We're a music store and stringed instrument shop in Beacon, New York located in the heart of the Hudson Valley featuring quality new, used, vintage and consigned stringed instruments as well as music lessons.  We also carry a wide variety of strings and accessories, art, gifts, CDs and vintage vinyl recordings.  It's a relaxed, low-pressure shop where we encourage visitors to stay a while and try things.  We're located at 393 Main Street, a few doors down from The Town Crier Cafe, one of the East Coast's premier acoustic music venues for the past 40 years.  We strongly encourage people to visit both places when they come by!
Winter Store Hours:  

                                                       In general,    Wednesday 12 - 8 
                                                                            Thursday     12 - 7
                                                                            Friday          12 - 7
                                                                            Saturday     12 - 7 
                                                                            Sundays      1 - 6  
                                                                            Or by appointment.  

If you're coming from a distance, please call ahead as we're also working musicians and may be on the road.
Tel. 845-765-8548.

News and Events:

Introducing Deering/Vega banjos 

Main Street Music is proud to be carrying quality Banjos made in the USA. 

Current models in stock:

Goodtime open back 
Goodtime II resonator
and a Vega Senator 5 string

Stop in and hear them for yourself!

March Madness:  In honor of our new relationship with Deering, (and because we're really ready for Spring to begin) we've decided that March is "Banjo Month" here at MSM: All new banjos 10% off!  Just mention you saw this on our website.
Still loving "Edwina!"  Edwina is our new microphone from Ear Trumpet Labs of Portland Oregon, a small family-owned company that's been supplying well-known musicians with great high-gain stage microphones for the past several years.  Performers such as The Milk Carton Kids, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw now exclusively use Ear Trumpet microphones.  Jacob and David recently purchased an Edwina model because of its ability to catch both of their instruments and voices simultaneously with a wonderfully natural acoustic sound.  They decided to carry the Ear Trumpet line and are now the area's exclusive dealer of Ear Trumpet products.  Come in and hear one for yourself; you'll fall in love too!
March 29th, 2:00 pm: Mandolin Workshop with Wayne Fugate:  Main Street Music is proud to announce that renowned mandolin "doctor" Wayne Fugate will be joining the MSM teaching staff.  
To kick things off, we are hosting a beginners Mandolin Workshop.
This program is designed for anyone that is considering taking up the mandolin as well as those who already have some mandolin experience but are looking to improve. 

The workshop will consist of a short concert by Wayne followed by a one-hour primer in mandolin playing.  We will be serving, wine, soft drinks and snacks.

The cost of the workshop is $30.00.  Please sign up early by calling 845-765-8548 as space is limited.  

Wayne Fugate is one of the New York area's most versatile acoustic musicians. Making his musical home in the space in, around and between the American roots styles of bluegrass, blues, jazz, and old-time music, he can swing gracefully from these styles to any of his other musical loves in the worlds of Classical, Gypsy jazz and Brazilian Choro music. His playing combines emotion and intellect with technical precision and while he puts his own creative stamp on everything that he plays, the respect he has for tradition is readily apparent in his playing. 

A founding member of the widely acclaimed, eclectic string band "Uncommon Ground", Wayne also performs and tours with “Mandolin Madness” an ensemble featuring mandolin great, Barry Mitterhoff and “The New York Mandolin Ensemble”, one of the country’s premiere chamber orchestra groups using instruments of the Mandolin and Lute families (Mandolins, Mandola, Mando-Cello, Guitar and Bass).  In demand as 'first call' freelance artist, some of Wayne's other performing credits include stage work with Tony Trischka, Hazel Dickens, Barry Mitterhoff, Kenny Kosek, Walt Michael & Co, Jay Ungar & Molly Mason, Kenny Kosek, Grammy Award winner Lisa Gutkin, and banjo legend Bill Keith.

Wayne has performed on two continents at noteworthy venues that include Carnegie Hall's Isaac Stern Auditorium and Weill Recital Hall, Symphony Space, The Great Hall at Edinburgh Castle, West Point, SPAC and The Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. He can be heard on the soundtracks of Emmy nominatedfilm "Home" and Louis B. Mayer award winning short film, "Respects". Wayne has studied (and performed) with two of the world's mandolin greats, Barry Mitterhoff and Mike Marshall. He continues his musical education with private instruction and has attended several continuing education programs at Boston's Berklee College of Music.  He is active as a mandolin teacher, offering both private instruction and workshops given annually at prominent festivals and music camps throughoutthe Northeast. Wayne is the author of two (soon to be three) instructional and tune books for mandolin available through Alfred Publishing and Mel Bay.

April 11thth: Second Saturday Open Song Circle and Jam:

MSM will be holding our regular monthly Open Song Circle at 4:00 pm on April 11th.  We'll supply the snacks and drinks.  The circle is open to all who would like to play or to just listen, and you'll be done in time for your evening plans. The event coincides with The City of Beacon's regular Second Saturday celebrations, a day when shops and galleries show their wares and stay open late and serve wine or snacks.  Second Saturday is a great time to stroll the streets of the city and to stop in here at 393 Main Street and share some music. 

David and Jake
May 3rd, at the Towne Crier Cafe:
A Celebration of Pete Seeger

We hope you will all join David and Jake and many others in a local celebration of Pete Seeger's birthday.  Details to be announced - Stay tuned!

Soon to be announced:  news of Jacob and David's next appearance at a venue near you.

Available for house concerts, too!
New Additions:

Introducing Eastman
New Eastman MD604.
Main street music is pleased to announce we now carry new Eatsman Mandolins. Currently we have this beatufull Eastman A style in stock this features all solid woods a solid spruce top with flamed maple back and sides. To get specs visit eastmanguitars.com. We also have a very nice Eastman F style  MD515 in stock. Stop by and check them out.

1960's Bacon longneck
Here for sale is a lovely vintage  (Pete Seeger style) Banjo featuring 24 brackets, rosewood neck with white binding and a wooden pot with bakelite shell style outer layer. I appears to have an original plastic head thats stained from years of playing witch gives it great character. The tone is classic 60's longneck sound. The tuners have been recently upgraded to the very best two-band planetary tuner.  This instrument is in good playing condition with a 5th string capo newly installed to make key changes easy.  The action at the upper end of the neck is left slightly high  but not bad considering the age of the instrument and sits well for classic clawhammer playing. The banjo comes with original hard shell case and makes this a vintage bargain ready to give it's next player years of enjoyment. 
Gibson B-25 Deluxe
​This vintage 1970's Gibson has just been reduced to $995.00 it features one of the slimest necks we've seen and is ideal for a player with smaller hands,. This instrument is in good structural condition with just a few small repaired top cracks. Its made of all soild woods and will give it's mew owner years oif enjoyment  

Christopher upright bass
This is a brand new and expertly set up upright bass with a beautifully carved and adjustable bridge. Ready to go. $2195.00 

Actively seeking consignments of quality instruments and equipment.

Expert setups and repairs   -   Music lessons by top area musicians.

Main Street Music is primarily a "folk" acoustic instrument shop, but we also feature some quality electric guitars, tube amplifiers etc. This website has only a partial listing of the instruments we have in stock.
We also offer our instruments online through Gbase.com.  But if you’re more of a hands-on shopper, please come by and see us.  We like it that way.  

Some Items of note currently available at Main Street Music:

1924 Gibson "A"Style "snakehead" Lloyd Loar era Mandolin - see mandolin page for details.

1960 Gibson J-50 - with good action and monster good tone - see guitar page.

1970s Gibson B-25 Deluxe - lots of tone in a small package with thin neck profile - see guitar page.

1992 Dobro Hawaiian - a vintage instrument in mint condition  - see guitar page.

2002 Deering Guitar-banjo - the well-known "Boston" model, in mint condition - see banjo page.

1964 Guild Capri Archtop Acoustic-Electric - with 2 humbuckers and in excellent condition- see guitar page.

1979 Wine Red Fender Stratocaster - with fat frets and a lead humbucker installed - see guitar page.

Vintage LP "Galaxy" Congas - they weigh mucho and sound like it - call for details.

Original Korg Wave Drum - together with editor, rim and flight case - a rare find - call for details.Editor, rim and f 

John McCuen of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band stops in to try a banjo or two.

The proprietors of The New Main Street Music 
come visit us at our new localtion at 393 Main Street.

Members of the Steep Canyon Rangers hang with owner Jacob Bernz at Main Street Music

Members of the Steep Canyon Rangers hang with owner Jacob Bernz at Main Street Music

Here for sale is a Gibson A 2 from 1920's. it's seen a lot of play and it has it's share of nicks and scratchs the original gloss finish is worn through and the original pickguard is gone but this tone will reward you for years of play yet to come. price: asking $1,295 

Pete Seeger tries out a banjo at Main Street Music

local hand made made Mark Grazioso Dreadnaught Guitar $995.00 a beutifully made Guitar it doesn't get better than this.

Jake and Thomas Wesley Stern

Jake jams with roots group Thomas Wesley Stern

We offer a variety of strings, straps and accessories.

We offer a variety of strings, straps and accessories.

Co-owner Jacob Bernz at the store.

Co-owner Jacob Bernz at the store.

A recent addition, a beautiful  1997Guild D-30 BLD-maple sides and back.

A recent addition, a beautiful 1997Guild D-30 BLD-maple sides and back.

Gibson 5-string "conversion" banjo, circa 1927 and later.  See banjo page for details.

Gibson 5-string "conversion" banjo, circa 1927 and later. See banjo page for details.

Hand-made guitar from Artisan Fretted Instruments of Williamsburg, MA. See guitar page for details.

Bill Vanaver

Bill Vanaver tries a Fairbanks-Vega

Owners Jacob Bernz and his father David Bernz play their instruments down by the Hudson River.

Tom Chapin

Tom Chapin jams with Michael Mark and John Cobert

Matt Emmer

Our friend Matt Emmer tries an old S. S. Stewart Mandolin

German violin

A century-old German violin restored by Rafael Storm. See our violin page for details.

Perry Robinson

Renowned clarinetist Perry Robinson has fun with a flutophone

Thom Joyce

Hudson Valley musician Thom Joyce composes a new tune on a Blue Ridge tenor guitar

Masachusetts based singer Karen Brooks and owner Jacob Bernz

Jeff Haynes

World class percussionist Jeff Haynes tries his hand at the acoustic bass.