Charlotte Folk Society logo celebrating 30 years

Dedicated to promoting the ongoing enjoyment and preservation of traditional and contemporary folk music, dance, crafts and lore in the Carolinas Piedmont,
since 1982.

Violin Shoppe

The Violin Shoppe Donates
An Awesome Guitar
for Annual CFS Raffle!

Blueridge BR-160 Dreadnought Guitar
Blueridge BR-160 Historic
Dreadnought Guitar

The Charlotte Folk Society is indebted to Glen Alexander and David McGuirt, proprietors of The Violin Shoppe, Inc., for their continued generosity. Thanks to these two good friends of CFS, we will raise funds through an instrument raffle again this year.

We're very excited about the Violin Shoppe's donation of a Blueridge BR-160 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar! This pre-war inspired "Herringbone" dreadnought has it all. The BR-160's great sound and great looks are just part of what will make it one of the more desirable vintage-style acoustic guitars in production today. It starts with a solid Sitka spruce top and hand-carved parabolic top braces in authentic pre-war forward X-pattern. Indian rosewood back and sides add a strong bass to the spruce top's already full sound. The slim mahogany neck is comfortable and features a dovetail neck joint and adjustable truss rod. Beautiful appointments include a Dalmation tortoise-style pickguard and mother-of-pearl neck and headstock inlays.

Blueridge BR-160 Dreadnought Guitar
Blueridge BR-160 Guitar Specs:
  • Select, Solid Sitka Spruce top with hand-carved parabolic top braces in authentic pre-war forward X-pattern
  • Solid Indian Rosewood back and sides with center strip of delicate wood marquetry
  • White body binding with delicate herringbone inlay around top
  • Slim Mahogany neck with dovetail neck joint and adjustable truss rod
  • Rosewood fingerboard and bridge
  • Maple bridge plate
  • Rosewood peghead overlay adorned with a unique Mother-of-Pearl and Abalone design
  • Saga's® exclusive Dalmatian style pickguard
  • Natural high-gloss finish with aged toner
  • Accurate sealed-gear, chrome-plated tuners with 14:1 gear ratio and small round buttons
  • Bone nut and saddle
  • Nut width: 1 11/16"
  • Scale length: 25.6" (650mm)
Blueridge BR-160 Dreadnought Guitar

The retail value of this instrument is $1095; the package includes a hardshell case valued at $149, for a total retail value of $1244. The Blueridge BR-160 Dreadnought Guitar will be on display and raffle tickets will be available to purchase at monthly second-Friday Gatherings, the Ice Cream Social, Festival in the Park, and other Folk Society events. For your convenience, buy tickets online soon at Tickets cost $5 for one or $25 for six.

Drawing of the winning ticket will take place during the Folk Society's Annual Holiday Potluck, tentatively scheduled for Saturday, December 2nd, at a location to be announced. Ticket holder need not be present to win. For tax compliance reasons, the raffle winner must fill out a W-9 form before receiving the instrument. The winner is responsible for all resulting income taxes, if any.

The Violin Shoppe is located at 2112 East Seventh Street.  The shop is open Tuesdays-Fridays, 10 AM-6 PM, and Saturdays, 10 AM-4 PM. Folk Society members receive a 10% discount.  Be sure to take your CFS member card when shopping.  For detailed information about instruments, accessories, and services offered, visit

Check out their extensive selection of violins in all price ranges. The Violin Shoppe has a fiddle for every budget – from $200 to $10,000. The Violin Shoppe is a licensed dealer for Blueridge guitars, as well as for both Eastman and Loar guitars and mandolins, Ohana Ukuleles, and Recording King guitars and banjos. Services include expert repair, restoration, and re-hairing for violins, violas, cellos, and basses.

The Violin Shoppe offers traditional and bluegrass fiddle lessons, as well as classical violin and cello lessons, including the Suzuki Method.  Instruction for guitar, banjo, mandolin, Dobro, bass, and bodhran is available.  Award-winning musicians/instructors, Glen Alexander and Jon Singleton, make The Violin Shoppe a destination for both traditional and bluegrass students.