About Us

Opening hours  9am - 6pm   Monday To Saturday

Frailers featured in BBC documentary with Roy Wood and Mark Radcliffe
Suppliers of Guitars to
'Beatles Story'
Liverpool

 
Loaned Guitars to Beatles
documentary
'Who put the beat in Mersey Beat!'
Suppliers of Guitars to
Beatles ' BACKBEAT'
film
Frailers was featured
in the BBC
documentary 'INSIDE OUT'

Frailers has been established as a retailer of quality new and vintage stringed instruments for over 35 years, having been based within Runcorn, Cheshire, UK for most of that period.

We supply to musicians Nationwide by both over counter sales and by mail-order.

Our clients will often travel for hundreds of miles to find the right instrument and Frailers has satisfied the demands of discerning players, including many famous names, wherever they may be located, thanks to a large and continuously updated stock of quality new and second user, vintage and classical instruments sourced largely from the U.S.A.

Frailers is not only a guitar and banjo shop with great deals and superb instruments.. it's also a comfortable meeting areafor all those interested in playing stringed instruments.

Please visit our catalogue to view our featured Acoustic, Electric and Resonator Guitars and Banjos.


 
      

Recent Visitors to the Shop include:

John Renbourn, Martin Simpson, Fairport Convention, Brian Willoughby(ex Strawbs), Arctic Monkeys, Miles Kane, Joe Bonamasse, Roy Wood, Jon Boden (Bellowhead), Bob Brosnan, Catfish Keith, top American banjo players, Tony Ellis and Jack Hatfield, Noddy Holder, Courteeners, Mark Radcliffe, Fairport Convention,  Joe Brown, Jack Wild, Michael Starke, Glen Tilbrook, Gibson Endorsees Xander & The Peace Pirates.


Mighty Wah, Andy Fairweather, Low, Sid Little, Colin Manley (ex Remo Four and one Paul McCartney's favourite guitarists from his Cavern days  and later with Swinging Bluejeans), 
Rory Gallagher, Wombats, Billy Connolly, Pete Doherty, Whitesnake, The Coral, The Lightning Seeds, Cast, LAS, Lisa Stanfield, Showaddywaddy, Charlie Lansborough, Mike Harding, Barclay James Harvestand and The Stands.

 
Other customers include top jazz players,  Adrian Ingram,  Louis Stewart,  Trefor Owen, Gary Potter etc.

100s of teachers/professional musicians/collectors have shopped with Frailers over the years.

 

Situated in Runcorn, Cheshire, on the banks of the River Mersey - just to the south east of Liverpool - Frailers may be reached by the motorway network with the most direct access being from the M62 and M56 motorways. We are located in the middle of Runcorn town centre.


Shop History and Services

Founded and run by Frank Murphy, himself a frailer of no mean skill, Frailers exists to provide a range of Guitars, Banjos, Dobros  and other string instruments of a quality and range not commonly found in one location in this country (UK).

Frailers is able to supply almost any type of guitar or banjo requested. Second user and lower budget guitars and banjos of good quality are also stocked, making the possibility of purchasing an instrument available to all. Most major credit cards are accepted.


Looking for the right instrument is a personal experience and Frailers staff will be happy to let you test the instruments without sales pressure for as long as you need to reach your decision.

Each instrument is checked and set up before leaving the shop, and anydiscrepancies found later will be dealt with in a friendly and courteous manner. Returns are not common with the quality of instruments available today but no customer is ever sent away feeling that a personal service has not been given.

Service is the key word at Frailers. It is the very quality of our service, and the attention we give to ensure that customers are happy with their instruments, which keeps customers coming back for more.

Frank was born in Liverpool on the 29th September 1942, where he was brought up and remained until he was 20 years old. He trained to be a sports journalist and is still a passionate boxing and football fan, during his teenage days in Liverpool he saw most of the city's club bands which were eventually to become household names (e.g. The Beatles, etc.).

Many of the members of these bands are still playing and are now customers at Frank's shop - though they look older!

Frank moved to London in l962 for 8 years, moving back north to Runcorn in l970 where he started a business selling pop-posters and t-shirts, eventually getting into fashion clothing with a shop in Runcorn Shopping City called 'Banjo' - that's a surprise eh ? After a few ups and downs he opened up Frailers in Runcorn Old Town in l983.

The shop (Frailers) started as a group gear shop selling to local bands and then eventually evolved into being a specialist guitar and banjo dealership. Frank started importing instruments from the United States about 1988, one of the very few shops in the country to be able to supply genuine vintage instruments as used on so many historic recordings.

The shop's name - 'Frailers' - comes from a particular style of banjo playing which is traditional in the Appalachian mountains in the USA.


Do drop in soon - we will be very glad to see you.

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