Jeff operates the ONLY certified and authorized C.F. Martin service center in central South Carolina!

 Jeff has been a luthier for 18 years, and certified by C.F. Martin since 2017, and he works right here in Columbia, SC!

We are excited to welcome a partnership with luthier

Luthier Services

Jeff Merck

Instruments can be dropped off and picked up at Bill's Music Shop. 


  • Jeff operates the ONLY certified and authorized C.F. Martin repair service center in central South Carolina!
  • Works on all stringed instruments - acoustic and electric.
  • Set up new instrument – just because it’s new doesn’t mean it’s ready to play.  Set up is based on individual’s playing style.  Action on new fretted instruments is generally high which equals difficulty in playing.  Makes sure the instrument is set up to play properly – intonation, fret buzz, tuning, etc…
  • Repairs from major to minor
  • Fret buzzing
  • Loose bridge pins
  • Change from right handed to left handed
  • Loose tuners
  • Cosmetic issues – scratches, cracks, etc
  • Action too high or too low
  • Re-stringing
  • Use of proper tapered bridge pins for each instrument
  • Broken neck/broken head
  • Build new
  • Restore old instruments
  • Fix cases
  • Install pick-ups
  • Install strap buttons
  • Install banjo 5th string capo pins
  • Electrical issues
  • Tuning peg issues
  • Regular maintenance
  • Structural repair
  • Estimate given before repairs are done
  • Services done via Bill’s Music Shop
  • All work done locally
  • Very experienced
  • Write-up given with all work done