Santa Cruz

There's one word that sums up Santa Cruz acoustic guitars: tone. Since 1976, Richard Hoover has been on an unending quest to build guitars that maximize tonal output, dynamic range and unsurpassed refinement and elegance. 
Serving the high-end & vintage guitar, mandolin, and banjo enthusiast since 1968
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May 21st - 31st
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FREE UPCOMING EVENTS | June 6

TAYLOR GUITARS @ TME | 12-4pm

Our good friends Mike Venezia & Aaron Dablow from Taylor Guitars will be at the shop on Thursday, June 6th from 12-4pm. Come see & play Taylor's exclusive 50th Anniversary guitars!

Electric guitarist meetup | 6-8:00pm

Join us at the shop for the inaugural Electric Guitarist Meetup which is centered around Powers Electric guitars and their stellar A-Type model.

Exclusive Livestream Q&A w/Andy Powers | Presentation w/Aaron Dablow of Powers Electric | Special Event Pricing | Light Refreshments

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THIS IS A STORE
BUILT BY MUSICIANS
FOR MUSICIANS

Since 1968, we have been here to help you find your next musical inspiration. In what can sometimes feel like an overwhelming process, our aim is to curate a rewarding, enjoyable, and unique experience of musical discovery.
Independent Retailer
Supporting independent retailers like The Music Emporium means supporting the local economy and community. We, in turn, love giving back to our local artists and venues as well as serving as a hub for our local music community.
Expert Guidance
We’ve seen it all from '59 Les Pauls, pre-war Martins, single luthier, factory built, vintage, preowned, to entry level. We use this collective experience to help guide you to the right gear for your needs & budget - without any commissioned advice.
Curated Inventory
Our inventory is a reflection of our collective love of great design, music, and instrument makers. If it’s listed for sale in our showroom or on our website, you can be sure it’s something we’d own and use ourselves.
Fast Shipping
Nothing makes time pass slower than excitedly awaiting your new purchases' delivery, which is why most orders ship the same day - after we do an inspection and fresh setup, of course.

the latest

New! Island Instruments

Luthier & Island Instruments founder, Nic Delisle, has been steadily honing his craft at his shop in Montreal's Mile End Guitar Coop for years. 

His love for famed catalogue guitars of the 50s and 60s shines through in his work, taking those wonderful mid-century concepts into the modern era with taste, refinement, and a keen eye for artful design that tows the line between familiar and fresh. 

We're excited to welcome Nic and his instruments to The Music Emporium family!

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Fender Masterbuilt Joe Strummer Telecaster

As celebrated front man of The Clash and The Mescaleros, Joe Strummer’s raw, passionate stage presence and socio-political songwriting defined the punk rock movement.

To honor his legacy, Fender Custom Shop Senior Masterbuilder Paul Waller meticulously recreated every aspect of Strummer’s cherished instrument for a limited edition run.

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ELECTRIC GUITARIST MEETUP & TAYLOR TAKEOVER | JUNE 6

Join us at the shop for a Taylor Takeover Event, and, our inaugural Electric Guitarist Meetup which is centered around Powers Electric guitars and their stellar A-Type model.

Exclusive Livestream Q&A w/Andy Powers | Presentation w/Aaron Dablow of Powers Electric | Special Event Pricing | Light Refreshments

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Wolff Sisters | Live On CBS News Boston

TME's Rachael Wolff and her band, The Wolff Sisters, were featured on CBS News Boston last week! Watch them perform "Boston Town" here.

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NEW! Under The Influence | The 1st Cut Is The Deepest

This staff-curated Spotify playlist has us exploring a range of iconic artist's (or a personal fave artist's) first track off of their first album. How did they introduce themselves to the world? What was their first foot forward, so to speak?

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FENDER CUSTOM SHOP | SHOWCASE DEALER

We just became a Fender Custom Shop Showcase level dealer! We look forward to helping establish a strong Fender presence in the Boston / New England area.

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Our strong online presence and destination showroom allow us to reach a broad audience, helping us achieve faster - and greater - returns for our clients.

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

Bill Collings
Collings Guitars

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

“What sets The Music Emporium apart from other stores? The staff. Unsurpassed.”

TJ Thompson
Luthier

“Right from the beginning, The Music Emporium has always been the center where music, players, and instruments come together.”

Dana Bourgeois
Bourgeois Guitars
★★★★★

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.

S. Rule
★★★★★

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
★★★★★

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
★★★★★

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