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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!
"No need to feel blue, valentine. This amp is the perfect platform for pedal pairings and it'll steal your heart."
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"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
"The lineage of the 100+ year old chestnut wine barrel wood, I can almost smell it, Great Resonance and the attention to detail is phenomenal ."Shop Paoletti Guitars
"I use this bag. It is the most durable and convenient bag for cymbals with easy access."Shop Tackle Instrument Supply Co.
"This Gibson Firebird has a rad body shape and dates back to the 60s. I dig the color 'Cardinal Red'"Shop Gibson Firebird I 1965
"Awesome sounding and looking drums! I can't really keep our eyes of this kit ever since it came through the shop!"Shop Noble & Cooley
"Great guitar that has aged very well!"Shop Vintage & Used Acoustic Guitars
The Chicago Music Exchange is proud to unveil its first original colorway, Pacific Peach, designed in collaboration with the legendary electric guitar brand and available now on the Fender Player Series. Now available in accessory products! Shop your Kyser capo in Pacific Peach today!Read more
Paul Reed Smith is kicking the new year off with a slew of new models for 2023! Shop some of the smoothest six-strings across the PRS Guitars' lineup—from Core to S2 to SE series—in addition to the new Sonzera 20-watt combo amplifier, available now at Chicago Music Exchange!Read more
We’ve had an unbelievable amount of amazing Gibson Custom Shop guitars come through Chicago Music Exchange these past few months, especially with all the Collector’s Choice and Murphy Labs aged models—including a few aged and painted by Tom Murphy himself—in The CME Collection. Then, just when we thought we’d seen it all, we had a chance to behold for ourselves not one but two of the Collector’s Edition Kirk Hammett “Greeny” 1959 Les Paul Standard guitars side-by-side! And incredibly low, single digit serial numbers at that!Read more