Octave Mandolins
Models from Northfield, Eastman & Other Builders
ODE Banjos are Back!
The Return of a Classic Brand
We're Taking in Repairs
Please call to schedule an appointment
Octave Mandolins
Models from Northfield, Eastman & Other Builders
ODE Banjos are Back!
The Return of a Classic Brand
We're Taking in Repairs
Please call to schedule an appointment

Featured Products

2002 Taylor Jumbo Custom (615) Acoustic Electric Guitar Used
  • $3,250.00
2018 Fender WW10 Relic Ready '55 Telecaster Electric Guitar Used
  • $3,350.00
Martin 2K Tenor Ukulele New
  • $1,699.00
1936 Dobro No. 27 Roundneck Resophonic Guitar
  • $2,475.00
Circa 1921 Lyon & Healy Style A Mandolin
  • $3,450.00
2010 Gibson Custom Shop Les Paul Custom Silverburst Electric Guitar Used
  • $4,200.00
2021 Guild DS-240 Memoir Acoustic Guitar Used
  • $450.00
Carr Amplifiers Raleigh 1x10 Combo, Purple New
  • $1,550.00

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.

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 ...

New Nash Guitars and Basses In Stock!

We’ve stocked Nash Guitars for over 15 years and we are always excited to open one of their shipments. 

Gryphon Stringed Instruments

211 Lambert Ave, Palo Alto, CA

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Sun   Closed

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