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The only music store offering you the most complete & unique musical instruments anywhere.

Bananas carries all major brands and many unique offerings. Several proprietary, only available at Bananas, items as well. New & Used. Guaranteed lowest prices, best service and dedicated to giving back to the music community.

Since 1974 Bananas At Large has specialized in equipment that is used in the production of music, audio and video. Starting from our origins, we're a complete Fretted Instrument Shop, with a wide selection of electric guitars and basses, acoustic guitars, banjos, resonators, mandolins and more. We're also noted as one of the leading outlets for Keyboard and Recording equipment on the West Coast, with nearly every major product line represented (and quite a few esoteric ones as well.) We've established a fully-stocked Drum and Percussion department.


From Acoustic & Electric Guitars, Acoustic & Electric Basses, Amps, Acoustic & Electric Drums, Percussion, Bluegrass instruments, Mandolins, Ukuleles, Resonators, Banjos, Keyboards, Synths, Workstations & Digital Pianos, Professional Audio, Recording, Computer Interfaces, PA, DJ, Lighting, Microphones & accessories to a wide array of music lessons from the industry’s top teachers, in house instrument repairs, equipment rentals and sound system/studio design and installation…. Bananas is your most complete music store.

Bananas also has one of the worlds largest and most unique selection of effect pedals including several proprietary brands and models not found anywhere else. Bananas works directly with manufacturers like Fender, Audio Technica, Yamaha, Vox, Marshall, Toadworks, Sabian, and more to hand select or design and create products just for you.

Our retail store also offers a wide range of used instruments and audio equipment as well as consignments, along with a full Rental Department for sound systems, amps, keyboards and related gear.While “big chain” stores are dropping lines and restricting choices, we’ve expanded our brands and models. We help you find an original voice instead of selling you the same old stuff! We’re the cure for the common corporate music store.

Bananas At Large has locations in San Rafael, CA and Santa Rosa, CA to better server our local music community!


Service, Knowledge and Fun
We believe there can be a bridge between what a music store used to be and what it needs to be today. Music stores used to be a fun place to hang out, get to know your community, share ideas, create musical connections… Have Fun. Somewhere along the line he industry changed. It became about commercial competitive commerce only. With the one of the lowest turnover ratings in our industry, our staff of professional working musicians will always be here to help you on your creative path. Our goal is to ensure you have a fun time, learning, experiencing new ideas and products all the while giving you the best value. Your support of Bananas helps keep local musicians employed and support their families. Bananas offers the most comprehensive benefits package in the industry. We know and understand, our best asset is our Bananas Family of employees.

Community Action Program
Bananas At Large has been in business in the Bay Area since 1974! We’ve been involved with our local music community since the beginning... Hosting clinics, workshops, and live performances, helping promote music and arts education, donating time, funds, and equipment to local organizations... We love to give back to our community!

Bananas at Large donates over $100,000 a year in goods, services and money to local schools and music making non-profit programs. Programs like Little Kids Rock, Music in Schools Today, Supportmusic.com, Young Performers Int’l, Bread & Roses, Blue Bear School of Music, Women’s Audio Mission and many more.

Bananas represents you and your kids! Every year our fearless leader Alan Rosen flies into Washington DC and heads up to Sacramento to lobby and fight for Music & Arts as core curriculum in our schools. He advocates not only for funding but that the funding makes it way all the way down to the school levels for the purpose it was intended for.

Bananas also supports non-music programs like Relay for Life Cancer Walk, American Cancer Society, Camp Chance for abused, homeless and neglected kids, Veterans Benefits

Bananas supports local live music such as sponsoring the Open Mic Blues Jam at Peri’s every month. Bananas supports reading programs, local theater and film programs as well.

Local Music Lessons
Whether you're picking up an instrument for the first time or you're a veteran looking to broaden your skill set, Bananas At Large is the perfect place to find a music instructor to fit your needs. If you have students and would like to teach at Bananas At Large, please send an email to: alicia.g@bananasmusic.com.

Why Choose Bananas? You won’t spend more, but your money goes farther!


Store Locations and Hours:
    San Rafael

    1504 Fourth Street
    San Rafael, CA 94901
    (415) 457-7600

    Hours:
    Mon: 10:00 AM - 6:30 PM
    Tue: 10:00 AM - 6:30 PM
    Wed: 10:00 AM - 6:30 PM
    Thu: 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
    Fri: 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
    Sat: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Sun: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

    Santa Rosa

    515 Ross Street
    Santa Rosa, CA 95401
    (707) 542-5588

    Hours:
    Mon: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Tue: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Wed: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Thu: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Fri: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Sat: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Sun: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM


Local Music Lessons

Whether you're picking up an instrument for the first time or you're a veteran looking to broaden your skill set, Bananas At Large is the perfect place to find a music instructor to fit your needs. If you have students and would like to teach at Bananas At Large, please send an email to: alicia.g@bananasmusic.com.

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