Chicago Music Exchange | Chicago Guitar, Amp, Effect & Drum Dealer

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  • Just Arrived

    Just Arrived

    We buy and sell new, used, &
    vintage guitars every day.

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  • The CME Experience

    The CME Experience

    We truly love the gear we talk about.
    Join us for fun, comprehensive demos.

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  • JHS Pedals and Keeley Electronics Steak and Eggs

    The Steak & Eggs

    After much anticipation, the Steak and Eggs has arrived! Add it to your pedalboard today.

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  • C&C Drums

    C&C Drums

    Chicago Drum Exchange carries a wide
    selection of C&C kits and snares.

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Guitars at Chicago Music Exchange

Chicago Music Exchange is the foremost authority on used and vintage guitars, not just in Chicago, but worldwide. We employ and work with some of the most knowledgeable guitar experts in the business. Customers, collectors and professional musicians alike look to Chicago Music Exchange for guitar trends, guitar market changes and for access to incredibly rare vintage guitars. Whether you need an affordable beginner guitar, a used acoustic guitar or a vintage electric guitar – this well-known Chicago guitar shop is the place to look. Shop here online or stop by our Chicago store to experience the most beautiful guitar showroom in the world.

Guitar Showroom

From the stunning wall of Gibson guitars, to our Fender Custom Shop section, various amp displays, the gorgeous acoustic guitars room, to The Bassment bass guitar shop, the Chicago Music Exchange guitar showroom is an experience in-and-of itself. If you can't visit us in person, this video and photo tour will give you a taste.

Vintage Tone Perfection

At Chicago Music Exchange, we only carry gear we truly love, and we truly love Tone King amplifiers. For 30 years, founder Mark Bartel has been designing and building Tone King, dedicated to achieving vintage tone perfection. You'll find Tone King to be the perfect combination of classic vintage and modern innovation.

The SoundBoard

An Interview with Oliver Ackermann of Death By Audio

August 26, 2015

Working at CME, you get to experience the purists looking for the very transparent overdrives and true to "vintage" tone, and while that's admirable, it's not me. Not even a little bit. 

So, by the direction of friends, coworkers, and artists I love, I found Death By Audio. I started with the Fuzz War and fell in love. I began moving through their arsenal of oddities, checking the Echo Dream 2 (which if you haven't  - you totally should) and the Reverberation Machine

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