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.
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 Newest Instruments
Soon to be listed
Martin Grosswendt & Susanne Salem-Schatz In Concert In May
Friday, May 19 at 8 p.m.
Start with two compelling voices, an uncanny sense of harmony and a deep grounding in traditional American music. Add stunning guitar work and a warm, intimate performance style, and what do you get? Martin Grosswendt and Susanne Salem-Schatz. A master of pre-war blues and Southern traditional music, Martin’s fingerpicking, bottleneck playing and singing amaze and move audiences, critics and musicians alike. His knowledge of the music’s sources and creators is deep and those stories he weaves into every performance. A veteran of the Boston roots music scene, Susanne can slip into any genre and make it her own; soulful blues singer one minute, sassy honky-tonk gal the next. Together they show a deep love and respect for the roots of classic blues, old time, early country, and honky-tonk. Their recent CD, Old Songs, New Hats, features drop-dead harmony singing and dazzling picking on songs from the 1920’s onward. Come join us for their first appearance at the shop!
Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door Call for tickets: 415-789-0846
Roy Book Binder In Concert In June
Thursday, June 15 at 8 p.m.
Roy has the goods: the original, the bare-knuckle, the low-down . . . blues. Who can say they were friends with the Rev. Gary Davis and Pink Anderson? And toured with Big Boy Crudup? Roy can. He has the stories, the licks, and the mystery of timeless music in his fingers. He’s been featured on a PBS special and interviewed by Terry Gross on “Fresh Air.” He’s also a regular at Fur Peace Ranch, where he teaches along with Jorma Kaukonen and others. When he brings his motor home to Tiburon, a one-man blues-fest ensues. He plays and he entertains, feeding us music and stories, and the evening is a celebration for us all. We’re privileged to have Roy here to preserve–and extend—the tradition of great American blues music.
"Here is a master storyteller who can really crank out the blues." – R.T. (Blues and Rhythm)
"Behind the humor lurks a musical master. Roy Book Binder makes country blues a living music that he plays with rare mastery." – John Shand (Sydney Morning Herald)
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.)
March 30 – June 1, 2017, Thursday evenings, 8:05 to 9:05, (no class April 13).
March 30 – June 1, 2017, Thursday evenings, 7 to 8:00, (no class April 13).
ACOUSTIC JAM SESSION!
March 29 – May 31, 2017, Wednesdays 7 - 8 PM, (no class April 12).
March 29 – May 31, 2017, Wednesdays 8:05 -9:05 PM, (no class April 12).
Complete Class Descriptions are at JoeGuitarMiller.com
All group classes are 9 weeks for $195. To register, please drop in at the store (closed Mondays), or send payment to:
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