Custom, Handcrafted, and Curated Vintage

Stringed Instruments & Parts.

We specialize in beautifully handcrafted stringed instruments and parts, including custom mandolin and guitar builds and inlays. We also buy and sell certified vintage stringed instruments and components and offer all-inclusive courses in banjo and mandolin assembly.

Welcome to

Things with Strings.

With more than 30 years of experience, luthier, David Foster prides himself on building beautifully handcrafted stringed instruments and parts. Through Foster Mandolin & Guitar Co., we provide custom instrument builds and inlay services (featuring names, designs, and anything you can place an inlay in). Our custom guitar builds include Dreadnought, 000, OM, L00, etc. and we offer custom Loar spec mandolins in F and A styles. Our Doozy line features instruments handcrafted using Tennessee-sourced materials. Our certified vintage collection includes beloved antique instruments and parts. Also, we will soon be announcing dates for our upcoming expert instrument-building classes.

Meet the Craftsman.

David Foster, Luthier

A musician since childhood and dentist by profession, Dr. David Foster has always had a natural talent and passion for working with his hands. David combined this with more than 30 years of woodworking experience to launch his lifelong dream and labor of love - Foster Mandolin & Guitar Co. - in 2020.

He has since launched Doozy, a line of instruments using Tennessee-sourced materials, and continues to deal in vintage instruments and parts - a hobby he adopted more than 35 years ago. Whether vintage or crafted with his own hands, each piece featured on Things With Strings comes with David's seal of approval.

David Foster Signature (1)

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Our Brands + Collections.

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Foster Mandolin & Guitar Co. offers custom, handcrafted mandolin & guitar builds, as well as custom inlay services.

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Doozy Play Logo

Our Doozy line features custom, handcrafted mandolin & guitar builds - all made with locally-sourced materials and components.

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Our vintage collection includes a curated
assortment of beloved antiques, including pre-war instruments and parts.

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Testimonial Quotation Marks

I have been trying forever to have a truss rod cover made to look like the one on Mother Maybelle Carter’s old Gibson guitar. Dave hit the nail right on the head with the replica he made for me. I couldn’t be more proud and it couldn’t be better. Thanks a lot!

-Logan H.

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Our shop is located at 2775 Pullens Mill Rd, Culleoka, TN 38451.
Have a question or need more information? Want to register for one of our upcoming instrument-building camps? Let us know by completing the contact form below or calling us at 931.698.5502.

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Banjo & Mandolin
Assembly Courses

We will soon be announcing dates for our upcoming all-inclusive expert instrument-building classes. Classes will include all the components and instructions necessary for attendees to craft their own banjo or mandolin. Stay tuned for dates and more information coming soon! Interested in attending an upcoming instrument-building class? Sign up to be notified.

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