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THIS WEEK @ CME
Learn About The Latest And Greatest
Pre-order the New Oberheim Polyphone Analog Synth Today!
Oberheim’s first synth in 35 years, the OB-X8 is an eight-voice polyphonic analog synth that combines all the key features of the legendary OB-X, OB-Xa, and OB-8 products from the 1980s—including all the original presets that gave them their signature sounds! Pre-order yours today at the Synth Exchange!PRE-ORDER OBERHEIM OB-X8
Holiday Gift Guide and Store Hours
You’ve got enough on your plate. Let the Chicago Music Exchange help make your holidaze a little clearer with our Holiday Gift Guide! With great deals and financing options, we are certain you will find everything you need. We also have extended holiday hours to give you plenty of time for gift shopping!
ASK ABOUT EXPEDITED SHIPPING TODAY!
THANKFUL FOR UA - PEDAL GIVEAWAY
It’s getting to be that time of year, and you know what we’re thankful for? You! So we’re giving back with a FREE Golden Reverberator from one of our favorite brands, Universal Audio! Hit the site to enter to win before November 7th, and don’t forget to share and tag a friend!
WEEKEND FLASH SALE! SELECT CME EXCLUSIVE GEAR 20% OFF!
You already can’t get these CME Exclusives editions anywhere else, but—for this weekend only—you won’t find these prices anywhere! From ‘50s P-basses to Competition Mustangs straight out of the ‘60s, to ‘70s-style Tele Deluxes and echo effects pedals, right up to one of the coolest contemporary modulated delay/loop pedals of the present. This weekend only, starting Friday, April 22 4 P.M., through Sunday, April 24, get 20% off these exclusive items!
Dallas Guitar Festival basses trickling in! Call today!
Guitar shows are back, and we brought a Texas-size haul of basses back from the recent Dallas International Guitar Festival—including a bunch of basses we know CME customers have been itching to get their hands on! From P- and J-style basses, to hot-rodded Gibson EB-3s and vintage hollowbodies—we’ve got fresh vintage electric basses for any genre or or playing style!
D'Addario & Martin String Price Drops
It’s been a heck of a year, but don’t let it get you strung up! Start 2022 off right by stocking up on strings with Price Drops on all your favorite sets by D’Addario and Martin, now until the end of December while supplies last!
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.
You can’t beat the Chicago Drum Exchange. Shop the newest gear from Chicago’s best drum shop today.
Shop Craviotto Drums at CDE!
You won’t find Craviotto Drums in just any drum shop, but you can always find them at Chicago Drum Exchange! Blending innovation and tradition, Craviotto’s Solid Maple Super Swing drum kit epitomizes the company’s handcrafted, single-ply solid shell drum sets. Manufactured using Craviotto’s proprietary single-ply construction techniques, the Solid Maple Super Swing kit offers unparalleled warmth, clarity, projection, and resonance, helping drummers to obtain their ideal drum sound.
Shop New Drum Kit Arrivals
Wouldn’t it be a dream to see all your favorite drum kits in one place? At Chicago Drum Exchange, our carefully curated selection of brands and kits could make your dream into a reality! Stop into the drum exchange to shop our slew of new drum set arrivals, from world-renowned manufacturers like C&C, DW, Pearl, and Ludwig—to name a few—and find out if the Drum Exchange is your dream come true!
New to CDE: Revolution Drum - New Drum Accessories brand to Chicago Drum Exchange
Revolution Drums accessories are now available at the Drum Exchange! Adding to its growing assortment of accessories and hardware, Chicago Drum Exchange now offers Revolution Drum products, providing yet another set of exceptional, quality tools that are essential for any gigging drummer! Restock or upgrade your essential accessories now at CDE!
CME Sessions: Elizabeth Moen | Live at Chicago Music Exchange
In advance of her headlining performance at Lincoln Hall, Chicago’s own Elizabeth Moen dropped in at Chicago Music Exchange for our latest CME Session to give us a taste of her latest single, “Sorry That I Love You,” plus a few other tunes! Watch her catch up with Daniel, who sat down with her to talk gear—and don’t miss the show at Lincoln Hall on April 16!
Shop Antelope Audio Zen Q Bundle Promotions
Attention!! Antelope Audio Special Offer! With the Zen Q Synergy Core, you can immediately start creating with 37 included effects, an FX bundle, afx2daw & Bitwig Studio DAW, once activated! Take the leap forward without leaving your home studio. Shop this Antelope Audio Zen Go Synergy Core 4x8 Interface and get $5279 worth of plugins and gear free!!
Fresh New Gibson Arrivals Are Here
After a massive delivery, we have a slew of Gibson guitars piled high at CME. As we sort through the mountain of new and exclusive gear, our Sales Associates are here to pull from the stack to help pick out the next major addition to your six-string arsenal—or, our Used & Vintage Buyers are happy to arrange potential trade-in options. Whether you’re looking for a step-up or a changeup, we’ll poke our heads out of the pile to help you find your next Gibson!
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!
Does this 1980 Les Paul Custom have magical powers?!!
No one has proven the existence of a unicorns. Scientists would say that unicorns are not real and that they are part of mythology but we've got one in the store right now! Tanner dives deep into the mythical waters of truth and you will never believe what he discovers.
1969 Fender Maverick | CME Vintage Demo | Ehmed Nauman
True to the company founder’s modular ethos, the Fender Custom (later dubbed the “Maverick”) is a guitar that’s literally made of spare parts! After pulling the Electric XII from production in 1969, a savvy production manager saw all those pre-cut bodies piled up in the factory, took them to a bandsaw, painted over the twelve string-through-body holes in the back, slapped on a Mustang bridge, and—voila!—there you have it: a Fender Custom (aka Maverick)!
Let us be your Pedal Plug and Amplifier Tone Shop!
Shop Milkman Sounds Limited Edition
Cream rises to the top with amps from Milkman Sound—but, so does their Limited Edition Tweed amp! Milkman spared nothing when choosing components for its limited-edition 10W Tweed amp amplifier, including custom made Mercury Magnetics transformers, Jupiter signal caps and electrolytic capacitors, a mirror polish chrome faceplate, and a solid pine cabinet with lacquered tweed finish—which makes this amp look like something straight out of the 1950s!
Another Week, Another Handful of New Pedal Releases
Fresh New Effects At Chicago Music Exchange!
Just in time for the start of summer, CME’s got your sonic ticket to the beach the SolidGoldFX Surf Rider IV reverb pedal. Packed with three distinct spring tank emulations evocative of sunlight and sand, the Surf Rider IV promises to add a cool breeze to the sweltering heat of your tube amp’s tone!
Preorder Source Audio’s One Series Atlas Compress, now, at CME! Offering a comprehensive collection of compression circuits, the Atlas Compressor boasts six different styles of compression, ranging from classic stompbox compressors to premium rack units!
Shop Dreadbox Price Drops Today!
Looking to add some modulation effects by Dreadbox to your rig? Now, you can do so for less, with CME price drops on the Dreadbox effects pedals & eurorack modules, as well as handful of other Dreadbox gear! Shop today, these reduced prices won't last forever!
The new Epiphone Jerry Cantrell Models feature many of the Alice In Chains guitarists’ personal touches—including mahogany necks with a Cantrell custom taper neck profile, Jerry Cantrell’s name on the truss rod cover in white script, as well as a JJ circle logo on the back of the headstock!View Details
In the span of 9 years, Mutable Instruments has gone from a small operation making DIY hybrid synthesizers, all produced by one woman, to one of the most revered Eurorack module producers in the world…all still largely produced by the same woman. Émilie Gillet is the mastermind behind Mutable Instruments, intentionally running a small operation that offers a lush palette of tones.View Details
The Coles 4038 was the overhead microphone of choice used to accurately capture Ringo Starr’s drums in early Beatles recordings. If one wants to hear the sonic capabilities of the 4038, they need look no further than “Please Please Me”, “Beatles for Sale,” and “A Hard Day’s Night.”View Details