Staff Picks

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 tone to ourselves but that would be CRAZY! Staff Picks is where each of our experts share their FAVORITE GEAR! It's always changing, always updating with the latest and greatest. Enjoy CME Staff Picks!

Chris's Pick, Accounting Associate

ESP Original Eclipse Custom Blue Liquid Metal 2019

"This is the most solid ESP I've ever come across. The neck feels perfect and I get lost in that blue liquid finish!"

Shop ESP Guitars Here

Karl's Pick, Acoustic Specialist

Iris OG painted by Sarah Ryan

"Iris Guitars are easily one of the new store favorites in the acoustic room. Typically a "no frills" type of instrument, these hand painted models feature a beautiful floral pattern that really ties the room together. "

Shop Iris Guitars Here

Tristan's Pick, Counter Sales

Music Man St Vincent HH Charcoal Sparkle w/Black Pickguard

"Look at it!! One of the prettiest guitars out there, and it plays incredibly. "

Shop Music Man St. Vincent Guitars Here

Elizabeth's Pick, Front Door Associate

Martin D-X2E 12-string 

"I appreciate the fact that we have guitars for many price ranges. 12-strings add so much texture and emotion to songs. This Martin is such a bargain for around $600 and is great for writing, recording, performing, or just noodling around on a blanket in the park with."

Jason's Pick, Electric Guitar Specialist

Music Man Jason Richardson Cutlass HH Trem 7-String Buckeye Burl Rorschach Red

"This to me is one of the best 7 strings Music Man is currently making, the playability is unreal, the look is insane and the sound is absolutely fantastic.  " 

Shop Music Man Guitars

Maddie's Pick, Shipping + Recieving

Fender 'CME Spec' Jazz Bass Sherwood Metallic

"I particularly like the color combination on this bass. It has a great vintage sound and is so smooth to play. It's just a beautiful instrument."

Shop Fender Bass Here

Zach's Pick of the Week -
1952 Gibson ES-295

Zach's Pick, Guitar Specialist

"This guitar was part of The Richard Fortus Collection that came through and was previously owned by Dr. John. The case contained a hand-carved spear, a bag of voodoo charms, and whole lot of mojo! Sad day when it left the shop to its new home..."

Shop The Richard Fortus Collection Here
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EarthQuaker Devices Limited Bit Commander
EarthQuaker Devices Limited Bit Commander
EarthQuaker Devices Limited Bit Commander
EarthQuaker Devices Limited Bit Commander
EarthQuaker Devices Limited Bit Commander
EarthQuaker Devices Limited Bit Commander

EarthQuaker Devices Limited Bit Commander "Nofriendo" & Dispatch Master "Black & Blue" Bundle

$388.00
Earthquaker Devices Astral Destiny Octal Octave Reverberation Odyssey
Earthquaker Devices Astral Destiny Octal Octave Reverberation Odyssey

Earthquaker Devices Astral Destiny Octal Octave Reverberation Odyssey

$199.00
Darkglass Effects and Pedals / Bass Pedals Darkglass Aggressively Distorted Advanced Machine
Darkglass Effects and Pedals / Bass Pedals Darkglass Aggressively Distorted Advanced Machine
Darkglass Effects and Pedals / Bass Pedals Darkglass Aggressively Distorted Advanced Machine

Darkglass Aggressively Distorted Advanced Machine

$549.99
Ludwig 6.5x14 Acro Brushed Copper Snare Drum
Ludwig 6.5x14 Acro Brushed Copper Snare Drum
Ludwig 6.5x14 Acro Brushed Copper Snare Drum
Ludwig 6.5x14 Acro Brushed Copper Snare Drum
Ludwig Drums and Percussion / Acoustic Drums / Snare Ludwig 6.5x14 Acro Brushed Copper Snare Drum
Ludwig Drums and Percussion / Acoustic Drums / Snare Ludwig 6.5x14 Acro Brushed Copper Snare Drum
Ludwig Drums and Percussion / Acoustic Drums / Snare Ludwig 6.5x14 Acro Brushed Copper Snare Drum

Ludwig 6.5x14 Acro Brushed Copper Snare Drum

$699.00
Music Man Jason Richardson Cutlass HH Trem 7-String Buckeye Burl Rorschach Red w/Roasted Maple Neck & Gold Hardware
Music Man Jason Richardson Cutlass HH Trem 7-String Buckeye Burl Rorschach Red w/Roasted Maple Neck & Gold Hardware
Music Man Jason Richardson Cutlass HH Trem 7-String Buckeye Burl Rorschach Red w/Roasted Maple Neck & Gold Hardware
Music Man Jason Richardson Cutlass HH Trem 7-String Buckeye Burl Rorschach Red w/Roasted Maple Neck & Gold Hardware
Music Man Jason Richardson Cutlass HH Trem 7-String Buckeye Burl Rorschach Red w/Roasted Maple Neck & Gold Hardware
Music Man Jason Richardson Cutlass HH Trem 7-String Buckeye Burl Rorschach Red w/Roasted Maple Neck & Gold Hardware
Music Man Electric Guitars / Solid Body Music Man Jason Richardson Cutlass HH Trem 7-String Buckeye Burl Rorschach Red w/Roasted Maple Neck & Gold Hardware
Music Man Jason Richardson Cutlass HH Trem 7-String Buckeye Burl Rorschach Red w/Roasted Maple Neck & Gold Hardware
Music Man Electric Guitars / Solid Body Music Man Jason Richardson Cutlass HH Trem 7-String Buckeye Burl Rorschach Red w/Roasted Maple Neck & Gold Hardware
Music Man Jason Richardson Cutlass HH Trem 7-String Buckeye Burl Rorschach Red w/Roasted Maple Neck & Gold Hardware

Music Man Jason Richardson Cutlass HH Trem 7-String Buckeye Burl Rorschach Red w/Roasted Maple Neck & Gold Hardware

$3,899.00
Low Boy Lightweight Felt Bass Drum Beater Amber/Med Brown w/Gold Stripe & CDE Logo
Low Boy Lightweight Felt Bass Drum Beater Amber/Med Brown w/Gold Stripe & CDE Logo

Low Boy Lightweight Felt Bass Drum Beater Amber/Med Brown w/Gold Stripe & CDE Logo

$51.99
Low Boy Standard Puff Bass Drum Beater Med Brown/Amber/Med Brown w/Gold Stripes & CDE Logo
Low Boy Standard Puff Bass Drum Beater Med Brown/Amber/Med Brown w/Gold Stripes & CDE Logo

Low Boy Standard Puff Bass Drum Beater Med Brown/Amber/Med Brown w/Gold Stripes & CDE Logo

$59.99
Santa Cruz Parabolic Tension Acoustic Guitar Strings Mid Tension
Santa Cruz Parabolic Tension Acoustic Guitar Strings Mid Tension
Santa Cruz Parabolic Tension Acoustic Guitar Strings Mid Tension

Santa Cruz Parabolic Tension Acoustic Guitar Strings Mid Tension

$18.00

Featured Pick of the Week -
Atkin The White Rice Aged Torrified Sitka/Rosewood Black Top

Josh's Pick, Acoustic Specialist

"This is such a beautiful acoustic all the way around. It's got a huge sound and a gorgeous look! Atkin is quickly becoming a shop favorite, and for good reason, they all sound, look, and feel fantastic!"

Shop Atkin Acoustic Guitars Here
Jason Staff Picks | Fender Custom Shop

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Atkin Acoustic Guitars / OM and Auditorium Atkin 00037 Aged Baked Sitka/Rosewood Natural
Atkin Acoustic Guitars / OM and Auditorium Atkin 00037 Aged Baked Sitka/Rosewood Natural
Atkin Acoustic Guitars / OM and Auditorium Atkin 00037 Aged Baked Sitka/Rosewood Natural
Atkin Acoustic Guitars / OM and Auditorium Atkin 00037 Aged Baked Sitka/Rosewood Natural
Atkin Acoustic Guitars / OM and Auditorium Atkin 00037 Aged Baked Sitka/Rosewood Natural
Atkin Acoustic Guitars / OM and Auditorium Atkin 00037 Aged Baked Sitka/Rosewood Natural
Atkin Acoustic Guitars / OM and Auditorium Atkin 00037 Aged Baked Sitka/Rosewood Natural
Atkin Acoustic Guitars / OM and Auditorium Atkin 00037 Aged Baked Sitka/Rosewood Natural
Atkin Acoustic Guitars / OM and Auditorium Atkin 00037 Aged Baked Sitka/Rosewood Natural
Atkin Acoustic Guitars / OM and Auditorium Atkin 00037 Aged Baked Sitka/Rosewood Natural
Atkin Acoustic Guitars / OM and Auditorium Atkin 00037 Aged Baked Sitka/Rosewood Natural

Atkin 00037 Aged Baked Sitka/Rosewood Natural

$4,199.00
Atkin D37 Aged Baked Sitka/Rosewood Natural
Atkin D37 Aged Baked Sitka/Rosewood Natural
Atkin D37 Aged Baked Sitka/Rosewood Natural
Atkin D37 Aged Baked Sitka/Rosewood Natural
Atkin D37 Aged Baked Sitka/Rosewood Natural
Atkin D37 Aged Baked Sitka/Rosewood Natural
Atkin D37 Aged Baked Sitka/Rosewood Natural
Atkin D37 Aged Baked Sitka/Rosewood Natural
Atkin D37 Aged Baked Sitka/Rosewood Natural
Atkin D37 Aged Baked Sitka/Rosewood Natural

Atkin D37 Aged Baked Sitka/Rosewood Natural

$3,999.00
Atkin Acoustic Guitars / Dreadnought Atkin Essential D Aged Baked Sitka/Mahogany Natural
Atkin Acoustic Guitars / Dreadnought Atkin Essential D Aged Baked Sitka/Mahogany Natural
Atkin Acoustic Guitars / Dreadnought Atkin Essential D Aged Baked Sitka/Mahogany Natural
Atkin Acoustic Guitars / Dreadnought Atkin Essential D Aged Baked Sitka/Mahogany Natural
Atkin Acoustic Guitars / Dreadnought Atkin Essential D Aged Baked Sitka/Mahogany Natural
Atkin Acoustic Guitars / Dreadnought Atkin Essential D Aged Baked Sitka/Mahogany Natural
Atkin Acoustic Guitars / Dreadnought Atkin Essential D Aged Baked Sitka/Mahogany Natural
Atkin Acoustic Guitars / Dreadnought Atkin Essential D Aged Baked Sitka/Mahogany Natural
Atkin Acoustic Guitars / Dreadnought Atkin Essential D Aged Baked Sitka/Mahogany Natural
Atkin Acoustic Guitars / Dreadnought Atkin Essential D Aged Baked Sitka/Mahogany Natural
Atkin Acoustic Guitars / Dreadnought Atkin Essential D Aged Baked Sitka/Mahogany Natural

Atkin Essential D Aged Baked Sitka/Mahogany Natural

$3,999.00
Atkin Acoustic Guitars / OM and Auditorium Atkin OM37 Aged Baked Sitka/Rosewood Natural
Atkin Acoustic Guitars / OM and Auditorium Atkin OM37 Aged Baked Sitka/Rosewood Natural
Atkin Acoustic Guitars / OM and Auditorium Atkin OM37 Aged Baked Sitka/Rosewood Natural
Atkin Acoustic Guitars / OM and Auditorium Atkin OM37 Aged Baked Sitka/Rosewood Natural
Atkin Acoustic Guitars / OM and Auditorium Atkin OM37 Aged Baked Sitka/Rosewood Natural
Atkin Acoustic Guitars / OM and Auditorium Atkin OM37 Aged Baked Sitka/Rosewood Natural
Atkin Acoustic Guitars / OM and Auditorium Atkin OM37 Aged Baked Sitka/Rosewood Natural
Atkin Acoustic Guitars / OM and Auditorium Atkin OM37 Aged Baked Sitka/Rosewood Natural
Atkin Acoustic Guitars / OM and Auditorium Atkin OM37 Aged Baked Sitka/Rosewood Natural
Atkin Acoustic Guitars / OM and Auditorium Atkin OM37 Aged Baked Sitka/Rosewood Natural

Atkin OM37 Aged Baked Sitka/Rosewood Natural

$4,199.00
Darkglass Effects and Pedals / Bass Pedals Darkglass Aggressively Distorted Advanced Machine
Darkglass Effects and Pedals / Bass Pedals Darkglass Aggressively Distorted Advanced Machine
Darkglass Effects and Pedals / Bass Pedals Darkglass Aggressively Distorted Advanced Machine

Darkglass Aggressively Distorted Advanced Machine

$549.99
The Darkglass Aggressively Distorting Advanced Machine is a powerful  and unique  distortion and compression  pedal. It combines parallel distortion and multi-band compression, a 6-band EQ , and a cab sim to  create a versatile tone  shaping pedal.

  • Advanced compression  and distortion  pedal
  • MIDI input  to externally control  parameters
  • 6-band graphic EQ
  • 5 compressor  modes
  • 5 distortion  modes
  • 5 cab sim IRs
  • Aux input  and headphone  output
  • Audio  interface capability over  USB-C

Connectivity:
  • Mono  instrument  input  (1/4")
  • Aux input  (1/8" stereo)
  • L and R audio outputs  (2 x 1/4")
  • XLR DI output
  • Headphone  output  (1/8" stereo)
  • USB-C (Audio  interface and DarkglassSuite)
  • MIDI input  (1/8" TRS)
  • Bluetooth (audio in and DarkglassSuite)
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Darkglass Aggressively Distorted Advanced Machine - Joseph, Customer Service

"For those already familiar with Adam "Nolly" Getgood's playing, no further explanation is necessary. This is a true swiss army knife for aggressive bass tones and amazing tone shaping with all the features that you would ever want for your home recording set up or live playing (even ampless)!"

Shop Darkglass Gear Here
Darkglass Effects and Pedals / Bass Pedals Darkglass Aggressively Distorted Advanced Machine
Darkglass Effects and Pedals / Bass Pedals Darkglass Aggressively Distorted Advanced Machine
Darkglass Effects and Pedals / Bass Pedals Darkglass Aggressively Distorted Advanced Machine

Darkglass Aggressively Distorted Advanced Machine

$549.99
The Darkglass Aggressively Distorting Advanced Machine is a powerful  and unique  distortion and compression  pedal. It combines parallel distortion and multi-band compression, a 6-band EQ , and a cab sim to  create a versatile tone  shaping pedal.

  • Advanced compression  and distortion  pedal
  • MIDI input  to externally control  parameters
  • 6-band graphic EQ
  • 5 compressor  modes
  • 5 distortion  modes
  • 5 cab sim IRs
  • Aux input  and headphone  output
  • Audio  interface capability over  USB-C

Connectivity:
  • Mono  instrument  input  (1/4")
  • Aux input  (1/8" stereo)
  • L and R audio outputs  (2 x 1/4")
  • XLR DI output
  • Headphone  output  (1/8" stereo)
  • USB-C (Audio  interface and DarkglassSuite)
  • MIDI input  (1/8" TRS)
  • Bluetooth (audio in and DarkglassSuite)
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Low Boy Bass Drum Beaters - Laurel, Inventory Specialist

"Handcrafted in Denver, Colorado, these unique bass drum beaters are what every drummer needs to spice up their kit. Choose your own distinct sound with their variety of leather, wool, felt, and wood beaters. They come in a smorgasbord of colors and styles, but the CME Exclusives are my fav (duh!) Pick one up today and hear what you're missing! "

Shop Low Boy Beaters Here

Gibson Custom Shop Murphy Lab Ultra Light Aged SG - Geoff, Guitar Specialist

"This guitar is lightweight and ready to rock n' roll. The Murphy Lab put their touch on this guitar and I would not change one thing about it!" 

Shop Gibson Custom Murphy Lab Here
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Gibson Custom Shop Murphy Lab 1963 SG Special Reissue Classic White Ultra Light Aged w/Lightning Bar

$4,499.00
Gibson Custom Shop's new Murphy Lab has one purpose: to take expert aging artist Tom Murphy's proprietary techniques to the next level. Here, Tom and his personally trained team of artists use cutting-edge technology and Tom's own processes, developed over years of careful testing, to produce perfect replicas of golden-age Gibsons, each dressed with Tom's brand of authentic, hand-applied playwear, and scientifically reverse-engineered nitrocellulose lacquer, identical to that which the brand used in the 1950s and 1960s. Each Murphy Lab model corresponds to one of four distinct aging levels and features extra-rolled fingerboard binding for a broken-in feel and true-to-life look. 

As the choice of rock 'n roll legends for decades, the original SG™ Special represented simplicity, versatility, and monster tone. This Historic recreation is a clone of the cherished vintage originals with all the modern playability and reliability you expect from the Gibson Custom Shop. It features authentic proles, specs, and construction methods for an incredible playing and ownership experience. It also features Ultra Light Aging by the skilled artisans of the Murphy Lab. The Murphy Lab Ultra Light Aged finish treatment, paired with lightly aged hardware, simulates decades of light play wear, giving it the unique character, vibe, and feel of an original example from the Gibson Golden Era.

Serial #: 002083
Weight: 6lbs 8.2oz

Body Shape: SG
Body: 1-Piece Solid Mahogany
Weight Relief: None
Binding: Fingerboard 1-Ply Cream

Neck: 1 Piece Mahogany
Profile: Authentic '63 Medium C-Shapee
Nut width: 1.687" / 42.85mm
Fingerboard: Indian Rosewood, Hide Glue Fit
Scale length: 24.75" / 628.65mm
Number of frets: 22
Nut: Nylon
Inlay: Pearloid Dot

Tailpiece: Lightning Bar Wraparound
Knobs: Black Top Hats with Silver Inserts
Tuners: Kluson Single Line with White Buttons
Plating: Nickel; Murphy Lab Light Aged

Neck pickup: Custom Soapbar P-90
Bridge pickup: Custom Soapbar P-90
Controls: 2 Volume, 2 Tone, 500K CTS Audio-Taper Potentiometers, Bumblebee Capacitors, Hand-Wired Harness

Case: Brown/Pink Lifton Reissue 5-Latch
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Gibson Custom Shop Murphy Lab 1963 SG Special Reissue Classic White Ultra Light Aged w/Lightning Bar
Gibson Custom Shop Murphy Lab 1963 SG Special Reissue Classic White Ultra Light Aged w/Lightning Bar
Gibson Custom Shop Murphy Lab 1963 SG Special Reissue Classic White Ultra Light Aged w/Lightning Bar
Gibson Custom Shop Murphy Lab 1963 SG Special Reissue Classic White Ultra Light Aged w/Lightning Bar
Gibson Custom Shop Murphy Lab 1963 SG Special Reissue Classic White Ultra Light Aged w/Lightning Bar
Gibson Custom Shop Murphy Lab 1963 SG Special Reissue Classic White Ultra Light Aged w/Lightning Bar
Gibson Custom Shop Murphy Lab 1963 SG Special Reissue Classic White Ultra Light Aged w/Lightning Bar
Gibson Custom Shop Murphy Lab 1963 SG Special Reissue Classic White Ultra Light Aged w/Lightning Bar
Gibson Electric Guitars / Solid Body Gibson Custom Shop Murphy Lab 1963 SG Special Reissue Classic White Ultra Light Aged w/Lightning Bar
Gibson Electric Guitars / Solid Body Gibson Custom Shop Murphy Lab 1963 SG Special Reissue Classic White Ultra Light Aged w/Lightning Bar
Gibson Electric Guitars / Solid Body Gibson Custom Shop Murphy Lab 1963 SG Special Reissue Classic White Ultra Light Aged w/Lightning Bar

Ludwig 6.5 x 14 Acro Brushed Copper Snare Drum - Kyle, Drum Specialist

"I chose this snare because of its dark characteristics. It's a great, full-bodied snare drum to add to the kit."

Shop Ludwig Drums Here
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Ludwig 6.5x14 Acro Brushed Copper Snare Drum
Ludwig 6.5x14 Acro Brushed Copper Snare Drum
Ludwig 6.5x14 Acro Brushed Copper Snare Drum
Ludwig 6.5x14 Acro Brushed Copper Snare Drum
Ludwig Drums and Percussion / Acoustic Drums / Snare Ludwig 6.5x14 Acro Brushed Copper Snare Drum
Ludwig Drums and Percussion / Acoustic Drums / Snare Ludwig 6.5x14 Acro Brushed Copper Snare Drum
Ludwig Drums and Percussion / Acoustic Drums / Snare Ludwig 6.5x14 Acro Brushed Copper Snare Drum

Ludwig 6.5x14 Acro Brushed Copper Snare Drum

$699.00
  • Seamless USA made Copper Shell
  • 10 Small Twin Lugs
  • Brushed finish
  • P88 Throw / P35 Butt Plate
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