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 The singer, songwriter, and musical collaborator has been a McCabe’s favorite ever since we first heard her with indie super group The Golden Palominos, and then on her 1989 solo debut Surprise. Her knockout vocals and onstage charm have made her shows some of the most unforgettable in our long history. Works with Wilco, Dave Alvin, Rickie Lee Jones, and Leo Kottke have punctuated an already impressive solo career for Syd, who brings cool friends to join in the fun on stage, along with her esteemed canine (and personal manager) Carol Burnett, whose laid back persona is a welcome foil to the spirited high jinx of her star client. Fresh from standout performances at the recent Wild Honey Orchestra shindig honoring the music of The Band, and guest vocals with Cindy Lee Berryhill’s California tour, Syd is on a roll and her shows are among the most memorable in our storied history. We can’t wait for her show this Saturday. See you here.



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

Photography by:  Jake Harsh


SUN APR 30 / 8:00 PM / $25  While it’s true that some people might be reluctant to give Ms Bowersox a fair listen, given her association with a certain television talent show, they should know that this girl can SING, and when we presented her first show at McCabe’s at the end of 2013 she knocked our – er – socks off. Since her arrival on the ninth season of the Idol juggernaut, this rising star has released two acclaimed albums, including All That For This, produced by Los Lobos’ Steve Berlin. The Chicago Tribune says, “Bowersox expertly works the territory between folk and country…her best moments are…subtle, with a touch of twang and fragility.” The girl is something else, and this is going to be a really good show. Only a few tickets remain, so act fast!

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