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904 Old Baldwin Road * New Athens IL 62264

THE Source for Acoustic Instruments
and Accessories!

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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. We host an acoustic jam session every other Tuesday right here at our shop. Click here for a schedule and more detailed information. You can view a video clip from our April 14th jam: 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. 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.

Upcoming Events

October 17, 2015 - Bluegrass Shack Annual October Fiddle, Banjo & Flattop Guitar Contest and Bluegrass Concert

Upcoming Banjo Workshops & Jam Camps!

Chris will be travelling to a number of states this year and next to teach banjo workshops and bluegrass jam camps. Workshops will be co-taught with Mark Raborn, and will be for all levels. Workshops and Jam Camps will include break-out sessions where Chris and Mark will teach smaller groups to personalize the learning experience and teach to the different levels that will be present. Click a link below for more information on any of these upcoming workshops or jam camps:

St. Francisville, LA (Banjo Workshop) Jan. 16-17, 2016 at Birdman Coffee & Books
Urbandale, IA (Banjo Workshop) Jan. 22, 2016 at Rieman Music
Urbandale, IA (Bluegrass Jam Camp) Jan. 23-24, 2016 at Rieman Music

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 unless you would like to pay extra for faster shipping.

If you are ordering accessories without an instrument, your package will be shipped USPS, unless you would like to pay extra for faster shipping. 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 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. Click here for the full policy.

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

If you have a used or vintage instrument that you would like to sell or trade, please contact us by e-mail or phone (located at the top of each page of this site). We are especially in need of used & vintage upright basses!

We're on Channel 8 - WSIU News Carbondale, IL!

Chris' Students - Click here for Chris' 2015 Private Lesson Schedule.

2015 Tuesday Night Jam Schedule

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: October 12, 2015
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