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


Big Daddy

FRI JAN 27 / 8:00 PM / $20 Buy Tix
On the heels of Smashing Songs of Stage & Screen, their first album in nearly 15 years, Big Daddy, The Band of ’59, is back! From 1983 to 1994, Big Daddy roamed the rock’n’roll landscape foraging for the hit songs of the day, plucking them from the charts, chewing them up, digesting them, and then spitting them back out, never to sound the same. Though the lyrics and melodies were virtually unchanged, the songs sounded as if they had been written and recorded in the 1950s. Today, this type of song reworking is called a “mash up” and Big Daddy is credited as the mash up kings of rockabilly, doo wop, R&B, and pop. If it’s from the ’50s, Big Daddy is all over it. Randy Lewis said it best in his 2012 L.A. Times article on the band: “More than a gimmick, Big Daddy created new takes on pop and rock songs that were consistently inspired, illuminating, and often hilarious.” The band his released six studio albums and countless other recordings, including their 1985 top 20 UK hit, “Dancing In The Dark,” a send up of the Bruce Springsteen classic. Their 1992 Sgt. Pepper’s tribute album continues to receive consistent radio airplay on Sirius XM’s “Little Steven’s Underground Garage.” Be there or be square!


Ellis Paul

SAT JAN 28 / 8:00 PM / $25 Buy Tix
He’s one of contemporary folk’s brightest stars, and one of our favorites as well. As CMJ puts it: “Paul delivers lyrics that read like poetry with a high, clear voice that can be as fragile or tough as the song allows, and each one strikes directly at the heart. Very special.” We concur. Get your tickets while you can.


Sarah Kramer

Plus Special Guest NELS ANDREWS
SUN JAN 29 / 8:00 PM / $15 Buy Tix
Sarah Kramer began playing trumpet at the tender age of nine, and began writing her own songs as a teenager. After college, she spent eight years exploring and honing her craft within a wide variety of musical styles: blues, jazz, Latin, brass band, reggae, klezmer, alternative rock, etc. Sitting in with legends like Levon Helm, Eddie Bo, Cyril Neville, Snooks Eaglin, Walter “Wolfman” Washington, and many more, while also performing original songs with her band, The Sarah Kramer Project. In 2003 Kramer brought her horns to L.A., performing live all over town and working as a session player. She played trumpet on the title track of Leonard Cohen’s Dear Heather, and impressed none other than Bo Diddley, who declared, “Well, you dangerous already!” after they shared the stage at the House Of Blues. In 2013, Sarah’s long awaited debut album Home, featuring nine originals and a cover of Curtis Mayfield’s “People Get Ready,” was released. This deeply personal collection of songs is a soulful meditation on love, loss, and redemption. She continues to perform her own material and to work as a studio musician, and can be heard regularly sitting in with Jackshit both here and at the Baked Potato. We’re thrilled to present her on our stage. Nels Anderson opens the show.

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