Who We Are

The Music Emporium

The Music Emporium (TME) serves the discerning acoustic guitar player and collector in New England, and throughout the US and abroad. An invaluable community resource, TME provides:

  • The finest hand-crafted inventory of more than 300 instruments.
  • A comfortable store environment for conversing with highly knowledgeable staff.
  • Services that include lessons at virtually any level as well as a world-class repair shop and custom orders.
  • Personal attention that spans beyond your visits to our Lexington, Mass. facility. For example, as your guitar broker, The Music Emporium works hard to fulfill requests for special instruments sought by many of our new and life-long customers.
The Music Emporium

One of the country’s oldest fretted instrument shops, The Music Emporium has its roots in the burgeoning Cambridge folk scene of the late 60's, when the vintage and fine acoustic guitar market had its first renaissance. For the past 38 years TME has seen thousands of instruments pass through its doors and has been privileged to both witness and influence the work of many of today's finest builders, including Bill Collings, Julius Borges, Bill Tippin, Kevin Ryan and C.F. Martin.

Our goal has always been to help our customers, near and far, find the right instrument that is inspiring to play and reflects the quality and passion of our fine guitar builders. We offer a 48-hour approval period on all instruments so you can feel confident about your newest acquisition.

To grow your ability and maintain the thrill from picking up your first guitar, we also offer personal lessons in many styles of acoustic and electric guitar, banjo, and mandolin. We cater to players at all levels, from beginners to advanced – anyone looking to improve technique and expand repertoire. Some of today's finest players have passed through our Lesson Center, including Jack Tottle, Russ Barenburg, Bela Fleck, and Orin Starr, all of whom supplemented their early careers with teaching gigs at TME.

And, to help keep your instruments at their optimum playing level, we provide superb repair work. Our reputation in the field is long standing. We are particular and professional, holding our in-house work to the highest standard. We also are privileged to have both Bill Tippin and TJ Thompson as resources for more difficult vintage restorations.