Store Hours: Monday Thru Saturday 11A - 6P


The Virginia Theatre and The Upper Bout are teaming up to bring you a chance to win a set of tickets to see Grace Potter at the Virginia on Friday, September 30th!

Stop by The Upper Bout and enter to win!
Limit one entry per customer. Must enter in person.
Winner will be drawn on Thursday September 29th at 3PM.

Submit your name for the drawing at:

The Upper Bout
723 S Neil St
Champaign IL 61820
217 607 8132

Fingerstyle guitar champion, Richard Smith returns to The Upper Bout! An evening not to be missed. Richard's style and repertoire is guaranteed to dazzle and entertain you. Join us for a master class with Richard Smith starting at 5PM. Tickets are on sale now at The Upper Bout.

Richard Smith
Saturday November 5th
Doors at 7:15
Show at 7:30
Tickets are $20

Clinic 5-6 $20

Paul Reed Smith is considered one of the best builders of high quality guitar in the United States. Get yours today from The Upper Bout, dealer in high quality instruments

Check out the latest and greatest from G&L. Guitars by Leo

Check out the amazing Tribute Series and USA lines of guitars and basses at The Upper Bout!

The Upper Bout was honored to be awarded the Best Emerging Dealer award at The NAMM Show! Thanks to all our customers who made our success possible! ‪#‎suckitupandgoforit‬

The Upper Bout in Champaign, Illinois has been named a Top 100 Dealer by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), the global association of music products and music retailers. The organization will recognize The Upper Bout on Friday, June 24 at the Top 100 Dealer Awards event held as part of the 2016 Summer NAMM Show in Nashville, Tennessee.

“The Upper Bout was selected by a discerning panel of judges as one of the very best among music retailers,” said Joe Lamond, NAMM President and CEO. “This special recognition signifies The Upper Bout’s commitment to providing an excellent retail experience for their customers, helping people of all ages discover the joys and benefits of making music, and to fostering a positive musical experience for their community at large.”