Welcome to the online home of Schoenberg Guitars!
We are two overlapping enterprises here at 106 Main Street in Tiburon, California. First, we are our own tradition-based Schoenberg Guitars, representing the very best of the hand-builder's art in sound-quality, playability & projection. And, second, we are the friendly brick-and-mortar store where these and other great instruments are bought, sold, traded & repaired. Our unique inventory includes many of the finest vintage Martins & Gibsons available anywhere--even some one-of-a-kind museum pieces-- as well as old & new guitars, mandolins, ukuleles & banjos, all from brand-name-makers and hand-builders. And we carry the best-sounding instruments we can! We cater to the experienced musicians looking for 'lifetime' instruments and, also, to the absolute beginner looking for an inexpensive yet playable entry-level one. In fact, we have outstanding instruments at all price levels, and these include a custom set-up! (We have a reputation for our great set-ups, done while you wait.) And we're not just guitars. We have a huge selection of ukuleles, from inexpensive to hand-made. And mandolins at all price-points. We also host in-shop concerts by world-class musicians & offer lessons from a first-rate instructor. And here, our online home, is the place to find all of our wares & information about our activities.
Please take a tour of our website and contact us with any questions. We update our inventory almost daily. (Here are some hints to help you with any of your searches.)
For photos of instruments, go to the individual page of that instrument. Then click on the first photo -- often a headstock photo -- others are available, then, by clicking on the arrows.
Also, if you check in the menu list (up on the left) under "Departments" you'll find our Archive Gallery, a listing of our sold instruments with photos & info. It's a collection of fascinating guitars and a useful history of the acoustic guitar, in some ways.
Questions about repairs?. . . see the information below the 'Lessons' segment on this page.
Finally, we always have great 'starter' instruments for beginners in stock -- ukuleles start at $49 & guitars at $199, all with professional set-up included at no extra charge. You'll be surprised by the quality you get for so little money!
Thanks for dropping by!!
Our Newest Instruments
Soon to be listed:
Bill Evans: The Banjo in America, Presentation and Concert, Friday, September 21, 8 p.m.
Bill Evans is well-known within the bluegrass music community as not only a great musician, but also as a teacher, writer & scholar. In The Banjo in America, Bill takes the listener on a musical adventure, following the banjo from its West African roots to the New World, performing musical examples from the 1700’s to the present day on vintage instruments. From an 18th century African dance tune to the music of the Civil War, and from early 20th century ragtime to folk and bluegrass banjo styles to Bill’s own incredible original music, The Banjo in America illuminates as well as entertains -- come hear over 250 years of American music!
“Bill is able to reach into the banjo's past to make a sublime statement of its future...to create a sound firmly rooted in tradition but still fresh and vital.” —Tim Bond, Bluegrass Now
Tickets: $15 in advance; $20 at the door.
Call: (415)789-0846 for tickets and information
Sign Up for GROUP GUITAR or UKULELE Lessons now!
JOE MILLER is offering group classes for adults & teens starting September 18. Join the fun! Music Theory is offered once a year, starting in September.
All group classes will be held at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 240 Tiburon Blvd., Strawberry/Tiburon (across from The Cove Shopping Center, less than one mile from Highway 101.)
September 18- November 13, Tuesdays, 8:05-9:05, 9 weeks for $195
September 19-November 14, Wednesdays, 6:00-6:55, 9 weeks for $195.
The emphasis in this class will be on playing fingerstyle. This class will be offered, although it is not in the Mt. Tam Community Education catalog.
BEGINNING FOLK/POP GUITAR:
September 18- November 13, Tuesdays, 7-8:00, 9 weeks for $195 (including a method book)
ACOUSTIC JAM SESSION!
September 19- November 14, Wednesdays, 7-8:00, 9 weeks for $195
MUSIC THEORY for Guitarists & Other String Players
September 19- November 14, Wednesdays, 8:05-9:05, 9 weeks for $195
This class is offered only once a year. It is primarily a pencil-and-paper class.
Learn what notes are in the major and minor scales, and what scales go with what chords!
Complete Class Descriptions are at JoeGuitarMiller.com.
To register, please drop in at the store (closed Sundays & Mondays), or send payment to:
Joe Miller, c/o Eric Schoenberg Guitars, 106 Main St., Tiburon, CA 94920
Please include your email and phone #, and specify which class you want to take.
PRIVATE LESSONS for ages 5 through adult are offered here at the store on Sundays and Mondays, and at Westminster Church on Wednesdays and Thursdays; for info please call Joe Miller at (415) 480-9618.
Repairs & Other Work on Guitars
We do all kinds of repairs on guitars, mandolins, banjos & ukuleles, from simple set-ups to complete restorations. We do neck re-sets on a regular basis, fret-work, bridge re-glues, etc. We work on modern guitars from all makers, from the most basic to the most expensive, and also on pre-war Martins, Gibsons, Nationals, Regals, Kays, the guitars of the Larson brothers, and others.
We are a Martin-Authorized Warranty Repair Center and handle every kind of warranty repair on customer-owned Martins.
We have a reputation for doing great set-ups on acoustic guitars. Set-ups can usually be done while you wait. More involved repairs, like neck-resets, can take 6 to 8 weeks because of our work load.
Revoicing & Neck Reshaping
Because instruments respond to subtle adjustments, over the years we’ve developed techniques for re-voicing guitars. We are now accepting work on customer's instruments. Let us bring your instrument’s voice more in line with your preferences.
We also reshape necks, knowing how important neck shape is to a guitar’s playability.
Call for prices and to discuss the improvements you’d like to see in your guitar.
* Check out this video of the Recording King Interview with Eric Schoenberg
* Eric performing his composition All In Good Time at the Schoenberg Guitars 20th Anniversary Concert.
* Eric playing Good Ship Lollipop on his 1929 L-5.
* Eric While My Guitar Gently Weeps, on his Schoenberg 0C Standard