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


The Jackshit Yuletide Extravaganza

Have Yourself A Very Shitty Christmas VII
FRI DEC 2 & SAT DEC 3 / 8:00 PM each night / $30 Sold Out
The boys from Cochtotan are back for another round of holiday hell-raisin’, and just as in years past, there’s bound to be a sleigh full of mirth, mayhem, and musical stocking-stuffers for everyone. Hope you already got your tickets, pardner, ’cause they are long gone by now. Maybe next year.


Kristen Cook

SUN DEC 4 / 10:30 AM / $10 (kids under 2 get in free) Buy Tix
Kristen Cook’s mission is to create music that makes you dance and to write songs that inspire children to be compassionate, 21st century smart — and fun-loving — kids. Over the last fifteen years, Kristen has independently released many original recordings and has enjoyed playing music with talented friends in Santa Monica and beyond. Her energetic band creates upbeat and easy-to-hum tunes that leave you with a smile.


Richard Thompson

In Solo Performance
A Special Benefit Concert for Jerry Donahue
SUN DEC 4 / 8:00 PM / $85 Sold Out

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