We are the finest place in Central New England to service your fretted instruments. Located in beautiful Sturbridge, MA, we have plenty of off street parking, a welcoming, comfortable showroom and a friendly environment to come visit, have your instrument evaluated for repair or upgrades, and receive service with care and attention to detail in a timely manner. At D String, we strongly believe in developing a personal connection with our clients so that the service can be suited to your individual needs. At the same time, we are always dedicated to doing what's right to restore the instrument to ideal conditions.
Luthier Dave Dick has over 30 years in the instrument repair field, notably being the repairman at Union Music between 1992 and 2016. Dave also has nearly 40 years of experience as a professional musician (more about Dave here). This combination of experience makes Dave uniquely qualified as he has a very wide range of knowledge, both from the technical side and the artistic side.
After 24 years working at Union Music in Worcester, MA, Dave decided to move out on his own during 2016 and was very fortunate to find a great location in Sturbridge. The shop is over 1000 square feet, with 6 rooms, including a large area for clients to visit and be able to try out instruments in comfort. Dave has arranged the work areas into four different rooms, a setup area with an organized parts department, a room for repair storage and soldering, an office, and a large workshop for power tools, fretting, neck resetting, glue ups, and other Lutherie tasks. Multiple work areas allow Dave to multi-task several instruments at a time thus improving productivity and minimizing down time for clients.
Services we provide include Setups, electronic repairs, structural repairs and modifications of all fretted instruments: acoustic and electric guitars and basses, banjos, mandolins and ukuleles. Please see the Services page for more details.
Although we are unable to spray finish, we are able to do most any other work you might need. And if we cannot, Dave is happy to refer you to another shop who can do the work he can't. Dave is an Authorized Taylor Guitars shop, at the Silver-Plus level, and a Guild Guitars Service Center as well.
D String also carries some merchandise, mostly things related to repairs. As of 2018 we carry D'Addario strings, digital tuners, and guitar humidifiers; K&K Pickups; Fishman Pickups, including Fluence electric guitar pickups; Floyd Rose Tremolos; and we stock a large selection of parts from both WD Music and Allparts. We have access to quite a lot of music industry products through our association with KMC Music so if you need something and want to support our business, give us an opportunity to order the product for you.
Please contact D String Guitar Repair anytime for any of your guitar, bass, banjo, mandolin or ukulele needs.