Located in Nashville's historic Houston Station, just minutes from downtown, Music Row, Belmont and Vanderbilt Universities, Cotten Music is one of Nashville's most respected and loved guitar shops. Founded in 1961 by Richard Cotten, who until his death in July, 1995 was regarded as one of the city's finest jazz musicians, Cotten Music was owned and operated by Darcy Cotten and Kim Sherman until 2012. Darcy has since retired but remains Owner Emerita (and we're happy to say she still hangs out with us at the shop often), and Kim now co-owns and operates Cotten Music with long-time friends and former customers Rick and Kit Crump. Rounding out the team, providing set-ups, repairs, and all around knowledge, is Andrew Smith (aka The Mudge).

We at Cotten invite you to browse our website often, and to visit us at the shop whenever you can. We're grateful Cotten Music is considered one of the best places in Nashville (or the country) to find the best in small-shop and handmade acoustic and electric instruments. We work to ensure there's a great instrument for every player and every budget. Nashville’s musicians have long depended on Cotten Music for great selection and service, and we want to serve you too--regardless of where you live.  Thanks for dropping in to visit, and please come back often!


From our former location in Hillsboro Village: take Wedgewood toward Interstate 65 (or to the fairgrounds); go past 12th Avenue, then 8th. Go beyond the interstate access ramp and under the railroad overpass to Martin Street (second street after the overpass).  Turn left and follow Martin through the residential (and then industrial) area until you reach Houston Street.  Turn left on Houston and go the building at the end of the street.  Cotten Music is on your LEFT under the Houston Station banners. Parking is on the street, and you should be able to get close to our door. If an event is taking place at Houston Station, FREE valet parking will be available to our customers.

Coming into Nashville from elsewhere: Follow the interstate system to I-65 South, and exit at the Wedgewood ramp. Take Wedgewood to Martin and then to Houston, as described above.

From Downtown Nashville: Follow 4th Avenue SOUTH out of town (past the Schermerhorn Center and the Country Music Hall of Fame) until you reach Chestnut Street. Take a right on Chestnut and go over the railroad tracks. until you reach Martin Street. At Martin, make a left on Houston.  We're down the street on the left.

  • 10 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday
  • Saturday by appointment only
  • Closed Sunday

Cotten Music's primary goal is to match the right guitar with the right player, and once this is accomplished, you can pay for your guitar in various ways: Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, and PayPal. Cash and certified checks  are also gladly accepted. If payment is to be made by wire transfer, please contact us, and we will provide the information for our bank.

We offer shipping by Priority Mail, UPS, Federal Express and others.  Federal Express is our preferred method for shipping guitars.

Cotten Music offers ample approval time (48 hours unless other arrangements are made prior to our shipping) for you to decide if the instrument you've chosen is indeed the right one for you. If it is, great. If it's not,  just ship the instrument back to us in the same condition it was in when it left the shop,  and we'll gladly exchange it for something else or refund your money. Note:  Shipping and insurance charges (both ways) are the customer's responsibility. 

We are very happy to work with you on special or "custom" orders of instruments not stocked within our inventory.  If you require certain specifications in your instrument that you can't find in our shop or elsewhere, please contact us so that we may help you get just what you want.  We have ordered a great many custom guitars for folks, and so far we've got lots of happy people to report!

To avoid confusion regarding "approval time" on an instrument, however, please note that "approval time" applies only to guitars ordered from within Cotten Music's existing inventory (whether new or used), or on new instruments ordered by Cotten Music which our customer has asked to try "on approval" when the instrument arrives. Special orders are considered SOLD when they arrive, unless other arrangements have been agreed upon by both Cotten Music and the customer.  

If a custom/special order arrives damaged or with specs that differ from what you ordered, we certainly will not expect you to buy the instrument, and we'll refund your deposit or will gladly exchange the instrument ordered for something else we have in stock.  

From time to time, Cotten Music is able to do layaways (60-90 days) for customers.  If you work out a layaway plan with us, please know we require a NON-REFUNDABLE 20% deposit.  If you change your mind about the instrument, or feel you will not be able to finish the payments, the 20% deposit will not be refunded to you.  Thanks for understanding. 


contact us: guitars@cottenmusic.com

Now located in historic Houston Station!
434 Houston Street Suite 131 Nashville, TN 37203
phone: (615)383-8947 fax: (615)383-9932
1996-2013 Cotten Music Center