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).

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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 MAR 31 / 8:00 PM / $20 As one half of celebrated duo David + David, whose 1986 album and Welcome To The Boomtown single established Baerwald as one of LA’s premier songwriters, whose compositions and musical style drew comparisons to both Lou Reed and Steely Dan’s Walter Becker. Two critically lauded solo records followed before David fell in with with the Tuesday Night Music Club, playing on and co-writing much of the monumental Sheryl Crow debut album. In the years since, he has mostly concentrated on film work, earning a Golden Globe nomination for his Moulin Rouge collaboration Come What May. Tonight marks the first time Mr. Baerwald has performed live in over two decades. Needless to say this is a rare and special event and what few tickets are left will be snapped up shortly. Better hurry for this one.


TOM PAXTON with The DonJuans

SAT APR 1 / 8:00 PM / $38.50 The folk icon who we thought was retiring last year has put on his travelin’ shoes again and comes to McCabe’s with Grammy winning Nashville songwriters The DonJuans in tow. Paxton, with a 50 + year career and 62 album releases, is considered by many to be the leading figure of the folksinger genre, and has lifetime achievement awards from ASCAP and the Recording Academy. He is a legacy artist and a chance to catch him in our small room should not be squandered.


Matinee Kids’ Show with ANDY MASON

SUN APR 2 / 10:30 AM / $10 Andy Mason’s playful songs, wonderful voice, and fine guitar playing are sure to please!  With catchy songs, such as “Everybody Likes Pizza”, “How to Make a Burrito”, and “My Hair Had a Party Last Night”, you’ll find yourself humming Andy’s tunes long after you’ve left!  As a performer and child educator, Andy encourages child involvement, even toting a place for song idea contributions on his website!  Plus, he doesn’t just make great music, he’s an all-around great guy!, volunteering his time and raising money for multiple child and environmental charities.

Cindy Lee Berryhill


SUN APR 2 / 8:00 PM / $20 The McCabe’s favorite and SoCal songwriter Berryhill was an early pioneer of the Anti Folk movement of the mid-80’s along with Michelle Shocked, and whose 1987 debut Who’s Gonna Save The World helped reintroduce acoustic music back into the indie rock scene. Tonight is a cd release show highlighting Ms Berryhill’s  brand new Omnivore release The Adventurist – her first in 10 years! Friend Syd Straw will be sitting in tonight, and we may expect another surprise or two on this night that we have been anticipating for some time now. This will be a fun night for sure!

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