"Late Night Conversation"
Schoenberg & Scholtz
Melody, mood, and nuance
with Guitar & Autoharp
Schoenberg Models Martin 000-28 Martin 000-18s Martin 000-21 Snowdrop

Welcome to the online home of Schoenberg Guitars!

We are two different enterprises based at 106 Main Street in Tiburon, California. First, we are our own line of top quality, tradition-based hand-built Schoenberg guitars. And, second, we are the store in which they, along with the instruments of other top builders -- as well as new & vintage guitars, mandolins, ukuleles & banjos -- are bought, sold, & repaired. We cater to the needs of experienced musicians looking for one-of-a-kind instruments and, also, to the new player and absolute beginner. 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.) We also host in-shop concerts by world-class musicians & offer lessons taught by a first-class 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 new website. We have added some tools to help you with your instrument searches. You can use the Search Bar just above the Navigation Menu.  Just enter one or more keywords, for example "Gibson Vintage 192" for all Gibsons from the 1920's. You can also Navigate via the "Shop By" menu selections.

Some Hints: The instrument detail has been enhanced, allowing us to better organize the Features|Description|Specs and to add higher resolution Photos, Audio & Video clips, as well. (Click on any instrument photo to Zoom!) You can now Bookmark a single instrument detail page (using your favorite browser). Check out the "Brand Name" menu item to find instruments by your favorite luthier. Or you can simply enter keywords like Vintage Guitars or Vintage Mandolins into the Search Bar. 

Thanks for dropping by!!

P.S.  We've always loved showing the Schoenberg guitars at the Healdsburg Guitar Festival. Though the festival will no longer be held here is our 2013 HGF handout describing our hand-built Schoenberg guitars:

Download Pamphlet (pdf, 10MB)


Looking for a great gift for your musical loved ones? Come visit us!

Holiday Hours -- Week of December 21

Sunday-Open 11 to 5; Monday-Closed; Tuesday-Open 11 to 5; Wednesday (12/24)-closed; Thursday (12/25)-closed; Friday (12/26)-closed; Saturday-Open 11 to 5:30; Sunday-Open 11 to 5. 

Our Newest Instruments

  • 1932 Gibson L-4 (Round Hole)
  • 2012 Martin OM-42
  • Calton D Case, Used
  • Mark Leaf "0" Case, Used
  • New Schoenberg Quartet Ad/Koa
  • New Schoenberg 00/OM Brazilian
  • New Randall Kramer Prairie Grass Bois de Rose
  • 1928 Martin 00-21
  • 2012 Yamamoto Multiscale 12-String
  • recent Martin 000-28EC
  • 1988 Rickenbacker 370/12 Roger McGuinn
  • 2004 Eastman AR-805
  • 1997 Martin Stouffer 00-40
  • 2014 Moonstone 00C Cocobola
  • c. 1930 De Luccia Bros. OM
  • c. 1918 Knutsen Hollow Neck Hawaiian Guitar
  • Gallien-Kruger 250ML
  • Oahu Model 68, in the shop
  • Stahl (Larson) 0 14-fret, in the shop
  • 1960's Guild F-212, in the shop
  • circa 1938 Slingerland Songster Archtop
  • 1928 Gibson L-2, in the repair shop
  • 1930 Martin 5-15T, as is

Julian Lage In Concert For Two Nights In January

Two nights: Thursday, January 8 & Friday, January 9, at 8 p.m.

Julian Lage

Join us for two special nights of solo guitar from the jazz virtuoso Julian Lage. Julian established his jazz credentials early on, touring & recording with Gary Burton & leading his own group on his Grammy-nominated debut Sounding Board (2009) & the well-received Gladwell (2011). He has also partnered with the esteemed Jim Hall & recorded with Fred Hersch (Free Flying, 2013). Recently he's been collaborating with Nels Cline of Wilco (Room, 2014) & Chris Eldridge of Punch Brothers (Avalon, 2014). That Julian's musical juices flow in all directions isn't a surprise: he recorded with David Grisman at eleven. And the New York Times describes Julian as being “tangled in jazz, folk, classical and country music." His sources for his new CD, World's Fair (2015) are as varied as Segovia, Hoagy Carmichael, Randy Newman & street-corner doo-wop. These sources, and his attachment to roots music & Americana, emerge in his latest compositions along with his jazz influences. But he avoids what is familiar in any of the genres; instead he sidesteps into shadows where his own musical lights show us moods & perceptions previously unknown. Most articles about Julian mention his age, but it's best to forget that. On each of these nights we will experience the guitar playing of an evolving master, one we shouldn't separate from the maturity of his own layered compositions. While recording World's Fair, Julian says, he wanted--in his words--to "learn to savor the vast world of intimacy and nuance." 

" . . . he is in the highest category of improvising musicians, those who can enact thoughts and impulses as they receive them.” -- Alec Wilkinson, The New Yorker
"A guitarist of extravagant technique . . . tempered by an introspective humility. . . ." -- Nate Chinen, The New York Times

Tickets are $20 in advance; $25 at the door

Mike Dowling In Concert In January

Thursday, January 29, at 8 p.m.

Mike Dowling

A long-time favorite of ours, Mike is possessed of an old musical soul – he can pull transcendent tunes and licks from deep in his musical bag of American roots guitar styles. It’s as if he were a traditional Piedmont-style fingerpicker and swing jazz legend, all wrapped into one. He also sings and his feeling and phrasing make the songs his own. Relaxed and down-to-earth, Mike makes it all good fun. From bottleneck blues on a well-worn National to elegant swing interpretations that find a groove Ella Fitzgerald would love, Mike can do it all. And his many recordings cover all the bases, up to and including the Grammy-winning Henry Mancini Pink Guitar CD. He’s a beloved composer, picker, singer, teacher and inspiration for the National Resophonic El Trovador guitar. He’s an esteemed old friend, and he should be your friend, too.

”One of the finest guitar players there is, anywhere.” – Vassar Clements

"A masterful guitarist, with flatpicking, fingerstyle and bottleneck all in his repertoire.” -- Bluegrass Unlimited

Tickets are $25 in advance; $30 at the door

Sign Up for Group Guitar Lessons Now!

Beginning Folk / Pop Guitar for Adults and Teens, with Joe Miller

Mondays, 8:05-9:05 PM  November 10 - December 15, 2014 6 weeks for $125. Register with a check to Joe sent to the store; please include a phone number. Click here for more details: Music Lessons 

Joe's classes in Ukulele, Music Theory, & Guitar will be held at Roots Music Marin, 1455C East Francisco Blvd, San Rafael. Here is the upcoming schedule at Roots Music:

Beginning Ukulele group starts 7 – 8 PM Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015
Music Theory for Guitarists and Other String Players starts 8:05 – 9:05 PM Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015 (no class Feb. 18)
Beginning Folk / Pop Guitar starts 8:05 – 9:05 PM Thursday Feb. 5, 2015

For more info & to register, please go to eplay.livelifelocally.com. Click on Programs, then Advanced Search, & type in Ukulele, Music Theory, or Guitar. You can also register by mailing payment to Joe at the store; all group classes are $125 for six weeks.

Private lessons for all ages are available both in Tiburon & San Rafael; please email JoeMiller1@gmail.com or call (415) 480-9618 for more info.

Recommended Videos

 * Julian Lage: The best guitar player in the world plays the best guitar in the world

*  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 0 Cutaway