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Announcing our new Trade-Up policy!

Buy an instrument from Janet Davis Acoustic Music now and when you are ready for a more expensive instrument later we'll accept your instrument as a trade and give you 70% of the price you paid as a credit on your new instrument purchase. This is part of our Buy With Confidence program to make sure you are ultimately happy with your purchases from JDMC.

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Latest Videos

Snark Auto Tuner for All Instruments Demo
Demonstration of the Snark Tuner for all instruments including the special banjo adapter mount.

Classic Tony Rice Lick - Lick of the Week #12
Learn this very versatile Tony Rice lick in this easy to follow, step by step lesson taught by Jake Stogdill courtesy of Janet Davis Acoustic Music. The guitar used in this video is a Martin HD-28v

Pisgah Openback 12 inch Rambler Banjo Demo
Nathan McAlister drops by the store and plays a little bit on the Pisgah Rambler.

Arkansas Razorback Series Acoustic Guitar
Watch and listen to how good this collectible Arkansas Razorback series guitar sounds....it also comes with some extra goodies and is a must have for any Arkansas Razorback fan.

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Guitars for Vets Benefited by Donations From
Janet Davis Acoustic Music and
Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers
During the Southern Ohio Indoor Music Festival

Pictured above: Robbie Boone, Janet Davis Acoustic Music; Joe Mullins; Richard Hutchinson, Chapter Coordinator of the Cincinnati, Ohio Chapter of Guitars for Vets; Dave Thompson and Andrew Thompson, Janet Davis Acoustic Music. (Photo credit: Bill Warren, CandidPix)

Wilmington, OH (November 10, 2014)--Janet Davis Acoustic Music and award-winning bluegrass group Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers made a charitable donation this past weekend to Guitars for Vets during the twice-annual Southern Ohio Indoor Music Festival held at the Roberts Centre in Wilmington, Ohio.

Winner of the raffled Martin D-16gt guitar was Monica Seebode, of Mason Ohio.

On Saturday evening, Mullins introduced Dave Thompson, Andrew Thompson, and Robbie Boone of Janet Davis Acoustic Music, the band's official supply sponsor, who together with Mullins, presented a check in the amount of $2,000 to Richard Hutchinson, Chapter Coordinator of the Cincinnati, Ohio Chapter of Guitars for Vets (G4V), a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of injured and ailing veterans through the healing power of music with free guitars and lessons to vets in a structured program staffed by volunteers. This contribution was made possible through the donation of a Martin guitar by Janet Davis Acoustic Music and a patriotic-themed handmade quilt donated by Wilma Miller. A $5 donation per prize allowed festival attendees to enter a drawing to win either item with all proceeds given to G4V. As a special surprise, Hutchinson was also presented a Martin guitar by Janet Davis Acoustic Music for use in the G4V program.

"The healing power of music is well known in the bluegrass community," explains Mullins. "For our fans to contribute several thousand dollars to Guitars for Vets confirms this and I know funds will provide opportunity for lives and hearts to be restored from the traumas of the battlefield. What could be better? And we are very grateful for the generosity of our friend Wilma Miller and Janet Davis Acoustic Music. The Thompson family of Janet Davis Acoustic Music eagerly supports our charitable efforts at the festival each November. What a blessing."

Earlier in the day the band performed "The Last Parade," a powerful song written by Steve Bonafel in honor of Staff Sgt. Nicholas Carnes of Dayton, Kentucky, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2007. Immediately following, Mullins introduced Robert Woods, the Ohio State Captain of the Patriot Guard Riders™, a support group of motorcycle riders accessible in all 50 states, available at a family's request, to honor and ensure dignity and respect at memorial services honoring fallen military heroes, first responders, and honorably discharged veterans. The band presented him with a check for $3,000. The contribution was made possible through proceeds from the digital downloads of "The Last Parade" along with sales of a commemorative t-shirt donated by Buckminn's D&D Harley-Davidson located in Xenia, OH.

More Pre-Owned Guitars

Just Added: Martins, Taylors & Gibsons

We have some great new additions to our Pre-Owned Guitar inventory. These are all late model slightly used instruments at high-value prices. Models include Martin M-D35 and M-DCPA4-R, Taylor T-518E and T-356CE, and Gibson J-185EC Rosewood and Hummingbird. We also have a wide selection of other fine pre-owned instruments at great prices.

Don't miss this chance to get a fine instrument at a super price.

Additional Inventory Now Available Online!

A few products we are not allowed to advertise online can now be seen in our Members-Only area.

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Martin M-LX1E 'Little Martin' Acoustic-Electric Guitar
The M-LX1 with built-in Fishman Isys electronic pickup and tuner. Solid Spruce top.
Free shipping.
Martin M-DX1RAE X-Series Guitar
A great-sounding, great-playing Dreadnought guitar that is environmentally friendly and priced within reach of the aspiring guitarist.
Free shipping.
Martin 000X1AE Acoustic-Electric Guitar
The look and sound of a collectible Martin, at an affordable price. Embrace the dream of owning your own Martin guitar. Free shipping.

We Just Received a Boatload of New Quality Instruments

We're currently flush with new instruments from Huber, Gibson, Martin, Taylor and others. That makes it a great time to treat yourself to a new guitar, mandolin, banjo, or other fine instrument from the leading supplier of bluegrass gear. Immediate shipment on all instruments in stock (after any custom work is done), or stop by the store, pick one out, and take it home today.

Always the best in bluegrass—online or at our convenient location in Bentonville, Arkansas.

We Carry These Brands of Fine Instruments

American Made
Bean Blossom
Daisy Rock
Doc Fossey
Gold Tone
Morgan Monroe
NS Design
Oscar Schmidt
Recording King

JDMC at the Five-String Fest

Well, the first Five-String Fest is history. It was a beautiful weekend in the Smokey Mountains and the crowd was respectable for a first year. We were excited to see that some of you did stop by our booth and say "Hi.", and everyone seemed to be having a great time. Two of our customers from the Czech Republic took the honor of having traveled the farthest.

We also took the opportunity to visit the Earl Scruggs Museum, which is in nearby Shelby, NC. It's a very nicely done museum and a tribute to the pioneer of three finger style banjo. We look forward to doing this again next year.

Martin Retro Series HD28E Guitar
A modern take on the classic herringbone dreadnought, featuring Fishman's F1 Aura Plus electronics that recreate the sound of a classic Martin HD28 being played through high quality studio microphones.
Kentucky KM1050
F-Style Mandolin
Similar to the KM1000 with a wider nut & bridge, scalloped fretboard extension, bigger frets, compound radius fingerboard.
Taylor 518e Grand Orchestra Guitar
Perfect for singer-songwriters. Inspiring breathy midrange tone: warm, clear and complex.

Grand Opening of the New Store

March 7-8, 2014

Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers came by to help us celebrate the opening of our new store. They led Bluegrass master classes during the day and performed on Friday night. Saturday was highlighted by jam sessions and a performance by Crazy Mule. We gave out door prizes and got to know our local (and some not so local) musicians and their friends. It was a great day!

Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers play for the Grand Opening crowd.

Loar LM-590-MS F Mandolin
A solid hand carved woods F style mandolin finished in a classic satin sunburst. Great tone and playability!
Deering Goodtime
Best Seller! Deering Goodtime banjos are highly recommended, sound great and are made in the U.S.A
NS Designs
NXT4 Violin
Opens up a new horizon for the serious musician seeking to play a world-class electric violin on a limited budget. Light weight and perfectly balanced. Uses traditional violin strings.

Stelling Golden Cross
The Golden Cross was the ninth Stelling banjo to be built, the first one to have the trademarked Stelling peghead shape.
2006 Stelling

Rare 2006 Stelling S-5 hand crafted mandolin. A very powerful mandolin in excellent condition.
Jerry Douglas
Amazing Jerry Douglas
resonator guitar
by Beard guitars

Derek's Finds

The Streets of Baltimore— Del McCoury Band

Just won the Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album!

I had the good luck and privilege of getting to see the Del McCoury Band perform at the Fayetteville Arkansas "Roots Festival" this fall. Along with having one of the most distinctive tenors in Bluegrass, Del is also one of the most-obviously-relaxed frontmen I've seen in any genre. His between-song patter was almost as entertaining as the songs themselves!

The band played several numbers from their newest CD, The Streets Of Baltimore. The title track really got to me—I'm sure I heard Bobby Bare's version on my parents' radio (WWVA in Wheeling) while growing up. Of course, the McCoury brothers—Ronnie on mandolin, Rob on banjo—were stellar. And Jason Carter on fiddle is simply a force of lyrical bowing. Alan Bartram broke a bass string, but kept on going and got a big round of applause.

This album jumps out of the speakers and has a great variety of tunes. Lovers' laments, Civil War stories, humorous tunes, a show-stopping Bluegrass version of "Misty," and a tribute to Jerry Lee Lewis, "Once More With Feeling."

Buy it now: $13.95

Now Open on Saturdays

For the convenience of our local customers we will be open on Saturdays beginning December 14, 2013, from 10:00 to 4:00, at our new 701 NW McNelly Rd, Bentonville store. We continue to be open 9:00 to 5:30 on weekdays. Stop by to see the new store, and get a free case sticker (while supplies last) and a JDMC catalog. Of course you can still order from the website at any time.

Derek's Finds

The Ralph Stanley Story

Ralph Stanley has announced that his 67th year of touring will be his last (he will be playing dates until September 2014). If you haven't seen him perform, we insist that you must. We also recommend this fine independently-produced DVD from Kentucky's Appalshop, The Ralph Stanley Story.

It is a biography full of musical performances including Ralph with brother Carter, Keith Whitley, Ricky Skaggs, Dwight Yoakum, Patty Loveless, and others. Ralph playing solo banjo on the Clinch Mountain Boys' bus might be the best of them all! The band singing a capella at Curly Ray Cline's funeral is another authentic moment of greatness.

Included are Stanley family gatherings with Ralph, Carter, and their mother on old Super 8 footage with Ralph's commentary, George Shuffler's account of Carter's death and funeral, Larry Sparks' insightful analysis of Ralph's vocals, and much more.

2014 JDMC Catalog is Out

The latest JDMC catalog has just been published. Request a Downloadable Catalog or a Printed Catalog by clicking on one of the above links to send us an email. If you've already requested a catalog, you should be getting it soon.

JDMC Opens New Store in Bentonville, AR

We've moved our store just a short ways away, around the corner about 1/4 mile off of Rt 71 / I-540. Our new address is 701 NW McNelly Road, Bentonville, AR, just East of Rt 71. From the South take I-540 North, turn right at the first traffic light after I-540 ends (just before Walgreens) cross the bridge and we're on the right.

The new store is a much more comfortable and welcoming place to be, with a bigger display area and great acoustics. And it's all on one floor! The instrument setup and repair shop is bigger, and we have a cozy room for jamming and test driving instruments. And, as always, we have the largest selection of fine bluegrass and folk instruments and accessories in this part of the country.

This new store represents a commitment by JDMC to our retail business and a renewed focus on local customers. We have been an Internet mostly business for many years, and will remain an Internet business. People travel hundreds of miles to shop our wide selection of bluegrass and other acoustic instruments, looking for that perfect one, but many musicians living within a few miles of us don't know we're here. We hope to make this store more accessible to local customers. Stop in and see what we have and, just as importantly, let us know what you don't find. We will try to add it to our inventory. We look forward to seeing you.

The high end instrument room. A comfortable place to test drive and compare the cream of the crop of acoustic bluegrass and folk instruments. It's not completely set up yet but the potential is clear.

Another comfortable place for test drives and jamming. We'll put on the fire on cold days and have some comfy chairs. Maybe a rocking chair or two.

The Old Fashioned Way

Gibson Guitars, Mandolins and Accessories

We carry a large selection of Gibson brand instruments and accessories, including Guitars and Mandolins, Mandolin and Banjo strings and instrument care products. However, our dealership arrangement with Gibson does not allow us to advertise on the Internet, so call or stop by our store to find out more about our Gibson products and to place an order. A real person will answer the phone—never a computer. If we are busy with other customers or if we are closed leave a voice mail and we'll call you back.

Derek's Finds

Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays
Bill Monroe

If one was to select an all-star team of Bluegrass musicians, Kenny Baker would surely be on it at the fiddle position. He was the longest-tenured member of Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Boys, playing with "The Father of Bluegrass" for over 25 years and helping to define Bluegrass fiddle.

If one was to select a top-ten list of Bluegrass albums, Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe would have to be near the top. Baker decided to record this tribute to his boss, and of course, Bill ended up coming by the studio to play "a bit"—well, on the entire album.

Noam Pikelny is one of the best new banjo players in Bluegrass and he certainly knows his roots. He has recorded note-for-note banjo versions of Baker's amazing fiddle lines on Bill Monroe's classic instrumentals, and he has assembled a great band: Ronnie McCoury (mandolin), Bryan Sutton (guitar), Stuart Duncan (fiddle), and Mike Bub (bass).

This superb new disc just might find its own way onto one of those Bluegrass Hall of Fame lists that musicians and listeners love to make.      Buy it now, for only $12.95.

Martin D-18E Retro Series Guitar
The Retro D-18 features top quality Fishman electronics designed to give you the most natural sound when plugged in.
Recording King RB-036
NE Plus Ultra
The Recording King NE Plus Ultra Features an intricate abalone "Tree of Life" inlay on the peghead and fretboard, plus a flamed maple rim with binding
Martin HD28 Lefty
If you are looking
for that pre-war
Martin look
and sound in a left handed model,
the HD-28 is your
best choice.

Taylor GS-Mini
A fun little acoustic cannon that has taken the world by storm. Sporting a rich, full voice that belies its size, the
Mini is ultra-portable. Now available with Rosewood back and sides and ES-T Electronics.
Deering Sierra
Deering's amazing Sierra banjo featuring the same quality components and as their upper level banjos in a stripped down package.
Taylor 518e Grand Orchestra Guitar
Mahogany produces an inspiring tone with a breathy midrange and a wonderful balance. Perfect for
Laser-engraved Deco
Diamond inlay scheme
and faux tortoise shell

Derek's Finds

Bluegrass Odyssey

We have a lot of nice books here at the store, but there's one that is truly elegant: Bluegrass Odyssey. It contains over 200 black-and-white photos from the late 60s to the early 80s of a wide variety of musicians, festivals, small-town nightspots, instrument makers, and radio stations.

A collaboration of Bluegrass music's #1 photographer (Fleischauer) and its #1 historian (Rosenberg), this book is a beautiful celebration of the people behind the sound.

My favorites include Bill Monroe at Uncle Pen's gravesite, JD Crowe at home in the early 70s (with his banjo, naturally), a teen-aged Marty Stuart laughing with a spectacularly-bearded Sonny Osborne, Mike Auldridge and Jerry Douglas jamming together backstage, and Clarence White strolling around camping folks at a 1973 festival. This is a must-have for any Bluegrass fan!

Buy it now for just $25.95.

Steve Martin & Edie Brickell

New CD: Love Has Come For You

Steve Martin is currently in the fifth decade of a varied and accomplished career as a comedian, actor, author and playwright, and as a Grammy-winning, boundary-pushing bluegrass banjoist and songwriter. His fellow Texas native Edie Brickell initially burst onto the national scene in the late '80s fronting the New Bohemians, and has since carved out an iconoclastic solo career that's solidified her reputation as compelling singer and a songwriter of rare insight.

Although these new musical partners have already built widely-respected individual bodies of work, their inaugural duo effort is a substantial departure, as a well as a creative milestone, for both artists. Love Has Come for You offers 13 eloquently rootsy Martin/Brickell compositions that combine the former's inventive, expressive five-string banjo work with the latter's heart-tugging vocals and vivid, detail-rich lyrics.

Produced by legendary musician and producer, Peter Asher, and featuring the guest stylings of Esperanza Spalding, Waddy Wachtel, Nickel Creek alumni Sara Watkins and Sean Watkins, as well as the Steep Canyon Rangers, Love Has Come For You is playful, spacious, and irresistibly accessible.

Click the CD image for a video of Steve and Edie talking about their new album.    Only $13.95

Blueridge 160-A Dreadnaught style guitar Sing Harmony the Natural Way Bluegrass Banjo Play Along CD

Derek's Finds

The Urban Monroes

I'm a big believer in bands starting from scratch and building their way up (because I'm in one, too). I got an email from a friendly banjo picker, Matt Gray, who offered up a CD of his band, The Urban Monroes. Once I heard them, I knew we should help them get to the top. They are a four-piece with banjo, fiddle, bass, and guitar. Their vocalist/guitarist, Fran Kent, has a great voice, and the band is high-energy, a fusion of the traditional and contemporary, like their name.

Their CD, Pavement and Pathways ranges from beautiful original tunes like When The Aspens Turn to exciting versions of Bluegrass staples like Fireball Mail, Old Joe Clark, and Wheel Hoss. There's also a fine rendition of the rock chestnut Secret Agent Man, a nice version of Green Day's unlikely #1 90s hit Time Of Your Life, and an intensely emotional You Don't Have To Move That Mountain by Keith Whitley.

The Urban Monroes are from the Pacific Northwest and stay busy on the road. They've opened for Rhonda Vincent, among others, and are sponsored by Nechville Banjos and L.R. Baggs Pickups.

Pavement and Pathways is available at JDMC for $11.95.

Joe Mullins on Janet Davis Acoustic Music

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We now carry Taylor Guitars

We're happy to announce that we have recently added Taylor Guitars to our already broad selection of acoustic instruments. We have quite a few in stock and more are coming in every day, so come on in and check them out and compare them with others brands we have on hand. We can also special order the Taylor guitar that fits your needs.


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Fanning the Fire  L.R. Baggs Lyric Acoustic Microphone  BanjoMate Thinline Armrest

Welcome to the new Janet Davis Acoustic Music!

It's been a little over a year since the Thompson family acquired the retail part (instruments, accessories and books) of the Janet Davis Music Company, and created the new Janet Davis Acoustic Music store. The excitement of being involved in this well-respected store hasn't worn off, and we're working hard to grow the business and maintain the tradition of exceptional sound and service that Janet established over the years. Janet still owns the Janet Davis Music Company, which supports her music teaching and book publishing services—she is still devoted to writing the very popular instructional books that have inspired so many players throughout the years, and she continues to be in great demand as an outstanding teacher of all bluegrass instruments.

You may have noticed some changes over the past year, especially our new web page. There were some initial glitches, but with a little tweaking, it's now working very well, and we thank you for your patience! Our specialties are still selling the finest Bluegrass instruments throughout the world, as well as in our little corner of Arkansas. We plan to expand the brick-and-mortar side of the business, so that we have plenty of quality instruments available for those who would like to visit with us to compare and try the many different brands and styles of products that we stock. Our friendly and professional staff is the same as before, so if you visit our store or talk with us on the phone, you will find the same familiar faces and voices.

We've recently begun to carry an excellent line of Gypsy Jazz guitars, and we also carry some unusual Latin stringed instruments. All of this is in addition to the great brands that we already carry. We have improved our service department, adding some tools to enhance our already renowned customization and maintenance services. We are proud that our customer support, both pre- and post-sales, is second to none.

We are especially excited to announce that we are now authorized to sell Taylor guitars. We continue to receive new shipments of Taylors and have been impressed with their workmanship and quality. And we also now carry NS Design instruments, which are innovative stringed instruments. The basses and violins are perfect for Bluegrass musicians.

Finally, many of you may have noticed that in 2012 we became the official supply sponsor for Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers, who were named Emerging Artists of the Year at the IBMA awards last fall. The Radio Ramblers' bassist, Tim Kidd, plays an NS Design bass in concert, and was part of our motivation for adding them to our lineup. We also partner with the Sleepy Man Banjo Boys—in fact, Johnny's first banjo was purchased here, and we continue to support them.

As always, Thank You and Happy Pickin'!

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Just wanted to say that the service I recieved was second to none. I bought a used Yates RS banjo and am thrilled with it. It arrived packed very well and condition exactly as described. When Tom called me for set up questions I could tell he really knew and loved banjos. He was very nice and even called me about a week after I recieved it just to see how I liked it. Highly recommend them.


Thank you, Derek. I've heard other customers rave about doing business with Janet Davis Acoustic Music, and now I know why. You're the best!

Thanks again,


I want to thank Janet Davis Acoustic Music and one of your sales representatives, Tom, for assisting me in purchasing and shipping the Tacoma JF-21 Jumbo guitar on Tuesday. I received the guitar on Wednesday, incredibly, and it is one beautiful instrument, exactly as described by Tom. I also want to specially thank him for the fantastic setup of the guitar, which even included brand new strings - what a great surprise!

The packing was also excellent, and I am one very, VERY happy and satisfied customer of Janet Davis Acoustic Music. I have bookmarked your website, and will always look there first when considering future instrument purchases (I already have my eye on one...).

Many thanks again!


I have purchased two Wildwood banjos from Janet Davis, a Troubadour, and very recently a Paragon. They are beautiful in appearance, and Tom Anderson does a fantastic job setting them up and optimizing their beautiful tone. He is a genius, not to mention a very friendly and helpful gentleman.


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