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Repairs will be closed February 25th to March 1st. Please give us a call or chat to schedule your repair ahead of time! Thank you.
Whether you're a once-and-a-while-player or a rock star, we treat your instrument with the same respect and attention to detail. We want you to be blown away by the quality of our work. No matter what your guitar needs may be, our expert repair techs are here to help. Extra attention is spent guaranteeing that all the guitars that come through our repair shop get the best treatment. We also specialize in guitar electronics and custom circuitry to really bring out the tonal properties of your guitar.*
Don't forget, we buy used and vintage guitars of all varieties!
Repair Shop Business Hours:
Tuesday-Saturday 12pm - 5pm
*Response time may vary during non-business hours. CME Repairs is open by appointment only. We do not have repair services for amplifiers, effects pedals, and pro audio equipment but for a recommendation please give us a call!
Please call ahead (773) 525-7773 or set an appointment on the calendar below; we'll be in touch, thank you!
**Lead times may vary. Call ahead for a turnaround estimate.
Prices do not include the cost of strings and/or parts.
Includes adjustment of truss rod, saddle, and nut height, intonation, hardware tightening, fingerboard cleaning and conditioning, light guitar cleaning, and restring. $20 surcharge for 12-strings, classicals, and guitars with a Floyd Rose style tremolo. Surcharges for some other instruments to be determined upon evaluation.
STRAP BUTTON INSTALL—$10
Installation only, strap button not included
ELECTRONICS CUSTOMIZATION & REPAIR
Prices may vary depending on the make/model of instrument and do not include the cost of parts.
Applies to a single potentiometer, jack, or switch. Additional fees may apply when installing Push/Pull pots, rotary switches, or other "non-standard" electronic components.
ELECTRIC PICKUP INSTALL—$50
Applies to a single pickup. Free installation with purchase through CME. Does not include modifying instrument to accommodate the pickup. Additional fees may apply to Active/Battery powered systems.
Installation discounted to $35 with purchase through CME. Additional fees may apply depending on the brand of pickup system.
GUT AND REWIRE OF ELECTRONICS—$120+
$50 surcharge for semi-hollow and hollow-body guitars. Please consult out technicians regarding mods and custom wiring options.
'It's like a whole new guitar. The rewiring they did actually quieted the buzzing of the guitar some and also added some new features (a series/parallel switch for anyone that cares) giving new tonal possibilities to my favorite axe. I can't say enough good things about the guys in the service dept. They are top notch. I know if I have any issues I can bring the guitar back and we'll get them sorted.'
B.W., CHICAGO, IL
'I am most impressed with the repair service. I've taken over a dozen guitars there for re-setting, re-stringing or re-habbing. A recent doubleneck purchase was given 4 new pickups at the recommendation of the staff, and they sound fantastic. A bass repair required an innovative fabrication that solved a serious problem without damaging the vintage quality of the instrument.'
KARL M., NEW LENOX, IL
'I had a question for the repair guys in the basement level and they were awesome. I have a vintage instrument that I picked up as an investment and the repair guy was just enthused to talk shop and was not trying to get me to have them do any of the work.'
JOE T., CHICAGO, IL
**requests for repairs applies to Repairs Only, if you would like to schedule an additional in-store sales appointment, please do so here: https://www.chicagomusicexchange.com/pages/book-a-virtual-appointment **