What We Offer

We are committed to providing the absolute best quality to each and every one of our customers. Over the last 20 years, since our start, we’ve continued to grow while staying true to our original mission — to give you a winning service that you can rely on.



How To Keep Your Guitar Strap From Failing

You playing the guitar and your strap just disconnects. Yep it happens. I was playing myself and the guitar just dropped. Luckily I was sitting down and it didn’t really


5 Reasons You Are Not Improving On Guitar and What to Do About It

You’ve played for hours and your cat still sequels, your dog still whines, and your family runs for the nearest exit every time you pick up your guitar. What is


Six Steps to Playing And Singing Simultaneously

When I decided to play guitar, what I had in mind was playing and singing at the same time. Doing both at the same time is not an easy thing.


What is the Difference Between an Electric and an Acoustic Guitar Amplifier?

Let’s talk about guitar amplifiers (amps). You got an amp for your electric guitar and you want to plug your acoustic guitar into it. Can you? Should you? Why should


Options for Practicing Guitar Quietly

You have started playing the guitar. And they always tell you to practice often. Daily if you can. OK. But the only time you can play is when everybody in


Having a hard time fretting a transition…Skip some strings

I was working on the song, “I Bowed on my knees and cried holy.” Not a too terribly difficult song, although I messed it up in the middle…

Uptempo is committed to the success of all artists. we’ll help you find the right instruments and record your songs for the world to hear!

– Joshua Davis


Welcome to Uptempo Acoustics, the largest music supply and recording franchise in the Carolinas!

Founded in 1993 by Raleigh-based guitar enthusiast Joshua Davis, Uptempo Acoustics specializes in selling, repairing, and recording stringed instruments. Whether music is your career or your hobby, there’s no better supply shop than Uptempo!



Uptempo has a wide range of new and used instruments, including guitars, pianos, harps, and didjeridus. If we don’t have the instrument you want in stock, we’ll be happy to order it for you at no extra charge! Whatever your style or price range, we can get you the instruments you need!


A broken instrument is a tragedy, but Uptempo can render it good as new! Bring us your damaged oboe, trumpet, or clarinet and we’ll have it back in working order in a matter of days!


Is your band ready to take its music to the world? Uptempo’s state-of-the-art recording studio is the perfect place to produce, edit, and market your first album!


If you’re new to making music, Uptempo will teach you the skills you need to get started! Our team is trained to play and teach most of the instruments we carry, and if there’s an instrument we can’t play, we’ll put you in touch with an instructor who can!


Client Testimonials

Rachel Gardner

I’ve been teaching music for twenty years, and have consistently relied on Uptempo to provide the instruments I need. They never let me down, providing high-quality instruments at great prices.

Danielle Forton

Not only has Uptempo provided us with the instruments and recording services we need, but it has also been one of our best recruiters, encouraging its customers to try out for the choir!

Cam Steele

Besides providing me with instruments and repairs, the local Uptempo store has become my informal study spot, a place to brainstorm with other musicians.