a life-long learner,
made to create &
equal part insomniac.
this is how Midnight3oMusic was started.
In 2013, I just started to really delve into electric guitar. I had been leading worship from acoustic for 15 years and had grown bored with the limited sonic possibilities. My wife bought me an American Standard Telecaster, my church bought me a Blues Jr III, and with a few pedals I begged and borrowed I was off trying to make a go of it. I quickly found I just couldn’t get the sound I had in my head to come out of my amplifier. During those long sleepless nights when insomnia payed a visit I began to research, visit forums, watch pedal and amp demos and realized some of the gear I needed to have to help me find my tone.
Not aware of just how far the rabbit hole would take me, I began the long and arduous process into pedal building. I knew nothing about electronics, I had never held a soldering iron and I had no idea what the difference between a resistor and a capacitor was. What I did know is that I was fascinated by the possibilities.
I found a kit from Build Your Own Clone that gave me everything I needed. The kit came, I carefully followed the instructions and to my amazement it worked.
I was hooked.
Those sleepless nights found me learning how to create circuits, learn Eagle AutoCad, and ultimately have a stockpile of hand-built pedals I was able to use weekly on my own board. I began to post my builds on social media forums and soon people began to reach out about building them pedals.
I found myself soldering late into the nights, well past midnight and as the requests kept pouring in I decided that this could be its own business. All I needed was a name. Since I would build till after midnight, Midnight30music was born.
Joshua Eiler, SOuth Glen Falls, New York
a special thanks to pnj Photography
IT TAKES A VILLAGE
GUITARS FOR GLORY ABSORBS
They say “It takes a village.” And what they say is true. Over the last four years, you may have heard us mention how much we value our amazing team members…Upwards of thirty people that tirelessly and freely give their time to ensure that guitars come in and guitars go out, that our recipients are encouraged, and ultimately every aspect of our ministry gets the attention it needs. New York, South Carolina, Maine, Indiana, Belize, Netherlands, Spain, and Illinois…All places where our GFG family resides. Distance hasn't kept the family from growing. In fact, it's allowed us to be more intentional about communication. I can personally attest that it's these people that have provided me with the greatest encouragement of my life when I needed it most. As my immediate family and I have walked through difficult trials, it's these people that have stood in the gap on our behalf. Today, I am eager to share about one of these people in particular and let you in on some exciting news!
If we were figuratively to rewind the film on the GFG story to the very early days of our ministry, when our vision was foggy, you would see that the only thing we really knew for sure was that God wanted us to put one foot in front of the other, moving forward confidently with the vision He had instilled in our hearts. Around that time, we received a knock on the door. Of course, it was just a metaphorical knock, since we didn't even have an office or any sort of space at the time. But the message was quite clear! In fact, I just looked back to the very first email correspondence we had ever received and upon reading it again thought it best to share it verbatim with you:
January 16, 2014
My name is Joshua and I have a little guitar pedal building company called Midnight30Music that is beginning to do well. I follow you on Instagram and would very much like to be part of what you do. My proposal is to dedicate 100% of the sale of one of my pedals to Guitars For Glory. I was thinking one pedal per month. Is this at all something you would be interested in? If not, I would love to know another way I can get involved in getting guitars in the hands of worshippers who need them. And I've got to tell you, I love giving guitars away!
As they also say, “The rest is history”. Some of you reading this, who know Joshua, whether it's through GFG, Midnight30Music, or his church, know that what his email expressed is a perfect word-picture of his beautiful heart. Joshua is never involved in anything for recognition or notoriety, but genuinely and intentionally desires to help people. His pedal company, Midnight30Music is a stunning reflection of who he is. One can easily see this; not only in the beautiful pedal soundscapes he's spent countless hours perfecting, but also in the culture he has so carefully created with his customers. A few months ago in a moment of transparency Joshua shared about his discouragement with Midnight30. It’s not uncommon for a person to have moments where we question whether or not the work we are doing has value. "Is this really making a difference?" It’s a question I think I ask myself almost daily. It's a good thing to ask oneself. A healthy dose of questioning may help ward off the risky status quo and dangerous complacency that so easily besets. Asking these same questions to a trusted supporter is especially beneficial, as they can often see what we cannot, both hard and good things. In this case, Joshua needed to hear how his work had impacted our Guitars for Glory ministry. So naturally when Joshua shared his “wonderings” with me, I shared this story with him...
A couple years ago in my own moment of "Is GFG really making a difference?" and during a time where money was so tight that I was unsure whether or not we were going to be able to meet the needs of a guitar applicant, I received a PayPal notification in our GFG account that Midnight30 had sent us a donation. It was that donation that allowed us to fulfill that need and our promise of a guitar. How beautiful is that? While we may not always feel the value of the work we are doing in every moment, others might. Let me also say, this happened on more than one occasion. You see Joshua and his boutique pedal business have been woven into the fabric of our small non-profit from the very beginning. While others question the impact that a guitar can have in a ministry or person’s life, Midnight30 stepped in and said, "I believe in you." And on more than one occasion, that is all it took to keep us going.
Two trips to Belize, dozens of pedal donations, bringing our team to his home church, involving and engaging his congregation to be supportive of GFG, worshipping together, and sharing family meals in his home brings us to realize that Midnight30Music IS Guitars For Glory. After a recent conversation with Joshua, the opportunity arose for Guitars For Glory to absorb Midnight30Music into a new arm of our ministry. We are incredibly excited and honored to transition M30 into the daily operation of GFG, while keeping the brains of the operation (Joshua) at the helm of his creations. What does this mean? It means that 100% off the profit of each pedal sold will now assist Guitars For Glory in reaching more people than ever before. Each time you step on that switch on your M30 pedal, you can picture a smile on someone’s face that now has access to a guitar. It doesn’t get much better than that.
Each pedal will also be forever linked to a guitar recipient by a unique serial number. That serial number will be housed in a database which will be linked to our website. Simply type in your serial number on our site, and see who your pedal helped bless.
For all you loyal Midnight30 customers, you may be wondering how this will affect business. We’re here to assure you that it’s business as usual. It will be a seamless transition over the next month and production lead times will not change. We are grateful to Joshua and excited for this opportunity.