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!

Actively seeking consignments of quality used and vintage instruments and equipment

Expert set-up and repair  -  Lessons by well-known area musicians

News and Events:
August Monthly Specials: all available in-store with mention of this ad:

                - With the purchase of any new guitar or banjo:
                  Your choice of a free lesson or free padded gig bag or
                  free electronic tuner or free instrument stand.

                - 10% off any new banjo or guitar below $500

                - Buy two, get one free: all vintage vinyl/used CDs in  stock

                - $25 off any Blueridge Guitar in stock.

                - $35 off any Recording King Guitar over $250

Jacob's CD

is finally here!

and Elsewhere

Or check out the CD in our
on-line store:

Next Open Song Circle and Jam
Saturday September 10th,  4:00 pm

MSM hosts a monthly Open Song Circle on the Second Saturday of each month. The circle is open to all who would like to play, sing, 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 other refreshments. It's a great time to stroll the streets of the city and to stop in here at 393 Main Street and share some music.  - refreshments served.

David and Jake
Do you love banjos
or know someone who does?
Jake's Main Street Music may very well have the largest in-store inventory in the Northeast!  
(they didn't all fit in the photo...) 

Stop by or give us a call.

There's a banjo here for everyone!


A Most Special Banjo!!
We are now offering this unique Vega prototype "Pete Seeger" long-neck banjo, an instrument that was actually owned by Pete Seeger in the late 1950s and early 1960s and then played by Bernie Krause as he toured with The Weavers in 1963-64.

When young Bernie Krause joined The Weavers in 1963 to replace the out-going Frank Hamilton, he went to visit Pete Seeger up in Beacon, NY.  Pete gave him this Vega long-neck that had been given to him by the Vega Company, likely the prototype made ​just as Vega was releasing the Seeger model in the late 1950s.
Bernie played this Banjo with The Weavers as they toured through 1963 and 1964 before breaking up.  The Weavers would not play together again until their reunion with Pete Seeger in 1980.  

Shortly after 1964, Bernie Krause gave up music for other pursuits and the banjo was put in storage.  It remains in near- perfect playing condition having not been significantly used for almost 50 years and comes with a leather banjo bag, a letter of authenticity signed by Bernie Krause and photographs of Bernie with The Weavers.  Bernie has also signed the inside of the banjo head.
The banjo is all-original except Bernie changed out the tuners, removed the arm rest and changed the original head which had torn.
(Please call for details)
Larrivee has Arrived!


New Additions:
  McPherson MG-3.5 serial number 1587
Here for sale is a beautifully made  Handbuilt guitar. These guitars in recent years have been sought out from collectors and players alike. To those of you who are familar with these guitars each one is hand-built and different than the next. This guitar features solid sitka spruce top with flamed black acacia back and sides. Beautifully flamed wood bindings and the trademark offset McPherson sound hole design. it also features pearl headstock logo. and German Schaller tuners. This guitar also features a onboard pickup system wired into the endpin jack. for inquiries contact us at 845-765-8548 this  guitar has very few scratches and dings. being a used guitar we offering this at the unheard of price of 5,500 this is truly a remarkable one of a kind guitar with amazing rich full depth tone. Ready to please any serious player collector alike. Comes with Original case. 

Cynthia H. Burton, Redwood Classical Guitar, 1993

This guitar of the highest quality is labled "Cynthia H. Burton luthier, Portland Oregon. dated Dec. 1993."  It is an exquisitely made classical guitar from the hand of renowned luthier Cynthia H. Burton.  It features a solid Redwood top (the only Redwood guitar she made in her career) with a spalted Maple rosette and beautifully flamed Maple back and sides.   Both purfling and wood binding fill out the look of the top and back. Top quality tuners adorn her trademark asymmetrical headstock.  A dark black Ebony fretboard sits on a straight grained Mahogany neck.  The tone is clear and full.  This instrument is in top condition with no cracks, good action and awaits a discerning player or collector.  It really doesn't get better than this, but it just might, because the guitar comes in a top quality fiberglass protective Calton case, a $1000 value in of itself.

Serious inquiries only please  845-765-8548

Guild JF-20-12 (1996):
This pre-Fender Westerly guild is the real deal for those in search of top quality jumbo 12-string guitar.  This guitar has all the classic features that made Guild the top choice for a generation of 12-string players. It features a beautiful solid Spruce top and lovely all-solid flamed Maple back and sides.  The headfstock hosts gold-plated tuners and the renowned Guild "Chesterfield" pearl logo.  White bindings and a tortosie pickguard round out the  classic look.  This all-original instrument is in excellent condition with no cracks or significant blemishes.  The neck is straight and the action is remarkably low and comfortable. The tone is resonant with great clarity.

Asking $1395 with original hard-shell case.

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
Vega Senator 5 string
Vega Old Tyme Wonder 5 String w/ 12" Pot
Deering Sierra Maple 5 String

Stop in and hear them for yourself!

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.  Jake's Main Street Music now carries 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!

And now introducing 


and their cousin


Summer Store Hours:  

                                                       In general,    Wednesday 12 - 7 
                                                                            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.

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 Reverb.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:

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

1996 Guild JF20-12-BLD - Jumbo 12-string in excellent condition with low action

1920's B & D Tenor Banjo - In very good condition with good action and tone.

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

Mcpherson MG-3.5 Serial number 1587-  used high end instrument handbuilt beauty- see above

2002 Deering Guitar-banjo - the well-known "Boston" model, in mint condition - see banjo 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 beautiful mint condition Dobro "hawaiian" DM33. The instrument was stored away for many years so it is a rare opportunity to have a near vintage instrument in such fine condition.

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.
Fred Hellerman of The Weavers enjoying our Second Saturday Jam
Vega Long-neck prototype actually owned by Pete Seeger and then by Bernie Krauss who played it with The Weavers.
Our friends, and great musicians, Kim and Reggie Harris. Kim and Reggie have been singing and writing songs of justice, of slavery and freedom, of the underground railroad, of Pete Seeger, of peace, social justice and the environment for years, and of those singing this type of music, there are none better or kinder. You can learn more about them at kimandreggie.com