Est. 1833

Martin Guitars

D-18 Authentic 1937 VTS AGED
Serving the Boutique & vintage guitar, mandolin, and banjo enthusiast since 1968
Benson Pedals
Temple Audio
Origin effects
SUMMER 2024

Vintage Collection

Our Summer 2024 Vintage Collection features an array of rare and collectible gems from the '20s through the '60s. Whether you’re an avid collector or player, this collection offers rare Martin acoustics, Gibson mandolins & electrics, a Vox Mandoguitar, as well as Fender electrics & amplifiers - all curated by our expert vintage staff, just for you.

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 instruments. 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

1957 Gibson Les Paul

This 1957 Gibson Les Paul has just come into the shop via the three daughters of its second owner, who'd purchased the guitar at a consignment shop in 1960. By the looks of it, this Goldtop could fool you into thinking it was a recent Murphy Lab reissue - we've yet to encounter a '57 in this kind of condition. The guitar had sat unplayed for the better part of 30 years, and it shows!

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Andy Summers @ TME

To say we were honored to welcome Andy Summers of The Police to the shop would be the understatement of the year! What a treat to spend time with the legendary guitarist.

Thx for stopping by, Andy - we hope you enjoy your Powers Electric guitars!

June 6th | YouTube Livestream Q&A w/Andy Powers

Join us on YouTube Thursday, June 6th @ 7:30pm EST as we field questions and chat with Andy Powers (CEO of Taylor Guitars) about his latest venture, Powers Electric, and his first electric model, the lauded A-Type.

*Please note, only channel subscribers can submit questions though the livestream is viewable by all.

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Tommy Emmanuel @ TME

What a treat to have the brilliant and incredibly gracious Tommy Emmanuel at the shop for a quick guitar tune-up before his show at Lexington's Cary Hall! Amazing to hear him play - instantly recognizable and inspiring! Thx for stopping by, Tommy!

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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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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SELL | TRADE | CONSIGN

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

TME ON YouTube

Demos | Performances | Vlogs

"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