Chesnut Family Music

We are your one-stop music service center specializing in:

  • School band RENTALS
  • School band REPAIRS
  • Stringed instrument repair and custom work


Our retail store focuses on stringed instruments, accessories, and lesson studios. We are also home to J. Chester Amplification, building custom tube guitar amplifiers.

Guitar and Amp Repair

We are known for our repair work in guitars and amplifiers servicing professional musicians out of Nashville. We do:


  • Set-ups
  • Electronics modifications and repair
  • Crack repairs
  • Neck Resets
  • Bridge Repair and Replacements
  • Brace repair
  • Fret work


  • Hand-wired tube amplifiers
  • Custom builds to customer specifications
  • Tube amplifier repairs
  • Tube amplifier modifications

Band Repair

We do the jobs no one else wants to do at affordable and honest prices! We have NAPBIRT registered instrument repair techs working on equipment!

  • Complete overhauls
  • Chemical cleaning
  • Bow rehairing
  • Dent repair
  • In-house maintenance programs



Large Studio

We have one large studio providing:

  • Sound training
  • Church worship team training
  • Children’s group music classes
  • Rehearsal space

Smaller studios

We have eight smaller studios providing instrument lessons on:

  • Piano
  • Vocal
  • Guitar
  • Bass
  • Ukulele
  • Banjo
  • Mandolin
  • Violin/fiddle
  • School band instruments


Born into a very musical family, my father (Mark Chesnut) grew up singing on the radio and at church revivals. It wasn’t long until he had a guitar in his hands, and found a love in music. This love was passed on to myself and my brothers. In our family, it was required to take piano lessons before picking up another instrument—a wise choice by my dad I appreciate to this day. In 2008, my brother (Justin Chesnut) passed away. It was then my dad thought of how short and precious life is, so why spend that time in a job you don’t like. Our family opened our store in 2009. At the time, it was solely a stringed instrument retail store. Since then, the music industry has changed drastically, and we have evolved to fit the needs of our area. We have gone to school and received training in instrument and amplifier repair, leading to our custom amplifier company. My wife and I took over ownership of the business in 2016, creating a stronger focus on our repair and amplifier company, while growing the lesson side of our business. We teach over 100 students every week, repair over 500 instruments a year, and make monthly trips to Nashville, providing amplifiers for recording sessions with Grammy-winning artists. The heart and soul of our business is the tradition music instills into the heritage of the families we meet and service, while maintaining our integrity as a Christian company.

Jordan Chesnut


Chesnut, Inc.
110 S. Front St.
Effingham, IL 62401
Store Hours
Tuesday through Friday 10-6
Saturday 10-3
Closed Sunday and Monday