We're a Hometown Music shop in Harrisonburg

We'll help you find your first guitar and the one that'll be with you forever.


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We've helped thousands of people on their musical journey since 2000.

Discover

Fall in love with making music!

Grow

 Push yourself to learn new styles and master your instrument

Create

Capture your music and create a community

We're with you for your whole music making life. 

Harrisonburg is a musical place and has been for a long time. We're excited for you to join the ranks of those who have gone before you.

The heart of the Harrisonburg music scene has been creating music and supporting artists in their pursuit to make music and play it live in Harrisonburg and the larger music scene of the Valley.  Musicians before you were supported by great guitar shops like Whitesel's Music, Wonder Records, The Guitar and Amp Center, Breckenridge Music, and Ace Music.

We're proud of being a Hometown music shop that gives music makers everything they need to create music.

The hardest part of being a musician in Harrisonburg has always been playing music live and recording that music for the world to hear.

That's why we've created Hometown Music. We are your unfair advantage to make your music a reality and to get that music out into the world.

Come see our shop, and talk with our knowledgeable staff so we can get the right instrument in your hands. 


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What kind of music do you want to make?

Play Around

We'll ask you critical questions to find the perfect guitar for you. 

Narrow the Search

A few instruments will stand out.We'll give you space to hear which one is right!

Find the One

You've done it! The right guitar is a faithful friend for life.

Thrive as a music maker

With the right gear, you'll be able to make music and community


The History of Music Shops in Harrisonburg

Early 1948
Whitesel Music Opens

Whitesel Music was in business from 1948 until 1978 and second only to Glen’s Fair Price as
the longest running business in the history of downtown Harrisonburg. Early Whitesel’s was
primarily focused on pianos, church organs, sheet music, band instruments and band
instrument rentals.

Early 1975
Chuck purchased his first guitar

A freshman at JMU, Chuck worked evenings at K-Mart to buy his first guitar.

1975
Ace Electric Company Opens

Ace fixed Chuck's stereo and sold him his first electric guitar amp.

1978
Breckinridge Sound


1978
Guitar and Amp Center Opened

Warren Dovel opened The Guitar and Amp Center in Harrisonburg.  His family had owned Shen Valley Band Supply on Liberty Street.

1985
Chuck made Manager at Ace

After graduating from James Madison University, and working full time for Ace Music, Chuck became manager of the store.

1986
Ace moved to South Main Street

Growing and expanding, Ace Music moved to South Main Street.

April 1st, 2000
Ace Music closed and Hometown Music was born

Hometown Music opened and sold Alvarez, Ibanez, Tama, Zildjian, and other brands of guitars, basses, and drums.

2013 
Hometown moved to Miller Circle

We relocated our store to be closer to downtown Harrisonburg, and also be close to the soon to open Blue Sprocket Sound recording studio.

2020
The Explosion

A natural gas leak caused an explosion and completely destroyed our shop, the Blue Sprocket studios, and several other businesses at our Miller Circle Location.

January 2023
Joined the Blue Sprocket Family

Hometown Music moved into 1594 S. Main Street and formally joined the Blue Sprocket family.  This new space is intended to be a hub for music in the Shenandoah Valley!

You can't afford to buy the wrong guitars...

In your life, you're going to own a lot of guitars and gear. Some gear will rocket your playing and growth as a player but some will make you question who you are and why you ever started playing guitar at all...

Those are hard to walk those off and you can't take too many hits before you'll give up on guitar all together.

We know what it's like to buy the wrong guitars...it's awful. That's why we've created a system to make sure you buy the right guitar the first time. We know what questions to ask and what specs to prioritize.

Good guitar shops have the thing you need in time for your show but great guitar shops have a culture and community around them.

We want to be the best guitar shop in the Shenandoah Valley. We hope you belong to the community and that years from now, you'll look back on your time in our shop and with those friends as the most vibrant time in your life and it helped you create something beautiful and timeless.

Come see us and let's get to work.


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