Fretted Instrument Repairer

Repair fretted musical instruments.
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Salary Range
$19,000 – $56,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Fretted Instrument Repairers do?

Repairs fretted musical instruments, such as banjos, guitars, mandolins, and ukuleles, using handtools: Inspects and plays instrument to determine defects. Disassembles instrument, using handtools. Removes, replaces, and dresses frets, using handtools. Fits wood and metal replacement parts. Reassembles and strings instrument. Adjusts truss rod and bridge to position neck and strings. Plays notes and chords and adjusts string tension to tune instrument. Replaces skin or plastic heads of banjos. Tests and replaces tubes, replaces defective parts, and solders new parts and loose connections on amplifiers, reverberation units, and pickups of electrically amplified instruments. May repair wood bodies or carve wood replacement parts. May be designated according to instrument repaired as Guitar Repairer.


Should I be a Fretted Instrument Repairer?

You should have a certificate degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Fretted String Instrument Repairer

    How to Become a
    Fretted Instrument Repairer

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