The CME Difference
The shipping department works together with other departments within CME to make sure your shipment will arrive quickly, carefully, and correctly. We realize that the online ordering of guitars and instruments, in general, can be a nervous experience. We are here to put your mind at ease and make your transaction as smooth and as memorable as possible. As musicians ourselves, we want to make sure everything gets to you the way it should, every time!
Free & Fast Shipping:
Chicago Music Exchange provides the best value for your dollar. All orders placed with Chicago Music Exchange ship FREE within the contiguous 48 United States.* Expedited shipping or special instruction may result in additional costs. Orders ship on an average of 10 hours from when you placed it with a delivery window based on transit times with the carrier. CME primarily uses UPS but we are able to ship your order almost any way you want, just let us know and we are happy to work with you!
Most orders ship the same or next day:
The CME shipping department strives for as fast of a turn on your order as possible but please consider that some orders will take longer than others to ship. Every guitar gets a full inspection and used guitar amps and drumsets undergo rigorous packing procedures to ensure quality and protection.
*Any order valued over $500 USD will automatically be signature required unless otherwise requested.
Free 2-Day Delivery:
Some items qualify for free 2-Day delivery service. All orders with a 2-Day delivery service will ship within one business day. Saturday Delivery is not applicable but is available for an additional service charge in most areas. Free 2-day delivery service is not available on items with offers.
*Size and Weight Restrictions: Certain products are excluded from free shipping due to size and weight restrictions. Items that weigh 100lbs or more may incur shipping charges. This includes selected products from Tyrant Tone guitar and bass cabinets.
Returns: If you choose to return your order, we will deduct the cost of shipping from any refund unless found to be damaged or defective upon receipt. See our complete return policy.
All packages are fully insured at no additional charge if lost or damaged. Not all items are insured, or can be replaced in the event of theft. Please contact us when placing your order for more information about insurance.
Your instrument will be shipped using the highest level of industry-standard packing materials, in every attempt to make sure it arrives in ready-to-play condition. We will notify you prior to shipping your instrument if additional steps need to be taken in the packing process. Always feel free to contact us if you have any questions too!
*Manufacturer Exclusions: Certain products are excluded due to manufacturer restrictions. This includes, but is not limited to, Fulltone Custom Shop and Strymon.
In the event there is a delivery issue with your order (delayed, lost, damaged, or stolen), please contact our Customer Service Team HERE, or directly at 773-525-7773. We understand these situations (although not common), require support. We want to be as helpful as possible!
Items eligible for FREE shipping: Every order will ship free via UPS Ground or USPS Priority or First Class mail. Exceptions include addresses outside the contiguous 48 United States and items that are restricted from free shipping by the manufacturer.
Tracking & Delivery Confirmation: After your purchase is completed, and as soon as the order is shipped, an email with a UPS tracking number or USPS delivery confirmation number will be sent to you to track the status of your shipment. If for any reason, you don’t receive a notification that your order has shipped, please contact us!
Delivery Time: Our standard shipping services, UPS Ground and USPS Priority Mail deliver anywhere in the contiguous 48 United States within 1-5 business days.
We Can Ship to Virtually Anywhere in the World
Chicago Music Exchange has a great partnership with UPS as our primary carrier, so you have peace of mind your order will arrive on time and in the same condition as when it left our store. All orders with expedited shipping options selected that are completed after 3:00 PM CST will be processed and shipped the following business day. If the item is eligible for free shipping, and you choose that option, the order will automatically ship with either UPS Ground or USPS (First Class or Priority Mail) depending on size and weight and as fast as possible.
International shipping: All shipping rates are for actual transportation charges and do not include VAT, import taxes, or brokerage fees, which vary from country to country.
Brazilian Rosewood & CITES: If your order contains Brazilian Rosewood or any other CITES restricted woods, your shipment might be delayed due to Customs processing standards that CME is subject to as the shipper. All orders requiring CITES documentation must ship to the buyer's residential address. If your country requires CITES import permits, please work with your local Customs agency to obtain these permits prior to shipment. More information on that can be found here: Fish and Wildlife services.
International Shipping Rates: Most of our preset shipping rates are for USPS International Service. USPS is typically less expensive than UPS, but their international tracking system is not as accurate. Arrival times may vary from country to country. Some large items such as bass guitars, drum kits, amplifiers, and speaker cabinets may not be eligible for shipping to all countries via USPS and/or UPS. Items over $1500 USD are also not eligible for shipment with USPS.
Manufacturer's Restrictions: Note that certain manufacturers put shipping restrictions on some products, including some products that cannot be shipped to international destinations.
Shipping Restrictions: We are unable to ship to Russia due to the current trade sanctions.
Our Bottom line: We know that shipping can be a confusing and unfamiliar experience. This is something we take very seriously and our shipping teams are always striving for the best experience for you because that’s what you deserve for shopping with us. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, we want to know. We want to help you to make sure you made the right call when choosing Chicago Music Exchange with your online purchase.