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November 12, 2013New Arrivals: 1971 Gibson Les Paul Custom, Fano Alt De Facto SP6, 1959 Martin 0-15, Fender Adam Clayton Signature P-Bass, Dr. Z Carmer Ghia Amp & more.
November 8, 2013The Martin Experience is coming - Thursday, November 14 at 7pm. Popular Martin Models & Vintage Martins, plus a guitar stand giveaway.
November 6, 2013Rare & Vintage Guitar Collections - We've Been Busy Buying Guitars. Sell Us Your Used & Vintage Gear - we pay top prices.
November 2, 2013We Dropped Prices This Week - Look for Sale Tags throughout the store and browse price drops online. Plus The Martin Experience is coming next week!
October 31, 2013Bundled Gear Deals! Tele Bundle, P-Bass Bundle, SolidGoldFX Pedal Bundles and more!
October 29, 2013GS Minis Feature, Rock Slide Giveaway, Taylor Video, & Newly Arrived Acoustic Guitars!
October 26, 2013Featured Videos: Fender Blue Star Strat, Dr. Z Amps, Suhr Badger Amps, Reverend Sensei, Fender CS Tele, Moog Minifooger Delay, & Hofner McCartney Violin Bass
October 23, 2013New Arrivals at CME - Dr. Z Amps, Gibson Centennial Collection Acoustics, Fender Custom Shop Strat, Reverend Sensei RA, snare drums, pedals and more!
October 18, 2013JHS Pedal Giveaway, Discounted Guitar Bundles, Upcoming Event Info and more!
October 11, 2013Columbus Day Sale 20% Off - Selected Used, Vintage, B-Stock and More - Save Now Thru Monday!
October 7, 201315% Off Cases, Voodoo Lab Pedal Giveaway, Featured Brands - Fano, Fender, Reverend, Taylor, Gretsch Drums
October 4, 2013Dweezil Zappa In-Store Next Week - 90-Minute Guitar Instructional Session - Thursday, October 10th at 3PM
October 3, 2013New Arrivals at CME - '67 Fender Jaguar, '76 Gibson ES-335TD, '65 Gibson Firebird, Martin HD-28 and more!
September 27, 2013Gibson Centennial Collection, New Pedal Giveaway, Gig Bag Giveaway, Clearance Items and more!
September 25, 2013Bass Room Grand Opening Saturday! Sandberg Bass Guitar Giveaway, SolidGoldFX Pedal Giveaway, Reunion Blues Bass Case Giveaway and more.
September 19, 2013Vintage Price Drops, B-Stock Blowout, & Countdown to the Bass Room Grand Opening
September 13, 2013These artists got their gear from Chicago Music Exchange. You can too! Copperpeace Strap Giveaway and the Grand Opening of "The BASSment" on Saturday, September 28th.
September 6, 2013This season, FALL in love with the perfect gear. Shop all departments at Chicago Music Exchange. HomeBrew Electronics Germania 44 Pedal Giveaway AND 25% OFF Souldier Straps!
September 5, 2013The Drum Exchange: Price Drops on Drums! DW, ddrum, Taye, and Gretsch drum deals plus a killer demo video!
August 29, 2013Labor Day Savings! 15% Off Pedals, MXR Pedal Giveaway, 1967 Gibson SG Standard, Echopark Clarence, Huss & Dalton Standard DS and more.
August 23, 2013Vintage Price Drops: 1957 Gibson Les Paul Junior, 1966 Gibson ES-330, 1963 Gibson SG Junior, 1965 Epiphone Texan, 1976 Rickenbacker 4001 and more!
August 16, 2013Xotic Pedal Giveaway, Upcoming event information, Gretsch G6128T-DCM Duo Jet, Rickenbacker 4003 Bass and more.
August 14, 2013Yamaha Electronic Drums Clinic featuring Kenny Aronoff.
August 9, 2013We've got your basses covered! 15% off selected new and used bass guitars and bass amps in honor of the new 'Bassment', opening this fall.
August 2, 2013 Vintage Price Drop: 1962 Gretsch Chet Atkins, 1973 Martin D-18, 1974 Gibson SG, and more!
July 30, 2013Tomorrow Night - Gibson Montana Event - $300 Off any Gibson acoustic guitar.
July 26, 2013Win a Coldcraft Overdrive Pedal, Fender Custom Shop, 1977 Gibson Thunderbird, and Gibson Montana Night!
July 23, 2013Gibson Montana Night - $300 Off on any Gibson acoustic - Plus the Gibson Bus.
July 16, 2013Vintage Price Drops! 1956 Les Paul Jr, 1978 Antigua Tele, 1967 Gretsch Tennessean, 1988 PRS Custom 24, and more.
July 12, 2013Chicago Drum Exchange: C&C Walnut/Poplar/Maple 13/16/22 video, Dunnett MonoPly Snares, and Tama Star Maple Bop.
July 3, 2013The Exchange: Gretsch Duo Jet, Trussart Resonator, and Win a Caroline Kilobyte Delay Pedal.
June 28, 2013Make an offer on Reverb.com. We love the "make an offer" feature on the Reverb.com marketplace and think you will too. 1965 Gibson SG Jr, 1968 Gibson Barney Kessel, 1956 Fender P-Bass, and more.
June 25, 2013Taye Drums Day! Taye Drums Snare Center Day at Chicago Drum Exchange - Saturday June 29th.
June 21, 2013The Exchange: 1965 Fender Stratocaster Lefty, Airline Dallas Green Signature Jupiter PRO, Win a ZVEX Fat Fuzz Factory.
June 18, 2013Fender Day! 10% Instant Cash Rebate on New Fender Gear - Wednesday, June 19th in-store only.
June 14, 2013For Dad, 15% OFF New Gear. Happy Father's Day weekend to all Dads. Now's your chance to get that guitar, amp and drum kit for the basement studio you've always wanted.
June 12, 20131980s Kramer Gene Simmons Axe Guitar #122. Watch Joel Play the Kramer Gene Simmons Axe Guitar - A Chicago Music Exchange Video Production.
June 10, 2013Make an offer on Reverb.com. We love the "make an offer" feature on the Reverb.com marketplace and think you will too. Make an offer on all of our used and vintage gear!
June 7, 2013Fathers Day Sale! Gift ideas for the gear-loving Dads - Classic Rock Dad, Folkie Dad, Shredder Dad, Drum Circle Dad, and the Family Band Dad.
June 3, 2013Fender Day! 10% Instant Rebate on Fender and Squier Instruments.
May 31, 2013Vintage price drops - '67 Fender Coronado II, '49 Gibson ES-175, '74 Rickenbacker 4001, '47 Gibson L-5, '56 Fender P-Bass plus Vintage Cases!
May 24, 2013Happy Memorial Day 15% Off New - Guitars, Basses, Drums, Amps, Effects and more!
May 20, 2013Great Deals on Used and B-Stock Guitars! Les Paul Special, Rickenbacker 620, Fender Jaguar, Reverend Flatroc, Fender Mustang and more.
May 17, 2013Introducing 65 Amps, Zappa Guitar Masterclass, 1961 Jazz Bass, a Voodoo Lab Giggity pedal giveaway, and new Brian Blade video.
May 9, 2013Man I love fuzz! 15% Off Pedals through May 13, 2013.
May 7, 2013Great deals! Discount, used and b-stock steals. Rickenbacker 330, Les Paul Studio, Fender Jaguar, PRS DGT, Martin 000-28, Collings 290S and more.
May 3, 2013Gibson Joe Walsh Custom Shop Tom Murphy Aged & VOS. The Gibson Custom Limited Edition Joe Walsh 1960 Les Paul puts the historic tone, look and feel of Joe's burst into an amazing reproduction instrument.
April 27, 2013From the Vault: Clean Classics. 1972 Fender Telecaster, 1953 Gibson Les Paul, 1963 Gretsch 6120 and more!
April 24, 2013We're buying everything! Saturday, April 27th 11-7pm at Chicago Music Exchange, get top dollar for your used gear and 15% more on trades.
April 22, 2013Great deals on used and B-Stock guitars! Fender Strats, Gibson Les Pauls, Taylors, Epiphones, Ibanez's and more. Get a classic guitar at a legendary price!
April 20, 2013Taylor Road Show Guitars! For one week at Chicago Music Exchange, experience this incredible selection of Taylor acoustic guitars; various models available for purchase.
April 19, 2013"Damage with the Ramage": One-of-a-kind 1964 Gibson EBS-1250 Double Neck custom, TC Electronic Ditto Looper, Rickenbacker 360-12 & Sandberg TM-6 Bass, Custom 1964 Gibson EBS-1250 Double Neck, TC Electronic Ditto Looper, Rickenbacker 360-12 & Sandberg TM-6 Bass
April 15, 2013 New Arrivals! Thousands of hand-picked new, used and vintage guitars pass through Chicago Music Exchange each year. Be the first to see the new arrivals as they become available.
April 12, 2013 The very first Fender Antigua Strat - on of the most rare guitars to find its way to Chicago Music Exchange.
April 11, 2013 Taylor Road Show: an evening of guitar talk and demos with the Taylor factory staff and guitar makers.
April 08, 2013 The Aluminati! Aluminum neck guitars from Travis Bean, Kramer and Veleno.
April 02, 2013 Incredible in store session video with Brian Blade & the Fellowship Band.
April 01, 2013 Due to popular demand, we have decided to create the "Men of CME" 2014 Calendar.
March 25, 2013Great deals on B-stock, clearance and used guitars
March 20, 2013Fender Sale-a-bration. Price drops on Fender Stratocasters
March 18, 2013From the Vault, Vintage Price Drops. 1964 Gibson EDS-1275, 1975 Fender Starcaster, 1961 Gibson Les Paul Standard (SG), 1955 Fender Stratocaster re-fin w/'55 parts and more.
March 13, 2013Introducing Ecopark guitars to Chicago Music Exchange. Echopark is Gabriel Currie, a custom handmade guitar maker from Echo Park, Los Angeles, CA. C.F. Martin and Co. Retro Series guitars demonstrated by CME Acoustic expert Dan Wean. Enter for your chance to win the SolidGoldFX Surf Rider Deluxe reverb pedal.
March 8, 2013A real closet classic, the 1969 Gibson Les Paul Custom, played only 2 days back in 1970 then put in it's case for the next 42 years. Paul Reed Smith, live in person, Saturday March 16th. Don't miss this chance to meet the legendary guitar maker.
March 4, 2013Great deals on discounted used and B-stock steals.
February 27, 2013Chicago Drum Exchange is proud to announce a Master Class with Brian Blade and the Fellowship Band. Join us Tuesday March 14 at 7PM for this up close and personal experience with master drummer Brian Blades and his band.
February 22, 2013New arrivals at Chicago Music Exchange. 100s of new, vintage and used guitars at your fingertips in your inbox. Enter to win a JHS Pedals Prestige Buffer, Boost & Tone Enhancer pedal.
Februrary 7, 20131957 Gibson J-45 video. Spaceman Saturn V Harmonic Booster Pre-Order. Enter for a chance to win a Daredevil Pedals Logan Square Destroyer L.S.D. Fuzz pedal.
January 22, 2013Introducing full service Amplifier Repair at Chiacgo Music Exchange. Brian Carstens joins the CME repair team offering Amp Tune-ups, retubes, rebiases, blown fuses, speaker replacements and upgrades, cap jobs, transformer upgrades, amp mods and more.
January 18, 2013Incredibly cool 1967 Fender Coronado II Wildwood III video featuring Joel's sharp sweater. Fano Alt de Facto PX6 in Pelham Blue. Enter our pedal giveaway for a chance to win an Earthquaker Devices Crimson Drive.
January 4, 2013Today, we celebrate some of the finest guitars in the six-stringed instrument's short but vastly rich history. On this day in 1965, Colombia Broadcasting System purchased Leo Fender's guitar company and it's associated brands for $13 Million, nearly $2 million greater than CBS paid for the New York Yankees one year prior.
December 31, 2012Happy new year from Chicago Music Exchange. Enjoy a retrospective of our year in film. In 2012 we launched our CME film department and created inspirational and memorable films such as 100 Riffs, The Goldtop Collection, Batman Goes Crazy at Guitar Store and many more.
December 28, 2012New arrivals at Chicago Music Exchange. 100s of new, vintage and used guitars at your fingertips in your inbox.
December 14, 2012The Chicago Music Exchange 12 month photo calendar plus stocking stuffers for the musician in your life.
December 7, 2012Holiday gift guide at Chicago Music Exchange. Get the best deals on gifts for the musician in your life.
November 16, 2012We can't wait until Black Friday Vintage sale. Take 10% off all vintage & used at Chicago Music Exchange.
November 11, 2012Gibson Acoustic/Montana visits Chicago Music Exchange. Learn what makes a Gibson a Gibson. Talk to experts from the Montana factory. Plus, Save $300 on a Gibson Acoustic.
November 9, 2012New Arrivals at Chicago Music Exchange, watch the film documenting the life of a new arrival guitar at Chicago Music Exchange, from the purchase to the repair shop authentication to the photo studio to the showroom floor.
October 31, 2012Batman goes crazy at Chicago Music Exchange, featuring the 1989 Bolin Joker Prototype guitar. Happy Halloween!
October 19, 2012The perfect pair, 1968 Gibson ES-335 Natural with Varitone, and a 1966 ES-335/12 in Natural with Varitone, plus the world debut of the JHS Super Bolt supro amp overdrive pedal featuring Josh H Scott of JHS Pedals.
October 12, 2012We love SJC drums, featuring the SJC Chrome over Maple/Acrylic Hybrid Rock Kit, a fine SJC 6x14 Maple Snare, and the new reality show Drum Heads on halogen.tv starring Mike and Scott from SJC.
October 5, 20121978 Starcaster in super rare Antigua, a film with the Gretsch G6134 White Penguin, and introducing Reverend Guitars to Chicago Music Exchange.
September 27, 2012Chicago Drum Exchange presents the C&C Player Date II, plus the Tune-Bot, and in case you missed it a recap film of the Jimmy Chamberlin clinic.
September 7, 2012Alex Chadwick from 100 Riffs plays Freddie For a Day, introducing Daredevil Pedals made right here in Chicago, and a film overview of the Tone King Falcon.
September 6, 2012New films featurin SJC Chrome Maple/Acrylic, C&C Player Date Bop and the Gretsch Brooklyn Series.
July 27, 2012Nash T-68 in Pink Paisley video, plus the debut of the Gibson Jeff Tweedy signature SG featuring Jeff Tweedy himself!
July 17, 2012Celebrate the Chicago Drum Exchange 1st Anniversary, featuring Jimmy Chamberlin of the Smashing Pumpkins in store!
July 6, 2012Collings D2H acoustic and 290 electric videos, 1957 Fender Esquire in Blonde, plus 100 Riffs goes viral!
June 29, 2012Nash T-Master in Blonde, 1958 Fender Precision Bass.
June 8, 2012 - Father's Day Guitar GuideTreat dad right this year! Great guitar gifts for Father's Day.
June 8, 2012 - Father's Day Drum GuideTreat dad right this year! Great drum gifts for Father's Day.
May 31, 20121959 ES-330T, 1968 Fender Telecaster in original Candy Apple Red finish, and introducing Emperor speaker cabinets handmade in Chicago!
May 18, 2012Paul Reed Smith custom guitars brand new to CME, take our cinematic HD showroom tour, Two-Rock Matt Schofield signature head and brand new EXO15 head.
April 20, 2012The gear you use every day is on sale now. Expired April 27, 2012
April 6, 2012 - Spring PicksA selection of vintage and modern hand-crafted guitars sure to inspire! 1968 Gibson ES-355 Gold, Sandberg TM-4 Hardcore Aged, 1956 Gibson Les Paul Custom, and more.
February 23, 2012 - Fender Custom ShopChicago Music Exchange is proud to present a brand new line of Fender Custom Shop guitars, including the most faithful renditions of classic guitars possible, along with a few unique interpretations of our own.
February 3, 2012 - Drum ExchangeFeatured items a '50s Slingerland kit, Meinl 22" cymbal, new Drum Exchange apparel and 15% of Sabian Vault, PDP acoustic kits and snares.
January 19, 2011Chicago Music Exchange's best of 2011. Featuring George's top 5 guitars, Marc's favorite Bass gear, our top in store artists, the best albums and our favorite pedals.
December 21, 2011Our holiday vintage selection, featuring a '58 Gibson ES-335, '59 Fender Stratocaster, '57 Gibson J-45, '65 Epiphone Riviera, '68 Ludwig Big Beat drum kit and more.
November 28, 2011We're so sick of Black Friday holiday sale email. 10% off all vintage and used, free shipping and great deals on lots of other great gear.
November 11, 2011Featured items include a 1962 Fender Jazzmaster in Olympic White, a first-year 1976 Music Man StingRay, our restoration of Cheap Trick's guitars damaged in the Ottawa stage collapse, introduction of Marc Najjar and the new bass room & so much more.
October 12, 2011Featured items include a rare 1975 Fender Starcaster in Olympic White, a beautiful 1971 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe Gold Top, Fender Pawn Shop guitars, our new "Meet the Staff" page, & so much more.
August 26, 2011Featured items include some classy gold guitars: a 1965 Fender Precision Bass in Shoreline Gold, a 1954 Gibson ES-295 in Gold, the Chicago Drum Exchange Grand Opening event, & so much more.
July 15, 2011Featured items include a 1960 Gibson Les Paul Special DC w/Bigsby, a 1963 Gibson Les Paul Custom with original PAFs, custom hand-painted pedals and effects, & so much more.
June 4, 2011Featured items include a super rare Epiphone Coronet Silver Fox from 1964, a 1998 Matchless DC-30, a look at Fano and B3 guitars, our new Gretsch US Custom Eddie Cochran model, Guitar Slang (Finger Cutter) & so much more.
May 6, 2011Featured items include a 1945 C.F. Martin D-28, an incredible 1958 Gibson ES-335, a welcome to new brands like Lowden guitars, Empress Effects, and Two-Rock Amps, Guitar Slang (Dot Neck) & so much more.
March 28, 2011Featured items include a real closet classic 1966 Fender Strat® in custom color Candy Apple Red, a pristine 1972 Martin D-28 12-String, an introduction to Death By Audio effects, Guitar Slang (Case Candy) & so much more.
February 24, 2011Featured items include 1951 Fender Esquire Blonde, 1962 Gibson ES-355 Cherry, 1968 Fender Stratocaster 3TS, Fender Mark Knopfler Strat, Guitar Slang (Black Guard) & so much more.
January 28, 2011Featured items include 1967 Epiphone Casino in Burgundy, 1965 Gibson Dove Cherry Sunburst, James Trussart Custom Guitars, T-Rex Reptile 2 Delay, Guitar Slang (Green Guard) & so much more.
January 10, 2011Featured items include 1957 Gibson Les Paul Special TV Yellow, 1965 Fender Jazz Bass 3TS, Huss & Dalton TOM-R, Fender Logo Bar Stools, the new CME Drum Shop, Guitar Slang (TV Yellow) & so much more.
December 9, 2010Featured items include 1968 Gibson ES-330 Cherry, 1965 Gretsch Tennessean, 1965 Fender Jaguar 3TS, Souldier guitar straps, 1-Spot Power Supply, Guitar Slang (Volute) & so much more.
November 28, 2010Featured items include 1968 Gibson SG Pelham Blue, 1932 Gibson L-0 Black, 1962 Fender Bass VI 3TS, Guitar Slang (PAF pickup) & so much more.
November 11, 2010Featured items include 1972 Fender Tangerine Sparkle Strat, 1968 Gibson Les Paul Goldtop, Pyramid Strings, Divided by 13 Amps, Guitar Slang (Soapbar) & so much more
October 28, 2010Featured items include 1968 Gibson SG Standard, 1967 Rickebacker 360 Jetglo, Fender Custom Shop SRV Lenny Strat, brand new CME T-Shirts, Guitar Slang (Toaster Pickup) & so much more.
October 14, 2010Featured items include 1966 Gibson Byrdland, 1964 Gibson J-200, Gibson John Lennon J-160E Museum, Fulltone PlimSoul, Guitar Slang (Bikini Logo) & so much more.
October 1, 2010Featured items include BC Rich Double Neck Bich Bass, 1961 Gibson SG/Les Paul Cherry, 1975 Fender Rhinestone Strat, Smokey Amps, Guitar Slang (Small Guard v. Large Guard), & so much more.
Special Events Newsletters
November 7, 2012 - Matt Schofield live clinicWorld-renowned blues guitarist and writer Matt Schofield puts on a clinic with Premier Builders Guild, featuring his brand new signature Two-Rock amplifier.
September 27, 2012 - Afternoon with JHS Pedals and Jackson AmpworksJosh H Scott of JHS Pedals and Brad Jackson of Jackson Ampworks spend the afternoon at Chicago Music Exchange.
September 23, 2012 - Pure Blues SummitDr Strings and House of Blues present Pure Blues Summit, an afternoon with Jimmy Burns, Lurrie Bell and John Primer, the very best in Chicago blues!
January 2, 2012 - Live In-store Cracker/Camper Van Beethoven Come experience platinum selling alt-rock heroes and long-time friends of the store, Cracker, in a very special performance right here in at Chicago Music Exchange.
December 5, 2011 - Jojo Mayer Drum ClinicAn exclusive clinic featuring Jojo Mayer and hosted by the Chicago Drum Exchange. Learn some of, Drum & Bass pioneer, Jojo Mayer's "Secret Weapon" technique as he presents and performs during this very exclusive, free, presentation.
November 15, 2011 - Drum Tuning WorkshopDrum tuning workshop hosted by Rob and Ryan at the Chicago Drum Exchange. Learn the art of tuning, sonic differences of shell types and heads, how to use tuning devices and much more.
September 22, 2011 - Fender clinic with Greg Koch Greg is the most entertaining gentlemen on both sides of the Mississippi. Between his mind-blowing guitar chops, and his completely down-to-earth sense of humor and personality, there's nothing not to fall in love with.
September 8, 2011 - Cordoba Guitar ClinicAn evening of incredible guitars; we'll have representatives from Cordoba on hand presenting models, taking Q&A, and giving away some cool swag. Whether you're Andrés Segovia, or a steel-string player looking to cross over into Spanish guitar for the first time, we're pretty sure you'll be in for a great experience.
June 21, 2011 - Taylor Guitars An exclusive Taylor Guitars event full of incredible guitars, including custom models and limited editions at Chicago Music Exchange. On top of that, we'll have free Elixir string changes* for customers who bring in their Taylor guitars along with some great giveaways!
June 10, 2011 - Victoria AmplifiersFounder and builder of Victoria amplifiers, Mark Baier, spends some time at Chicago Music Exchange talking about his philosophy, process, and works with customers who would love to learn a bit more about replicating the classic tweed amps of the late 1950s.
April 20, 2011 - Gibson Guitar clinicJoin us and enjoy a beautiful array of brand new and innovative Gibson electric guitars, not to mention the already incredible collection of vintage guitars feverishly awaiting your arrival at Chicago Music Exchange right now!