Welcome to Main Street Music       Beacon, NY       845-765-8548

We are a music store and stringed instrument shop in the heart of Beacon's growing arts and musical community, featuring new, used, vintage and consigned stringed instruments.  We also offer a full line of accessories and expert lessons and repairs.  We actively seek consignments of quality instruments and equipment.

News and Events:

Main Street Music has moved out of the store space at 382 Main Street and we are in the process of relocateing to larger quarters with an anticipated opening date of september 2014 - Details to follow.  

To our customers: Thank you for your patience and for your patronage.  We will do our best to meet your needs during this transition.  All of our stock is in local storage and very accessible and can be shown by appointment.  We are still accepting repairs and special orders, and if you need anything in a pinch, even strings, we'll try to accommodate; just give us a call.  

To our students: Thank you for coming to learn with us.  We will be taking a much needed vacation for most of August but intend to resume lessons late in the month otr in early September.  Stay tuned.

To our consignors:  Please rest assured that all instruments have been carefully transported to a safe, dry and insured location within Beacon, and remain available for sale on the web and by appointment until they can be brought to our new location.  If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us by phone or email.   Once again, thank you for your patronage and your patience.

David and Jake

Saturday August 9th:  Song Circle Cancelled:

Due to the ongoing relocation of the store, regretfully, we will be unable to host our regular Second Saturday Open Song Circle this month.  

We are hoping to resume in September. 

Thursday August 14th, 7:30 pm:  Woody Pete and Lee
 Third Annual Woody Guthrie Restoration Fundraiser - at the Towne Crier Cafe
 In 2012, Hope Machine (Fred Gillen Jr. & Steve Kirkman) teamed up with folksingers David and Jacob Bernz along with the wonderful vocalist Amy Fradon to celebrate Woody's centennial year and to raise money to restore the Woody Guthrie, an environmental and historical boat originally conceived by Pete Seeger, currently operated by the Beacon Sloop Club(beaconsloopclub.org). Hope Machine, an official program of the Woody Guthrie Archives, presents cutting-edge versions of Woody's classics along with powerful new material. David Bernz is a two-time Grammy-winning producer for Pete Seeger and an accomplished folksinger in his own right (incl. Work O' The Weavers). Jacob Bernz is a young songwriter-balladeer who won top honors in the 2013 Towne Crier open mic finals. Amy Fradon's leather-lunged vocals have been acclaimed throughout the region, with over 14 albums to her credit. Amy  is also the lead female vocalist in The Vanaver Caravan's "Pastures of Plenty" program honoring Woody Guthrie. Guthries' Ghost presents a program that is rousing, relevant, uplifting and participatory. This year, Guthries' Ghost will celebrate not only Woody Guthrie but also Pete Seeger and Lee Hays who would have been 100 last March.
               Tickets $20 advance/ $25 at door.      See: http://townecc.tunestub.com/show.cfm?id=163162&cart
New Additions:
Molinator Resophonic Electric Slide Guitar (2009) Made in Tasmania by Peter Mole with P-90 neck pickup and piezo  under cone. (See guitar page)
Vintage Collings D2H (1993)  

Deep Rich tone from solid Spruce and East Indian Rosewood.
 (See guitar page) 

Weymann Keystone State Mandolin Banjo (1924) In excellent vintage condition with new skin head and detachable Maple resonator (See banjo page)

American Fender Stratocaster
This is an American made Stratocaster in tip-top condition with hard shell case.  The real deal! (See Guitar Page)

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 J-40 - Good Gibson Tone at a very good price - see guitar page.

1970s Gibson B-25 Deluxe - lots of tone in a small package with thin neck profile - see guitar page.
Gibson L-00 Historic - Reproduction of a 1937 L-00 right down to the hide glue - 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.

1923  Gibson A-Junior Mandolin - a vintage gem with lovely tone and action - see mandolin 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.

2009 Molinator Slide Resophonic Guitar - from Tazmania, a rare bird in great condition - see guitar page.

Peavey "Classic 50" Tube guitar amp - in mint condition with padded cover and casters - call for details.

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.tEditor, rim and f 

We are 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 are located at 382 Main Street, Beacon, NY, across the street from the recently relocated 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.
Currently offering a wide variety of guitars, banjos, mandolins, violins and vintage instruments.
Actively seeking consignments of quality instruments and equipment.

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

Store Hours:  Generally, Tuesday through Sunday 12:00 to 7:00 pm 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.

Main Street Music is primarily a "folk" acoustic instrument shop, but we also feature some quality electric guitars, tube amplifiers etc.
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.  
Our friend Linda enjoys strumming a Guild 12-string.

Our friend Linda enjoys strumming a Guild 12-string.

Our growing wall of banjos.

Our growing wall of banjos.

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

Vintage 1947 Gibson A-50 Mandolin now offered at Main Street Music.

Vintage 1947 Gibson A-50 Mandolin. See our mandolin page for details.

Pete Seeger tries out a banjo at Main Street Music

Martin D12-28 built in 2004 in like-new condition.

Martin D12-28 built in 2004 in like-new condition. See our guitar page.

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.