Get up close and personal with the helpful staff and ultra-vibey gear that reside at the the Windy City’s famed store.

Premier Guitar’s Shawn Hammond visits the Windy City’s famed and ultra-vibey Chicago Music Exchange, where the store’s helpful staff shows us highlights from their impressive inventory of vintage gear—from Fender, Gibson, and Martin instruments to Marshall, Vox, and Ampeg amps—as well as their premium selection of boutique axes, amps, and pedals. We also see extreme rarities like a Dumble-modified Park amp formerly owned by Ben Harper, a vintage harp guitar, and a sunburst 1956 Gibson ES-295—one of approximately 10 ever made.

A faithful recreation of the Germanium Mosrite Fuzzrite with a modern twist.

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Kenny Greenberg with his main axe, a vintage Gretsch 6118 Double Anniversary that he found at Gruhn Guitars in Nashville for a mere $600. “It had the original pickups, but the finish had been taken off and the headstock had been repaired. So, it’s a great example of a ‘player’s vintage instrument,’” he says.

On his solo debut, the Nashville session wizard discovers his own musical personality in a soundtrack for a movie that wasn’t, with stops in Africa and Mississippi hill country.

Kenny Greenberg has been Nashville’s secret weapon for decades. He’s the guitarist many insiders credit with giving the Nashville sound the rock ’n’ roll edge that’s become de rigueur for big country records since the ’90s. It’s the sound that, in many ways, delivered country music from its roots to sporting events.

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Andy Wood on Eric Johnson's "Cliffs of Dover" | Hooked

The hot picker recalls receiving a mix CD of must-know guitarists and the Grammy-winning track was the one that "hit him like a ton of bricks."

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