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21 Pleasant Street - Northampton, MA - 01060


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Downtown Sounds is a full-service musical instrument retail store founded by Joe Blumenthal.

What We Do

Downtown Sounds is a full-service musical instrument retail store in Northampton, MA.

We sell top brand names of guitars, amplifiers, drums, keyboards, PA and recording equipment, woodwinds, brass, string instruments and sheet music, as well as a full line of accessories for the instruments we sell.

In addition, we offer lessons on guitar, bass, drums, piano, and woodwinds by some of the best professional musicians in the Pioneer Valley!


The brands we support include Fender, Gibson, Martin, Yamaha, Seagull, Godin, Rickenbacker, Orange, Epiphone, Kala, Gold Tone, Cordoba, Pearl, Ludwig, Zildjian, Dream, LP, Boss, Electro Harmonix, Zoom, Focusrite.

Downtown Sounds sells guitars from Martin, Fender, Gibson, Seagull, Yamaha, Godin, Rickenbacker, and Epiphone. We sell amps from Fender, Roland and Behringer, digital pianos from Yamaha, PA and recording equipment from Behringer, Shure, Audio-Technica, Rode, Samson and Focusrite. We stock drum equipment from Ludwig, Pearl, LP, Zildjian, and Dream. We also sell banjos from Gold Tone, violins from Knilling and Yamaha, mandolins from Breedlove and Rover.

Top Notch Support

Downtown Sounds is also an excellent repair shop for all string instruments featuring Downtown Lutheries’ Owen Davidson and for amplifiers and electronics with Ron Burati.

We regularly buy and sell used instruments, and take trade-ins. The store features a rental-purchase plan which makes it easy to have a quality beginners instrument, and revolving charge accounts for our regular customers. Most important, your satisfaction is guaranteed: Ask about our seven-day refund or exchange policy.

Downtown Sounds also rewards its regular customers with a rebate program, offering 1% back in store credit to those who spend more than $750 per year, and 2% for those whose purchases exceed $1,751 in a year.

Fishman Fluence Pickups

We have just installed a set of the new Fishman Fluence pickups on a black Mexican strat at the store.  The sound great–very bright on the standard setting and beefier when you pull out the back tone knob to get the “Texas” tone from the pickups. Plus the standard noise problem of Strat pickups is just not there with these.  Traditional pickups are wire wrapped around a magnetic coil; these are made in a different way that eliminates the “issues” with Strat pickups while preserving the bright single coil sound that people love.  Come in and give them a try.  Click on the image for more details.

On Sale Now

Downtown Sounds monthly specials. See our What’s New page also!