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
[1916 Vega Cylinder Back Mandolin]1916 Vega Cylinder Back Mandolin

This is a Vega Cylinder Back Mandolin from the early 20th century. Back and sides appear to be rosewood, but there are some sections that almost look like mahogany, so I'm not sure if these were laminated, or the rosewood was painted on. The p...

[2005 Ome Juniper Deluxe Resonator Banjo]2005 Ome Juniper Deluxe Resonator Banjo

This fine Ome Juniper Deluxe features curly maple neck and resonator and Nickel hardware, including Megatone tone ring. It has the chimey brightness charactistic of a maple banjo, and an even bell-like tone.

Serial # 4871. Original ...

[1938 Gibson J-35]1938 Gibson J-35

Just looking at the moderate pick wear on the top tells me that someone really loved to play this guitar.

Frets 1-9 have been replaced and the original nut has been shimmed with a thin piece of bone. This work is hardly noticeable. T...

[1938 Gibson L-00]1938 Gibson L-00

This is one of the cleanest prewar Gibsons that we have had pass through the shop. The guitar is completely original throughout -- no parts have been changed. One 6"-8" back crack that has been repaired some time ago, with a couple of cleats, a...

[1972 Martin D-28]1972 Martin D-28


We have another Martin in stock!

Standard appointments and boomy tone that the D-28 is known for, this one sounds great! Jim Grainger scalloped the braces sometime in the 90's, and Steve Moore reset the neck in 2007. ...