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 Holiday Hours:
We will be open through Saturday, December 23, and closed December 24-December 27. For New Year's, we'll be closed December 31, January 1 & January 2. Have a safe & joyful holiday!
Our Newest Instruments
Soon to be listed
Joe Walsh, John Mailander & Scott Nygaard In Concert
Saturday, January 6, 8 p.m.
A superlative combination -- the inventive Joe Walsh on mandolin, the remarkable Scott Nygaard on guitar, and on violin, the subtle beauty of John Mailander. Joe, who was last here with Molly Tuttle (and earlier with Grant Gordy), holds down the mando chair in “Mr. Sun,” a new-grass superstar ensemble with Darol Anger & Grant. He’s also toured extensively with ‘The Gibson Brothers,’ and teaches at Berkelee College of Music in Boston. His 2016 CD, “Borderland,” features his singing and writing to wonderful effect. John, a graduate of Berklee, recently played fiddle in Steve Martin & Edie Brickell's musical, Bright Star, for it's premier run in New York. And John was nominated for the 2016 International Bluegrass Music Association Momentum Award. His recent CD is ‘Walking Distance,’ on which both Joe and Molly Tuttle appear. Scott, the accomplished veteran guitarist and composer, has played and recorded with Joe, toured extensively (and recorded) with both Tim O’Brien and Laurie Lewis, and edited Acoustic Guitar magazine for years. Stylistically his skills run both deep and wide. And he’s known for his beautiful writing, as in his song “Dreamer’s Waltz.” Tonight we’ll experience instrumental tour-de-forces, melodious tunes that will warm our hearts, and some gorgeous harmonies of folks like the Everly Brothers. These three are a blend—the best of the next generation of bluegrass standard-bearers and one of the pillars of the contemporary bluegrass/acoustic music scene. They will not disappoint!
On Joe: “One of the best mandolinists of his generation . . .” — CBC-Newfoundland
On John: “John Mailander is a wonderful fiddler, with great improvisatory and compositional skills.”— Tony Trischka
On Scott: ““Scott is one of the absolute cutting-edge players in today’s acoustic music scene.”–Flatpicking Guitar
Tickets: $20 in advance; $25 at the door. For tix, call: 415-789-0846
Sign Up for GROUP GUITAR or UKULELE Lessons now!
JOE MILLER is offering group classes for adults & teens starting January 16, 2018. 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.)
January 17- March 14, Tuesday evenings 8:05-9:05, 9 weeks $195
BEGINNING FOLK/POP GUITAR:
January 16- March 13, Tuesday evenings 7-8:00, 9 weeks $195
ACOUSTIC JAM SESSION!
January 17-March 14, Wednesday evenings 7-8:00, 9 weeks $195
January 16-March 13, Wednesday evenings 8:05-9:05, 9 weeks $195
YOUTH GUITAR and UKULELE will resume at some point, 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.
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