Allen Music was
founded in 1976 in scenic and historic downtown Paducah, KY. Times may
have changed, but we remain committed to simple, down-home service. Please
feel free to contact us by telephone at (270)442-8900 or email
Hours of operation:
Monday 10AM - 6PM
Tuesday 10AM - 6PM
Thursday 10AM - 6PM
Friday 10AM - 5:30PM
Saturday 10AM - 4PM
Allen Music, Inc.
215 Kentucky Ave.
Paducah, KY 42003
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We are proud to offer the
following musical instrument lines:
Taylor guitars, Martin guitars, Rainsong guitars, Oscar Schmidt guitars, ESP
and LTD guitars, Seagull guitars, BC Rich guitars, Eastman acoustic instruments,
Ludwig drums, Yamaha drums and pro audio, Zildjian cymbals,
Paiste cymbals, Sabian cymbals, Wuhan cymbals, Dream cymbals, Mackie pro audio,
Marshall amplifiers, Behringer electronics,
Kustom electronics, QSC pro audio, Boss and Roland electronics, Digitech
electronics, Grado headphones and turntable cartridges, Audio Technica
microphones, Shure microphones, and many more.
Boyce and Brandon Allen, owners of Allen Music
Here are some articles and reviews of our
DOWNTOWN LEGEND: ALLEN MUSIC SINCE 1945
(from the Paducah Sun, June 22nd 2001)
It all started in 1916, when 4-year-old Annette Outlaw stepped off a
riverboat at the foot of Broadway with her family. They had traveled with
all of their belongings from Stewart County, Tennessee and settled in the
Arcadia area at 3212 Adams Street.
In 1937 she married C.E. Allen, who was district supervisor for Singer
Sewing Machine. In 1945, they opened their own store, Allen Sewing Machine
Exchange, on 5th Street and then later moved to south 4th Street next to
Leroy's Music Store. C.E., who loved to sing and play his $9 Stella
guitar, had been a church song leader in Arkansas.
Their daughter, Alidia, was fourteen when Elvis was huge in 1957, and her
seven-year-old little brother, Boyce, would go in her room and play her
45's, memorizing every word while standing and holding his daddy's guitar.
During the late 50s, Boyce started going next door to Leroy's to eye the
new electric guitars, finally getting his own in 1961 at age eleven.
In 1959, Allen's moved a few doors down the block to 210 South 4th Street,
next to the old City Hall. Annette had saved enough cash in a brown paper
bag she kept in her hall closet to buy the nice two-story building, which
had an apartment on the second floor.
In 1965, Mr. Allen passed away, but Annette had no intention of ever
closing the shop. In 1966, Mr. Leroy closed his music store. The two met
in the street one day and Annette told Mr. Leroy she thought she could
sell a few guitars in her shop. He obliged her with the address of a
supplier in St. Louis.
Boyce was now sixteen and rockin' and rollin' every weekend with his band
called The Palisades. He would come in Saturdays and tune up the few
guitars Allen's had on display. They then moved to a new location at 132
South 3rd Street where the rent was a whopping $60 a month. The store was
renamed Allen's Sewing Machine & Music Co., which Mrs. Allen ran for the
next ten years with Boyce's occasional help.
On March 1st 1976, Boyce took over as owner. Mrs. Allen, already Social
Security age, began helping her daughter at another family business,
Price's Barbecue at 30th and Broadway. She worked there until 1998, when
her health failed at the age of 85.
Over the next few years, Allen Sewing Machine evolved into Allen Music and
the musical instrument business really started taking off. It was a
one-man shop with Boyce selling, repairing, and also teaching guitar,
bass, and mandolin. The lessons would start at 5pm. In 1982, the Martin
Guitar franchise was obtained, which Allen's still proudly sells today.
In 1983, they bought their 3rd Street building and in 1984 Cheryl started
helping in the business. Their daughter Shera plays flute and is now a
senior at Murray State. In 1993, their son Brandon took over all the
guitar lessons. Brandon and his wife Nikki have a daughter named Ashley.
In 1995, Boyce and Cheryl bought a much-needed larger building at 218
Kentucky Avenue, just around the corner from the old store on 3rd Street.
In 1998, Brandon took over the store, although Boyce and Cheryl are still
involved along with three other employees. With the oncoming of the
internet, Allen's now ships musical instrument and accessories all over
the world on a daily basis.
Boyce and Cheryl also participate in Downtown After Dinner with their
old-time rock and roll band Vintage Alley. They will be entertaining most
Saturday nights at their storefront on Kentucky Avenue.
Allen Music has been a downtown family business for 35 years. Counting the
sewing machine days, the Allens have been downtown retailers for 56 years,
with all locations within a three-block radius.
Cheryl says that God has richly blessed them with a wonderful business for
26 years and a beautiful family.
ANYONE FOR GUITAR? (from Taylor Wood &
Steel magazine, date unknown)
I am a fingerpicker who developed tennis elbow in the left arm after years
of playing regular guitars, so your 30th Anniversary XXX short-scale
guitar was great news for me. Although I live in San Diego, twenty minutes
from the Taylor factory, I bought my fourth Taylor, an XXX-MS with ES and
a cutaway, last Christmas at Allen Music in Paducah, Kentucky. The
salesman, Brandon, was most helpful and extremely pleasant to deal with.
The guitar arrived in mint condition (no assembly required) and it sounds
just amazing. Finally, I was able to learn "White Rose for Heidi" by Doyle
Dykes and was able to meet Doyle in person to have my XXX model signed and
blessed by him.
I am not making any medical-miracle claim, but my tennis elbow is almost
gone, and now when I pick up my 614, I can feel the difference in my
elbow. I am just happy to be able to keep playing, rather than have an
operation to correct my prolonged tendonitis and then take several months
off for rehab. If anyone else has had a similar experience after playing a
short-scale Taylor, I'd like to hear it.
CUSTOMER COMMENTS (from Taylor
I am 55 years old, and I have never purchased a guitar without playing it
first, period. But I purchased a Taylor 2004 Fall Limited 814-L7, sight
unseen, from Allen Music in Paducah, Kentucky. The family ownership,
their musical background, and the fact that they were just plain nice
people made a huge difference. I asked them to play the guitar first with
new strings. They did, and said I would like it. Well, I don't like it, I
I like your website, too. On it, you have a search map for dealers. I
found Allen Music near the bottom of the list of Kentucky dealers. You
should put them at the top of the list - you know, in alphabetical order,
"A" for Allen Music would come first.