Thompson Music Rental
is now: Backline Nashville (click on Backline Nashville to go to new site)

(615) 210-2120 ----- ----- Nashville, Tennessee

Professional quality musical instruments, backline, studio gear, small sound systems and DJ equipment for rent.

Guitars, amplifiers, drums, keyboards, percussion, studio equipment and accessories.

Clients range from international superstars to individuals who take their music seriously.

Rent individual pieces to full backline for multiple stages.

Click on boxes below for equipment lists and prices, call or email for large quotes and availability.

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Nice communication from clients:

Mark, it's Seth from The Green.  Just wnated to say you were the best person we ever worked with when renting gear or renting anything including vehicles etc.

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From Bobby Terry, busy Nashville session musician:

Man, that little mando plays great.  I didn't think I could play them danm things at all till I played this one.  Thx again for savin my ass :-) ur service rox


Just in:  Markbass bass amplifiers:  excellent bass amplifers, special introductory pricing. Amplifiers page.

Little Mark Tube 800 head   Standard 104HR 4x10 cabinet   Standard 151HR 1x15 cabinet  CMD102P 2x10 combo

 I also just picked up a 1966 Super Reverb in amazing condition, all original except for the filter caps and 3 prong AC I had installed.  CTS Alnico speakers.  Very nice.

Noteable recent rentals

It's been a star studded 2013 at Thompson Music Rentals already.  Some highlights:

Five days of backline for CMA Awards Show.

Upright bass and drums for Molly Ringwald band.

Full Backline for Mickey Dolenz (The Monkees) and The Hermans Hermits.

Three Twin Reverbs (including a 1966)  a '75 P Bass and bass amps for Keith Urban hitting 3 Nashville clubs for some surprise sets.

Full backline for Georgia Satellites and The Romantics at concert in Kentucky.

Lots of cool vintage amps and guitars for an upcoming episode of "Nashville" on ABC.

Keyboard for Robben Ford session at House of Blues studio.

Full backline for Mike Huckabee and Lamar Alexander in Tennessee.

Full backline two stages for B. B. King Homecoming in Indianola Mississippi.

Guitars and amplifiers for Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Lady Antebellum video promo

Full backline for Gin Wigmore Warped tour and TV appearances: Yamaha Drums, SVT, Fender, Vox, Matchless, Nord Electro 4, Roland RD700GX, more

Full backline for CMA fest Sony/Universal shows: Yamaha drums, Aguilar, Fender, Vox, Nord, Motif

"Red Knob" twin for Steve Cropper on "Memphis Soul" Live from the White House

Ampeg B15 for Pistol Annies television appearances

Full backline for Owl City at an outdoor music festival

Full backline: Brad Paisley, Kelly Clarkson, REO Speedwagon, Miranda Lambert, Chris Young, Jerrod Niemann, Pistol Annies, Casey James and others

Lots of gear to video shoots for Taylor Swift, Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton and Nashville television show

Lots of amps and guitars for Parachute recording new material at Ocean Way Nashville

Emmons pedal steel guitar for Nashville TV show and Carrie Underwood on CMT Artists of the Year show



Digital piano and Stratocaster to Wyclef Jean

Bogner Ecstasy 101B with Bogner 4x12 for Rascal Flatts on CMT Artists of the Year show

A week of set up, rehearsal and then the CMA awards show on ABC, followed by two days taping the CMA Christmas show

Drums for Seth Green to practice for movie role filming in Nashville

Upright bass for Lorretta Lynn anniversary show at Opry, and Don Was at Americana awards

Yamaha keyboard to American Idol tour for Nashville show

'52 RI Telecaster to Don Henley session in Nashville

Drums and multiple keyboards for "Strange Arrange" Urban Music battle of the bands produced by Soundtrack at Limelight club in Nashville

Three Hammond B3, Yamaha and Roland Keyboards, drum sets and bass amps to African Methodist Episcopal Church (AMEC) conference at Opryland in Nashville.  Visited by Michelle Obama

Full backline for Kellie Pickler, Love and Theft and Casey James for Sony/CMA Music Festival show at Margaritaville Nashville

CMA Music Festival (still "Fan Fair" to me): Work with all backline at River Stage for 41 acts

1966 Twin Reverb, percussion and stompboxes for Paul Simon

Two Marshall Plexi amps and Martin D35 acoustic for Jeff Beck and Lab L5 plus 1967 Twin Reverb with JBL D120s for B.B. King plus a Fender Custom Shop Vibro King for the "Red, White and Blues" performance at the White House (through Center Staging, LA).  Looks like Jeff used the 1987x 50 watt and B.B. used the L5 and Guy Clark Jr. used a Vibro King.  Here's a link to the PBS page to watch the show: "Red, White and Blues at White House"


Recent Additions

1966 Fender Super Reverb: all original, excellent condition, new caps installed

Gold Tone BZ-500 Bouzouki with LR Baggs pickup

Nord Electro 4 SW73 (semi-weighted)

 Moog Minimoog Voyager Electric Blue, Moog Little Phatty Stage II

Hammond C3 with Leslie 122 (that makes four B3 or equivilant organs available)

Korg M3 keyboard 88 keys, expanded

Nice supply of lavalier microphones available for plays or meetings, many wireless and a few wired

1984 Rhodes Mark V electric piano: 73 keys, original stand and sustain.  Nice condition.  Considered by most to be the finest Rhodes made (possible exception of Mark VII)  Just installed new hammer tips; fresh tuning and regulation, it's ready to work

Nord Electro 4d:  61 key, physical drawbars

Ludwig Black Beauty snare, 4x14.  Modern version

DW Performance series drum set. 22" kick, 8", 10", 12", 14", 16" toms.  Pewter Sparkle finish

Early '60s Hammond B3 with bass pedals and Leslie 122.  Excellent functional condition, a bit of "character" from road use.  Full Showcase ATA cases for both organ and Leslie.  A good one.  This is in addition to my current B3 which does not have bass pedals

1961 Hammond A102 - a B3 in sheep's clothing.  A one owner "living room" organ.  Murph at Nashville Pro Hammond just added 122 and 147 connections and fixed a couple other minor issues.  Nice.

Roland RD-700GX in new condition, I added Super Natural piano expansion

1984 Earl Scruggs Standard five string banjo.  UPS delivered March 28th, 2012 - the day Earl died.  He'll be missed.  Set up by banjo wizard Charlie Cushman.

Aguilar DB 751 bass head, DB 410 cabinet and GS 410 cabinet

Pro Tools 9, Cubase 7 and Wavelab 7


Complete backline equipment rental, studio, live show or personal use.  Delivery available.

If you usually record with a Fender Stratocaster electric guitar , rent a Les Paul guitar or a Telecaster guitar for inspiration.

Want to try a vintage blackface Fender Deluxe Reverb guitar amplifier, Twin Reverb electric guitar amplifier, Ampeg B-15 or SVT bass amplifier, Marshall Super Lead amp stack, Fender Telecaster, maybe a Martin D28 acoustic guitar, a boutique Bad Cat or Matchless guitar amplifier? Discover the difference when you rent a real Fender Rhodes or Wurlitzer 200 electric piano.

Considering an expensive purchase but want to try first? Rent a Neumann, AKG, Shure or Audio Technica microphone, Vox AC30 amplifier, Neve preamp, Avalon preamp, Grace or Vintech preamplifier.

Fender electric guitars and amplifiers, Gibson electric guitar and acoustic guitar, Marshall guitar amplifiers, Matchless guitar amplifiers, vintage Vox amplifier, Bad Cat electric guitar amplifier, Mesa Boogie, Ampeg bass amps, Martin acoustic guitar, Neve preamp, Neumann microphone, Rhodes electric piano, Hammond organ - these classics and more available to rent.

Musical instrument rentals, sound or PA systems and recording gear for studio recording, live show, video and film shoots and more.

Complete backline instrument rental services and delivery available, including backline tech assistance.

If you want to rent a guitar, amplifier, or any instrument not listed, email or call:

I'll help you to arrange rental for what you want and need.

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Complete backline and studio instrument rental services.  Delivery and backline equipment tech assistance available. 

Click on the links below to visit the websites of the manufacturers for some of my rental products:

Fender - Markbass - Matchless - Marshall - Aguilar -Drum Workshop - D'Addario - Evans - Vox - THD - Carr - Budda - Mesa Boogie - Ampeg - Polytone - SWR - Eden - Bogner - Gallien Krueger - Dr. Z - Naylor - Hartke - Peavey - Gibson - Martin - Taylor - Guild - Rickenbacker - Hofner - Tom Anderson - Gretsch - Jerry Jones - Dobro - Olson - Raimundo - Deering - Schroetter - 3rd Wave -  Hammond - Leslie - Rhodes - Wurlitzer - Yamaha - Neumann - AKG - Sennheiser - Beyer - Audio Technica - Shure - Neve - Grace - Avalon - Vintech - Millennia - Summit - Empirical Labs - Digidesign -Roland - Line 6 - Nuendo - Universal Audio - TC Electronic - Bad Cat - Zildjian - ElectroHarmonix - Evans - Vater Sticks (615) 210-2120 --- Nashville, Tennessee

Electric Guitars, Acoustic guitars, stringed instruments

Pedals to rent


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