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!

Some of the Brands We Feature


Concert Series


PETER ROWAN with special guest Jack Casady

FRI MAR 3 / 8:00 PM / $30  FRI MAR 3 / 10:00 PM / $30  From his his days as a member of Bill Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys, through 1970’s explorations with David Grisman and Earth Opera, Seatrain with Richard Greeene, and Old And In The Way with Jerry Garcia, his signature *New Moon Rising* solo album in 1988, and modern day collaborations with Ricky Skaggs, Del McCoury, Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, Peter Rowan, over a six-decade career has earned a reputation as a true innovator and ambassador of bluegrass music. Tonight he teams with Hot Tuna’s Jack Casady, who accompanied Peter on his *Dharma Blues* album in 2014 (produced by McCabe’s alum John Chelew). Rowan is a national treasure that doesn’t tour that often (this is his first McCabe’s performance in 7 years), and to miss this performance is an opportunity squandered. The 8PM show is sold out, but tickets remain for the 10PM performance.



SAT MAR 4 / 8:00 PM / $15  Here’s a fierce bluegrass double-bill with two bands on the rise including Colorado’s The Railsplitters, and California’s own Steep Ravine, both of whom bring a modern influence to the traditional medium. The Railsplitters, featuring vocalist Lauren Stovall remind us of a young Lake Street Dive, with tight arrangements and jazz inspired harmonies, and have taken to the road after a winning the Best New Band competition at Rockygrass, and releasing their debut album to wide acclaim. Joining them tonight are friends Steep Ravine, whose expert playing combined with non traditional vocal stylings have caused quite a stir, with *No Depression* calling the band’s expansion of bluegrass boundaries “an entirely new approach to roots music”. We expect great things for both of these acts, and to have them together on stage is sure to make for an awesome evening.


Matinee Kids’ Show with HULLABALOO

SUN MAR 5 / 10:30 AM / $10 (kids under 2 get in free)  Hullabaloo is Steve Denyes and Brendan Kremer, friends since kindergarten who have grown up to make wonderful, fun-loving, family folk music. They pair guitar and cajon with beautiful harmonies and fun lyrics that will have every family member up on their feet dancing! Not only do families love Hullabaloo’s music, but in 2016 they won their eighth Parent’s Choice Award for their album I Chew, and the Red Tricycle “Totally Awesome Award” for the Top Ten National Cool Kindie Artists.  What else can we say? We love ‘em, and so will you and your kids.

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