- acoustic guitars
Gryphon stringed instruments was founded in 1969 by Richard Johnston and Frank Ford in a garage in Palo Alto. Initially they repaired and made instruments. From 1969 to 1973 Gryphon built about 40 steel-string guitars, and some F-style mandolins, and banjo necks. After opening a retail store in 1973, the combination of retail and repair work brought and end to the guitar making. Gryphon went on to become the San Francisco Bay Area’s leading supplier of mandolins, banjos, and acoustic guitars.