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We're the luckiest musicians in the world! We have our hands on the GREATEST GEAR that has ever existed. We build it, we buy it, we play it, and of course we sell it. We all have our favorites and good reasons why. We'd love to keep it a secret and have all of the magical tones to ourselves but that would be CRAZY! Staff Picks is where each of our experts shares their FAVORITE GEAR! It's always changing, always updating with the latest and greatest. Enjoy CME Staff Picks!
"I've had my eye on these Reverend Guitars for a while now. Being a lifelong strat player, the tweak of style Reverend adds drew me in. Super easy to play! I mean who doesn't love a roasted maple neck?! Delicious."
"When this beauty hit the shop it took me to a special place. One riddled with wooden panels, cigarette smoke, and a faint taste of scotch on the rocks. This 'CME Spec' SG brings me back to an era I never knew I needed to live in, and I'm here for it. Our Custom "S" Buckers have this baby singing to the high heavens no matter the amp. Not to mention the aging, masterfully done by Tom Murphy and his team, flawlessly ties together an intense feeling of nostalgia. No need for a time machine with this axe by your side."Shop Gibson Custom Murphy Lab
"This Sonor SQ2 Beech Drum Kit has incredible tone and warmth, while still maintaining a punchy and percussive attack when played. Sonor's craftsmanship is of the highest order and is an incredible asset to any drummer's collection."Shop Sonor Drums
"Ever thought your Rat needed a little more cheese? Look no further than the Fat Rat, a modified twist on a tried and true classic. Complete with MOSFET clipping controls for smooth upper mids and a “Fat” switch that beckons the oomph in your bass, this is an absolute must-have on your board!"Shop Effect Pedals
"You want to hear the best guitar you will ever touch? Original PAFs and a Grammy Award-winning guitar is hard to beat. This Gibson is the best kept 'secret' at CME! "Shop Gibson ES-335
"When your guitar matches you, your energies become one, and your powers combined are unstoppable. Plus, it's one of the best playing guitars in the entire store!"Shop Suhr Gear
"It's a little country and a little bit rock and roll...everything you want to see in a vintage bass"Shop Vintage Bass
"Simple, this hardcore aged low end machine of a fretless bass plays buttery smooth and is impossible to put down. A hot little number capable of gorgeous things. "Shop Sandberg Bass
As part of Chicago Music Exchange's ongoing partnership with Antelope Audio, we’ve partnered up to offer CME’s six-string devotees three FREE quintessential guitar effects plugins—including the Memory Cat Brigade Bucket Brigade Delay, the BBD Chorus Bucket Brigade Chorus, in addition to Antelope’s Reel-to-Reel tape saturation—with the purchase of any Antelope Audio Zen Q or Zen Go bus-powered recording interfaces!View Details
Chicago Music Exchange has started up an exclusive partnership with EarthQuaker Devices to offer our customers unique, one-off editions of some of the most popular EarthQuaker Devices pedals! Check out our entire offering of CME Exclusive EQD one-off pedals, and find a perfect fit for your pedalboard!View Details
As a Taylor GuitarsCustom dealer, Chicago Music Exchange will work with you to help you choose from an assortment of Taylor’s finest tonewoods—including non-standard species and premium grades—as well as a rich palette of feature options and premium appointments that’ll help you bring your distinctive Taylor dream guitar to life! We wanted to give our customers the next level of Taylor guitars, so we went out to the factory ourselves and picked out some of the best woods they have available. While only some of those models are in the shop, now, some are still in production. Here’s a look at some of the new Taylor Custom arrivals available at CME!View Details