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Chicago Music Exchange

Electric Guitars

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I don’t play well (or at all, these days), but I still have the electric guitar I saved up for and bought when I was 18, a Danelectro U2. I also have an Epiphone Hummingbird. I got that one by trading in an old acoustic at Chicago Music Exchange a few years ago, when we sold a number of other guitars.

Chicago Music Exchange

I hadn’t been back since, but the photography class I take on Thursday nights is directly across the street. I stopped in to the shop a couple of weeks ago to get a wall hook for my ukulele (which is far easier to play, not that I do that well either), then went back last week to take photos.

Orange Amps

I posted a photo on Instagram when I was in the store, and someone noticed the Stranger Than Fiction guitar. Not the guitar of course, but a beat-up Fender in the same color.

A single guitar is gorgeous. Multiply that by a few hundred, and oh my.

Guitars at Chicago Music Exchange

Vintage Amps

I’m pretty sure I shouldn’t go buy the hollowbody of my dreams, just because it’s pretty. If I could remember anything besides power chords and a few others, maybe. Sure is tempting though. I’ll be across the street again tonight.

Hollowbody Electric  Guitars

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  • Kristen
    March 28, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    I love this post – and I especially love the photography and the guitars!!!! My husband plays all the time (I’ve never tried) and when we were on vacation a few years ago in Tiburon, CA we spent the better part of a day (not the plan) in a beautiful old guitar shop.. You’re right – what is it about a collection of guitars that just look so amazingly beautiful? Wow.

  • Ryan
    March 28, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    Great photos! This is in my neighborhood :)

  • Jan
    March 28, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    Great photos Nicole.

  • Sarah
    March 28, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    Those photos are gorgeous! I wish I could have some of those for my husband’s studio.

  • Kent
    April 1, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    Do it Nicole,

    Get that hollowbody guitar. Dream on it. Devour everything available on brands, history, sound…it’s like like cooking. Done by the pros it is heaven but we still give it due diligence in the kitchen, because we adore eating! Guitars produce a product you can hear, feel, touch and see. I don’t really play well either, but I just purchased an amazing guitar by Reverend, at the Chicago Music Exchange that is as lovely to see and hold as it is to play. I understand how limited I am with it, but still I try to write on it, because it thrills me. Do it Nicole, get that axe, you’ve been away too long!

  • becky
    April 23, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    I’m in guitar heaven.