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.) 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.)
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 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
Laurence Juber In Concert In July
Friday, July 7 at 8 p.m.
Laurence performs here each year to a sold-out house. Still it’s hard to say what we like most about LJ’s playing – his beautiful phrasing, the power built into his creative arrangements, or simply his superb technique. LJ truly has it all. From “Little Wing” to “It’s Only A Paper Moon” to “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” his playing is gripping and masterful. Picked by Paul McCartney to play lead guitar for Wings, nothing he has done since is a lesser achievement. He has more than a dozen solo guitar recordings. He has two Grammy wins – one for his piece on “Pink Guitar – The Music of Henry Mancini” and many other accolades. His recent solo recording, “Wooden Horses,” is full of groove-driven originals. And like his others, this show will fill up fast, so please call in advance for tickets. Then plan on being amazed when you get here . .
“His playing is just short of sleight of hand, and, like all magicians, he makes it seem effortless.” – San Francisco Chronicle
Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 at the door Call for tickets: 415-789-0846
Matt Munisteri In Concert In July
Wednesday, July 19 at 8 p.m.
Matt, simply, is a must-see guitarist. Based in New York Matt has played and recorded with a list of current greats and near greats, including: Loudon Wainwright, Madeline Peyroux, Geoff Muldaur, Mark O’Connor, Henry Butler, Bucky Pizzarelli, & Little Jimmy Scott. He was the producer on Julian Lage’s fine solo CD, World’s Fair, and arranges and composes for various configurations of musicians. If we were to pigeon-hole Matt, we’d talk about his mastery of early guitar styles, particularly those of the 1920’s--the Jazz Age--and the 1930’s. Matt has also taken it upon himself to bring to a wider audience the music of Willard Robison. Robison, a prototypical singer-songwriter from the ‘20s and ‘30s, left his work only on the original 78 rpm recordings of his vanished era. Because of Matt, we now have Still Runnin’ Round In The Wilderness, his 2012 CD of Robison’s “lost” compositions. This may make Matt sound far from the mainstream, but look no further than his interviews on NPR, his profile in Downbeat magazine, and his appearance in 2003 on Amazon’s list of 'Top Ten Jazz CD’s of the Year' to know that Matt isn’t operating completely under the radar. Recently he’s been featured in videos on the Fretboard Journal website, both solo and with Bill Frisell. One of the most versatile and talented musicians we know, Matt is showing up on everyone's radar now.
“Daunting mastery…one of New York’s best vintage-guitar stylists, without a doubt.” – All About Jazz
Matt: “ . . . recalls a time when instrumental virtuosity, harmonic sophistication, bucolic storysongs, and a straightforward emotional delivery were not mutually exclusive.” – Acoustic Guitar Magazine
Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door Call for tickets: 415-789-0846
Sign Up for GROUP GUITAR or UKULELE Lessons now!
JOE MILLER is offering group classes for adults & teens starting March 19, 2017. Join the fun!
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.)
Sept. 19- Nov. 14, Tuesday evenings 8:05-9:05
BEGINNING FOLK/POP GUITAR:
Sept. 19- Nov. 14, Tuesday evenings 7-8:00, 9 weeks $195
MUSIC THEORY for Guitarists and Other String Players,
Sept. 20-Nov. 15, Wednesday evenings 6-7:00 This class is offered only once a year.
ACOUSTIC JAM SESSION!
Sept. 20-Nov. 15, Wednesday evenings 7-8:00
Sept. 20-Nov. 15, Wednesday evenings 8:05-9:05
YOUTH GUITAR and UKULELE, Sept. 12- Nov. 14, Tuesday afternoons 4:15-5:15. Ages 10-18. Students must know common chords and be able to keep a beat. The class focuses on strumming chords with other people.
Complete Class Descriptions are at JoeGuitarMiller.com.
Most group classes are $195 for 9 weeks, except the YOUTH GUITAR and UKULELE group which is $250 for 10 weeks.
To register, please drop in at the store (closed 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.
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