Diablo Guitar is a guitar studio in Walnut Creek, CA.
We offer guitar sales and instruction by appointment.
Lance Lerman and his team at LsL meticulously handcraft their Classic T-Bone and Saticoy ('T' & 'S' style) guitars in the same way that the original manufacturer did in the 1950's and early 1960's. All the work that goes into producing the extra fine tone and feel of these guitars is done completely by hand. They look, feel, play and sound as close to the real deal vintage guitars as anything on the market. Based in Van Nuys, Los Angeles, LsL concentrate on building the best guitars that money can buy. Every guitar is an ultimate Custom Shop masterpiece!
Their motto is "Never sell a guitar that you don't want to keep".
These guitars are only an example of what we carry and what we can order. In addition to LsL, we also carry Godin, Seagull, Art&Lutherie, Simon and Patrick, and more.
LSL has nailed the tone, look and feel of a classic ‘S’ style guitar. The pickups on the Saticoy are hand wired in house, allowing Lance Lerman to finely tune the tone of the entire instrument. From the low E string all the way up to the highest frets, this guitar sounds incredible.
LSL began producing the T-bone model as a tribute to the classic Tele-style instruments of the 50's. All the work that goes into producing the extra fine tone and feel of these guitars is done completely by hand. They look, feel, play and sound as close to the real deal vintage guitars as anything on the market.
Topanga is Lsl's first set neck instrument. Mahogany body & neck, LsL hand-wound P90 pickups, Graph-Tech, Super-light, "ResoMax" wraparound bridge, 12" fingerboard radius. Styled after the classic double cutaway design made famous by the Kalamazoo guitars from the 1960's, this is one amazing guitar.
From rock to blues to country, the Session is a guitar with tonal versatility, style and value. The Session features a rock maple neck with rosewood or maple fingerboard, Canadian Laurentian Basswood body, 2x Godin GS-1 single-coils housed in a vintage white pickguard and a Godin humbucker in the bridge, along with a 5-way switch, 1x volume and 1x push/pull tone knob that splits the humbucker.
Godin A6 Ultra
The A6 Ultra continues with the innovative concepts found in all Godin A-series guitars, such as combining amazing plugged-in acoustic sound with the feel of an electric neck, along with a chambered body design.
Godin 5th Avenue
The Godin 5th Avenue brings you back to a time when the archtop acoustic guitar reigned supreme. With the soul of a 1950’s archtop, the 5th Avenue is a true vintage spirit of yesterday with today’s level of modern playability.
Winner of several awards, the S6 is perhaps the instrument that best represents the Seagull philosophy. The S6 offers entry level players the opportunity to experience the great feel and superb sound provided by a hand finished neck, select solid Cedar top and a Custom Polished Finish.
Seagull Coastline Grand
This compact guitar is great fun to play and produces a surprisingly big sound. Using computer modeling to optimize the internal bracing and soundhole design, the Grand represents an intriguing mix of old and new.
Created by a professional guitarist with over twenty five years of teaching experience, Diablo Guitar offers the best private guitar lessons in Walnut Creek and the Diablo Valley.
We remain dedicated to providing the best private guitar instruction in the Bay Area. With our convenient downtown Walnut Creek location, Diablo Guitar continues to serve guitar students from throughout the East Bay. Whether you’re interested in learning the acoustic or electric guitar, or if you want to play Rock, Blues, Jazz or any other guitar style, I will put together a customized lesson program that will help you achieve all of your guitar goals.
Our Kids Guitar Lessons program offers guitar lessons for children as young as five years old!
Bay Area Music Instruction was founded in Walnut Creek in 1989 by guitarist and educator Gary Valeriani.
"I’ve taught thousands of people to play the guitar. My years of experience teaching the guitar have helped me develop interesting and effective lesson plans that will put you on the right path to learning to play the guitar.
"My goal as a teacher is to always create a supportive and fun learning environment that allows each of my students to grow as guitarists and musicians. Whatever style of guitar playing you’re interested in pursuing, I can help you learn to play."- Gary Valeriani
Diablo Guitar is owned and managed by Gary Valeriani.
Growing up in the New York Metropolitan Area in the late 60’s, Gary was fortunate to have studied with some of the great players in jazz, including John Abercrombie, Lee Konitz, Sam Brown and others.
He studied in the Jazz Studies Program at Rutgers University under master jazz musicians like Kenny Barron, Larry Ridley, James Spaulding, and Freddie Waits, all luminaries of the classic Blue Note recordings of the 50’, and 60's. He continues to share his knowledge and insight with guitar students throughout the East Bay.
Selling guitars has been a natural evolution for me as a guitarist. I know and love everything about guitars and I really like helping people connect with great guitars. It's what I do.