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

Toby joins BB King

Our canine greeter Toby left us on May 15, to join BB King crobbed toby3and fellow music-loving canines in the Great Beyond. He had been going down hill steadily for months with kidney disease, and finally needed to be released from sickness and suffering. His family misses him terribly, but we know he’s where he needs to be. He was a sweet, good boy.




Swannanoa Gathering Instrument Rental Reservations

Wow! It’s already that time! The Swannanoa Gathering catalog is out, and our phones are ringing with folks wanting to reserve their instrument rental for this summer.  There’s more information about our rental program on the Gathering Page. Check it out for the latest . . . we’ll see you this summer!

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 here.

New Arrivals
  • Three instruments from Noel Booth! two banjo-ukes, one beautiful open back banjo. A fretless is on the way!
  • Vintage violin with pearl inlay and rope binding
  • Lions Head Stainer copy violin with black finish
  • Seagull Merlins (diatonic strummy thing) . . . way fun!
  • Lots of new Seagull Guitars
  • Lots of new Kala Ukuleles and Banjo Ukes!!
Featured items made locally

Pisgah Banjo Company open-back  banjos (made with solar power!)
Old Fiddle Road Banjos (and ukes)
Fellenbaum Stringed Instruments dulcimers and mandolins
Bartlett Acoustic Microphones

New Facebook Page!!

If  you’re on Facebook check out and like our Acoustic Corner page, we’ve since merged our two pages together to make life much easier and comply with new Facebook regulations . . . Check it out and make sure to “like”!!!

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).