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One of the ways we support our local artists is providing affordable low cost studio space allowing them to focus on their craft and grow creatively.


Don't Fret Music
Instrument Repair and Lessons


Hi, I'm Daniel Hickman, luthier and shop proprietor. My fascination with guitars began on the outskirts of Nashville, Tennessee at an early age. In 2005, I relocated to New Jersey to go on an international tour as guitar tech for the Asbury Park based Latin-rock band DeSol. During the interim I apprenticed under several talented luthiers and worked at various repair shops in the NY/NJ area. As I became more confident in my craft, I began taking on repairs of my own. Don't Fret Guitar Repair started in 2011 at a home workshop in Kearny, NJ. Eventually, I returned to Monmouth County to take a position at the home of the Floyd Rose double-locking tremolo system. Since then I have provided guitar tech services to various local and nationally touring acts, including the East Coast Randy Rhodes Remembered Tour & Bonzo Bash. In October 2015, Don’t Fret Guitar Repair opened its doors in its new home, The Jersey Shore Arts Center, in Historic Ocean Grove, NJ.

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