How The Fret Shop came to be:
My name is Andries, and I am an Internationally qualified Luthier with more than 2 decades’ experience in designing, repairing, improving and building guitars. What started as a dream at the age of 16, blossomed into a professional career of more than 20 years.
After school I studied to become a woodwork Teacher, but in my final year had an opportunity to study in Georgia Atlanta in the USA to become a Luthier. I did not think twice and hopped on the first flight to Atlanta. I spent the next 2 years there, studying and mastering the art of making, improving and repairing guitars, and was offered an opportunity to teach fellow Luthiers at the same Luthier School I attended.
Once I returned from the USA I started repairing guitars for various music shops at night, while delivering cakes during the day. Before long one of these retail music shops saw the potential I had to offer in drawing more customers and increasing sales, and I started a small repair shop from within their shop. I spent the next 16 years there before taking a huge leap of faith, moving to Auckland New Zealand with my wife and 2 daughters.
The rest, as they say, is history. Though it has been one of the toughest decisions I have ever made, it has also been the most rewarding. I love my new country and fellow countrymen, and feel I can truly build long term symbiotic relationships with my clients, and offer an immaculate service at a reasonable price.