Chicago Music Exchage!! OMG. Heaven! Pics!

Discussion in 'Fred's Barcalounge' started by Hotshot, Jul 14, 2016.

  1. Hotshot

    Hotshot Gretschie

    Mar 23, 2016
    Im lucky enough to travel a lot for a career. Last I ended up in Chicago. Well there's a little place I've always wanted to check out.

    The store is Guitar heaven. Just pick up anything, grab a couch, and play. If you want to plug in, grab any amp, enter a little room, and crank the hell out of it.

    The staff was Amazing, super chill, and really knowledgable. Zero attitude, just awesome.

    Here's some pics.

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  2. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Gretschified

    Oct 18, 2015
  3. Hotshot

    Hotshot Gretschie

    Mar 23, 2016
    Yup...that's not the half of it... I mean they own Reverb and do the YouTube channel
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  4. Ricochet

    Ricochet Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
  5. Hotshot

    Hotshot Gretschie

    Mar 23, 2016
    When I have the day here next time, I'm spend the whole day there.
  6. toddfan

    toddfan Synchromatic

    Mar 12, 2012
    It is a "must visit" anytime I am in salesman is David A. :D

    The last time my family was there in person, we brought home a new Collings I-35LC. I "almost" (came "this close") bought my Taylor K22ce from them, and recently got my Dano' '59DC from David.

    I agree that they are cool guys who work there and can't wait to return!

    BTW---Did you play that SuperLarry amp? Those have a cool vibe and I've not seen them before!
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  7. DaddyDog

    DaddyDog Country Gent

    Sep 18, 2011
    Mississauga, Canada
    Super Larry amps? never heard of them. They look gorgeous though. Kind of like the original Tone King Falcon.
  8. benjwri

    benjwri Country Gent

    Oct 27, 2011
    Central ON Can
    crazy awesome!!!!
  9. blc45

    blc45 Country Gent

    Aug 23, 2011
    Wow, I went mentally bankrupt just looking at the pics!
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  10. Random1643

    Random1643 Synchromatic

    May 10, 2015
    Upper Midwest, USA
    Thanks for sharing the pics. I got on their email list somehow and just love their big variety of vintage instruments and amps. I've never been to the shop but you've got me thinking - my wife works for a research center affiliated with the Univ of Chicago. The next time I tag along when she goes to a conference or training I'm heading for CME.
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  11. Hotshot

    Hotshot Gretschie

    Mar 23, 2016
    Yes you need to go. Take the subway. 2 min walk.
  12. DW_Dillinger

    DW_Dillinger Country Gent

    Subway? We aint got no steeenking subways in Chicago, unless your talking about the crappy sangwich joint. Its called the El, even when its underground. Id also highly discourage an EL ride from U of C to Lakeview. CME is a must see though, but get an Uber.
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  13. Henry

    Henry I Bleed Orange

    Apr 9, 2014
    I think I have to change my underwear now!

    MBERTHOLD Country Gent

    Thanks for sharing the pictures!
    Looks like you had a greaT time checking out some fantastic gear;) OmG, one can say that again;)!them superlarry amps looked cool!
    And look at them twEeeeeds!!
  15. Trash Kidd

    Trash Kidd Country Gent

    Dec 14, 2015
    London U.K.
    Double Wow!!!!
    What a place!!!
  16. dilver

    dilver Country Gent

    Feb 16, 2009
    One of the better guitar shops in the country. expensive, but they've got a great selection and are very cool about letting you try anything. Also, nice "trial" rooms in the center of the store with great selection of amps, too.
  17. DrumBob

    DrumBob Friend of Fred

    Feb 2, 2011
    New Jersey
    It's a much better store than its used to be years ago. The fool who owned it previously cheated a lot of people on guitar deals, myself included.
  18. nickurso

    nickurso Gretschified

    Dec 24, 2012
    New Orleans la.
    CME is a great place with cool people working there. They also own
  19. nickurso

    nickurso Gretschified

    Dec 24, 2012
    New Orleans la.
    Another great place to check out in Chicago is Makin' Music
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