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Shipping & Returns

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The CME Difference

Our shipping team works closely with the CME Repair Shop and our vintage experts to inspect, secure and pack every instrument with the utmost care. As musicians, these guys know what it takes to keep an instrument protected and how important it is that you receive your CME package in perfect condition. Meet the rest of our team »

Free Shipping

Chicago Music Exchange provides the best value for your dollar. All orders placed on ship FREE within the continental United States.* No minimum purchase required!

The Lower 48. We offer free shipping to the contiguous 48 United States only.

No Minimum to Qualify. No matter how large or small the item – you qualify for free shipping.

Most orders ship same or next day. We strive to ship all orders within one business day, but some items require extra attention. For guitars and other large purchases, please allow time for thorough inspection, setup, and specialty packing.

Online orders only. In order to qualify for FREE shipping, orders must be placed directly on

Manufacturer Exclusions. Certain products are excluded due to manufacturer restrictions. This includes, but is not limited to, Fulltone Custom Shop and Strymon.

Order doesn't qualify? If you order doesn't qualify or you require expedited shipping, we provide excellent shipping rates. Once you provide Zip Code in the shopping cart, we'll present you with options and rates.

*Size and Weight Restrictions. Certain products are excluded from free shipping due to size and weight restrictions. Items that weigh 100lbs or more may incure shipping charges. This includes selected products from Divided By 13 and Emperor guitar and bass cabinets.

Returns. If you choose to return your order, we will deduct the cost of shipping from any refund. See our complete return policy.

How We Ship Your Order

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Items eligible for FREE shipping: Every order will ship free via UPS Ground or USPS Priority or First Class mail. Exceptions include addresses outside the contiguous 48 United States, and items that are restricted from free shipping by the manufacturer. See our Free Shipping page for details.

We Can Ship to Virtually Anywhere in the World: Chicago Music Exchange ships most orders with UPS, so you have peace of mind your order will arrive on time and in the same condition as when it left our store. At checkout we give you multiple UPS service options, each with an additional fee based on the weight and dimensions of the package. Before you complete your purchase you can calculate the exact cost for each option. All orders with expedited shipping options selected that are completed after 3:00 PM CST will be processed and shipped the following business day. If the item is eligible for free shipping, and you choose that option, the order will automatically ship with either UPS Ground or USPS (First Class or Priority Mail) depending on size and weight.

International shipping: Shipping quotes and prices do not include VAT or other import taxes which vary from country to country. Buyer is responsible for all import taxes and duty. Click here for International Shipping Rates

Manufacturer's Restrictions: Note that certain manufacturers put shipping restrictions on some products, including some products that cannot be shipped to international destinations.

Tracking & Delivery Confirmation: After your purchase is completed, and as soon as the order is shipped, an email with a UPS tracking number or USPS delivery confirmation number will be sent to you to track the status of your shipment.

Delivery Time: Our standard shipping services, UPS Ground and USPS Priority Mail, deliver anywhere in the contiguous 48 United States within 1-5 business days.

How To Return An Item

If you decide you'd like to return an item, please fill out the Return Request form here or on our Returns & Exchanges page. You will be issued a return authorization number (or RA#) then given easy instructions on how to get your product back to us safely and efficiently. Please see below for our policies on new, used, and vintage products.

New Items: Most new, untouched, unopened items may be returned within 30 days of the date of delivery for a full refund, less outbound shipping costs. Buyer assumes responsibility for all return shipping costs, unless return is a result of incorrect shipment or defective item. Chicago Music Exchange reserves the right to refuse any return if item is not in new, untouched, or unopened condition.

Vintage & Used items: Most vintage & used items may be returned within 3 days from the date of delivery. Our unique and comprehensive quality certification process allows us to stand behind every vintage and used instrument we sell with the utmost confidence. If you are not satisfied, please contact us immediately as we must evaluate all vintage and used returns on a case by case basis. All vintage and used refunds may be subject to a small 5% restocking fee, as well as original outbound shipping costs. In-store vintage and used refunds are eligible for store credit refund only. Buyer assumes responsibility for all return shipping costs unless return is a result of incorrect shipment.

Returns on Purchases Using Affirm: If you bought an item using Affirm financing, we offer full refunds for purchases.

Some products are not returnable under any circumstances such as amplifier tubes, instrument pickups, guitar & bass strings, drum heads, drum sticks, software, books, earbuds, earplugs, microphones, harmonicas as well as any other products designed to come in contact with the mouth or ears due to sanitary concerns.

For orders paid using an American Express card, we may pass on an additional 3.5% fee of the purchase price to process your refund.

We strive to process all refunds within 2 to 4 business days of the return been received at our location. The time it takes for the refund to post to your account could vary based upon your bank's processing times.

 If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact us at 1-888-686-7872 or email Customer Service at

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International Shipping Estimates

These prices are estimates; actual shipping costs may vary between guitars. Additional international quotes available upon request. The above quotes do not include VAT, import taxes, or brokerage fees, which vary from country to country. Buyer is responsible for all import taxes and duty. Please contact your local customs office to determine what fees and taxes you will be assessed upon delivery into your country.

USPS is typically less expensive than UPS, but their international tracking system is not as accurate and arrival times may vary from country to country.

Some brands cannot be shipped internationally due to manufacturer restrictions. See brand exclusions for details.

Country UPS USPS
Continental USA $50 for Acoustic and Electric guitars via UPS Ground (fully insured)

$65* USPS Priority Mail for Alaska, Hawaii & Puerto Rico

*Above quote does not include insurance. Insurance available upon request.

Canada Call Customer Service at 888-686-7872 $75 for Acoustic and Electric guitars (insured up to $675 USD)
Australia $575 for Acoustic guitars (fully insured) $250 for Electric guitars (insured up to $2,499 USD)
Europe / UK - $120 (insured up to $650 USD)
Japan - $120 (insured up to $5,000 USD)
South America $875 for Acoustic guitars (full insured)
$400 for Electric guitars (insured up to $2,499 USD)
Israel - $175 for Electric guitars
Malaysia - $200 for Electric guitars
Russia No shipping to Russia. No shipping to Russia.