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

Jan 31 Recording Made Easy for iPad 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
Jan 31 Group Guitar Lesson 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
Feb 07 Group Guitar Lesson 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

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Michael G.
Sales Associate Guitars
Certified in: Accessories, Guitars, ProAudio, Drums, Keyboards

Hello all, As a kid growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area in the 1980's my first musical love was local thrash metal. It's...
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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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Sales Associate Drums
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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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Sales Training Manager
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Born and raised in South Africa, I started taking drum lessons at 12 years of age. Beginning on a focus towards Rock and Punk,...
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Sales Associate HiTech
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 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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Department Manager HiTech
Certified in: Drums, Accessories, ProAudio, Keyboards, Guitars

Hey everyone! Scott here, just showing some love to all my other musicians out there!  Here at Guitar Center in 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.