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
[1963 Gibson Hummingbird]1963 Gibson Hummingbird


First off, this is a refinished guitar. It came to our shop stripped poorly with no binding, and the neck out with a box of parts. It's been in the shop for several years, and we spent time fixing it up during slower periods. W...

[1956 Gibson ES 125]1956 Gibson ES 125

This is a nice 1956 Gibson ES-125. Plays great, with the action at 5/64" on the treble and 6/64" on the bass. Classic tone from the P-90.

At some point, someone converted this guitar to left-handed, including moving the pickguard to ...

[2006 Huss & Dalton D-JAS James Alan Shelton]2006 Huss & Dalton D-JAS James Alan Shelton

Beautiful and great sounding guitar!

This guitar is number 8 of 25 custom Huss and Dalton guitars built to match James Alan Shelton's personal instrument. It's a T-DR with Honduran Rosewood back and sides, and a Sitka Spruce top. It a...

[1961 Gibson J-50]1961 Gibson J-50

This Gibson J-50 came into the shop a couple of years ago for some major repair, and we wound up replacing the back. This was probably the last major job that Jim Grainger had any part of. The body has a 1960 serial number, and the neck has ...

[Stelling Afton Star]Stelling Afton StarNot only is this Stelling Afton Star surprising light, it's surprisingly loud! Mahogany neck and resonator, with a Tony Pass Birch Block Rim. This "woody" has no tone ring; The head sits directly on the shell. The tone of this banjo is warm and...3499.00