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April 14, 2017


A Sneak Preview From the Custom Shops of Gretsch and Fender

We're giving you a sneak peak at exactly what went on behind the scenes as we masterminded the coolest custom instruments and bring these pieces to life. When we rub elbows with the famed Fender Custom Shop and Gretsch Custom Shop, there's always some impeccable gear to share. View full article »

The 2017 CME Vault Exclusive Release

Chicago Music Exchange has announced that it will release its first CME-branded, custom-built electric guitar model. The guitar, which was handcrafted completely in house from a combination of rare vintage and modern performance-grade components, will be the company’s most prestigious project and highest appraised instrument offered in the company’s 25-year history.

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Show Us Your Tops—Figured Tops From the BASSment (Part Deux)!

Back in April of 2015, we featured a small variety of exotic woods that had caught our attention. Since then, we’ve seen some fine examples of jaw-dropping basses here in the BASSment, and with the addition of a few brands that really stand out in the industry with their wood selection, we thought we should revisit this with a few new examples! View full article »
March 10, 2017


Taylor Guitars' Academy Series a 'Perfect Fit' for Newcomers

The struggle is real. We know. As a newcomer to the acoustic game, the idea of finding the perfect acoustic guitar for beginners is intimidating. Between the bounty of small body, 3/4 guitars and a sea of massive jumbo acoustic guitars, the landscape is vast—especially if you're not a seasoned strummer or fresh out of elementary school. Thankfully, the latest concept from Taylor Guitars is designed just for you—a nearly full-sized guitar built with a shorter scale and features perfectly suited for diminutive digits. Behold Taylor Academy, a series that solves all the common challenges characteristic of new and developing players, from navigating the fretboard with ease to overcoming the growing pains (no pun intended) of string tension. View full article »
February 08, 2017

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February Staff Picks

Chicago Music Exchange staff members always have the scoop on the latest new, used, and vintage gear, and we love to tell you about it all. Check out February's Acoustic Edition of Staff Picks:

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February 06, 2017


The Gear of Sonic Youth: Saluting Lee Renaldo!

If you didn't know, Feb. 3 is the birthday of Sonic Youth's Lee Renaldo.  As one of our favorite bands company wide, we thought it fitting to do a brief rundown on what made their sound so unique! View full article »
January 21, 2017


The NAMM Show 2017 Report—Day 3

Greetings from NAMM! While we're definitely on the hunt for some serious guitars here on the show floor, needless to say a lot of our coolest finds definitely extend beyond the six-string set! That's why we're devoting today's post to some of our favorite pedals and accessories. Check out some of our photos below and stick around—you'll be seeing many of these must-have products in our store soon.  View full article »
January 20, 2017

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The NAMM Show 2017 Report—Day 2

Check out some of the coolest eye candy from our second day in Anaheim, and see what's headed to the shop soon! View full article »
January 19, 2017


The NAMM Show 2017 Report—Day 1

Naturally, many of the guys at CME were out in full force getting our eager paws on some treasures for the shop. Take a peek at some of our coolest finds—many of which are available for pre-order at CME now. View full article »
January 17, 2017

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Happy Birthday, Steve Earle: A Conversation With Colter Wall

In celebration of Steve Earle’s 62nd birthday, we caught up with our friend, singer-songwriter Colter Wall after their performance at City Winery in Chicago to pay homage to the man himself. Read on as Wall remembers his first run-in with Earle, their love of great records, and the shared no-nonsense mentality in their songwriting.

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