San Mateo

53 West Hillsdale Blvd. San Mateo, CA 94403
Phone: 650-312-8270
Store Hours:
Sun: 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Mon-Fri: 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Sat: 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Studio Hours:
Sun: 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Mon-Fri: 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Sat: 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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Jared B. Store Manager, San Mateo Store Email Me
Certified In: Accessories, Guitars, Drums, Keyboards, ProAudio

Events Calendar

Jul 30 Recording Made Easy for iPad 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Aug 02 Recording Made Easy for Pro Tools: Week 1 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Aug 02 Group Guitar Lesson 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
Aug 06 Live Sound 101 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Aug 09 Recording Made Easy for Pro Tools: Week 2 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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Bottle Rock events happening at the San Mateo GC!

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Martin
Sales Associate Guitars
Certified in: Guitars, Accessories, Drums, ProAudio, Keyboards

    Hi my name is Marty! I started playing the guitar after seeing Ace Frehley's smoking Gibson Les Paul...
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Levi
Assistant Manager
Certified in: Guitars, Accessories, ProAudio, Keyboards, Drums

I have been playing music since the age of seven and a jack-of-all-trades when it comes to instruments; I play almost any instrument...
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Noel
Sales Associate Drums
Certified in: Drums

Hey, my name is Noel and I am a sales associate in the Drum Department at Guitar Center San Mateo. I've been playing music as...
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Siegfried
Assistant Manager
Certified in: ProAudio, Keyboards, Accessories, Drums, Guitars

 Hey There! I’m Zig, the San Mateo keyboard guy.   Welcome to my world, which just may be your world too? The...
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Jovany
Sales Associate Accessories
Certified in: Guitars, Accessories

Hi, my name's Jovany! I play guitar, go to a ton of shows (everything from Classic Rock to Death Metal), and listen to music...
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James
Sales Associate Guitars
Certified in: Guitars

Hi my name is James. I am twenty one years old and I have been playing guitar and mandolin for over six years. I am a rock...
GET TO KNOW GUITAR CENTER, San Mateo
Hey Friends and Musicians.

We are honored to be a part of the local music community here in the Mid-Peninsula, and we are very excited to be here. At our new store in the Hillsdale Shopping Center we will have all of the normal features of a full blown Guitar Center store, and will also feature Guitar Center Studios which is a lesson studio with instructors that can accommodate any and all skill levels. Our Music Education program is amazing. We offer lessons for guitar, bass, keyboard, vocals, and drums. There are also some really cool offerings such as Rock Show and Recording lessons as well. We also have a certified guitar repair technician on site as well for any of you stringed instrument needs. For those of you who have not visited a Guitar Center store before, here’s a little about us.  

At Guitar Center our mission is simple. To help you make music. Our staff is knowledgeable, and all staff members are expert certified through Guitar Center’s extensive training program. We’re trained on the latest and greatest gear, and we are all musicians. You will often hear the words “party” and “awesome” when visiting our store because we believe that life is what you make it, and that fun is an essential part of the shopping experience whenever visiting a Guitar Center store.

We’ve got thousands of items to choose from in the store!  Whether you are an aspiring musician, or a seasoned professional, we have the ability and know how to help you achieve your musical dreams. Our guitar department has hundreds of guitars and amps to choose from, acoustic and electric, and as a company our used section is simply amazing!  From a small practice amp or starter guitar, to that highly collectible piece, we’ve got it, and the price is right!

If you’re a DJ, look no further. We’ve got an amazing DJ room with lights and smoke machines to boot.  You can try out the latest in DJ controllers on our computers, which are always set up and running.  We have the professionals you need to help set up stage lighting for your own venue, or put together a mobile lighting set-up.  We have the latest in recording software, and sell Apple computers right in our store!  Whether you’re recording or doing live performance we’ve got the microphones you need! Our live sound room is stacked with the latest and greatest PA systems and speakers which are all set up and ready to demo along with a light show, so you can get the full club or stage experience any day of the week.

Are you a drummer? Awesome! Our drum room boasts the largest selection of kits in the area! We’ve got acoustic kits, electric kits, and a cymbal room that will blow you away! Come in and ask an associate for a set of sticks so you can try them all out.

Need some strings? Maybe a tuner? That little part for your guitar, or a cool T-shirt of your favorite guitar or amp brand? Then head over to our accessories section where we can help you get what you need. We’ve got a bunch of really cool pedals on display and demo ready for you to try out the latest and greatest effects all day long! So whatever it is you may need, come on down and we’ll help you get it. See you soon!

Here are just a vendors that we stock:
Gibson Guitars, Fender Guitars, Fender Amplifiers, Ibanez Guitars, Martin Guitars, Taylor Guitars, QSC, Cerwin Vega, Yamaha, DW Drums, Tama, Sound Percussion, Latin Percussion, MXR, Boss, Roland, Marshall Amplifiers, MusicMan Basses, Pro Tools, Apple, Fruity Loops, Neumann, AKG, Shure, Monster Cables, Mogami Cables, Peavey, Meinl.
 
Serving the cities of San Mateo,  Palo Alto, Los Altos, Mountain View, Atherton, Belmont, Brisbane, Burlingame, Colma, Daly City, East Palo Alto, El Granada, Foster City, Hillsborough, La Honda, Menlo Park, Millbrae, Montara, Pacifica, Pescadero, Portola Valley, Redwood City, San Bruno, San Carlos, San Gregorio, San Mateo, South San Francisco, Burlingame, Woodside, and many more.