The new Fretted Strings workshop at 231 G Street Enterprise article featuring Harrison and Fretted Strings

231 G St., Studio 27
in Court ‘N Cedar
M-F 10am-7pm; Sat by appt. only
(530) 304 - 1886
Harrison Phipps
1988; moved to current location Feb. 2014
Payment Methods
Cash, Checks, Credit/Debit all accepted

Fretted Strings is both a full-service guitar shop and a school for guitar building & repair. Harrison Phipps (a long-time luthier and Davis local) created and runs the shop.

Building and Repair School

Learn how to construct and repair fretted string instruments in the Fretted Strings shop. There is something offered for everyone, from specialized one-hour workshops to intensive six-month courses in building your own custom instrument.

Click here to see what courses they offer in repairing various fretted string instruments (guitars, ukuleles, banjos, mandolins, etc.).

Or, click here if you want to learn how to build your own custom guitar or ukulele from scratch. Fretted Strings is passionate about helping you realize your vision, whether that's a basic acoustic guitar or a 5-string archtop electric bass. If you can't find what you're looking for on the website, please talk to Harrison about what you have in mind.

Full-Service Shop

Fretted Strings offers fretted instrument repair and restoration, and builds one-of-a-kind guitars.

Throughout his decades of experience, Harrison has performed nearly every repair possible on all styles of acoustic and electric guitars, as well as on many other types of instruments. Even when other luthiers have turned instruments away as too far gone, Harrison has come up with the methods and tools required to make an instrument playable again, within the financial means of the customer. In all scenarios, Harrison is honest and fair, and will present all options, prices, and his recommendation, up front.

Harrison also builds custom instruments to your specifications. He has experience in building both steel-string and classical acoustic guitars, as well as both solid-body and archtop electric guitars & basses. He has a large collection of instrument grade wood for you to choose from, and will work with you to make sure your instrument is exactly what you want in terms of tone, playability, comfort, size, shape, and detailed aesthetics.

Come Visit!

The new Fretted Strings shop is located on the second-floor of the Court 'N Cedar structure near the G & 3rd intersection in downtown Davis. (You can see into the shop windows from G St. right above Copyland.)

Walk-ins are always welcome, even if you just want to say hi and look around.

Also, feel free to come by during the Second Friday ArtAbout. The Fretted Strings shop is a proud participant, with live music from local guitarists, complimentary refreshments, and plenty of instruments show-cased around the shop.

Harrison instructing student Molly (soon-to-be apprentice) Teri holding guitar in progress Sang holding his first handmade guitar Rich gluing kerfing on his own custom acoustic Inside a custom X-braced guitar body Custom-made acoustic with Ziricote back & sides The "Cycletar": custom electric guitar built from bicycle parts New frets on a vintage Kay archtop guitar Major restoration work on a double bass The old Fretted Strings shop