Mom and Dad’s Music is an independent guitar shop in Clarksville, Tennessee, and an online retailer of stringed instruments, amplifiers, accessories, and parts. We specialize in used and vintage American made guitars, basses, and amps, and have knowledge and interest in gear of all ages from companies such as Ampeg, Danelectro, Epiphone, ESP, Fender, Gibson, Gretsch, Guild, Harmony, Jerry Jones, Martin, Marshall, National, Paul Reed Smith, Rickenbacker, Sho-Bud, Silvertone, Squier, Taylor, Vox and many other fine brands and builders. We are a dealer for new instruments made by Guild and Rivolta and new pedals built by Dunlop, EarthQuaker Devices, Electro-Harmonix, Ernie Ball, JHS Pedals, MXR, and Old Blood Noise Endeavors. We also have a fine selection of (and truly, deeply love) Souldier straps.
Our shop is located in Historic Downtown Clarksville on Public Square which is walking distance from the Cumberland River, The Customs House Museum, Roxy Theatre, and many wonderful restaurants and retail shops.
Mom and Dad’s Music is always looking to buy, consign and trade instruments, amplifiers, pedals, parts, and accessories. Our appraisal service is available for single instruments or entire collections and we offer affordable, quality repair services on instruments, amplifiers, and pedals. Please feel free to reach out if you have something that may be of interest and contact us with any questions you may have about our instruments or yours.
I’m a long-time guitar player and collector specializing in vintage American made electric and acoustic guitars, basses and amplifiers. I purchased my first vintage guitar - a 1963 Fender Jazzmaster - in 1995, and since that time, I’ve been buying, selling, trading and collecting vintage and used instruments, gear, parts and accessories both personally and professionally. I’ve spent the past 20 years working in musical instrument retail at both locally known and loved shops and at Gruhn Guitars, a shop internationally recognized as one of the finest vintage guitar stores in the world. My first music store job was at Collins Music, a store fondly remembered by many in and around Clarksville and which will always be known for renting Jimi Hendrix a guitar during his time in training at Fort Campbell.
My time as a buyer, in sales, and doing instrument appraisals and evaluations of originality, condition, historical significance, memorabilia appeal and value has given me a very well rounded perspective of instruments and the industry and a wide range of skills to ensure the instruments and items we sell are accurately described and photographed in detail for full disclosure of condition and originality.
I’ve always been partial to Gretsch guitars and was able to share my love of the 6120 on Premier Guitar’s Axes & Artifacts series (along with several other fine vintage guitars and amps). I enjoy spending time with people who love old guitars as much as I do and I like to play loud with my band Opossum Holler.
After getting my first guitar - an Epiphone acoustic - at age 13, I spent the next year reminding my parents how much I wanted an electric guitar. A Strat copy and a tiny Crate found their way to me and then... I started a band. And then… I realized my interests were best put to use behind the scenes. In 2004, I received a Recording Industry / Music Business Bachelor's degree from Middle Tennessee State University. Professionally, my love of live music has put me to work at venues small and large throughout the US and abroad as Tour Manager for Adia Victoria and The Marcus King Band, locally with the Nashville Symphony at Schermerhorn Symphony Center, and most recently as Venue Manager of Thalia Hall, a historic 900 capacity venue in Chicago. My love of guitars led to a collective 10-year tenure at Gruhn Guitars in Nashville. My two stints at the shop took me from the front desk to Operations Manager and kept me busy with many tasks including website management, new instrument purchases, appraisals, HR duties, and public relations/social media. I particularly enjoyed cowriting many feature articles for Vintage Guitar magazine including this one on the Coral electric sitar.
I deeply love going to concerts and have traveled extensively to do so. Most trips - both business and leisure - tend to involve visits to guitar shops and I’ve made stops everywhere from Denmark Street in London to Umanov Guitars in NYC to a bizarre Paris flea market booth with an acoustic with the pearloid inlay “Tennessee” on the headstock. I’m fortunate to own more than a Strat copy and a Crate these days and still get on stage sometimes (with my SG, Bassman amp, and three other incredible women) to play guitar in Take the Power Back, a Rage Against the Machine tribute band.
Wes is a Nashville native who has been messing with guitars since the age of 15. His first guitar was a Jasmine S35 which he later gave away. Wes enjoys playing harmonica as well as guitar and plays in a few different groups around town. On the guitar front, Wes is a specialist in the vintage acoustic guitar field and has a strong working knowledge of both vintage flattop and archtop guitars. On the home front, he has two fine cats, Paulette and Patch, and enjoys coffee, Indian food, and philosophy.