Strings Attached

Guitar Repair & Boutique


Strings Attached is the premier instrument repair shop in South Carolina, and perhaps the Southeast. For over 13 years, we have been committed to customer service, and our clients have the confidence that each instrument is handled as if it were our own. We are capable of any and all stringed instrument repairs, from basic setups to intricate and comprehensive vintage instrument restorations. We have a convenient downtown Columbia studio, with a by-appointment Charleston location opening soon.

Strings Attached is fully licensed and insured; our vault and instrument repair room is humidity controlled and kept clean and free from clutter. We have monitored burglar and fire protection as well as state-of-the-art video surveillance of the premises, both inside and out, to insure that your instrument is fully protected while in our care. Our staff is fully trained, friendly, and ready to attend to your every instrument repair need!


Our repair staff are well-trained and experienced with all manner of stringed instrument repairs and restoration.

Stringed Instrument Repair services include:

  • Instrument set-up to ensure optimal playability, tone and volume
  • Warranty work and maintenance
  • Neck resets, refrets, saddles and adjustments
  • Crack repairs and finish work
  • Acoustic stringed instrument upgrades and replacement parts
  • Adding pickups and electronics to acoustic instruments
  • Electric guitar repairs, modifications and upgrades such as tremolo installs and pickup swapping.
  • Vintage stringed instrument restorations, specializing in vintage Martin guitars and other fine instruments
  • Vintage Fender and Gibson solid body restoration and repair
  • Hollowbody/archtop restoration and repair

We are a Martin Authorized Service Center, and can complete most warranty work on the premises.


Jeff Merck | Owner, Luthier

Jeff has always loved music and has been playing stringed instruments most of his life.  Nearly 14 years ago he bought his present location, renovated the building and opened Strings Attached Guitar Repair.  Jeff has extensive experience with all major guitar brands and is an authorized Martin Guitar Warranty repairman. 


Zach Toman | Guitar Tech, Luthier's Apprentice

A veteran of the South Carolina music scene, Zach Toman has spent nearly every waking moment of the last decade with a guitar in his hand - as a performer, a guitar and bass instructor, as a recording engineer, and luthier’s apprentice. Here, he is instrumental in expanding our electronics installation, repair, and modifications department. In addition to repairing and building instruments, Zach performs in the Southeast as one half of psychedelic blues band Fidelio, and he can be booked for recording sessions as a producer, engineer, or session player.