Left Handed Instruments
Guitars, Banjos, Mandolins
Taylor Winter Sales Event
Buy a new GT Urban Ash and get a Taylor Baby BT1 for $99!
New Rules to Visit Us
Appointments Needed for Repairs
Left Handed Instruments
Guitars, Banjos, Mandolins
Taylor Winter Sales Event
Buy a new GT Urban Ash and get a Taylor Baby BT1 for $99!
New Rules to Visit Us
Appointments Needed for Repairs

Featured Products

Veillette Aero Electric 12-String Semi-Hollow Electric New
  • $3,650.00
Martin Custom Shop 41 Style OM Acoustic Guitar New
  • $8,600.00
Northfield Mandolins NFS-F5WN New
  • $3,695.00
Circa 1928 Ludwig Wendall Hall Professional Banjo Ukulele Used
  • $1,875.00
Taylor Guitars GS Mini Mahogany Steel String Acoustic Guitar New
  • $599.00
2000 Deering Deluxe Six Guitar Banjo Used
  • $2,100.00
Huss & Dalton OM TOM-R Steel String Acoustic New
  • $4,505.00
1995 Collings CJ Custom Steel String Acoustic Guitar Used
  • $5,600.00

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.

Martin Road Series Guitars

Martin's Road Series uses modern building techniques to create great sounding affordable guitars.

Gryphon and Heroes' Voices on the latest Fretboard Journal Podcast

Here's a great interview with our pal Larry Chung and his work with Heroes' Voices.

Left Handed Guitars, Banjos and Mandolins

Check out our selection of new and used left handed fretted instruments.

Taylor "Get One-Give One" Winter Sales Event!

Buy a new GT Urban Ash and get a Taylor Baby BT1 for $99!

Gryphon Stringed Instruments

211 Lambert Ave, Palo Alto, CA

Mon-Sat   10:30am - 5:30pm
Sun   Closed

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