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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 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

  • Kaleponi Soprano Uke, by Al Dodge
  • Kramer Big Sky Mango
  • Bourgeois 30th Anniversity Schoenberg/Bourgeois Soloist, in transit
  • 2006 Martin Custom 000-18V
  • © 1930 Epiphone Style 4, at the shop
  • 1934 Gibson Super 400
  • Recording King RNJ-26 LE, used
  • 1968 Gibson SJ
  • Leedy Tenor Banjo
  • 1959 Martin D-28
  • 1943 Martin 000-28
  • 2008 Ramirez Anniversary Model

Joe Walsh, Molly Tuttle & John Mailander In Concert 

Friday, April 7 at 8 p.m.                                                    

A superlative combination -- our good friend Joe Walsh on mandolin, the remarkable Molly Tuttle on guitar, and on violin, the subtle beauty of John Mailander. Joe, who was last here with Grant Gordy, holds down the mando chair in “Mr. Sun,” a new-grass superstar ensemble with Darol Anger & Grant, has toured extensively with ‘The Gibson Brothers,’ and also teaches at Berkelee College of Music in Boston. His 2016 CD, “Borderland,” features his singing and writing to wonderful effect. Molly, a multi-instrumentalist and singer, graduated from Berkelee and has appeared on Prairie Home Companion with her father, Jack. She’s been voted ‘Best Guitarist’ and ‘Best Female Vocalist’ by the Northern California Bluegrass Association and won the 2016 International Bluegrass Music Association Momentum Award for instrumentalist of the year. Her recent CD features John on violin, and together they have toured the country appearing at venues like the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley. John, also a graduate of Berklee, recently played fiddle in Steve Martin & Edie Brickell's musical, Bright Star, for it's premier run in New York. John, too, was nominated for the 2016 IBMA Momentum Award. His recent CD is ‘Walking Distance,’ on which both Joe and Molly appear. Tonight we’ll experience instrumental tour-de-forces, melodious tunes that will stick in our ears,  and the gorgeous harmonies of folks like the Everly Brothers, the Gatlin Brothers, and the Carter family. These three are among the best of the next generation of bluegrass standard bearers; they will not disappoint!

“One of the best mandolinists of his generation . . .” — CBC-Newfoundland

On Molly: “[Molly Tuttle] sings with the gentle authority of Gillian Welch, yet plays astoundingly fleet flat-picking guitar like Chet Atkins on superdrive.“— Paul Zollo, American Songwriter Magazine

On John:  “John Mailander is a wonderful fiddler, with great improvisatory and compositional skills.”—Tony Trischka

Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door                              Call for tickets: 415-789-0846


Martin Grosswendt & Susanne Salem-Schatz In Concert 

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


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.)

BEGINNING UKULELE:

March 30 – June 1, 2017, Thursday evenings, 8:05 to 9:05, (no class April 13).

BEGINNING GUITAR:

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).

CONTINUING UKULELE:

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:

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.


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 0C Standard