guitars smallGuitar Doctor David Payne has been a Bellingham fixture in the stringed instrument repair business since 1993. Before that, he honed his craft in Northern California, starting at Alembic Inc. in 1979 at the tender age of 17. In 2008, while at Manna Music, Zack Van Houten started apprenticing with David and currently works at Guitar Doctor USA and Checkmate Music.


David Payne is a certified repair technician for many manufacturers, including: Gibson, Fender, Taylor, Epiphone, Gretsch, Guild, Kramer, Jackson-Charvel, Ovation, Squier, Hamer, Tacoma, Tobias and Steinberger. Some musicians who have benefited from David’s skills include: John Entwistle (The Who), Jason Newstead (Metallica), Stanley Clarke, John Hiatt, Freddie Fender, and Fat James, to name a few.