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Vintage Guitars at Chicago Music Exchange

Chicago Music Exchange is the foremost authority on vintage guitars and vintage gear, not just in Chicago, but worldwide. We employ and work with some of the most knowledgeable vintage guitar experts in the business. Customers, collectors and professional musicians alike look to Chicago Music Exchange for vintage trends, pricing and for access to incredibly rare vintage guitars. As early as the 1970s, mass production of acoustic and electric guitars began to make the quality, craftsmanship and materials of older instruments harder to find, and thus more valuable. Appreciation for the incredible quality and sound of the guitars made in previous eras grew. Today vintage guitars are highly coveted instruments, both for players and collectors. At Chicago Music Exchange, we pride ourselves on an unmatched ability to seek out, revive, and curate the most astounding selection of vintage guitars in the world. Explore vintage guitars...

Our Showroom

From the stunning wall of new and vintage Gibson guitars, to our Fender Custom Shop section, various amp displays, the gorgeous acoustic room, to our new Bass Shop on the lower level, the Chicago Music Exchange space is an experience in-and-of itself. If you can't visit us in person, this photo tour will give you a taste.

The SoundBoard

Collings: David Kalt Takes The Factory Tour

April 18, 2014

Austin is one of those mysterious cities to me. I've been amazed to see the massive migration of smart, creative minds to this quickly expanding city. The opportunity to experience South By Southwest this year would not have been complete without a visit to The Collings Factory where Bill Collings and Co. are building some of the finest guitars in the world right now – right here in America.

From downtown, the Collings Campus is a brief 15-20 minutes away, and if you’re not careful you can easily pass by the inconspicuous driveway of their 20-acre complex. As we parked, I started to get that feeling...the excitement a kid might feel when entering the Wonka Factory. This is where the magic happens! Read more...