Your guitar is broken (or needs setup work) and you need to find someone you can trust to repair your guitar (without making the situation worse).
Fortunately, there's a plethora of guitar repair shops and luthiers in Philadelphia. Here's a list of the most-recommended guitar repair shops in Philly. This list is compiled from numerous posts asking for the best local luthiers over at reddit.com/r/philadelphia.
Picking a Guitar Repair Shop
For minor maintenance work, just about any shop will do. For major guitar repairs, I personally prefer to use a luthier who makes their primary income from guitar repairs and runs their own repair shop. The longer they've been in the business, the better. There are, however, a number of fine luthiers in Philly who also run and/or work with a shop that sells guitars.
Side Note: Luthier vs Guitar Tech.
Technically speaking, a luthier is an instrument builder (specifically, a builder of instruments with a neck and a soundbox, like the guitar, violin, and cello). It is a french word dating back to the days of lute builders (lutes being the predecessor to the guitar).
A Guitar Technician is someone who exclusively repairs instruments.
While building instruments and repairing them have much overlap, there are skills that are individual to each trade.
However, I find that most guitarists don't distinguish between luthiers and guitar techs when finding someone to repair their guitar.
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Within Philadelphia City Limits
Port Richmond Guitar Spa
Braxton & Hyde Guitars (South Philly)
1901 S. 9th Street
Classical Guitar Store
Classical and Acoustic Guitars only.
2038 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
1004 Spring Garden St.
Philadelphia, PA 19123
Bluebond Guitars (Center City)
1524 Sansom St
Philadelphia, PA 19102
407 E Girard Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125
Roxy Guitar (Rockborough)
Common Beat Music (West Philly)
Also repairs solid-state and tube amps.
4916 Baltimore Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19143
Greater Philadelphia Area
Ruggerio Guitar Workshop (Morrisville/Yardley)
2114 Stackhouse Drive
Yardley, PA 19067
Martin & Co Authorized Service Center
40 yrs experience, acoustic and electric.
Danny's Guitar Shop (Narberth)
102 Forrest Ave, Narberth, PA 19072