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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 Les Pauls, 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.

CME Blog

Speed Funk Lessons: The Bill Dickens Bass Clinic

April 10, 2014

On Thursday, April 3, legendary bassist Bill Dickens arrived at Chicago Music Exchange late in the afternoon for sound check. A customer and friend of the store, Dickens knows his way around CME. Just last month, he guest starred in a YouTube video – “The Bass Off” – with our resident bass guitar guru, Marc Najjar. This time, he was here specifically for the Bill Dickens Bass Clinic. Bill “The Buddha” Dickens has collaborated with numerous artists over the past 40+ years... Read More.