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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 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.) 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.

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.

And here are some hints to help you with any of your searches. 

Finally, we always have great 'starter' instruments for beginners in stock -- ukuleles start at $59 & guitars at $199, all with professional set-up included at no charge. You'll be surprised by the quality you get for so little money! 

Thanks for dropping by!!


Our Holiday Hours -- Christmas & New Year's Day

We will be closed December 25 & January 1, but other days as well.  We'll update this space when we're sure of our schedules.  Have safe & pleassant holidays! Eric & James


Our Newest Instruments

Soon to be listed

  • 1926 Gibson L-1 Flat-Top
  • 1963 Martin 000-28C Conversion (Marty Lanham)
  • circa 1931 Gibson Nick Lucas Rosewood
  • Gibson ES-175 Steve Howe Model
  • Guild Acoustic Bass Guitar
  • 1966 Martin 000-18
  • 1960 Gibson ES-355, in transit
  • 1959 Martin D-28, in transit
  • 1930 Martin 0-17, in transit
  • 1954 Fender Stratocaster, in transit
  • 1941 Martin D-18, in transit
  • 1941 Martin 00-21
  • 1943 Martin 000-28
  • © 1920 Stetson, Larson Bros.
  • Santa Cruz D Baritone, recent
  • 1977 Martin OM-45 (2)
  • Schoenberg Quartet #7, due around Xmas
  • Fairbanks F-20S (Argentine Gray L-2), New
  • Yamamoto Talus, New
  • New Recording King EZ TonePlus O and 000
  • 2008 Ramirez Anniversary Model
  • 1988 Schoenberg 000C Soloist
  • 1929 Martin 000-28, in the shop
  • © 1943 Gibson Banner LG-2, in the shop
  • Merrill C-18

Alec Stone Sweet in Concert in December

Saturday, December 17 at 8 p.m.

When Alec isn’t teaching at Yale Law School, or competing at the World Pétanque Championships, you may find him with a guitar in hand. His specialty is clawhammer guitar – an application of an old banjo technique to the steel string guitar. Alec is a clawhammer virtuoso; there is no one whose touch, timing and ‘feel’ for this music is greater. He is, then, an incomparable exponent of old fiddle tunes, old Celtic and European folk melodies, and Appalachian traditional music played in this particular style. This may make his finger-picking sound dry or overly academic, but -- as with any beautiful playing -- Alec breathes soulfulness into every note. You can find his music on two Solid Air recordings: “Memory and Praise: Acoustic Guitar Solos” and “Tumblin’ Gap” Clawhammer Guitar Solos,” discs we particularly recommend. But to hear him live in our perfect acoustic is to listen to timelessness itself -- timelessness rendered through wood and steel and carried on waves of hushed emotion. 

 On ‘Memory & Praise’: 

“As beautiful a solo guitar record as I have ever heard.” – Eric Schoenberg 

 Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door                              Call for tickets: 415-789-0846


Mike Dowling in Concert in January

Thursday, January 26 at 8 p.m.

Mike is possessed of an old musical soul, which explains how 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 he’s got a Grammy, from the Pink Guitar recording. He's also a great teacher, and can be found showing other guitarists the ropes at workshops & camps, or even at his own place in Wyoming. He’s an esteemed old friend, and he will be your friend, too.

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

 “His strongest suit in a hand that includes versatility, musical intelligence and a  good ear for material is his ability to communicate. . . he injects feeling into every word and note." -- Hit List, Acoustic Guitar

  Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door                              Call for tickets: 415-789-0846


Sign Up for GROUP GUITAR or UKULELE lessons now!

 JOE MILLER is offering the following group classes for adults & teens,

September – November, 2016.

Join the fun! Wednesdays at Tamalpais High School in Mill Valley:

ACOUSTIC JAM SESSION,7 – 8 PM

CONTINUING UKULELE, 8:05 – 9:05 PM

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Thursdays at Redwood High School in Larkspur:

MUSIC THEORY for GUITARISTS and other

STRING PLAYERS,  6 – 7 PM;

BEGINNING FOLK/POP GUITAR7 – 8 PM

BEGINNING UKULELE, 8:05 – 9:05 PM

This fall, all GROUP classes are offered through Mt. Tamalpais

Community Education. To see class descriptions, and to register,

please go to MarinLearn.com and type in Guitar, Ukulele, or Music Theory. 

All group classes are 9 weeks for $195.

PRIVATE LESSONS are still offered here at the store on Sundays and Mondays;

for info please call Joe Miller at (415) 480-9618.

 More info about Joe’s teaching is at JoeGuitarMiller.com


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 0C Standard