Frailers Guitar Shop & Banjo Shop Stock Acoustic Guitars, Electric Guitars, Bass Guitars and Banjos, We have Gibson Guitars, Gretsch Guitars, Rickenbacker Guitars, Epiphone Guitars and Yamaha Guitars We stock well over 500 instruments Site Map 
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Opening hours  9am - 6pm   Monday To Saturday


Frailers features in the NatWest Bank
TV advertisement

"All by myself"
(December 2013)

Frailers also featured in
the BBC  documentry
Roy Wood and Andy Radcliffe

Suppliers of guitars to
'Beatles Story'

Loaned guitars to Beatles
'Who put the beat in Mersey Beat!'
Suppliers of guitars to
Beatles ' BACKBEAT'
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  30 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.

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  Recent Visitors To The Shop Include 

  John Renbourn    Martin Simpson    Fairport Convention      Brian Willoughby(ex Strawbs)

Arctic Monkeys    Miles Kane

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.

Mighty Wah, 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,

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, along Church Street (the main street in the town), and just round the corner from Regent Street.

Shop History & Services:

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

Regularly updated stocks of popular titles in music Books and Videos as well as Strings, Capos, Tuners and popular Accessories are sold in the shop.

As an approved dealer for most leading brands of guitars, 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.

Instruments are always available to suit a large variety of musical tastes and are catered for in the comprehensive stock.

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 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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2014    Frailers Guitar and Banjo Shop

89 Church Street, Runcorn, Cheshire, England WA7 1LG   
Tel: (+44) 01928 573087 Fax: (+44) 01928 591623   
Frailers stocks from these Manufacturer's         
| Crafter | Dobro | Fender | Gibson | Martin | Guild
G&LGuitars | Goldtone | Gretsch | Ovation | Rickenbacker | Taylor Guitars | Takamine| Yamaha