Guitar and Amp Repair, Chicago Style.

Established in 2008, Chicago Fret Works is your source for guitar, bass, amplifier, and fretted instrument repair, care, & restoration. Our services include precision fretwork, set-ups, electronics, refinishing, and structural repairs, as well as the very best amp repair and restoration anywhere.

Whether your instrument is acoustic or electric, bass or banjo, mandolin or ukulele, bouzouki or latin, new or vintage, we’re finished with it only when you’re completely satisfied. Our goal is to exceed your expectations and make your gear play better than ever before.

You’ll find us in Chicago’s Lincoln Square / North Center neighborhood at the corner of Lincoln Avenue and Hutchinson Street (with the door on the Hutchinson side.) We’re just 4 blocks south of The Old Town School Of Folk Music.

Chicago has a first class music community. It deserves a first class guitar repair shop. That’s why we’re here.

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Chicago Fret Works

4229 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60618
tel: 773-698-6246
fax: 773-698-6247

Shop Hours

Monday–Friday: 10am-6pm
Saturday: 10am-5pm

“Guys, I’m a fan. I have spent thirty years playing and you have the ability to make my guitar play great – finally. The set up today at first scared me only because well, it was new. Now I’m hooked. I'm bringing my two other Fenders in for set ups. Thank you again.”


“You set up my Epiphone Masterbilt over the weekend and it plays gorgeously. Wow, what a nice difference. Very nice work.”

Justin H.

“Thanks for your expert set-up on my Martin. I had been plagued with problems since I purchased it two years ago. It now plays with ease and sounds absolutely wonderful.

I will certainly recommend you to my fellow students at the Old Town School of Folk Music if they are in need of your services.”

Ernie S.

“I would like to thank you for the work you did on my Epiphone Les Paul a few weeks ago. The new pickups sound great, the bone nut performs flawlessly, and you did a wonderful job fixing the action. It’s almost as if you transformed it into a Gibson!”

Mike S.

“I brought my 6 string Seagull in to get ‘The Works.’ Your service was great and
my guitar is working wonderfully. Thanks.”

Jesse B.

“Thanks for the great fret job and general maintenance on my Martin OM41. It sounds freakin’ awesome again. To quote a famous Austrian immigrant once-Mr. Universe turned action movie hero turned governor turned nanny-boinker: ‘I’ll be back’.”

James C. - Chicago

“To all who have a ‘classic’ guitar, rest assured - the guys at Chicago Fretworks are truly masters! They called at every step to give me updates, and my old Gibson Dove plays better now than when I purchased it over 30 years ago. I highly recommend them to all considering work on your ‘baby’!”

Tim S.

Thanks so much to Patrick and all of you at Chicago Fretworks. The Polytone is restored and has much quieter switching. And the Ampeg Reverborocket, and Mesa Boogie 22 sound better than they ever did. The replaced reverbs are great and the tones of both are singing out with a new grace. Thanks a million. I’ll be back, and will spread the word.


We're looking forward to hearing from you.