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What is a Gryphon?

The Gryphon (pronounced Griffin) is an imaginary beast with the body of a lion and the head, wings, and talons of an eagle. Dating back to several centuries B.C., the Gryphon was said to rule both air and land, watchful, loyal, strong, and swift--all those qualities politicians promise but never deliver. In remnants of ancient cultures Gryphons still silently toil, pulling chariots, guarding temples and treasure, and just generally being nice guys while always looking majestic.

We're lousy at looking majestic, and fortunately our chariot-pulling and temple-guarding abilities have never been tested, but the nice guys stuff has been our specialty for over 40 years. We first chose the Gryphon as a logo, but maybe a bit of those noble qualities have rubbed off, who knows? The "watchful" part is reflected in the wide and varied inventory you'll see here, with far more to be found in the store, and most of our new customers are referred to us by old customers, suggesting that the loyalty factor works both ways.

Gryphon Stringed Instruments has always been known as a source of information. We're famous for talking at length about the instruments and other goods we've chosen to sell, but often that's not enough and we wind up writing magazine articles and even books about the universe of fretted instruments. Another topic given lots of wind is the services we offer, for oftentimes they make the difference between an instrument that seems to work against you and one that is your best ally in making music, and having fun doing it.

This site has been designed to present as much of those traditions as we can online, so along with lists of instruments for sale are articles we've written for magazines both past and present, as well as lots of articles from our house newsletter, the Gryphon eGazette, which morphed from paper to email several years ago and now goes out to almost 10,000 people.

We'd be disappointed if all this stuff didn't provoke some questions, and we invite you to send us email. Oftentimes the telephone allows us to answer dozens of questions in less time than it takes to type out a few lines, so feel free to use our toll-free number, 888-493-2131

If we can inspire you to visit Gryphon in person, so much the better. We love to talk about this stuff, perhaps because all those ancient Gryphons are silent, and we're trying to make up for it. Of course we hope to sell you something eventually, as that's our business, but for now we hope this website gives you some sense of what Gryphon Stringed Instruments is about.

-Richard Johnston, editor.

Gryphon Stringed Instruments

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

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!


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!