About Us

We love to put high quality guitars into the hands of players around the world!

At The Fretted Buffalo, we take pride in bringing the world of handcrafted guitars to Western New York, offering a unique selection curated from across the globe. As a premier authorized dealer, we showcase the artistry of eleven of the finest acoustic guitar brands, catering to the diverse preferences of every player who steps into our comfortable, climate-controlled, and acoustically 'sound' shop in the historic Black Rock neighborhood of Buffalo, New York.

At The Fretted Buffalo, we understand that each guitarist is unique, and our guitars are made to suit individual preferences. Our inventory stands as a testament to our dedication to quality and variety, guaranteeing that you will find the perfect guitar tailored to you.

The shop features creations of three prominent 'boutique' acoustic guitar makers based in the United States. From the masterful Bourgeois Guitars in Lewiston, Maine, to the soulful craftsmanship of Huss & Dalton Guitars in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, and the resonant tones of Gallagher Guitars in Middle, Tennessee, each brand carries its own distinctive character, contributing to the rich choices of sounds available at The Fretted Buffalo.

As one of the largest U.S. dealers of Furch Guitars, from the Czech Republic, we proudly offer their instruments featuring premium tonewoods sourced from around the world. European Spruce, Indian Rosewood, Hawaiian Koa, North American Sitka Spruce, and African Mahogany are just a few examples of the exquisite materials that contribute to the exceptional quality of Furch Guitars.

Journey across the Atlantic to Ireland, where we feature handmade guitars from renowned makers such as Lowden, McIlroy, and McNally. These makers bear a strong connection to Ireland's cultural heritage, contributing to their distinct identity and worldwide popularity through their craftsmanship and musical influence.

Representing England, Akin guitars from Canterbury use a blend of traditional methods and some modern technology. The outcome is a distinctive collection of vintage-looking guitars with unique qualities, consistently offering players something exciting to inspire the creation of great music.

From Quebec, Canada, we proudly feature Boucher guitars. Each guitar is crafted to suit the player's preferences, emphasizing projection, harmonic richness, and balance. This allows guitarists to express a broad range of emotions, from the most intense to the most delicate, captivating their audience.

Adding to our diverse lineup, The Fretted Buffalo proudly carries guitars made by Hozen, student of Ervin Somogyi, a recognized figure on crafting responsive guitars. The innovative bracing, inspired by the principles of irrigation used in farming, where bracing transports the vibrations of the soundwaves across the soundboard, much like how water flows in the irrigation channels, creates tones of richness, responsiveness, and structural integrity.

In the spring of 2023, The Fretted Buffalo embarked on a renovation journey to accommodate our growing inventory. On December 2, our doors reopened with a stylish showcase of our collection, including a revamped "previously owned" wall featuring respected makers like Martin, Taylor, Furch, Lowden, Huss & Dalton, and Iris.

Visit us at The Fretted Buffalo, where passion meets craftsmanship. We're open from 12-7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, as well as Saturdays. For alternative hours, feel free to call us at (716) 913-6487 to schedule an appointment. Discover your perfect guitar and let the music unfold at The Fretted Buffalo!

Our Owner - Bill Covington

Bill bought his first ‘serious’ acoustic more than 50 years ago (a 1967 Gibson ‘Southern Jumbo’), and has loved the sound of a well played guitar – as it is heard in all types of music – ever since! He has a passion for the sound, smell, and build of of acoustics , and  the fine tonewoods they are made from. He is down to earth and easy to talk with, and welcomes the opportunity to help you along the way on your acoustic guitar journey!

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