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Arts & Entertainment - September 27, 2019

A golden anniversary for Gryphon

Lambert Avenue business celebrates 50 years in the local music community

by Karla Kane

When Frank Ford and Richard Johnston first met as college students back in the 1960s, introduced by a mutual friend, it was evident they were kindred spirits.

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6 people like this
Posted by Free Bird
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Sep 26, 2019 at 1:20 pm

Stairway, denied!

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Posted by Aletheia
a resident of Green Acres
on Sep 26, 2019 at 5:35 pm

Aletheia is a registered user.

Seriously folks, Gryphon is a nationally recognized store and Frank Ford is a rock star luthier! We should be humbled and proud to have them in our city!

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Posted by Gary G
a resident of Menlo Park
on Sep 26, 2019 at 5:48 pm

Ditto Aletheia's comments. Frank Ford is an institution. Brian Michael has done great work on my guitars. Paul and the rest of the staff are friendly, knowledgeable and trustworthy. The inventory at Gryphon is 1st class. I'll gladly pay a premium to buy from them vs from someone I don't know, online.

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Posted by anne
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 26, 2019 at 7:50 pm

Gryphon is a real community center of music and goodwill. Frank and Richard and all the employees have such big hearts. Gryphon has been a valuable part of my family's lives for decades.They treat you like family.

Congratulations! Thanks for the music! We love you guys! Here's to the next 50 :-)

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Posted by Clay L
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Sep 27, 2019 at 10:57 am

Clay L is a registered user.

They refurbished my 50-year-old guitar and I bought a Taylor for my daughter there that she uses every day. Gryphon is one of my favorite things about living in Palo Alto. Thanks guys.

3 people like this
Posted by I love Gryphon Instruments
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Sep 27, 2019 at 11:04 am

I love Gryphon Instruments is a registered user.

I love this store and am so glad they are still in business. Congrats on your Golden Anniversary!!!! I'll keep coming for repairs, strings, music and to commune with other musicians.

Thank you, Gryphon!

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Posted by Keith T
a resident of another community
on Sep 28, 2019 at 12:25 pm

Gryphon is the finest acoustic instrument shop I have ever visited. No better place to see Taylor and Collings guitars; unless you tour the factories (which I highly recommend). Friendly staff, and they know their stuff.
One fine Saturday, I was in the market for an acoustic guitar. I think I played every Taylor in their shop, three times. I was the last to leave at closing time. Probably wanted to kick me out! But no, everything was cool, and I left with a 614ce at a fair price.
Congratulations to Frank, Richard, and all the staff! 50 years in any business is no small feat.

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Posted by Eric the Blue
a resident of Menlo Park
on Sep 28, 2019 at 3:30 pm

Practical, quirky, homespun, generous - these are all qualities you’ll notice if you hang out at Gryphon for a while. For an instant introduction check Frank Ford’s website frets.com.

At frets.com you can find scores of tips for players, hundreds of photo-detailed tricks of the luthier’s trade (a lifetime of experience for free!), field trips to manufacturer’s and luthier’s shops, histories of stringed instruments - even a peek into the luthier’s kitchen (recipes and a trick for sharpening your vegetable peeler!).

Meanwhile, back at the store, I’ve received constructive advice on DIY repair issues and even shellac flakes for matching the finish on a repaired crack in the top of a hundred year old Washburn guitar. Generosity. Thank you Gryphon!

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