My shopping cart
Your cart is currently empty.Continue Shopping
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!
"Because PRS are hands down some of the best INSTRUMENTS in this building. Pick one up to see for yourself!"
Help us help you, by contacting us today and let us know what you are looking for! We are here to help make your next dream piece of gear a reality!CALL US NOW!
"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
"Death to neck dive!! This Bacci bass is so well designed that it can remain balanced without a second hand on the neck. This allows me to execute super sweet stage moves! *high kicks*"Shop Bass Arrivals
"Super cool looking finish with a really warm and precise sound to it. This snare is immediately comfortable to play and has that classic Ludwig sound!"Shop Ludwig Snare Drums
"Take the most badass guitar in the shop, make it black, make it goth. Respect the horns!"Shop Gibson Arrivals
"That's one unique body shape! And the guitar's cool too!"Shop Music Man
"It's what Jeff Gordon would want."Shop Vintage & Used
"For a guitar player who doesn't know anything about synths, the Model D is maybe the single best instrument to figure out what electronic sound synthesis is all about! Turns out, you have to plug it in first, though!"Shop Moog Synthesizers
"Nothing beats a vintage Gibson acoustic, also can be used as a a perfect baseball bat!"Shop Vintage & Used Gibson Acoustics
"Cool color, a bigsby, and 3 pickups to give people something to complain about!"Shop Gibson Guitar
While Castedosa Guitars have already caught the attention of musicians and guitar makers, Chicago Music Exchange is one of the few dealers internationally where guitar players can get their hands on one! Come try and hear for yourself what the next creative evolution by a renowned guitar builder sounds like!Read more
The amp brand that pioneered stereo guitar amplification and true pitch-shifting vibrato in 1957 is back! Hand-built in the U.S., Magnatone has revitalized its vintage-amp heritage, with the same boutique tube amplifier tone that made its name famous—and now you can get select Maganatone amps in CME Exclusive color options, only at Chicago Music Exchange!Read more
Aimed at inspiring musicians to broaden their musical and creative horizons, Bacci baritone guitars and basses are hand-crafted in Tuscany by skilled artisans. Each guitar is expertly assembled by luthier Bruno Bacci, who adjusts the tension and intonation to ensure maximum vibration and sound definition before hand-finishing each instrument, making every Bacci instrument truly one-of-a-kind!Read more