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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I buy something I've found on Gryphon's website?
Gryphon T-shirts, our instructors' books and CDs, and a few other specialty items are available for purchase online from the Mercantile page of this site. For everything else Gryphon offers, we ask that you call and place your order by phone. Feel free to use our toll-free number, 888-493-2131.

I've found an instrument I'm interested in on your site, but I can probably buy it cheaper from a discount online retailer. Why should I buy from you guys?
To be blunt, because of our service department. We do a better job of setting up each instrument before we sell it, and we're happy to make further adjustments for you both before and after the purchase. Local customers clearly have an easier time taking advantage of these services, but even long-distance customers frequently wind up saving money on set-up charges when they buy from us. Our luthiers check out every instrument that comes in. We do a better job of weeding out new instruments that have minor and sometimes major problems. Suppliers find us hard to please, but we're proud of being picky.

We also take care of our customers long after the sale as well. You'll get a 25% discount on the labor charges for any future set-up, repair, or modification work.

Also remember than none of our sales staff are paid commissions, so they have no incentive to try and get you to spend more money than you need to for the type of instrument you want, or the kind of music you're playing.

When are you open?
Monday through Thursday, 10:30 AM to 8:00 PM, Friday and Saturday, 10:30 to 5:30.
The repair staff is here Monday through Saturday 10:30 - 5:30.

Does Gryphon have a catalog?
No, but we do e-mail out a semi-regular newsletter, the Gryphon Gazette, which has some product reviews and music industry news, just fill out this form with your email address.

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Do you ship internationally?
Yes. Gryphon ships instruments all over the world. To get an accurate shipping quote, we will need your full address including your postal code

Do you put instruments on layaway for customers?
Yes. Give us a deposit and we'll put an instrument on layaway for you for 30 days.

I noticed that you rent several different kinds of instruments for students. Do you rent pro gear, short term, for gigs?
Sorry, not at this time. We only rent student-grade instruments.

Do you sell instruments on consignment? If so, what is the rate?
We sell lots of instruments on consignment. For Vintage and hard-to-find instruments in higher price ranges, the rate is 20% (80% to the owner after the sale is completed. Vintage is 1970 and earlier.) For newer instruments the rate is 25%.

Gryphon does not have a separate consignment shop. We treat consigned instruments the same as our own inventory, changing strings, offering customers after-the-sale service, etc. And every consigned instrument is fully insured.

Do you custom order guitars for customers?
You bet, we do it all the time. We'll do our best to help you get the guitar of your dreams from any guitarmaker we represent, from big companies like Martin and Taylor to smaller workshops like Collings and Santa Cruz, to individual luthiers.

I'm a performer, does Gryphon still give house concerts?
Sorry, but no. Moving lots of guitars and store fixtures so we could seat a small group for a concert became too time-consuming, and a bit dangerous for the guitars.

 

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Our Hours

Monday through Thursday
10:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Friday and Saturday
10:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

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Our Location

211 Lambert Avenue
at the corner of Park and Lambert
Palo Alto, California 94306
650.493.2131

New Ebay Auctions this week

posted Jul 21, 2014

Fresh Auctions Every Week!!




1978 Martinez & Presa Argentine classical project guitar





1953 Gibson GS-1





c. 1966 Harvey Thomas Riot King





2001 AER Acousticube IIa 200 watt 1x8

The Gryphon Advantage

posted Jul 07, 2014
One of the things that makes Gryphon special is something, or someplace, most people never see: our repair department. Before we put an instrument out for sale, we set it up for optimum playability. We guarantee that you will have an instrument that will play correctly. If we can't adjust it, we will not sell it. Our six full time technicians stand behind that guarantee. They can also repair and modify your instrument in the future. If you purchased it here, you will get a 25% discount on labor.

The Latest Book with Richard

posted Nov 27, 2013

Here has been another in-depth review of the book in the March issue of Bluegrass Unlimited.



You can read it online here.



Richard wrote 5 of the 11 chapters. Gryphon supplied many of the photos and provided the 1860s Harp guitar profiled in the book.



You can buy a copy at the Gryphon online store!

At your request, Richard will be happy to sign it!

Read more...

Lock-It Straps Make it Easier to Relax

posted Sep 24, 2013

Using a patented design, these Lock-It straps eliminate the hassle of using metal strap locks to keep your instrument securely connected to your strap, and to you. You don't have to put special strap buttons on your instruments, and you can switch to a conventional strap whenever you want. Lock-It straps are made in the USA, and are currently available from the Gryphon Mercantile.

What a guitar!

posted Jul 16, 2013

This Taylor Custom GC with figured bubinga back and sides was featured on the back cover of Taylor's Wood & Steel magazine! We have it here and you can buy it from us!