815-469-6321

11 S. White St., Frankfort, IL 60423 | Located in “The Trolley Barn”





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Down Home Guitars was established to provide an atmosphere for those who appreciate fine acoustic instruments. We specialize in high-end handmade acoustic guitars, banjos, mandolins, ukuleles and more by Bourgeois, Collings, Deering, Huss & Dalton, Lowden, Martin, Ramirez, Ratliff, Santa Cruz, Stelling,Weber, and more. We also have a fine selection of used instruments as well as instructional books, DVD’s, CD’s and accessories, as well as acoustic pickups and amps.

 We offer private lessons on various instruments as well as group classes for kids and adults. We also host world class musicians for concerts and workshops in our intimate concert hall as well as free weekly bluegrass jams every Thursday and an open mic the 4th Friday of the month

 The store is set in historic downtown Frankfort, Illinois, minutes from I 80 and Rt.45(Lagrange Rd) as well as I 57 and Rt.30(Lincoln Hwy.) and is open 7 days a week.  Centered in the Trolley barn, the building is over 100 years old with hardwood floors and numerous specialty shops.    Stop by and visit the neighborhood and experience these truly exceptional instruments.

 

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"Steve, The (Weber) Yellowstone is great! I’m lovin’ it more and more...It’s definately a keeper. Thanks for a great transaction. If I ever get up to your neck of the woods, I will definately stop by!"

By Ray, Georgia (click to read)

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"This is indeed the best guitar shop in the Region! I travel from Indiana to DHG because along with the high quality instruments (accessories, videos, etc.) the service is incredible. There are dozens of shops, between Indiana and Frankfort, and I only do business with DHG. If you are into acoustic music, you will find this place is inspiring! Thank you Down Home Guitars! You guys do it right!"

By anonymous, Indiana (click to read)

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"The (Martin) guitar made it here yesterday. It looks great and sounds even better. I am very pleased with it and with everybody I talked with at Down Home Guitars. Thanks again for your patience and professionalism. "

By Clinton, Oklahoma (click to read)

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"Hey Steve, Loving the Santa Cruz OM. Sounds and plays great..Thanks."

By D, Canada (click to read)

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"Hi Steve, The Mandola arrived safely. It is awesome. Thank you very much for your great service."

By Jim, Florida (click to read)

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"Steve, Just wanted to let you know that I received the 000-M (Matin) last Thursday and I love it. It really is "brand new" for an 11 year old guitar. I put the new strings on and it really sings. I took of the pickguard plastic too.....Thanks for your courteous help and quick shipment (packed really well also). I'll definitely keep you in mind for future needs and will let my friends know as well."

By Jim, New Jersey (click to read)

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"Steve, Seriously... thanks for all your help. You went out of your way and I really appreciate it. It'll be exciting to wait for the (Weber) Bitterroot I know I want anyway, and it'll make for a loud Thanksgiving. And you can bet I'll spread the good word about Down Home Guitars and their great customer service."

By John, Arizona (click to read)

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"Hi Steve: The (Santa Cruz) guitar is absolutely gorgeous and sounds incredible. The case is great too.I couldn't be happier with my purchase. I really want to thank you once again for your efforts and expense in making this a perfect transaction."

By Mark, New York (click to read)

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"Hi Steve. Got the guitar late afternoon yesterday. It was beautiful to look and the sound was wonderful. Guitar was just like u said it was. I Am happy to own this. Thanks for all your help and am looking forward to visiting your store in the future. "

By Marti, Michigan (click to read)

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"Steve, got the (Lowden) guitar yesterday and it is awesome. Love the way it sounds, it's absolutely beautiful! Thank you so much for all your help, will for sure be on your site looking for my next guitar in the future. You guys are great."

By Matt, California (click to read)

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"Thanks for ordering an absolutely fabulous mandola ! The Collings MT2 Mandola exceeded every expectation. The scale length is perfect for me and the sound is incredible. I was concerned about the heavier strings that are standard, but alas, with the great set up, it is easier to fret than my mandolin ! I can play up the fret board on the A string to hit many of the nigh notes on a mandolin. The larger sound box has a real richness in tone and sustain. I have no problem with hammer ons and pull offs, even with the heavier strings. My hands are not large. This mandola works for me ! It looks great, sounds great ! I am sure this mandola will work for any genre. It was well worth the wait. Thanks again. "

By Michael, Illinois USA (click to read)

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"Thank you for the wonderful parcel, (I) couldn't wait to get it out & boy what a beauty. What a gorgeous instrument to eye, behold, hear & of course the finish is true Collings detail. ...plus I have not be able to let it rest since it arrived. Every note, high or low, is crystal clear. Every chord is an aural delight & (the guitar) strums great. Seasons greeting to you all at Down Home Guitars. Thanks again. Mike"

By Mike, Australia (click to read)

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"This is a jewel in the cozy downtown of Old Frankfort, IL. The store is this stellar layout with the finest guitars on site. Music concerts held here are well worth the drive! Get on their email blast!"

By Pam, Illinois (click to read)

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"Hey Steve, Guitar arrived, (Collings D2HSB) few things better than sex my friend however this guitar comes close...thanks for the little extras, they make the difference in return business."

By R. Ireland (click to read)

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"Steve, I got the guitar today and I just wanted to say thank you for your help in making this possible. I probably would have settled for much less of an instrument had I not found your shop. I appreciate your patience as I played just about every guitar in your shop! I am extremely pleased with the McPherson - it sounds and looks just as good as I remembered. Down Home Guitars is a great place to buy a guitar and I have already encouraged others to find you as I did, on the web. I hope to stop by again some day if I ever make it back to Illinois. Thank you!"

By Rick , Virginia (click to read)

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"I can’t tell you how appreciative I am of my new koa R Taylor. This is a real collector piece; I don’t think it has ever been played! I love the tone now and know well that koa will improve as it is played in over time. Thank you for your patience. I’ll be sure to recommend your business on the Acoustic Guitar Forum where I have been an active member since its inception. "

By Robert, Nova Scotia, Canada (click to read)

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"Hi Steve, I arrived in Hemet California last night ( Monday) opened the guitar case and fell in love , Thank you for everything , great service, and i will certainly be recommending you and your store to the many people I know , I have to go , I really need to play this thing!!!(McPherson) you know what thing I mean. "

By Ron, Australia (click to read)

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"Best darnn guitar/banjo/mandolin store in the Chicagoland area!"

By Russ, Illinois (click to read)

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"This is indeed the best guitar shop in the Region! I travel from Indiana to DHG because along with the high quality instruments (accessories, videos, etc.) the service is incredible. There are dozens of shops, between Indiana and Frankfort, and I only do business with DHG. If you are into acoustic music, you will find this place is inspiring! Thank you Down Home Guitars! You guys do it right!"

By Todd, Indiana (click to read)

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"I stopped by & thought I had entered the gates of guitar heaven- an entire room full of high end acoustic masterpieces for my enjoyment - I fell in love numerous times !!"

By Tom, Illinois (click to read)

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"Steve, The (Tim May & Dan Miller) event was wonderful, and as with all good things, much too short. Your hospitality was wonderful,... This was like a house concert at someones house who just happens to have (a lot) of beautiful guitars. I look forward to attending some more of your scheduled events, lets see...David Grier, Special C....I just might have to move down closer to your store. Thanks much. You and your staff were wonderful."

By Tony, Illinois (click to read)

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"Steve, The (Tim May & Dan Miller) event was wonderful, and as with all good things, much too short. Your hospitality was wonderful,... This was like a house concert at someones house who just happens to have (a lot) of beautiful guitars. I look forward to attending some more of your scheduled events, lets see...David Grier, Special C....I just might have to move down closer to your store. Thanks much. You and your staff were wonderful."

By Wayne Pride from Australia (click to read)

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"Hi Steve, I just received my new guitar and it truly is a fine instrument. (The Bourgeois OMS) has incredible sound and is beautiful. Thanks again for the guitar."

By Wilson, Louisiana (click to read)

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"Dear Steve, I have received D-42 Blackwood from you. It has nice tone and looks beautiful! I am pleased with this guitar as soon as I got it. Thank you for your cooperation. "

By Yasushi, Japan (click to read)

Special Consensus
In Concert

Saturday November 22nd 7:30pm $25

 

Down Home Guitars welcomes back Grammy Nominated bluegrass pacesetters The Special Consensus for their 6th Annual Thanksgiving Holiday In-Store Concert.

Weekly Bluegrass Jams

Every Monday and Thursday

 

Bring your acoustic guitar, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, dobro or any other acoustic instrument and join our weekly bluegrass jams every Monday at Jenny's Steakhouse and Southside Tap in Mokena and every Thursday here in the store. All levels welcome in a encouraging, friendly atmosphere. Come to play or just to listen. For more info call the store at (815)469-6321.

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