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This just in at Chicago Music Exchange! Fresh Gear is where you’ll find fresh gear from all your favorite manufacturers, updated daily, so you’re always ahead of the beat.

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Highlight of the Week 

New Gibson Generation Collection

Gibson courts the players of tomorrow with the new Generation Collection, advanced acoustics with traditional construction and exciting modern twists. Get your new Montana-made Generation Collection acoustic now!

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NEW CME Exclusive Fender Acoustasonics
Acoustic technology has never been better! Our new CME Exclusive Fender Acoustasonics turn tone on its head with realistic acoustic and electric voices in one mold-breaking instrument, in what else but our signature Shell Pink. 

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Save $100 with PRS SE Closeout Prices Today!

It’s hard to beat PRS Guitars...unless it’s PRS Guitars for less! Save $100 on new PRS Guitars SE closeouts like the Starla and Mira, retro-inspired solid-body electrics designed for the contemporary player, while they last!

Latest from the soundboard blog

Gibson | Nathaniel Rateliff Signature

The Gibson Montana Nathaniel Rateliff Signature LG-2 features a compact mahogany body topped with Adirondack Red Spruce, a Vintage Sunburst finish, and nickel Gotoh Keystone tuners and black bridge pins, just like Rateliff’s own LG-2. For a true show-stopper, preorder your new Gibson Montana Nathaniel Rateliff Signature LG-2 now!

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Harmony | Series 6 Amplifiers

Whether you’re commanding an audience or composing in the studio, Harmony Series 6 combo amplifiers provide vivid, versatile tone to suit all genres. Preorder your Harmony H650, H620, or H605 today.

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Strymon | Zelzah Phaser

With Strymon’s new Zelzah Phaser, kick into the four-stage channel for phasing or vibrato, the six-stage channel for phasing, chorus, flanging, and more, or adjust the LFO and put them together for expansive stereo multi-modulation like you’ve never heard before. Preorder your Zelzah Phaser, new from Strymon, today!

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Boutique Guitar Showcase | 2021

Seven countries, 16 cities, and thousands and thousands of miles, but the Boutique Guitar Showcase always makes its way back to the Chicago Music Exchange! Catch the Chicago leg of its 2021 worldwide tour Saturday, September 4th, when the mobile guitar convention stops by our beautiful Lincoln Avenue showroom to share and sell masterworks from some of the world’s finest boutique builders. Learn more about the event and how to purchase on our Soundboard Blog!

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WIN a Harmony Jupiter Guitar & Mono Soft Case!

We just can't help ourselves! We're back with another giveaway, and this time it's even easier to WIN! Enter on the site and follow the simple instructions to start stacking entries today! 

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NEW to CME: Matchless Amplifiers

Founded by Mark Sampson and partners Rick Perotta, Steve Goodale, and Chris Perrotta, Matchless Amplifiers began as many brands do: at a kitchen table. Fast-forward 30+ years, their hand-wired, point-to-point amplifiers are some of the most sought-after in the industry. Shop the 6V6 Laurel Canyon 20-watt, new HC-15, Chieftain 40-watt head or full 1X12 combo, and more from Matchless Amplifiers. 

Chicago Drum Exchange

You can’t beat the Chicago Drum Exchange. Shop the newest gear from Chicago’s best drum shop today. 

NEW Meinl Classics Custom Dual Series
Meinl combines its Classics Custom Dark and Classics Custom Brilliant to create the Classics Custom Dual Series, hybrid cymbals forged from B12 bronze alloy with a low fundamental tone that sits comfortably in any mix. Order your Meinl Classics Custom Dual Series cymbals at the Chicago Drum Exchange. 

Fresh Snare Drum Arrivals: A&F, Noble & Cooley, & DW
Brrrap! The Chicago Drum Exchange is cracking with new arrivals from heritage brand Noble & Cooley, Texas-based A&F Drum Co., and of course, California's DW Drums. Snare yourself a new favorite. 

Buy More Sticks & Save!
For a limited time at the Chicago Drum Exchange, buy three pairs of your favorite drumsticks and get the fourth pair free! Or go big and buy a full brick of twelve pairs and get three free, perfect for practice, hard hitters, and drummers on the road. 

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Gibson Generation Collection | CME Gear Demos | Karl Neurauter

Made in Montana, the Gibson Generation Collection G-Writer EC, G-45, G-200 EC, and G-00 acoustic guitars feature all solid woods, Advanced Response necks, and the new Gibson Player Port, a vertical soundhole for a direct, multidimensional playing experience. 

Regal Tip Drums and Percussion / Parts and Accessories / Drum Sticks and Mallets Regal Tip 5AX Wood Tip Drum Sticks

Regal Tip 5AX Wood Tip Drum Sticks

$10.99

Modern sizes and tapers featuring a variety of oval and acorn tips availabe in wood and nylon.

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Meinl Drums and Percussion / Parts and Accessories / Drum Sticks and Mallets Meinl Calvin Rodgers Signature Wood Tip Hickory Drum Sticks

Meinl Calvin Rodgers Signature Wood Tip Hickory Drum Sticks

$10.99
Playing with inspiration and fire, Calvin Rodgers continues to set the standard for gospel and R&B drumming, only to raise that standard again and again. Together Calvin and Meinl have created a NEW signature drumstick that is not only great for maneuvering quickly around the kit, but also perfect for laying down deep and heavy grooves. Starting with a 5A diameter and US selected hickory, this unique stick features a total length of 16.5" and a long taper designed for both reach and rebound in a stick made to play fast. The round ball tip produces articulation and clarity on cymbals as well as drums, while the weight and balance supply the sensitivity and feel necessary for a great all-around stick. 

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Material: American Hickory
Tip: Round
Size: 16.5″
Diameter: 0.56″
Taper Length: Long
Weight: Medium
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Fender Custom Shop, The Chicago Way

Proprietary pickups, custom colorways, and carefully selected specs—that's "Chicago Special!" For a Fender you can't get anywhere else, shop our handmade Chicago Specials, direct from the Fender Custom Shop!

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Fender Electric Guitars / Solid Body Fender Custom Shop 1962 Jazzmaster
Fender Electric Guitars / Solid Body Fender Custom Shop 1962 Jazzmaster
Fender Electric Guitars / Solid Body Fender Custom Shop 1962 Jazzmaster
Fender Electric Guitars / Solid Body Fender Custom Shop 1962 Jazzmaster
Fender Electric Guitars / Solid Body Fender Custom Shop 1962 Jazzmaster
Fender Electric Guitars / Solid Body Fender Custom Shop 1962 Jazzmaster
Fender Electric Guitars / Solid Body Fender Custom Shop 1962 Jazzmaster
Fender Electric Guitars / Solid Body Fender Custom Shop 1962 Jazzmaster
Fender Electric Guitars / Solid Body Fender Custom Shop 1962 Jazzmaster
Fender Electric Guitars / Solid Body Fender Custom Shop 1962 Jazzmaster
Fender Electric Guitars / Solid Body Fender Custom Shop 1962 Jazzmaster

Fender Custom Shop 1962 Jazzmaster "Chicago Special" Heavy Relic Aged Sherwood Green w/Gold Hardware & Painted Headcap

$5,460.00
Fender Electric Guitars / Solid Body Fender Custom Shop 1957 Stratocaster HSS
Fender Electric Guitars / Solid Body Fender Custom Shop 1957 Stratocaster HSS
Fender Electric Guitars / Solid Body Fender Custom Shop 1957 Stratocaster HSS
Fender Electric Guitars / Solid Body Fender Custom Shop 1957 Stratocaster HSS
Fender Electric Guitars / Solid Body Fender Custom Shop 1957 Stratocaster HSS
Fender Electric Guitars / Solid Body Fender Custom Shop 1957 Stratocaster HSS
Fender Electric Guitars / Solid Body Fender Custom Shop 1957 Stratocaster HSS
Fender Electric Guitars / Solid Body Fender Custom Shop 1957 Stratocaster HSS
Fender Electric Guitars / Solid Body Fender Custom Shop 1957 Stratocaster HSS
Fender Electric Guitars / Solid Body Fender Custom Shop 1957 Stratocaster HSS
Fender Electric Guitars / Solid Body Fender Custom Shop 1957 Stratocaster HSS

Fender Custom Shop 1957 Stratocaster HSS "Chicago Special" Heavy Relic Aged Firemist Gold w/Lollar Imperial & Black Aluminum Pickguard

$4,980.00
Fender Electric Guitars / Solid Body Fender Custom Shop 1962 Jazzmaster
Fender Electric Guitars / Solid Body Fender Custom Shop 1962 Jazzmaster
Fender Electric Guitars / Solid Body Fender Custom Shop 1962 Jazzmaster
Fender Electric Guitars / Solid Body Fender Custom Shop 1962 Jazzmaster
Fender Electric Guitars / Solid Body Fender Custom Shop 1962 Jazzmaster
Fender Electric Guitars / Solid Body Fender Custom Shop 1962 Jazzmaster
Fender Electric Guitars / Solid Body Fender Custom Shop 1962 Jazzmaster
Fender Electric Guitars / Solid Body Fender Custom Shop 1962 Jazzmaster
Fender Electric Guitars / Solid Body Fender Custom Shop 1962 Jazzmaster
Fender Electric Guitars / Solid Body Fender Custom Shop 1962 Jazzmaster
Fender Electric Guitars / Solid Body Fender Custom Shop 1962 Jazzmaster

Fender Custom Shop 1962 Jazzmaster "Chicago Special" Deluxe Closet Classic Aged Tahitian Coral w/Gold Hardware & Painted Headcap

$4,840.00
Fender Electric Guitars / Solid Body Fender Custom Shop 1962 Jazzmaster
Fender Electric Guitars / Solid Body Fender Custom Shop 1962 Jazzmaster
Fender Electric Guitars / Solid Body Fender Custom Shop 1962 Jazzmaster
Fender Electric Guitars / Solid Body Fender Custom Shop 1962 Jazzmaster
Fender Electric Guitars / Solid Body Fender Custom Shop 1962 Jazzmaster
Fender Electric Guitars / Solid Body Fender Custom Shop 1962 Jazzmaster
Fender Electric Guitars / Solid Body Fender Custom Shop 1962 Jazzmaster
Fender Electric Guitars / Solid Body Fender Custom Shop 1962 Jazzmaster
Fender Electric Guitars / Solid Body Fender Custom Shop 1962 Jazzmaster
Fender Electric Guitars / Solid Body Fender Custom Shop 1962 Jazzmaster
Fender Electric Guitars / Solid Body Fender Custom Shop 1962 Jazzmaster

Fender Custom Shop 1962 Jazzmaster "Chicago Special" Deluxe Closet Classic Aged Cadillac Green

$4,640.00

Shop & Save on D'Addario Strings!

Save on select D'Addario XL nickel wound strings during the entire month of June! Hit the site for pricing to stock up on your favorite strings and all the things that keep you in tune and strumming the whole summer long!

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Hannah Frances | Live At Chicago Music Exchange | CME Sessions


In a reboot of our Sessions series, Karl sits down in the studio with Chicago singer-songwriter Hannah Frances to talk songwriting, the relationship between language and sound, and what she looks for in an acoustic guitar. 

Gibson Electric Guitars / Hollow Body Gibson ES-330 Walnut 1972
Gibson Electric Guitars / Hollow Body Gibson ES-330 Walnut 1972
Gibson Electric Guitars / Hollow Body Gibson ES-330 Walnut 1972
Gibson Electric Guitars / Hollow Body Gibson ES-330 Walnut 1972
Gibson Electric Guitars / Hollow Body Gibson ES-330 Walnut 1972
Gibson Electric Guitars / Hollow Body Gibson ES-330 Walnut 1972
Gibson Electric Guitars / Hollow Body Gibson ES-330 Walnut 1972
Gibson Electric Guitars / Hollow Body Gibson ES-330 Walnut 1972
Gibson Electric Guitars / Hollow Body Gibson ES-330 Walnut 1972
Gibson Electric Guitars / Hollow Body Gibson ES-330 Walnut 1972
Gibson Electric Guitars / Hollow Body Gibson ES-330 Walnut 1972
Gibson Electric Guitars / Hollow Body Gibson ES-330 Walnut 1972

Gibson ES-330 Walnut 1972

$3,416.00
The following specs were carefully collected and recorded by a skilled technician. For a more detailed description and questions regarding sound, feel, or cosmetic condition, please call to speak to one of our experts.
Summary
Finish Details: Original
Top Material: Maple Top
Body Material: Maple Body
Body Details: Fully hollow body with laminated maple/poplar/maple back, sides, and top
Neck Material: Mahogany Neck
Fingerboard Material: Rosewood
Neck Profile: "U" profile
Neck Thickness (IN): .79" (1st fret), .95" (12th fret)
Fingerboard Radius: 10.00" to
Nut Width: 1-9/16"
Scale Length: 24 3/4"
Neck Details: Set-in three piece mahogany neck with bound rosewood fretboard, block inlays, and headstock volute
Electronics: The guitar has been fully rewired with non-original pickups (brand cannot be determined). Controls include 3-way toggle selector switch and volume/tone controls for each pickup.
Pickup Measurements: 7.7k (neck), 7.6k (bridge)
Hardware: The tuners and strap buttons have been replaced. The pickup covers are not original as well.
Weight: 6 lbs 6 oz
Modifications/Repairs: The pickups have been replaced and the guitar has been fully rewired. The strap buttons and tuners have also been replaced.
Case Details: Hardshell case
Cosmetic Condition: The guitar has aged nicely; the finish is glossy with light checking and assorted small dings/scratches. There is some finish wear along the treble side body binding, as well as a moderately sized gouge on the side of the bass bout. The back of the body has some light scratches and minor buckle rash, and there is some finish wear under the tuners as well.
Serial Number: 971840
Tech Notes: Plays well with low action and optimal neck relief; the guitar is currently set up with 10s. The frets are wide and medium height with minor wear. The serial number dates to between 1970-72; the neck construction and appointments suggests 1972,
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Gibson Electric Guitars / Semi-Hollow Gibson ES-335 Walnut 1975
Gibson Electric Guitars / Semi-Hollow Gibson ES-335 Walnut 1975
Gibson Electric Guitars / Semi-Hollow Gibson ES-335 Walnut 1975
Gibson Electric Guitars / Semi-Hollow Gibson ES-335 Walnut 1975
Gibson Electric Guitars / Semi-Hollow Gibson ES-335 Walnut 1975
Gibson Electric Guitars / Semi-Hollow Gibson ES-335 Walnut 1975
Gibson Electric Guitars / Semi-Hollow Gibson ES-335 Walnut 1975
Gibson Electric Guitars / Semi-Hollow Gibson ES-335 Walnut 1975
Gibson Electric Guitars / Semi-Hollow Gibson ES-335 Walnut 1975
Gibson Electric Guitars / Semi-Hollow Gibson ES-335 Walnut 1975
Gibson Electric Guitars / Semi-Hollow Gibson ES-335 Walnut 1975

Gibson ES-335 Walnut 1975

$4,186.00
The following specs were carefully collected and recorded by a skilled technician. For a more detailed description and questions regarding sound, feel, or cosmetic condition, please call to speak to one of our experts.
Summary
Finish Details: Original
Top Material: Maple Top
Body Material: Maple Body
Body Details: Semi-hollow body with laminated maple/poplar/maple back, sides, and top
Neck Material: Mahogany Neck
Fingerboard Material: Rosewood
Neck Profile: "C" profile
Neck Thickness (IN): .78" (1st fret), .95" (12th fret)
Fingerboard Radius: 12.00" to
Nut Width: 1-9/16"
Scale Length: 24 3/4"
Neck Details: Set-in three piece mahogany neck with bound rosewood fretboard, block inlays, and headstock volute. The end of the fretboard at the tongue has been reglued.
Electronics: Original Gibson humbuckers with embossed patent numbers, and original wiring harness with 3-way toggle selector switch and volume/tone controls for each pickup. A couple solder joints have been touched up. The pot codes date to 1975.
Pickup Measurements: 7.5k (neck), 7.6k (bridge)
Hardware: Original. The A and D tuner shafts are bent but functional.
Weight: 7 lbs 7 oz
Modifications/Repairs: A few solder joints have been repaired, and the tongue end of the fretboard has been reglued.
Case Details: Original hardshell case; the original leather exterior has been stripped away to wood.
Cosmetic Condition: The guitar shows appropriate wear for its age; the finish is glossy with light scratches and blemishes. The back of the body has moderate buckle rash, with one particularly worn spot going through to bare wood. The sides of the body have numerous small dings and scuffs. There is finish cracking around the heel joint, which is cosmetic only. There is notable wear along the sides of the fretboard/neck, going through to wood, and the headstock face has faded from black to brown.
Serial Number: 400402
Tech Notes: Plays well with medium-low action and light neck relief; the guitar is currently set up with 10s. The frets are wide and low with moderate wear. The pot codes and serial number date to 1975.
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Fender Electric Guitars / Solid Body Fender Esquire Blonde 1959
Fender Electric Guitars / Solid Body Fender Esquire Blonde 1959
Fender Electric Guitars / Solid Body Fender Esquire Blonde 1959
Fender Electric Guitars / Solid Body Fender Esquire Blonde 1959
Fender Electric Guitars / Solid Body Fender Esquire Blonde 1959
Fender Electric Guitars / Solid Body Fender Esquire Blonde 1959
Fender Electric Guitars / Solid Body Fender Esquire Blonde 1959
Fender Electric Guitars / Solid Body Fender Esquire Blonde 1959
Fender Electric Guitars / Solid Body Fender Esquire Blonde 1959
Fender Electric Guitars / Solid Body Fender Esquire Blonde 1959
Fender Electric Guitars / Solid Body Fender Esquire Blonde 1959
Fender Electric Guitars / Solid Body Fender Esquire Blonde 1959
Fender Electric Guitars / Solid Body Fender Esquire Blonde 1959
Fender Electric Guitars / Solid Body Fender Esquire Blonde 1959
Fender Electric Guitars / Solid Body Fender Esquire Blonde 1959
Fender Electric Guitars / Solid Body Fender Esquire Blonde 1959
Fender Electric Guitars / Solid Body Fender Esquire Blonde 1959

Fender Esquire Blonde 1959

$25,995.00
The following specs were carefully collected and recorded by a skilled technician. For a more detailed description and questions regarding sound, feel, or cosmetic condition, please call to speak to one of our experts.

Summary

Finish: Original

Body Material: Ash Body

Body Details: Ash solid body

Neck Material: Maple Neck

Fingerboard Material: Maple

Neck Profile: medium "C"

Neck Thickness (IN): 1st- .78" 12th- .95"

Fingerboard Radius: 7.25"

Nut Width: 1-5/8"

Scale Length: 25-1/2"

Neck Details: One piece maple neck with black dot inlays.

Electronics: Original bridge pickup with three-way tone selector and volume and tone controls. The pots codes date to 1959. The pickup is somewhat microphonic, but fully functional.

Pickup Measurements: 6.6k ohms

Hardware: Original

Weight: 7 lbs 1.2 oz

Case Details: Original hard shell case.

Cosmetic Condition: The guitar has light play wear for its age. The finish is glossy with light checking and minor dents and scuffs around the edges of the body. The back of the body has light buckle rash. The metal hardware is nicely tarnished with age.

Serial Number: 35113

Tech Notes: The guitar plays well with low action. The frets are small with minimal play wear. -The serial number dates to 1959.

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It's a day that ends in "y," which means we have tons of exciting new effects to share!
The Effects counter is calling! Put a fresh edge on your signal with the Electronic Audio Experiments Halberd V2, a medium-gain overdrive with more than 12 transistors working in harmony to create maximum dynamic range and incredible note-to-note clarity. And be sure to pick up one of our CME Exclusive Nautical Editions, our latest collaboration with Walrus Audio, now sold separately!

New CME Exclusive Pedals
From the depths of the ocean to the furthest reaches of outer space, our CME Exclusives are everywhere! Sail the seven seas of tone with the limited-edition Walrus Audio Nautical Edition three-piece set, or experience the sonic singularity of Collision Devices’ Black Hole Symmetry multi-effect in CME Exclusive white

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1966 Cardinal Red Gibson Firebird I | CME Vintage Demo | Nathaniel Murphy


Nathaniel fills up the Bird Pun-O-Meter while winging it with this recently sold 1966 Gibson Firebird, finished in a rare Cardinal Red.

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Gibson | Nathaniel Rateliff Signature

The Gibson Montana Nathaniel Rateliff Signature LG-2 features a compact mahogany body topped with Adirondack Red Spruce, a Vintage Sunburst finish, and nickel Gotoh Keystone tuners and black bridge pins, just like Rateliff’s own LG-2. For a true show-stopper, preorder your new Gibson Montana Nathaniel Rateliff Signature LG-2 now!

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Harmony | Series 6 Amplifiers

Whether you’re commanding an audience or composing in the studio, Harmony Series 6 combo amplifiers provide vivid, versatile tone to suit all genres. Preorder your Harmony H650, H620, or H605 today.

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