A Brief History of Tweed

"Tweed" is much more than that yellowish covering you see on vintage amps and guitar cases. The term has come to define a Golden Era of vintage amp...

LeVeque's Best Pedals of 2019

Check out some of the hottest releases of 2019 straight from our very own Pedal Guru– Alex "PizzaButt" LeVeque!

A Brief History of Kalamazoo Guitars

You may have heard of Epiphone as Gibson’s budget brand of guitars, but before Gibson bought out this competitor, the brand produced budget brand g...

4 Pedals Every Bassist Should Have

People ask me all the time “Marc, what pedals do I need on my board?” Where the priority changes based on the type of music, my response is general...

Audio Guide to Guitar Effects

Musical effects are an attempt to manipulate sounds from an instrument in order to recreate – you guessed it – natural sounds. This Audio Guide is ...

Labor of Love: Lost at CME - Cowboy Jesus & The Sugar Bums

Max Jenkins, Will Robinson from Netflix's Lost in Space re-boot, and his band Cowboy Jesus & The Sugar Bums stopped by Chicago Music Exchange t...

A Guide to Chicago for Musicians

So, you're visiting Chicago, and you've already made the most important decision: you're visiting Chicago Music Exchange. While it's easy to spend ...

Labor of Love: The Life and Times

 We sat down with Allen Epley, guitar guru #1 from the band The Life and Times and asked him how music became his LABOR OF LOVE!

Vintage Vibes: 1968 Pink Paisley Fender Telecaster Featuring Nathaniel Murphy

This 1968 Pink Paisley Fender Telecaster was definitely born to be wild, and Nathaniel shows us why. 

Vintage Vibes: 1968 Gibson Trini Lopez Deluxe Sunburst

Henry tells the story of Trini Lopez and his highly collectible signature model, the Gibson Trini Lopez Deluxe, thawing our weary winter bones in t...

Labor of Love: Tancred

Jess Abbott, AKA Tancred, stopped by to dig on our 60s odd body vintage guitars and treated us to her tune "Clipping" from her album "Nightstand". ...

Vintage Vibes: 1967 Gibson Byrdland Sunburst

From somewhere over the rainbow comes this badass Byrdland. A portmanteau of both Billy Byrd and Hank Garland, who designed the guitar with Gibson’...