Welcome to Acoustic Corner


AC Staff: David, Billy, Rob, Matt; Stephanie and Tom (seated)

Located in the mountains of Western North Carolina, just a few miles from Asheville in historic Black Mountain, Acoustic Corner is a different kind of musical instrument shop. In these days of large corporate chain-stores and impersonal internet sales, Acoustic Corner offers an array of unique acoustic instruments in a hands-on, relaxed, helpful atmosphere. We are proud to be your only dedicated string shop in the Asheville area.

We feature acoustic guitars, mandolins, basses, bouzoukis, banjos, violins, lap dulcimers, and other instruments popular in Celtic, Old-Time, Bluegrass, Jazz, and other acoustic music styles. Makers include Larrivee, Godin (Seagull and Art & Lutherie),  Shen, Eastman, Gold Tone, Pisgah Banjos, Gatchell, Old Fiddle Road, Kala, and Chanterelle, among others.  We also carry a full array of accessories and instructional materials. We have a comprehensive repair facility ready to set up or repair your guitar, fiddle, mandolin, banjo, or what-have-you we also install pick ups, and repair electronics. We have one-on-one musical instruction on-site, and our instrument rental program  is one of the best in the region.

This website is your opportunity to get to know us and the shop, and learn a bit about what we do and what we offer. This is not an e-commerce site. We strongly believe that each instrument is unique, and we encourage our customers to come visit us and experience the instruments first-hand. Mail-order is available, however, if a trip to the Southern Appalachians just isn’t in your plans. Just give us a call at 828-669-5162.

For general information about Acoustic Corner, email us or call 828-669-5162. Our hours are 10 to 7, Monday through Friday, and 10 to 5 on Saturdays. For more specific questions about our inventory, call or email our showroom.

The Latest

Springtime in the Mountains

It’s another stellar springtime in the Mountains . . . the hillsides are washed in pale greens, yellows, and pinks, and birdsong (and pollen) fills the air. It’s one of the best times to visit, especially if you want to ramble in the mountains looking for spring ephemeral blossoms, or sit outside the pubs at night listening to string music and sampling the local brew.

Acoustic Corner Family News

Hellos and goodbyes . . . .      

Repair Tech Matthew Hannafin relocated to Glasgow, Scotland just before Christmas, to be with his bride and to focus on violin luthery. We wish him all the best.  His replacement, Robert Sutton, another Red Wing graduate, along with his wife Sarah and dog Luna, arrived right after New Years. Rob has settled in quickly and is doing a great job, already. . . come by and help us welcome them into the Acoustic Corner family.

We have another new family member . . . our banjo instructor Billy Presnell has come on board in the showroom to fill in for vacationing and otherwise absent folks. He’s already committed to working at the Swannanoa Gathering with us, so you’ll be seeing him around this summer out at Warren Wilson. Billy has an easy sweet spirit, just the kind of soul we need around her, because . . ..

Tom and Stephanie are both dealing with family emergencies involving aging parents. When they’re here, they’re usually on the phone talking to doctors and caregivers. These are trying times.  Good news is, shop dog Toby has recovered from last fall’s kidney failure, and has promised to stick around for a while longer. But, he won’t be here forever, so, if you’re one of his many fans, come by and say hello while you can.


New Arrivals
  • Last of the Larrivee OM-02 and D-02′s
  • 1870′s “Union Forever” Fretless Banjo
  • Circa 1920 Orpheum #3 open back banjo.
  • Larrivee D40
  • Lions Head Stainer Copy with black finish.
  • Lots of new Seagull Guitars
  • Lots of new Kala Ukuleles and Banjo Ukes!!
  • Pisgah Rambler with Dobson Ring and Richlite fingerboard


Featured items made locally!

Pisgah Banjo Company open-back  banjos (made with solar power!)
Old Fiddle Road Banjos (and ukes)
Daniel Sivalia violins
Bartlett Acoustic Microphones

New Facebook Specials

If you’re on Facebook, check out the Acoustic Corner Specials page which is linked to our regular Acoustic Corner page. If you ‘like’ it, you’ll be notified of our weekly specials . . . usually a giveaway or a discounted big ticket item offered for a very limited time. Keep an eye on us!!!

PayPal and Other Payment Options

While this is not an ‘e-commerce’ site, we can do mail order over the phone with all major credit cards. PayPal transactions can be done through email.

Internet Price Matching

As a rule, we do not attempt to match discounted internet prices. Often, instruments advertised on the internet at discounted prices are not actually available; the advertised price is simply a marketing strategy. Please, before you ask us to price match an internet price, check to see if the item is in stock and at that advertised price (and check out our ‘Philosophy‘ link off our ‘Inventory‘ page if you want to know more about brick-and-mortar music shops vs internet discounters).