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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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January 06, 2017

Chicago Music Exchange Year End Round-up: A Look back at the gear of 2016

2016 was a tumultuous year for the music world to say the least. While we could go on lamenting the laundry list of artists we lost, we’d like to highlight the innovation and invention this year has brought to light. While we gear up for the highly anticipated NAMM 2017 trade show to see what the new year has in store, lets take a look at some of the coolest products we discovered in 2016! View full article »
January 03, 2017

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January 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 January's Staff Picks:

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