“These guys are really great to work with and are VERY good at what they do!! Awesome to have such great craftsman here in Memphis…” - Eric J.
Gigging musicians need to maintain their tool of trade. We offer top shelf hand-cut bone nuts and saddles, setups, fret work, electronic repair and modifications, pickup and hardware upgrades, hot-rodding and professional advice. Bring on the gear heads!
Repair & Restoration
We offer the finest structural repair and vintage restoration services available to the discerning collector or player. From crack and binding repair and custom made bridges, to complete ground up restorations including carved to order replacement necks and bodies, we are your trusted source for any aspect of stringed instrument resurrection.
Custom Finish Work & Inlay
Our finish work is legendary. From nitro, to poly compounds, to Tru-oil and VOS finishes, we are one of the only full service finish shops left in the U.S. offering hand-applied tints, traditional Crescent Bronze metallics and custom candy colors. We also offer color matching and spot repair. Your imagination is our only constraint!
Do you have an idea for inlay to personalize your axe? We offer traditional fret marker upgrades, all the way up to hand inlaid shell, stone and precious metal work of your design. Let us work with you to create a one-of-a-kind reflection of your own!
Meet the Band
Kevin D. Ferner
Kevin got his first instrument in the 3rd grade, and right about the same time started taking everything in the house apart to see how it worked. He turned down a cello scholarship at William and Mary to instead enroll at Rhodes College in Memphis, at that point already playing drums and guitar. After his sophmore year he left college to form The Generics with fellow classmates, switching from drums to bass after the first year, and toured the country for the next 6 years. During this time the band released a single as well as an album which he co-wrote all the material for.
After the band broke up he received degrees from The University of MN. In Mnpls., Schiller International Universitӓt in Heidelberg, and The Tula Welding School. After various corporate stints which failed to hold his interest, and intermittently working as a teacher, roofer, welder, framer and renovator, he turned his hand skills to luthiery.
While learning repairs, restorations and maintenance, he simultaneously began building his own instruments from scratch. In 2009 he moved his business from Florida back to Memphis, renaming it The Memphis Guitar Spa. Kevin is an avid history buff and world traveler, and wishes he lived in the Baroque Era.
In 2013 the business was chosen as one of the finalists for the MEMShop small business incubator, and expanded from a private shop into a 2100 sq. ft. facility on historic Binghampton's Broad Avenue.
In 2015 TMGS received the first ever EDGE grant. Making a name for himself in finish work, restorations, mods, and one - off custom instruments for national as well as international artists, Kevin launched Ferner Fine Instruments in 2015.
Favorite Band: This man is a Beatles freak