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Boston’s premier independent retailer of boutique & vintage guitars, mandolins, banjos, ukuleles, amps & pedals


Listen to Catherine Bowness play the new banjos from luthier, Ryan Navey.


Since the 1970s, James Tyler has been a fixture in the music scene of L.A., specifically the studio scene, with a reputation for building world-class instruments based on the feedback acquired from years of working closely with studio legends and performers Michael Landau, Dan Huff, Buzz Feiten, Dean Parks, Steve Lukather, Abe Laboriel, and Wayne Krantz (to name a few).

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The Music Emporium offers musicians a superior retail instruments and gear experience, both as a walk-in and online store. Living on the opposite side of the country from TME, I was amazed at the ease of the purchasing and delivery process.

G. Matthews

There are a lot of things to like about The Music Emporium, but first and foremost is how it has embraced innovative, independent builders.

The Fretboard Journal

One of the most beautiful music shops I have visited. Each guitar on their four walls is meticulously selected and/or custom built by leading luthiers/companies. Thank you Music Emporium for a seamless purchase and service. You deliver best-in-class across the board.

C. Jones

This is one of the best guitar shops in the country - period. Their selection is insanely good - across all price points - and they are honest, great people who treat everyone well. They’re also very fair and straightforward with trade-in values - better than any other shop I’ve dealt with - and don’t try to upsell you.

M. Cohn

Bought a beautiful used guitar online from here. They even checked the guitar and straightened the neck for me before shipping. The guitar was well packaged/protected and arrived quickly.

Diego Garcia

If you're looking to purchase a quality instrument, this is the place. When you enter, it feels as such, comfortable rugs and sofas and a crew ready to assist. And if you aren't aware, it's one of the few such places in the U.S. Do yourself a favor and stop by, even if you're just browsing.

Scott Rule

High end selection, great environment, unpretentious...awesome!

Bill Collings, Founder of Collings Guitars

This is what all guitar stores should be like. Laid back sales staff ready to answer questions, but also stay out of your way to let you really play whatever guitar it is that suits you. And boy howdy do they have a great selection of instruments to choose from or what? Both electric and acoustic, if you can't find something you like, maybe you're not a guitarist in the first place.

Greg Coccoluto

A truly outstanding guitar buying experience! The selection at the ME is unmatched, particularly in their showcasing of up-and-coming builders. The knowledge of the staff and their willingness to take the time to listen to my needs was appreciated.

J. Crouch