Meet the Team

DOUGLAS ARMSTRONG

Douglas has always had a passion for music since childhood. Growing up, he wanted to be a recording engineer so as a teenager he loved mixing records. Douglas grew up in a construction family and earned a degree from East Carolina’s Construction Management Program. This led to him working for and owning part of a Charlotte, NC based construction company from 1987-2016. In the interest of bringing his dream to life, Midwood Guitar Studio was created as an outlet to share Douglas' passion for boutique guitars with others in the Charlotte area and across the USA.

  

MATT ANTHONY

Matt brings years of guitar retail experience to the table and has been very successful as a young professional. We feel that Matt is a key part of our success today and the future of the business. Matt plays with various artists in the Americana/Alt-Country scene and can be seen using Novo Guitars and a Collings OM2H acoustic.

  

SAGE GREER

Sage is an established singer/songwriter and a member of the alt-country band, The WIlt. He is also a guitarist at Elevation Church. Sage is our resident music history buff and quotes movies far too often. When he is in charge of our shop radio, you will likely hear Tom Petty, Jason Isbell, or Ryan Adams. When it comes to gear, you’ll mostly see him playing his ‘71 Strat through a 3rd Power British Dream MKII or his Collings OM2HG.

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ALEX THORNTON

Alex is a graduate of Catawba College, where he majored in Music. He has been working at the shop since the summer of 2017, and specializes in guitars, pedals, and mandolins. He can be seen playing around Charlotte at Forest Hill NoDa.  Alex also runs a pedalboard setup company called TH Audio, where he builds rigs for local players as well as musicians from all over the country.  You'll probably find Alex playing his Novo Serus T, a Matchless Chieftain, and and too many effects pedals.

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 ZACH LUPER

Zach is a guitarist who has lived in Charlotte for close to four years. He plays for Elevation Church as well as local acts Solis and Flagship. If Zach isn’t at the shop he is usually on craigslist and reverb trying to find more gear to hoard. You will most likely find Zach playing his ‘89 Gretsch Firejet through a Matchless HC-30.

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 DAVID BEAM

David is a guitar player who has been in the Charlotte music scene for 4 years. He currently plays with Alt-Country band, The Wilt. When it comes to gear, he is a huge believer in finding what works for YOU to create YOUR sound and not basing those decisions on what's trending or being played by others. His favorite band is U2... We're just glad he didn't say Coldplay. 

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ROBINSON EARLE

Robinson Earle is Midwood’s performer and writer in-residence, specializing in acoustics. Since settling in North Carolina in 2012, he has established himself in the statewide folk music community through guitar sales, public/web performance, and private instruction. He is well versed in fingerstyle, slide, and alternative tunings and knows a wide variety of public domain ballads and dance tunes. His band, The River Otters, plays throughout the Piedmont region and beyond. His music school, Arcane Americana, is based outside of Chapel Hill, where he lives with his wife and daughter. He commutes to Charlotte monthly and can be met by appointment. 

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