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David, an amateur electric guitar rockstar, took over the Chicago Music Exchange in 2010. After working with electronic trading systems for the last decade, he really digs being able to come to work surrounded by his true love, vintage guitars.
Favorite Guitar: Fender Stratocaster Best Concert: Tom Petty at the United Center in Chicago (2010)
Born and raised right here in Chicagoland, George has been on the team here for 8 years. When he's not putting the perfect archtop in your paws, you'll probably find him at the golf course by day, and among the punk rockers by night.
Favorite Guitar: 1961 Guild Starfire II in Emerald Green Best Concert: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers at the Vic in Chicago (2003)
Native of beautiful Paraguay, Daniel not only makes our store bi-lingual, but also a place of vintage perfection, researching, studying, dating each and every piece that walks in and out our doors. If you're looking to buy, sell, or trade vintage, Daniel will always be involved.
Favorite Guitar: 1965 Fender Jazzmaster with patent number Gibson humbuckers, refin Natural w/ eagle burned onto the back. Best Concert: Gillian Welch and David Rawlings at the Vic in Chicago (2011)
The self-proclaimed Gretsch guru and admitted "delay pedal junkie," Brian has been with us for four years and still geeks out on every vintage case he opens. While he's not here gabbing about milliseconds on vintage echos or the sonic benefits of nitrocellulose finish, you'll find him working the Chicago circuit with one of his two, fine, rock n' roll bands.
Favorite Guitar: 1961 Gibson ES-335 Cherry Best Concert: Extra Golden at the Empty Bottle in Chicago (2009)
Originally calling Kalamazoo, Michigan home, Joel grew up a mere ten minute drive from the original Gibson factory. A connoisseur of 70's prog-rock, NBA basketball enthusiast, and singer/guitarist for sci-fi yacht metal band Royale (www.royaletheband.com), this straight-shooter will put the right gear in your hands every time.
Favorite Guitar: Gibson Moderne Best Concert: Tie: Grizzly Bear at the Riviera in Chicago (2012) |or| Mastodon, Metro (2006)
Playing guitar since age 7, Dan W. is our resident acoustic specialist. Before joining our team, Dan spent ten years in the Chicago recording scene working with producers like Sean O'Keefe, and artists like Rod Stewart, the Walkmen, and Van Ghost. His ears are tuned to find the tone you want!
Favorite Guitar: Gibson J-45 Acoustic Best Concert: wilco Civic Opera House Chicago (2011)
Singer, songwriter, journeyman, and poet laureate, Alex has spent the better part of his last fifteen years playing guitar, and his last ten putting the right ones in your hands. With a habit for making any guitar sound exemplary, Alex is our man for Strats, Teles, and vintage Fender bass.
Favorite Guitar: 1974 Fender Stratocaster Mocha Best Concert: Levon Helm at Bonnaroo in Manchester, TN (2008)
When it comes to low frequency, this man is no slouch. A veteran of both tuba and bass, Marc, a Louisville, KY-native, first came to Chicago to study music education. Experienced session musician and performer, his knowledge of the Frank Zappa catalogue and unconditional passion for beets has led him here to serve you with unmatched enthusiasm and candor.
Favorite Guitar: 1966 Fender Jazz Bass Shoreline Gold Best Concert: Herbie Hancock and the New Headhunters (2005)
A former Wisconsinite organic artisan baker, this Chicagoland native returns from the land of aged cheddar and waterparks with a fire for thick mahogany and tubes, on an endless search for tone. A tried and true Hawks fan, he's ready to simplify your buying experience, start to end.
Favorite Guitar: Gibson Les Paul Traditional Goldtop Best Concert: Pearl Jam PJ20 at Alpine Valley (2011)
After spending six years in the tech industry, Daniel was happy to leave behind logic boards and UNIX systems for nitrocellulose and vacuum tubes. When not endlessly tweaking home recordings that will likely never come to fruition, he enjoys drooling over the latest boutique gear and being an unapologetic cat man. Considering that he is now the 7th guy named Dan in the building, he is training his ears to respond to "Al" and "Albert."
Favorite Guitar: Anything and everything Fano Best Concert: Foals at The Vic in Chicago
Musician, producer, engineer, guitar tech, pedal builder,mad scientist, in-store comedian.....this long-winded "man of many hats" is on a mission to do whatever it takes to help you achieve your sound. Hailing all the way from the birthplace of Rock & Roll, Darryl is more than happy to talk with you (for hours on end) about that perfect pickup combination or pedal mod to help you turn the sound you hear in your head into reality. From fretwork on your Telecaster to Wah Wah mods, his OCD will definitely work to your advantage.
Favorite Guitar: Fender Jazzmaster Best Concert: Dinosaur Jr Subterranean, Chicago, IL.
A guitar player born and raised in La Grange, Illinois; Phil Glodek is a connoisseur of after market guitar parts with his specialties lying in "off the cuff" fabrication. Whether you're seeking new T-Saddles for your Tele, or drooling over a new bone saddle for your Martin D-18; Phil is always happy to craft and/or install the parts you need on your guitar.
Favorite Guitar: Fender Broadcaster Best Concert: Radiohead Lollapalooza 2008
A drummer at heart, Drew is also known to tinker with guitars and basses on occasion. A native of the Chicagoland area, Drew has spent much of the last ten years traveling and playing music. If your guitar needs a refresh – from basic setup to a complete refret or pickup installation – Drew will make sure your gear is well taken care of.
Favorite Guitar: 1980s DOD "Grind It" Combo Amp Best Concert: Carcass at Sonar in Baltimore
Alec was raised on a small farm in Iowa. He studied anthropology in college, but followed his love of music and lutherie to chicago. Now he spends his days finding the perfect combination of neck relief, string action, and intonation that makes a guitar feel and sound phenomenal.
At the beginning, there was an early '60s red Supro emerging from hibernation in a familial attic. After that, Brian never really put down the guitar. Although originally from Grand Rapids, MI, it was clear that was no place for a musician and ran off to indulge in food, wine, and quest for tone, in Chicago. Now you'll find Brian whenever you've got amp work to be done, from a rebias to robust modifications.
Favorite Tube: 6V6. I love the warmth and fat tone it produces. Best Concert: Soundgarden warm-up gig at the Vic in Chicago, IL (2010)
An independent Chicago drummer with a reputation for hard work and always playing a "really sweet kit," Rob spearheaded the new drum shop from scratch and is now our go-to guy for everything percussion. Musically, you'll find his work on recordings from artists like Remington Pettygrove and Bright Like Japan.
Favorite Kit: Sonor S-classix Best Concert: Brian Blade Fellowship at the Chicago Jazz Festival (2010)
Since his first kick drum made out of cardboard and duct tape, accompanied by assorted pots and pans, Ryan has been finding ways to make beats since the age of 14. A connoisseur of loud instrumental rock, big drums, and big cymbals, he specializes in 60s and 70s vintage gear and bringing abused drums back to life.
Favorite Kit: Late 70s Ludwig Vistalite 3-Piece Blue w/ Ludwig Black Beauty Snare Best Concert: Hum at Double Door on New Years Eve in Chicago (2009)
West Philadelphia born and raised (yeah, we know) Matt drummed from age 12 right through his degree in Jazz Studies from the IU Jacobs School of Music. Composer of electronic and hip hop, Matt loves performance and simply enjoys involving himself in a huge array of musical worlds.
Favorite Gear: Ludwig drums and Zildjian cymbals Best Concert: Elvin Jones at Painted Bride Art Center on New Years Eve in Philadelphia
Jeff ships anything, anywhere, any time, and by any means necessary. A lover of all guitars, both electric ones and the ones that make noise on their own, Jeff promises when he sends them your direction they will be packed with the utmost attention and care, everytime.
Favorite Guitar: "I don't play favorites!" Best Concert: Grateful Dead (Jerry's last four shows) at Riverport Amphitheatre in Maryland Heights, MO and Souldier Field in Chicago (1995)
Born into a family of musicians and producers, Jimmy has always felt a strong connection to music. Though currently working on a degree in Computer Science here in Chicago, he is 100% dedicated to getting you the right gear, faster than anyone else in the business.
Originally from Michigan, Kyle is a classically trained clarinetist who would rather play bass or tenor sax in a dirty basement. When he's not rocking he's creating an animated, interactive web comic about a homeless robot. Kyle has been packing and shipping for years so he'll pack your stuff with care and get it to you fast.
Favorite Bass: Anything, get it in tune and throw a Big Muff on it and you can rock. Best Concert: October 25th 1999, a Monday. Royal Crown Revue at St. Andrews Hall, Detroit, MI.
A bass player originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Brian brings his talent and weird sense of humor to the CME shipping department. Brian has been playing musical instruments since the age of 2 — from trumpet to tuba and finally, the bass guitar. He is the go-to-guy when it comes to packing your gear right. Quick with a joke and even quicker to pack up your online order!
Favorite Guitar: American Fender Jazz Best Concert: Tool 2006 at the Wolstein Center, Cleveland Ohio
Joining us from Ohio via New Orleans, Justin prefers any instrument beaten with a stick. Without explanation he finds hilarity in fish sandwiches, and intends to be a stalwart here until the Bears wise up and draft him to play the line. In the meantime, he'll be taking outstanding care of every one of your orders.
Favorite Cymbals: Zildjian K Series Best Concert: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young at United Center in Chicago (2000)
As a hoarder of both fine effect pedals and exquisite cakes, Chase brings a multifaceted music industry skillset to the table and eats it too. The only thing that might outweigh this native Chicagolander's love for musical instruments is his affinity for peculiar socks.
Favorite Guitar: 1960s Kay Galaxie Best Concert: City and Colour at Park West (2011)
Aficionado of time-based effects, and arbiter of guitar accessories, Dan B. has been working in music retail since the ripe young age of fifteen. Uncomprimising fan of the Buffalo Bills, this almost-Canadian web designer keeps us looking pretty, with customer service always in mind.
Favorite Pedals: Electro-Harmonix POG 2 >> Malekko Omicron Vibrato Best Concert: The Sheila Divine at the Tralf in Buffalo, NY (2001)
A native of the Chicagoland area, Alex has made stops along the way in both San Diego and Madison (UW-Madison). He plays guitar and dabbles in piano and drums. As the e-Commerce Product Coordinator, Alex manages the online product listings for new, used and vintage gear.
Favorite Guitar: Gibson ES-335 Best Concert: Radiohead at Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre (Chula Vista, CA) 2008
A picture's worth a thousand words, but we happen to believe a picture of a guitar is worth quite a bit more. A local Chicago photographer and musician, Omar has an all-encompassing appreciation for the arts, and enjoys the tools of the trade, whether it be guitar, camera, or in our case, both.
Favorite Amp: Ampeg V-2 Best Concert: The Horrors at the Abbey Pub in Chicago (2007)
A local artist, photographer, musician, writer, and record junkie, Dan loves everything about the Chicago music scene. Whether it's taking live concert photos or photographing vintage guitars, he puts his passion for music and photography into everything he shoots
Favorite Guitar: VOX Mark XII Teardrop Sunburst Best Concert: 3-Way Tie:The Brian Jonestown Massacre at the Metro (2012), The Replacements at Riot Fest (2013), and Violent Femmesat Riot Fest (2013).
A fine film director and an absolute gentleman, Chris brings high-defintion motion picture to the instruments you love. Although this "bad boy" dreamer claims he can bench 220 pounds, we know he'd rather be cycling down Lake Michigan or sipping wine beneath a tree with his boom box tuned to NPR. Do yourself a favor and keep an eye for his work.
Favorite Bass: "My early 70s Gibson Ripper." Best Concert: Maserati at Bottom Lounge in Chicago (2009)
From ad agency creative to e-commerce content manager, Chrissy brings professional marketing experience and strategy to Chicago Music Exchange. Chrissy is a native of the Chicagoland area and a singer-songwriter.
Favorite Guitar: Taylor 910 Best Concert: Radiohead at Lollapalooza (2008)
From Recording Studio Manager to Record Company Executive to Operations Manager here at Chicago Music Exchange, Deb's been in the music biz her whole life. Toss in singer/songwriter, recording artist and vocal coach and you get the whole picture.
Favorite Mic & Preamp: Neuman U87 & Universal Audio LA-610 Tube Preamp
Ed is from the Chicagoland area and plays the guitar and drums, almost exclusively in punk/experimental bands focused on the live spectacle. With a degree in business and a background in banking, Ed is an integral part of the CME finance department.
Favorite Guitar: Gibson Les Paul Double Cutaway (pictured) Best Concert: The Jesus Lizard at Pitchfork or George Carlin at the Rosemont Theatre
Originally from Red Hook, NY, Nick moved to Chicago for school and to start a band. Nick has played the piano, percussion and currently plays guitar with Carbon Tigers, opening for acts such as The Cool Kids, Cold War Kids, and Maps & Atlases. Nick enjoys playing chess and crunching numbers for the CME finance department.
Favorite Gear: Eventide Pitchfactor Best Concert: Minus the Bear at UConn-Storrs (2005)
Always a joy to see trotting about the Chicago Music Exchange showroom floor, Teddy is more or less our in-house jack-of-all-trades. When he's not staring at you while you're eating, you'll most likely find him posing with rock stars as they pass through our doors.
Favorite Guitar: Anything set up with catgut strings Best Concert: T-Bone Walker