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Tel: (949) 497-2110

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1027-B NORTH COAST HWY

LAGUNA BEACH CA 92651


NOTE: Our online guitar selection is a small percentage of our whole store stock, so make sure you call or stop by!

Check out our available guitars on our online store!

  There are 3000 year-old stone carvings depicting stringed instruments being played.

The modern guitar was preceded from the 12th thru 18th Centuries by the lute, the vihuela, the four-course Renaissance guitar, and the five-course baroque guitar, all of which contributed to the development of the modern six-string instrument.  Modern dimensions for the classical (gut/nylon strung) instrument were established by the Spaniard Antonio de Torres Jurado (1817–1892) & have stuck very close to those ideals.

     The more strongly built steel-string was developed in the 1840s by German-American luthiers of whom C.F. Martin is the best known. Originally used on gut-strung instruments, the strength of the system allowed the guitar to withstand the additional tension when steel strings appeared in the early 20th century. Many variations in size, shape & sound allowed & inspired the development of folk, country, bluegrass, pop, jazz, blues & rock music. Even more sound variations came ringing out of archtop, resophonic and early electric steel-string guitars developed during the Golden Age of Guitars (& pretty much everything else), the 1920’s to late 1930’s. The Post WWII years, the 50’s & 60’s, propelled Guitar forward as the most popular & expressive instrument in the World!


      So, that’s how we arrived on this web-page. But remember, as John Lennon said,

“Before Elvis…there was nothing.”