the son of a 1950s television repairman, Michael Zaite grew up surrounded by vacuum tubes. As a teen, he was a drummer in garage bands, and performed modifications on his bandmate's amps. He went on to pursue a career in electronics, focusing on medical equipment (thus the “Dr.” moniker). Though the technology of his day was largely transistor-based, Zaite still ha …
Mar 4th 2020 Robinson Earle
The Heritage of Heritage Guitars | Midwood Guitar Studio

The Heritage of Heritage Guitars | Midwood Guitar Studio

In the late 1800s, Kalamazoo, Michigan was a popular destination for wealthy Yankee farmers to send their sons to become leaders of industry. Born a New Yorker, Orville Gibson set up shop in Kalamazoo and acquired his first patent in 1894. Inspired by the subtleties of the violin, he recognized that the design of 19th century mandolins and guitars could be vastly improved. For example, the bowl-back, “tater-bug” mandolin featured back and sides made of bent wood strips, and a flat, canted to …
Feb 27th 2020 Robinson Earle
Fender Custom Shop - The Essence of Guitar Design

Fender Custom Shop - The Essence of Guitar Design

Custom Fender Guitar Designs We’re smitten with the Fender Custom Shop 2019 and 2020 guitar model offerings. Years of studying and repairing vintage Fender electric guitars have granted the luthiers profound insights into what makes their guitars sing. The classics are classics for a reason. If you’re looking for an extraordinary butterscotch Tele, or an elegant sunburst Strat, we’ve got you covered. On top of that, we’ve got some subtlety postmodern axes that brilliantly expand on tr …
Feb 12th 2020 Robinson Earle
Three Guitar Pickers Who Pick Collings Guitars

Three Guitar Pickers Who Pick Collings Guitars

Collings Guitars is a pioneer in the manufacturing of acoustic and electric boutique guitars, based in Austin, Texas. People begin learning the guitar for all sorts of reasons, but there is usually an artist that comes along and inspires them to take their pursuit more seriously. Whether it was a smoldering solo or a finger-picked acoustic intro, something resonated within us and we thought, “I wanna’ do that.” For me, it was John Fahey. It was through his work that I uncovered the instruments …
Jan 14th 2020 Robinson Earle

A Morning In Midwood Guitar Studio's Acoustic Guitar Lounge

Acoustic Guitars are plentiful at Midwood Guitar Studio and we only represent the best. Welcome to Midwood Guitar Studio! We’ve got wood and wire in a variety of shapes, sizes, and flavors. Let me show you some of my favorite acoustic guitars: Taylor Guitars This one is pure, earthy class. The silent-satin, wild-honey sunburst finished acoustic guitar looks terrific in every light and lets it ring like a wooden bell. Maple is a relatively underrated tone wood that I simply adore. …
Jan 14th 2020 Robinson Earle
A Year in Review: Acoustic Guitars | Midwood Guitar Studio

A Year in Review: Acoustic Guitars | Midwood Guitar Studio

What we love about our collection of acoustic guitars. As we sail deeper into the new millennium, it’s important to reflect on the builders that have helped establish Midwood Guitar Studio as one of the premier purveyors of fine acoustic guitars in the world. After all, the lines we carry are as much a reflection of our identity as the thriving neighborhood that we call home. We cater to all tastes and budgets and our doors are always open, so if you ever find yourself in the Midwood district …
Dec 30th 2019 Robinson Earle