The Fret Set run by Derek Chan is a brand new repair department that we’re honoured to host in our Fitzroy premises.

Derek gravitated towards guitars in his teen years when he realised how much easier they were to play in tune as compared to his violin, leading him to build his first electric guitar which he subsequently encrusted with paisley wallpaper at the age of 18. After hitch hiking through Turkey and earning a philosophy degree he pursued hectic careers in restaurants and human resources, then attended the Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery in Phoenix AZ and somehow ended up working at Collings Guitars in Austin, Texas. There he was subjected to higher than recommended levels of bluegrass, country and western swing. Despite this he managed to remain for 4 years. The proliferation of offspring meant a return to Australia culminating in his employment at Maton as the head of repairs, where he remained for 6 years before striking out on his own with a Plek machine at the The Fret Set. And we’re glad he did.


Here’s a list of the folks whose instruments Derek has worked on if you need any further proof that he knows his stuff.

8 Ball Aitken

Adam Harvey

Adam Stockdale (Albatross)

Allan Blundell

Amity Affliction

Andrew Kitchen (Antiskeptic)

Angus & Julia Stone

Archie Roach EA80C 1902(03/10)


Barry Skipsey

Bernie Lynch (Eurogliders)

Bill Frisell

Bill Nershi (String Cheese Incident)

Billie Joe Armstrong (Green Day) Maton Fyrbyrd

Billy Bragg Maton EM-425C

Bo Jenkins

Brett Garsed (John Farnham, Nelson, TJ Helmerich)

Brooke McClymont (The McClymonts)

Cam Mackenzie (Mark Seymour & The Undertow)

Carl E Minor (The Greencards)

Charlie Owen (Tex, Don & Charlie, Beasts of Bourbon, Louis Tillett, Dark Horses, Paul Kelly)

Charlie Sexton (Bob Dylan, Arc Angels)

Chris Cheney (The Living End) Maton J70 prototype

Chris Isaak

Christopher Guest (Spinal Tap)

Colin Hay (Men At Work) Collings I-35

Conan O’Brien

Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes, Monsters of Folk)


Dan Kelly

Darren Coggan

Darren Middleton (Powderfinger) Maton EBG808 Artist

Dave Graney

Dave Grissom


Dylan Joel

Emmylou Harris Collings Baby

“Evil” Graham Lee (The Triffids, The Black Eyed Susans)

Fiona Boyes

Florida Georgia Line

Flynn Gower ( Cog, The Occupants, The Hanging Tree)


Glenn Proudfoot

Gordon Gano (The Violent Femmes)

Guy Sebastian

Ian Moss (Cold Chisel) Maton EBG808 Artist

Isla Grant

Iva Davies (Icehouse)

James Keogh (Vance Joy)

James Reyne (Australian Crawl)

Jeff Martin (The Tea Party)


Jimmy Vivino (Conan O’Brien Band)

Joel & Benji Madden (Good Charlotte, the Madden Brothers)

Joel Peat (Lawson)

John Butler

John McNamara

Jon Stevens (Noiseworks, INXS)

Joshua Needs

Jules Rosenberg (The Bennies)

Julz Parker (Hussy Hicks)

Karin Page

Keith Potger (the Seekers) Maton SS 200/12

Keith Richards (the Rolling Stones)

Keith Urban

Kyran Daniel

Laura Imbruglia


Lorenzo Sillitto (the Temper Trap)

Lou Reed (Velvet Underground)

Luca Brasi

Lyle Lovett

Mark D’Rozario

Mark Seymour (Hunters & Collectors) Maton EBG808 Artist

Martin Estrada (Stevie Wonder, Macy Gray, Snoop Dogg, Enrique Iglesias)

Michael Franti (Spearhead, Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy)

Mike Brady (Up There Cazaly)

Mitch Hutchinson (Doc Neeson)

Nick Charles

Pat McKernan

Paul Dempsey (Something For Kate)

Paul Gildea (Icehouse)

Paul Kelly EBG808TE 1972(05/03)

Paul Livingston (Flacco)

Paul Norton

Paulie Bignall

Pete Townsend (The Who)

Phil Jamieson (Grinspoon)

Redd Volkaert (Merle Haggard) Collings CL Rootbeer

Rick Price

Robert Earl Keen

Robyn Archer OAM

Rodney Crowell Collings C10

Russell Morris

Sally Dastey (Tiddas)

Sam Hawksley

Sarah Jarosz

Shane Reilly (Tex Perkins, Lost Ragas, Voix D’Or)

Simon Hosford (Jon Stevens, Men at Work, Ross Wilson, Shannon Noll etc)

Sinead O’Connor Maton EBG808

Skyscraper Stan

Steve Doerr (The LeRoi Bros, Cajun Aces)

Tash Sultana

Tex Perkins EAJ85 479(5/10)

The Cure

The Hives

The Pierce Brothers

The Potbelleez

The Sweet

Tim Guy

Tim Van Der Kuil (Adele)

Tom Richardson

Tommy Emmanuel Collings OM-1, various Matons

Trash McSweeney (The Red Paintings)

Xavier Rudd

Zac Brown