Welcome to Fretking Inc. offering guitar repair in Cary NC.

Mark A. Kane, Luthier

25 years of service


My focus is on acoustic and electric guitars and basses. I work by appointment only.

If you need to reach me, text is best (919) 210-2410
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Martin and Taylor Warranty Service

 

My shop is both an Authorized Martin Warranty Repair Center and a Gold Level Taylor Guitar Repair Center. For warranty service on your guitar, you must be the original owner and it must be registered with the factory. Please make sure it's registered before you book an appointment for service.  

For Martin, go to https://www.martinguitar.com/ or call Martin Customer Service at 888-433-9177. 

For Taylor, go to https://www.taylorguitars.com or call Taylor Customer Service at 800-943-6782.

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UPGRADE your Taylor with the new ES2 Expression System

This upgrade includes a completely new ES system, as well as a neck reset, a new saddle! The Taylor Expression System® 2 (ES2) is a  revolutionary pickup design that delivers the latest in Taylor’s ongoing  innovation in acoustic guitar amplification.  To reiterate what a good deal this is, the price includes a new pickup and preamp, a new power supply (either 9  volt or AA, depending on the existing power supply in your guitar), a new saddle, and resetting of your neck to the factory spec. 

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Things I don't do

 

Guitar refinishing

Mandolin or banjo work

Dulcimer or violin work

Bungee jumping

Details, details.

Services

 

My shop covers most aspects of acoustic and electric guitar repair.
Refrets, neck resets, broken headstocks, and structural repairs.
Pickup installs for acoustic and electric guitars and basses.
  Custom milling, bridge carving, bridge re-gluing, and nuts and saddles of every variety.
 

Pricing

 

These  are basic repair costs. Actual prices will vary depending on a number of factors which I will make you aware of at the time of repair.


SETUPS:

6-string acoustic and electric $85.

12-string acoustic and electric $100.

double-locking (Floyd Rose) $95-130.


NECK RESETS:

Martin $600.

Martin bolt-on $400.

Taylor post-2001 $100.

Taylor pre-2001 $400.

Collings $400.


FRET JOBS:

standard refret $375.

stainless refret $475.

partial refrets by quote.

compression refret (older Martins) $550.

fret level, recrown & polish $80-140



ELECTRONIC WORK:

Billed at $96/hr. I'm very efficient and work by the minute to a bench timer.  You are billed only for the time I spend on your guitar, not coffee breaks or UPS deliveries!

FAQs

 

How much will it cost?

Refer to the Services listed. I won't know the full picture until I've had a chance to evaluate your guitar on my bench.


How long will it take to repair my guitar?

It  depends on the job as well as the workload of the shop but I can work around your schedule in many cases. Bear in mind, I don't rush any repair, as that only takes longer!


Do I have to leave my guitar, or can I drop it off when you have an opening?

I need you to leave your guitar. I work on a tight schedule based on my booking calendar.


Do you have loaner guitars?

I WISH I had a guitar collection that big, but then I'd have no room for anything else!

Text me at 919-210-2410

Fretking Inc.

101-D Woodwinds Industrial Ct, Cary, North Carolina 27511

Text is best! (919) 210-2410

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More than enough about me

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  • My interest in the inner workings of the guitar were evident when, upon receiving my first electric guitar in 1974, I promptly disassembled, then reassembled it. I didn't find it to be particularly challenging, having by that time familiarized myself fully with the intricacies of the coaster brake, the Cox .049 engine, go-carts, balsa-wood gliders, U-control airplanes as well as all other things I could find to turn a wrench on.
  • I took shop class in high school, both in small engine repair and woodworking. I crafted, among other things, a slalom water ski which never saw the water, an upholstered footstool which eventually saw service as a tool stand, and a guitar body shaped like a Gibson Explorer that never got a neck, but became a rolling plant stand complete with three gold ball casters out on the pointy ends of the body from some long forgotten sofa. It is still in service and, like the B 52 Stratofortress, there is no replacement for it in the near future.
  • My pride and joy from shop class is the mahogany rifle stock I carved for a 1944 Mauser K98 that my father brought home from Vietnam. I was enamored with the shape of the many Weatherby rifles I saw while perusing Dad's copy of Small Arms of the World. I designed the stock myself, basing it on an aggregate of those beautiful rifles. The outer shape was a challenge due to the asymmetry of my design, but the real difficulty lay in fitting the very complex underside of the rifle into the stock. I had to visualize that shape, with it's myriad protrusions, and project it in reverse, so to speak, into the top of the stock itself. It took months of carving and fitting etc., and I thought I'd never finish it, but I did, happily, and my father, years later, presented it to me as a gift. The stock functions well, and the rifle, being 7.92mm, will knock you on your backside if you aren't careful. Did I mention it's really loud, too.
  • In the intervening years I made a meager but happy living playing guitar, doing my own maintenance along the way out of necessity. I obtained several certifications in welding and put them to use in all manner of ways, from the sub-assembly of Grove construction cranes to roughneck fabrication in the oil fields of western Colorado. One of the most interesting time periods was the year I spent with the Exhibit Fabrication department at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, a truly world-class institution where I was exposed to an array of craftsmanship including elements of cabinet making at a very high level. These craftsmen were the real deal, building out exhibition spaces along with the associated stands, fixtures, hardware and such for displaying priceless pieces of art. I later went to school and obtained an A&P license which, as the school recruiter told me, qualified me to work on "...everything from a hot air balloon to the space shuttle". I was still unsure about my career path going forward, but the needle finally found the groove when I refretted my first guitar with the guidance of George Ellison of Acme Guitar Works.
  • I was thoroughly hooked and decided that as much as I enjoyed turning wrenches on aircraft, I sensed guitar repair was the correct path. I started looking at guitars from a different perspective. I began thinking more in geometrical constructs with regards to things such as the fret plane, the lie of the strings, the radius of a bridge, the radius of a neck and how it all fit together. Over the course of the next several years I soaked up all the guitar-specific knowledge I could lay my hands on, through both hands-on experience and the written word. I assisted George in the construction of several guitars for his company, experimented on my own guitars, and started working on instruments owned by friends and acquaintances. I later attended the Northwoods Repair seminar at Bryan Galloups Guitar Hospital where I sought and received specific instruction in resetting necks among other things. I was also exposed to a wide variety of building and repair techniques taught by some very capable and experienced luthiers such as Dan Erlewine, Frank Ford, Bryan Galloup and others. To say the experience was enlightening would be an understatement. I came away with a head full of invaluable repair techniques and ideas for tools and fixtures. I had, by this time, hung out my shingle and have been lucky enough to make a living repairing guitars ever since. I worked out of my home for a couple of years, then moved my shop to Fat Sound Guitars in Cary, NC for the next 17 years. When they closed in 2012, I established myself in my current location.