Octave Mandolins
Models from Northfield, Eastman & Other Builders
ODE Banjos are Back!
The Return of a Classic Brand
Important Update about Repairs
Rules to Visit the Shop
Octave Mandolins
Models from Northfield, Eastman & Other Builders
ODE Banjos are Back!
The Return of a Classic Brand
Important Update about Repairs
Rules to Visit the Shop

Featured Products

Martin SC-13E Special Burst Acoustic Electric Guitar New
  • $1,999.00
1999 National Resophonic Style 1.5 Tricone Resonator Guitar Used
  • $2,800.00
1999 Gibson F5-G Mandolin
  • $4,000.00
Pisgah Banjo Possum Maple 12-inch 5-String Banjo New
  • $1,695.00
1998 Collings D1 A Adirondack Acoustic Guitar Used
  • $4,500.00
2020 Fender American Ultra Jazz Bass Cobra Blue Used
  • $1,699.00
Kamaka HF-2 Concert Ukulele New
  • $1,495.00
Taylor Guitars 314ce-N Acoustic Electric Nylon String Guitar New
  • $1,999.00

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

ODE Banjos Are Back!

We’re very excited about these new ODE banjos, which are similar in construction to the instruments from OME. Both banjo companies are the legacy o...

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.

Taylor Days Sales Event!

Get a BT1 for $99 or a GS Mini Mahogany for $199 with the purchase of any 200 Deluxe Series or higher model.

Martin Custom D-45 LH and other Left Handed Guitars

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

New Northfield, KR Strings and Eastman Octave Mandolins in Stock!

We are very excited to offer an assortment of different octave mandolins for sale, more than we've ever had at one time. Octave Mandolins are fast ...

Gryphon Stringed Instruments

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