We have rentals for the cautious, lessons for the eager, truth-telling for the fearful,
repairs for the clumsy, concerts for the devoted, and free coffee for all.

McCabe's® is a musical instrument store and concert venue in Santa Monica, opened in 1958. We specialize in acoustic and folk instruments: guitars, ukuleles, banjos, mandolins, dulcimers (both hammered and plucked), fiddles, bouzoukis, sitars, ouds, ethnic percussion... you get the idea. We also carry electric guitars, basses, and amps.

Come by if you're in the area — browsers and itinerant musicians welcome. And if you can't come see us in person, check out our online store (open 24 hours!) where you'll find concert tickets, group classes, our world-famous* t-shirts, and a small sampling of our many, many instruments and accessories (with more being added all the time).


Instrument Sales

When you buy a guitar from McCabe’s (or a banjo, uke, mandolin, etc.) you get a lot more than just a receipt and a “have a nice day.” In addition to the assistance of our friendly and knowledgeable sales staff, you also get our in-house, 3-year warranty on almost every instrument we sell. That includes set-ups and adjustments, and anything else that the instrument might do to itself (i.e. not broken strings). We also offer rentals and lay-away plans, and a 3-year 70% trade-up option for when you’re ready to step up to the next level. Browse through some of our stock online, or, better yet, drop by the shop. It’s a nice, comfortable place to visit and try things out.

Repair Service

Got a crack in your axe? If your guitar (or uke, dulcimer, etc.) has suffered an injury, if it’s buzzing, or hard to play, or even if it won’t make any sound at all, we can probably help. McCabe’s has a team of veteran luthiers who know what they’re doing. Restrings, new gears, pickup installation, troubleshooting – “No job too weird or too small” is what our repair shop motto would be, if we had a repair shop motto. And there is never a charge for estimates or advice.

Music Lessons

Here at McCabe’s, we’ve taught tens of thousands of aspiring (and many already aspired) musicians how to play, and we can teach you, too!  For private lessons, see our list of incomparable instructors, each of whom you can contact directly for scheduling or info. If you’re feeling more social, or you just want more bang for your buck, have look at the group classes we’re currently offering. And if you don’t find the class you’re looking for, suggest it, and we’ll see what we can do. McCabe’s is here to help!

Concert Series



FRI APR 28 / 8:00 PM / $20 Live at McCabes! Tickets on sale now!



SAT APR 29 / 8:00 PM / $30 SOLD OUT!

Photography by:  Jake Harsh


SUN APR 30 / 8:00 PM / $25  Live at McCabes! Tickets on sale now!



FRI APR 21 / 8:00 PM / $30 From the Greenwich Village folk scene of the ’60s to today’s most prestigious stages around the world, few have better explored the insistence of love, whether it be sensible or hopeless, beseeched or betrayed than New York songwriter poet Eric Andersen. He remains one of folk music’s most consistent and best loved voices, who has counted Joni Mitchell, Lou Reed, Leonard Cohen and even Wyclef Jean among his biggest admirers. The subject of the pending documentary Songpoet, the “Thirsty Boots” singer enjoys a career that has spanned 50 years, with over 25 albums of original songs, and twice as many tours around the world. He’s been covered by the likes of The Kingston Trio, Peter Paul & Mary, Judy Collins, and Fairport Convention, as well as Linda Ronstadt, Johnny Cash, The Grateful Dead, and Francoise Hardy. Tonight he’ll be backed by guitar ace Steve Postell, Rolling Thunder Revue alum Scarlet Rivera on violin, and percussionist Cheryl Prashker. Eric has been called a founding father of the modern folk movement. Come see why.

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