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904 Old Baldwin Road * New Athens IL 62264

THE Source for Acoustic Instruments
and Accessories!

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New Classes & Workshops for 2018! Sign Up Now!

We have new classes and workshops that will start in mid January of 2018! Click on the any of the links below for detailed information about specific, upcoming workshops. If you have questions or would like to sign up for any of these classes, e-mail us or call during normal business hours.

Banjo Closed Chord Backup 101 (4-Day Workshop) - All Tuesdays, starts March 20
Instructional Jam (3-Day Workshop) - Every Other Monday, starts April 2

Spring Fiddle & Banjo Contest!

Our Spring Fiddle & Banjo Contest will be held Saturday, April 28, 2018, from 2:00-5:30 p.m. You are welcome to e-mail or call for more specific information, or if you'd like to view our Facebook Event for this contest, click here. Basic information for the contest is as follows:

We are having our Summer Fiddle & Banjo Contest a little bit early this year, and back at the Bull Pen in the Small Hall. The Club Room will be available for warming up and jamming. Plenty of parking and accessible. Food and beverages available. We will have a band to kick things off while the contestants get signed up and warmed up. Lots of fun for the entire family!

There will be several divisions in both the fiddle & banjo contest. All juniors will receive a medal regardless of placement.

Cost is $10 general admission, $5 for seniors and 14 & under. Contestants and their backup do not pay admission. There is a $3.00 entry fee for contestants.

Thanks for Coming to our Website!

Hello and welcome to Bluegrass Shack Productions! We specialize in acoustic instruments and accessories for bluegrass and folk musicians. We hope that you'll find just what you're looking for here. Our site is constantly being updated, so keep checking back. If there is something in particular that you are looking for, feel free to contact us. We also have a blog that you might want to visit. It has all kinds of information about our store, instrument repair, bluegrass music in general, lessons, personal experiences, etc.

We are located in New Athens, Illinois, near the Kaskaskia River. We're in a very small town with no fast food restaurants and no stoplights! However, we do have several nice family restaurants and a marina, and we host jam sessions from time to time. You can view a video clip from one of our past jams: YouTube video.

Our store hours are Monday through Thursday from 1:00 - 9:00 p.m.; Fridays from 1:00 - 7:00 p.m.; and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. CST. We do close early from time to time, so if you plan on driving a long distance, please call us first at 618-475-3678. You may also call us for a special appointment if you would like to come at a time that we are not generally open.

Shipping Details

We ship items out as soon as possible after we receive your order. If you are ordering an instrument, we need to have a street address -- not a P.O. Box! We almost always use FedEx to ship and insure our instruments. FedEx comes for pickups on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. We ship the same day or the next pickup day after you place your order. We just need time to setup your instrument (we don't ship instruments "factory setup" or no setup). You will receive a tracking number directly from FedEx that will tell you the exact day to expect delivery. We ship FedEx Ground for most packages, and USPS for most other orders.

If you are ordering accessories without an instrument, your package will be shipped USPS. We ship the same day or the next day after you place your order on all in-stock items. If the item you ordered is out of stock, you will receive an e-mail from us letting you know that we don't have the item in stock, and you have the option to cancel your order for a refund, or wait for the item to come in. If you have questions about our instruments, accessories, shipping & delivery, or anything else, please ask! We'll do our best to help you in any way we can.

We do ship to all 50 states and to many foreign countries; however, you will be responsible for partial shipping & insurance charges to these locations. If you place an order for shipment to anywhere other than the 48 mainland states, we will send you an additional Paypal invoice for the cost of shipping, or we will refund your money.

Return Policy

We offer a 7-day, no questions asked return policy. If for any reason you are not satisfied with your purchase, please let us know right away. We will work with you to fix any issues or you may return the item. On our violins/fiddles, we also offer a 100% trade in policy. RETURNS DUE TO SHIPPING DAMAGE MUST BE reported immediately. FedEx only gives us 3 days to report shipping damage or they will not honor the insurance claim. This means you need to open the box and inspect items immediately upon receipt.Click here for the full policy.

Take a video tour of our shop! Click on the photo below:

Chris' Students - Click here for Chris' 2018 Private Lesson Schedule.

The Tuesday Night Open Jams have been discontinued until further notice. We are using this time for our students' lessons, workshops and classes.

Join us for a jam session!

This picture shows some of our new and vintage fiddles/violins for sale.

We have on-site repair for most acoustic and school band instruments.

Thanks for stopping by and come back again soon!

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Last updated: March 25, 2018
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