"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 had a great time this August at the 2013 Healdsburg Guitar Festival. Here is our festival handout that describes our hand-built Schoenberg guitars:

Download Pamphlet (pdf, 10MB)


Our Newest Instruments

  • 1945 Banner J-45 
  • Early Gibson GB-1 Guitar Banjo
  • 1937 Gibson L-5-Sold
  • 1997 Martin Stouffer 00-40
  • Stella 12-String (converted from 6-string)
  • 2007 Collings C-10 SB
  • Tippin OMT
  • Schoenberg 00/OM Brazilian, New
  • 1952 Martin 00-17, in the shop
  • c. 1930 De Luccia Bros. OM
  • c. 1918 Knutsen Hollow Neck Hawaiian Guitar
  • Sexauer FT 0 Companion - big leaf maple/sinker redwood
  • 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

Alec Stone Sweet In Concert In December

Join us for his performance on Friday, December 12, at 8:00 p.m.

Alec Stone Sweet

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 rendered through wood and steel and carried on waves of hushed emotion. 

On his recordings:

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

“Entrancing, the rhythmic sense and phrasing are spot on.  Compulsory listening for guitar fans . . .” – Acoustic Guitar Magazine

“This record would serve to explain to the uninitiated just why we care so much about these old melodies, about just what a tune is really about.” - The Old Time Herald

Tickets are $20 in advance; $25 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