Welcome to Al Watsky Fretted Instrument Service

A well adjusted instrument gives you the response you need.

You chose your instrument for its sound, my job is to  adjust and regulate it so that it plays in tune and responds  in a way that allows  you to make your music.

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About me

My Story

Fretted Instrument Service was established in 1990. At that time I was working at the American Institute of Guitar , Gibson Artist Relations  and ESP guitars . I branched out and started taking on my own work and gradually developed a word of mouth business that over the decades has serviced the needs of thousands of professionals and their students as well as a hand full of collectors. 
After working in Northern New Jersey for 29 years I recently relocated to Western North Carolina just north of  Asheville .

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The lable of Gene's #1 Buscarino

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Gene and his D'Aquisto "special".

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One of Bucky's Benedettos getting ready for resale.

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Gallery

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Gallery

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One time when going "sideways" is a good thing.

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I've had the pleasure of working on some fine classical guitars .

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Recently in for some back cracks and French polishing . Another fine instrument.

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This little 40's Martin came in for a neckset  and some crack work a few months ago. Shipped in from Bklyn. N.Y.

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Did I mention the many mandolins I refret and repair every year ?

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Banjos too !

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Installed some Jescar EVO in this Mastertone... durable stuff !

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Oud adjustment , peg shaping , pickup installation , all part of the work flow.

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Some one forgot to close the case...

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The after....


 

Hours of Operation

Open for Business in Weaverville N.C. by appointment only.

Monday - Friday  10AM - 4PM

 

Contact Us

201 394 0577 or 828 645 5344

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