20 Northeast Court Square

Central North Carolina musician and luthier Brian Haran is opening a much needed guitar repair shop in the historical court square of downtown Graham. If you’ve ever seen or heard his band Filthybird, he’s the brain behind their cool, one of a kind self-made guitars.

Since the closing of David Shephard’s repair shop in Greensboro several years ago, there has been something missing from the otherwise electric music scene of the Triad and Triangle: a dedicated place to go when you think that there is untapped potential in the sound or feel of your guitar, or when stuff’s just not working right. Brian and his wife Renée hope to fill in this gap for local musicians when they open the doors to their guitar repair shop on Friday, March 5th.

Brian, a native New Yorker, has spent the last 15 years as a luthier and repair man, hailing from New York’s 30th Street Guitars and Greensboro’s Roscoe Guitars.

While his main focus will be guitar repair and restoration, Haran, who has a thing for quirky guitars of the past and a deeply rooted reuse philosophy, will create one of a kind, professional level instruments from reworked vintage guitars (think Kay, Harmony, Silvertone, old Gibson, Gretsch, and Rickenbacker), and will offer handmade guitars and pedals of his own design.

There will be room for locals to consign their instruments, and guitar lessons in styles ranging from traditional country to rock & roll will be offered.

Fret Sounds is scheduled to have an opening celebration on Saturday March 6th from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Giveaways on strings and accessories and raffles for a year of seasonal guitar setups, are just a few of the exciting things planned for opening weekend.