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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. 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

  • 1929 Gibson L-4 Round-Hole
  • 1966 Fender Vibrolux Reverb, in transit
  • circa 1948 Gibson BR-9 Lap Steel
  • 1936 Gibson L-7
  • 1942 Gibson L-0, in the shop
  • 1962 Gretsch Tennessean
  • 1966 Gretsch Country Gentleman
  • circa 1950 Gibson J-50
  • 1997 Claxton EM Prototype
  • 2000 Claxton EM-C Brazilian
  • 1939 Epiphone Broadway
  • 1918 Gibson Model U Harp Guitar
  • 1943 Martin 0-18 (2)
  • 1967 Martin D-12-35
  • 'Baggage Man'-Outboard Pre for the L.R. Baggs Lyric pick-up
  • Mark Leaf Single '0' Flight Case, Used, excellent condition

John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band in Concert in May,

with Herb Pedersen & Patrick Sauber

Friday, May 20 at 8 p.m.

These guys are bluegrass incarnate--but so much more! John’s a Grammy winner for country instrumental (with Brad Paisley), a nominee for best bluegrass album (with Earl Scruggs), and an acknowledged Gypsy Jazz virtuoso. Herb was a member of two legendary bluegrass outfits, The Dillards and Old and In the Way. HIs heart-felt vocals are renowned -- for example, Herb’s is the indelible harmony voice on Emmylou Harris’s album “Pieces of the Sky.” Together with Chris Hillman, John and Herb also started the Desert Rose Band. Patrick, who plays with Herb in Loafer’s Glory, also holds down the banjo chair with Laurie Lewis. Last year when John & Herb & the gang were here they played out on our porch for hours and drew quite a crowd. As a band, their musicality is off the charts. And the warmth, precision, and power of their playing and singing will demonstrate why this music will be forever loved. This group is a ‘must-see,’ for sure . . .  

Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door

Call for tickets: 415-789-0846


Larry Hanks & Deborah Robins in Concert in May

Saturday, May 28 at 8 p.m.

American Songsters Larry Hanks and Deborah Robins sing the good old songs. Larry, whose bass voice seems to echo from a subterranean vault where folk songs line the walls, comes to the shop for the first time with Deborah & her sparkling alto to sing songs of the “unvarnished American experience.” With three CDs under their belts, Larry & Deborah revel in the old tunes -- many standard & many obscure -- and bring wonderful close harmonies to lift the songs into life. Larry is also a master of the jew’s harp, and establishes an ‘outside-of-time’ atmosphere with his playing -- we inhabit decades from previous centuries as easily as we step into the shop. Come help us commemorate with Larry his 50 years of live performance. It will be an evening full of beautiful voices & gorgeous melodies from the folk tradition -- something only Larry & Deborah can do -- and at the same time a grand tour of Larry’s vault!

 Larry and Deborah’s versions of all of these songs are wonderful, unpretentious and close to the bone. -- Ross Altman, Folkworks

 I love the body of songs they do, songs from the Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers, U. Utah Phillips.  He plays the hell out of the Jew’s Harp, they both play guitar with cogent simplicity.  If you have the opportunity to see them you will not regret it! -- Murray Callahan 

 If you are hungry for the real thing, this is it! -- Sandy Miranda, Host, KALW, San Francisco

Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door

Call for tickets: 415-789-0846


Sign Up for Group Guitar Lessons Now!

 
SIGN UP FOR GROUP GUITAR OR UKULELE LESSONS NOW!
 
All of Joe Miller's group classes in Guitar, Ukulele, and Music Theory will be held at Roots Music Marin, 1455 East Francisco Blvd., San Rafael (near Home Depot). You can register by mailing a check to the store, payable to Joe Miller (Joe Miller, c/o Eric Schoenberg Guitars, 106 Main St., Tiburon, CA 94920. Please include your email and phone number, and specify which class you want to take.
Click here for more details: Music Lessons.  More info is also available at JoeGuitarMiller.comAll group classes are open to adults and teens.
 
BEGINNING UKULELE   Tuesdays 7 - 8 PM,  April 19 - June 14, 2016,  9 weeks  $185.
 
BEGINNING FOLK/POP GUITAR   Tuesdays 8:05 - 9:05 PM, April 19 - June 14, 2016, 9 weeks  $185.
 
AMERICAN FINGERSTYLE GUITAR and JAM SESSION   Learn Travis picking and jamming skills. Wednesdays 6:45 - 8:00 PM,  March 9 - April 13, 6 weeks $125; also April 20 - June 15, 2016,  9 weeks $185.
 
CONTINUING UKULELE   Wednesdays  8:05 - 9:05 PM,  April 20 - June 15, 2016, 9 weeks $185.
 
ADVANCED UKULELE  Thursdays  7 - 8 PM,   March 10 - April 14, 6 weeks $125; also  April 21 - June 16, 2016, 9 weeks   $185.  
 
CONTINUING FOLK/POP GUITAR  Tuesdays 8:05 - 9:05 PM, February 23 - March 29, 6 weeks $125.
 
MUSIC THEORY FOR GUITARISTS AND OTHER STRING PLAYERS will be offered again in Sept. 2016.
 
PRIVATE LESSONS for all ages are offered in both Tiburon (Sunday and Mondays) and San Rafael (Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays). For more info please call Joe Miller at (415) 480-9618, or email JoeMiller1@gmail.com.​

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 * 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