Chicago music exchange featured VIDEOS

From Gear Demos to Full Band Jams, our videos cover 'em all!

Chicago Music Exchange is not just a guitar store. We're a valuable resource for musicians. Subscribe to our YouTube channel and enjoy new guitar demo videos every week! Chicago Music Exchange specializes in musical instruments – from rare vintage guitars and new and used gear, to the latest in effect pedals. With a staff that is highly entertaining and extremely knowledgeable, and a talented in-house film team, we are able to provide you with excellent video demos, in-store artist performances, brand documentaries, and sharp short films every week, featuring the best in new, used and vintage gear.

All of our videos feature our employees and are created here, in-house at the Chicago Music Exchange, so if you're looking for guitar demo videos, 100 Bass Riffs, or featured drum kit demos, we've got your gear cinema covered.


1969 Martin D12-35 | CME Vintage Demo | Ehmed Nauman

First purchased over 52 years ago—as you’ll see on the original receipt, included here—this 1969 Martin D12-35 twelve-string guitar sounds even bigger and richer than it did when it first came out of the Martin factory! Better yet, even for its age, it doesn’t look any worse for the wear! While this guitar may be older than some of us, here at CME, you can compare this vintage Martin 12-string acoustic to our 12-string guitars in stock and find out for yourself which sounds you prefer!



Every Friday, the CME House Band does what they do best: play hooky. The only difference? We get it all on film. Sit in on some of CME’s most memorable jams, and check back in each week for a new groove.

"Them Bones" Alice In Chains | CME Full Band Fridays

The Epiphone Les Paul Jerry Cantrell models sent some of CME’s staff down an Alice In Chains rabbit hole back into Dirt, the band’s sophomore LP—released nearly three full decades ago (!!), in September 1992! That fact almost got some of us, here at CME, feeling like “empty fossils of the new scene”; so, this Full Band Friday, Tanner channeled his inner Jerry Cantrell into the CME House Band’s rendition of “Them Bones.”



Vintage Gear Demos

Whether you’re looking to trade in your vintage gear or expand your collection, we’ve got the goods, and we’ve got ‘em on film. Check out our vintage gear demos for the lowdown on legendary vintage guitars, basses, and more by brands like Gibson, Fender, Rickenbacker, and Gretsch.

Exclusive Gear

CME Exclusives are only available at the Chicago Music Exchange, and we love to show them off. We demo all our favorite models to illustrate what sets them apart and ensure that even the smallest details are never out of reach. Learn more about CME Exclusive guitarsdrums, and more by brands like Fender, Gibson, Ludwig, and La Bella.


Dime that sucker! Dig our amp demos and check out models by Fender, Tone King, Marshall, and more and get the ten you want to turn to 11.

CME Vault

Take a look inside the CME Vault. Scope our rarest and most coveted vintage Gibsons, Fenders, Martins, and more, and don’t let the door close behind you.


If you guessed that the Chicago Drum Exchange is where we keep the beat, you hit it on the head. Watch drum demos on new gear from today’s top brands like Ludwig, Tama, DW, A&F, and more.


Put the pedal to the metal and cruise through our huge playlist of effect demos, complete with detailed run-throughs of new builds by manufacturers like Earthquaker Devices, Fuzzrocious, Electro-Harmonix, and JHS.


At the Chicago Music Exchange, the music never stops, unless you hit pause. Check out live performances by some of our favorite artists on some of our favorite gear, and see if you can’t spot the Les Paul Wall, the Chicago Drum Exchange, and other CME landmarks.


We’re always down to keep it au naturel. Enjoy demos of amazing acoustic guitars by brands like Santa Cruz Guitar Company, Taylor, Collings, and Gibson, a lot, lot more. And if you don’t see your favorite brand right away, dread not! There is plenty to peruse.

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