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The Old Town School Music Store grew-up with Guild Guitars in the 1950s. The balanced, articulate tone, folk-friendly body shapes, and solid wood quality of Guild acoustics inspired the era’s most influential songwriters, and became a staple of countless studio sessions and performances. We couldn’t be prouder to carry new California-crafted Guild acoustics at the Old Town School, delivering luthier-built design and classic construction, at a price accessible to students and touring professionals alike. Guild USA acoustics, now available at the Old Town School Music Store.

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Era-defining design and quality, accessible to any player. It’s a goal we work towards everyday at the Old Town School, and Guild electric guitars couldn’t be a better example. Vintage accurate styles and finishes are tastefully updated with session-ready specs and reliable electronics— at a price that leaves plenty of room for gas money to get to the gig. From solid body screamers to the warm warble of P90 pickups, when you’re ready to plug-in, grab a factory fresh Guild at the Old Town School Music Store.

When that first lush chord rings out on a Martin guitar, we're hearing the sound of history. A history of handbuilt quality that starts in 1833, and continues today. We're hearing the sound of decades of our favorite performances at the Old Town School. Our favorite records. We're hearing the guitar we'll grow with for a lifetime. From tour-friendly Road Series acoustics to our acclaimed collection of Standard and Custom Shop models, we're here to start your Martin story. Martin Guitars. Now available at the Old Town School Music Store.

To say Eastman mandolins are “best in their price range,” or “best in their class” doesn’t really capture the level of craft and quality these instruments are making available to students, session players, and even touring musicians. They’re not aiming to be the best in their price bracket, they’re aiming to be the best, period. At the Old Town School, when we recommend an Eastman mandolin, we’re not just recommending the affordable instrument, we’re recommending hand-carved, solid wood tone, and the felt experience of a mandolin that’s crafted, not assembled. We love that we can make that happen for nearly any player with an Eastman. Eastman mandolins. Now available at the Old Town School Music Store.

We could go on about Furch Guitars bringing boutique features like soundboard voicing, carbon encased truss rods, and an impossibly lightweight UV finish to a genuine player’s price point. We could talk about the four decades of craft and quality that shines through every detail of these Czech instruments’ construction and resonant, solid tonewoods. But mostly, we became Illinois’ first Furch dealer because these are instruments that simply inspire. For students. For songwriters. For session musicians. We couldn’t be prouder to bring Furch guitars to the Old Town School Music Store.

One of the real joys of working with small builders is getting a sense of what inspires their instruments— where their musical lineage is coming from. Based in Burlington, Vermont, Iris Guitars’ OG Model is a familiar nod to smaller-bodied Gibson acoustics of the ‘50s and ‘60s, refined and reimagined as a handcrafted, lightly braced, luthier-built guitar. A European spruce top pairs perfectly with Honduran mahogany back and sides to lend the OG a warmth and balance ideal for light strumming or fingerstyle, while vintage appointments and an era-inspired headstock make this one a classic on-stage strummer. The Iris OG Model. Now available at the Old Town School Music Store.

Rebecca, buyer for the Old Town School Music Store, takes us through our first Old Town School Spec Larrivee, an OM-05 with a silky-smooth satin finish neck, bold and balanced tone, and fingerstyle-friendly 1 3/4" nut. Now available at the Old Town School Music Store!

Inspired by the lightweight, lush resonance of Depression-era Kel Kroydon guitars, Waterloo's WL-K is a beautifully built homage to the crisp tone and refined aesthetic of some of the most sought-after acoustic guitars ever crafted. Now available at the Old Town School Music Store!

Check out this basic tutorial on how to restring your acoustic steel string guitar!

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Harmonica Primer with OTS teacher Zoey Savage