About Mighty Fine Guitars
Looking for a classy little joint that's absolutely chock-full of really top-shelf acoustic guitars? Mighty Fine Guitars just might be the place for you. Stevie Coyle’s long-time fantasy is now a real shop in the San Francisco East Bay. It’s a place to fall in love with truly fabulous instruments.
This is the good stuff ... the really good stuff. Represented here have been new and used instruments by Ryan, Wingert, Perlman, Bourgeois, Klein, Kauffman, Larrivée, Goodall, Greven, Knutson, Klepper, Kramer, Dunn, Corcoran, Rodman, Yamamoto, Collings, Santa Cruz, Martin, How, Nashwood, Wildcard, Tenev, Santer, Froggy Bottom, Fleishman, Gibson, Lakewood, Sholer, de Jonge, Carmel Guitar, Leach, Janofsky, Maccaferri, Mello, Hoffman, Maton, Solomon, Hamblin, Gurian, Oahu, Vines, Micheletti, Muth, Michaud, McIlroy, Fylde, Breedlove, Bear, Propsom, Freeborn, McGill, McPherson, Gilbert, Schoenberg, Lowden, Fujii, Hamblin, Flammang, Gallagher, J. Walker, Rickenbacher, Givens, Cornerstone, McKnight, Ken Franklin, Franklin (Kukich), DeLapp, PSR, Woolson, Northwood, JOI, National, Ted Thompson, Truncale, Datlen, Heinonen, Carruth, Rainsong, Journey, Mervyn Davis, Beauregard, Queen City, Bowerman, Maurer, Washburn and CFox. You get the idea. Check out the current inventory.
Acoustic guitar lessons are offered, both onsite and online – via Skype and FaceTime. Beginners are hugely welcome. Fingerstyle is a specialty. Please contact Stevie for more info.
For the first five years, house concert-style concerts were held in The Big Room, a lovely-looking and great-sounding 85-seat venue immediately adjacent to MFG, in Stevie’s niece’s shop, Lamorinda Music, which sells just about everything but high-end guitars.
Performers included Vicki Genfan, Alex de Grassi, Laurence Juber, Thom Bresh, Ed Gerhard, Peter Lang, Adrian Legg, Nina Gerber, Chris Webster, Peppino D’Agostino, Gurf Morlix, Blackie Farrell, Jack Williams, Noctambule, Kathy Kallick, George Worthmore, Laurie Lewis, Tom Rozum, Rory McNamara, Henry Nagle, Chris Proctor, Daniel Levitin, Rick Ruskin, Mark Goldenberg, Eric Skye, Todd Hallawell, Robin Kessinger, Jamie Stillway, Debashish Battacharya, Clive Carroll, Michael Manring, Adam Miller, David Grier, Scott Nygaard, Sharon Gilchrist, John Maxwell, John Reischman & The Jaybirds, Tony Marcus, Patrice Haan, Tim Sparks, Teja Gerken, Doug Young, Bill Mize, Wayne Henderson, Roy Zimmerman, Jim Hurley, Teresa Tudury, Diego (El Twanguero) Garcia, Larry Carlin, Claudia Hampe, Jim Nunally, Nell Robinson, Michael Chapdelaine, Ryan Ayers, Giacomo Fiore, Houston Jones, Walter Strauss, Joe Craven, Mamadou Sidibe, Doc Elmo, Ken Bonfield, Steve Davison, Peter Janson, Jeni & Billy, Kinloch Nelson, Paul Asbell, Mike Compton, John Doyle, Richard Smith, Mike Dowling, Ray Bonneville, Richie Lawrence, Fran Guidry, Jody Stecher, Eric Thompson, Maneli Jamal, Dan Crary, Bill Evans, Steve Spurgin, Toulouse Engelhardt, Marla Fibish, Bruce Victor, Mark Hanson, Jordan Tice, Mike Witcher, Catfish Keith, Doug Adamz, Mark Lemaire, Barry "The Fish" Melton, Lowell "Banana" Levenger, Garrin Benfield, Roy Book Binder, and Andy Irvine.
Sadly, as the shop got busier - and as I started doing more gigs with The Quitters - there ended up being just too few hours in the day to do the concert series right, and so rather than start doing it wrong, I decided to let it go. But who knows? It just might return somewhere between here and the horizon … although that return is by no means imminent.
MIIGHTY FINE GUITARS
85 Lafayette Circle
Lafayette, CA 94549
Tuesday: Open for scheduled lessons only
Wednesday: 10:00 - 6:00
Thursday: 10:00 - 6:00
Friday: 10:00 - 6:00
Saturday: 10:00 - 5:00