The Twelfth Fret ~ Since 1977 ~

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Benko Mandolins and Guitars

Benko Mandolins and Guitars

920 Kingston Road was the first address of The Twelfth Fret in 1977. It had been empty for some time when we moved in, but later I realized that it had been a Luthier’s Mecca since 1954.

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A History of The Twelfth Fret

Grant MacNeill and Dan Charman opened The Twelfth Fret in June of 1977 at 920 Kingston Road in Toronto’s Beach area. The building had been a mandolin and guitar workshop since the 1950s and was an ideal setting for our new shop. To start, the emphasis was entirely on the workshop; repairs, restoration and custom guitar building. Retail sales of guitars and amplifiers was strictly a sideline.

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