Fender's American Vintage II Series
Accurate Versions of Classic Designs
C.F. Martin Road Series Guitars
Repairs by Appointment Only
Please Call to Schedule a Time to Bring Your Instrument In
Fender's American Vintage II Series
Accurate Versions of Classic Designs
C.F. Martin Road Series Guitars
Repairs by Appointment Only
Please Call to Schedule a Time to Bring Your Instrument In

Featured Products

2022 Taylor GT K21e Acoustic Electric Guitar Used
  • $4,950.00
1935 Martin 0-17 Steel String Acoustic Guitar
  • $8,500.00
Veillette Avante Gryphon 12-String Acoustic Electric Guitar New
  • $1,449.00
1922 Vega Whyte Laydie No. 2 w/ Wyatt Fawley Neck 5-String Banjo Used
  • $2,800.00
1968 Martin 000-28 Acoustic Guitar Used
  • $9,000.00
Fender American Vintage II 1960 Precision Bass®, Rosewood Fingerboard, 3-Color Sunburst - New
  • $2,099.99
2013 Altman A-D2 Acoustic Guitar Used
  • $6,750.00
1958 Guild F-20 Troubadour Acoustic Guitar Used
  • $2,750.00

Local Shop, World-Renowned Experience

Frank Ford and Richard Johnston, seasoned veterans in the industry, founded Gryphon Stringed Instruments in Palo Alto, CA in 1969.

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Instrument Repair and Services

Visit The Workshop for information about repair, instrument setup, consignment and appraisals.

The Workshop

I bought this gorgeous Taylor from you a couple years ago, and I just wanted to say I love this guitar more than I can say. Many thanks.

David Flower

I’ve been searching for a great banjo for many years and thanks to you I’ve found one!  What a joy it is to hear an instrument for the first time and instantly know that it’s got the sound that you’ve been searching for. I knew I’d be going home with this banjo the moment I heard it!

Anyway I thought you would enjoy knowing how much joy it has brought me already and I know that it will for years to come! Thank Alex for his great assistance with the purchase of this wonderful instrument and the whole Gryphon crew for creating such a great store! VERY HAPPY CUSTOMER!!!!

Frank Worman

Ostensibly just dropping off a refret, but so much more and just great to talk with real, live cool people and dear friends, and get to play so many beautiful instruments again. And just gab about everything and anything.

It was a fantastic visit, I heartily recommend such a trip (was that really only 90 minutes?) to my Bay Area friends to reconnect with so much of what's been missing these days. Thanks to All. 🙂 👍🏽 ❤️ 🎶

Larry Chung

Gryphon News

Our Current eBay Auctions

We started our eBay auctions as a way to clear out the impressive collection of instruments needing work in our attic.

The Future of Gryphon's Repair Department

An update from Brian Michael on Gryphon's Repair Department. (Spoiler Alert: Frank Ford's legacy will continue.)

Fender American Vintage II

When we signed on as Fender dealers, we were perhaps most excited to stock the American Vintage II series.

The Frank Ford Scholarship Fund

The Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery is pleased to announce the launch of the Frank Ford Scholarship Fund. 

Frank Ford 1944-2023

We are heartbroken to announce that Frank Ford, Gryphon's co-founder, has passed away.

Gryphon Stringed Instruments

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