Custom Fretted Instruments & Repair

[banjo headstock] Welcome to Custom Fretted Instruments & Repair. Our shop, located on the side of a mountain near Sparta, TN, offers professional quality repair and restoration of fretted instruments such as guitars, banjos, mandolins, etc. Electric guitar repair, setups and electronics are a specialty.

We are an authorized warranty repair center for Fender, Takamine and Ovation, and are a dealer for several high quality musical instruments including guitars made by Eastman, Stonebridge/Furch, Huss & Dalton, and J.W. Gallagher & Son. We stock Eastman and Kentucky mandolins, Flinthill, Huss & Dalton, Stelling, and Ome banjos as well as McSpadden lap dulcimers and Dusty Strings hammer dulcimers.

We stock fretted instrument accessories, tuners by Korg and Peterson, strings for most fretted instruments and instructional and reference books and videos.

Custom Fretted Instruments & Repair
400 Firetower Road
Sparta, TN 38583-3746
9am - 5pm Monday-Friday
10am - 2pm Saturday

Our Latest 5 instruments. See our Products page to see the full list.
Name Description Price
[1967 Martin D-18]1967 Martin D-18


Great sounding old Martin D-18. We also did a neck reset on it, so it plays as good as a new Martin. It sounds much better than a new one, though.

1967 was a transitional year for Martin: They switched from the steel "...

[1970 Martin D12-20]1970 Martin D12-20


Very clean and easy playing Martin 12 string from early 1970. Great warm rich tone with the fullness of 12 strings.

Neck reset was performed here. Action at the 12th fret is on 4/64" on the treble course and 6/64" on the ...

[1961 Gibson J50]1961 Gibson J50

Very clean 1961 Gibson J50 for sale. Sounds excellent and plays like a brand new guitar. Has a nice boom with some punch as well.

Action at the 12th fret is on 4/64" on the treble and 6/64" on the bass, with the bridge saddle at ~3/1...

[2004 Martin 000-28EC]2004 Martin 000-28EC


Great playing and sounding guitar that has fantastic sustain. Don't know what there is to say. It's a excellent modern take on a classic.

There is some pegwinder damage on the headstock (see pictures), otherwise this ...

[1972 Martin D-35]1972 Martin D-35


Nice old D-35.

This one has a nice tone, plays in tune and the action is just right. Great tone fingerpicked, but has some decent volume when you hit it.

It has had a few things done to it over the years. We ...