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DanY
07-25-2017, 05:49 PM
Hello all,

I'm visiting the San Francisco/Monterrey area this week. Any recommended uke stores to check out? Thanks!

gyosh
07-25-2017, 06:10 PM
Hello all,

I'm visiting the San Francisco/Monterrey area this week. Any recommended uke stores to check out? Thanks!

San Francisco/Japan Town - Aloha Warehouse

A little farther down the Peninsula but well worth the trip is Gryphon Stringed Insturments in Pablo Alto. High end, collectibles, mid rants and entry level.

San Jose - Smiley Kai of Ukulele Source will have everything you need from the all the "K" brands to many of the made in China ukes. Great source for the K brands though as well as Romero Ukes.

Santa Cruz -Sylvan Music.

All of these stores will have a great selection in every price range. I'd stay away from the big box guitar stores. You can't go wrong with the shops I've suggested.

Enjoy your trip and I hope you find something you love!

deznuchs
07-25-2017, 06:20 PM
San Jose - Smiley Kai of Ukulele Source will have everything you need from the all the "K" brands to many of the made in China ukes. Great source for the K brands though as well as Romero Ukes.

Santa Cruz -Sylvan Music.



Sweet I live in the bay and I didn't know about these spots! Thanks for the post and the tip!!

hawaii 50
07-25-2017, 07:51 PM
last time I was there Gelb Music in Redwood Ciry had a few Hawaiian Ukes

sculptor
07-25-2017, 10:58 PM
Sweet I live in the bay and I didn't know about these spots! Thanks for the post and the tip!!

I have searched Google Maps in the past and found them so there's no magic involved in finding Ukulele stores. :music:

-- Gary

deznuchs
07-25-2017, 11:02 PM
I have searched Google Maps in the past and found them so there's no magic involved in finding Ukulele stores. :music:

-- Gary

lol. thx:cool:

DanY
07-26-2017, 02:01 AM
Awesome Thanks!

gyosh
07-26-2017, 02:20 AM
Awesome Thanks!

You should make it a point to go to Gryphon Stringed Instruments in Palo Alto and Ukulele Source in San Jose. Tell Smiley at Ukulele Source that Gary sent you :)

maxuke
07-26-2017, 06:59 PM
I was there a few weeks ago. He has a few completed for sale. Check out his website and make arrangement to meet. Do not walk in, its his home.

sculptor
07-26-2017, 07:21 PM
You should make it a point to go to Gryphon Stringed Instruments in Palo Alto and Ukulele Source in San Jose. Tell Smiley at Ukulele Source that Gary sent you :)

Another South Bay Gary! :nana:

-- Gary

lfoo6952
07-28-2017, 06:18 AM
For vintage, new, and luthier-built ukuleles, there is Schoenberg Guitars in Tiburon, CA.

deznuchs
08-01-2017, 12:23 PM
Hey bay folks. Don't mean to high jack the thread but since we are talking about bay area uke shops. Does anyone have a recommendation on getting a pick-up done (purchased and installed). I wanted to get a LR Baggs Five.O. Not sure if it is better to order the hardware and have an install done or just go to a shop to get the whole thing done.

Thanks ya'll.

lfoo6952
08-01-2017, 02:38 PM
deznuchs: The best in the area for any work done is Gryphon Stringed Instruments, without a doubt. Frank Ford and his crew are legendary.

deznuchs
08-01-2017, 03:22 PM
deznuchs: The best in the area for any work done is Gryphon Stringed Instruments, without a doubt. Frank Ford and his crew are legendary.

thanks for the tip!

mds725
08-01-2017, 04:31 PM
deznuchs: The best in the area for any work done is Gryphon Stringed Instruments, without a doubt. Frank Ford and his crew are legendary.

I agree. I've had Gryphon install L.R. Baggs 5.0 pickups in two of my ukuleles and K & K Pure Mini pickups in two of my tenor guitars. The staff is helpful and knowledgeable.

deznuchs
08-01-2017, 05:12 PM
I agree. I've had Gryphon install L.R. Baggs 5.0 pickups in two of my ukuleles and K & K Pure Mini pickups in two of my tenor guitars. The staff is helpful and knowledgeable.

mds725: did you purchase the pickups separately and have them do the work? or did you do everything with them?

mds725
08-01-2017, 06:52 PM
mds725: did you purchase the pickups separately and have them do the work? or did you do everything with them?

So far, they have provided the pickups as well as the installation. However, I now have an L.R. Baggs 5.0 pickup that I am going to have them install for me. I paid Gryphon $149 for the L.R. Baggs 5.0 pickups back in 2015, and installation was between $100 - $110. If you can get an L.R. Baggs 5.0 for less than $149, I don't think they'd have a problem with you bringing them a pickup to install.

deznuchs
08-01-2017, 08:51 PM
So far, they have provided the pickups as well as the installation. However, I now have an L.R. Baggs 5.0 pickup that I am going to have them install for me. I paid Gryphon $149 for the L.R. Baggs 5.0 pickups back in 2015, and installation was between $100 - $110. If you can get an L.R. Baggs 5.0 for less than $149, I don't think they'd have a problem with you bringing them a pickup to install.

Perfect. Thanks for the information:) :shaka: