Carondelet is the custom pickup operation of The Fret Shack, a guitar and bass repair, resto and upgrade workshop in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Owner Jeff Richard winds every Carondelet pickup by hand, one at a time, using superior components and processes.

Jeff has trained at the Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery in Phoenix; at the Galloup School of Guitar Building and Repair in Big Rapids, Michigan; and has over 40 years experience as both a guitar player and bench technician. 


Baron Francisco Luis Héctor de Carondelet (1747-1807) was a Spanish noble who governed New Orleans during its Spanish colonial period from 1791 to 1797. Our initial inspiration for using his name was Carondelet Street, a major thoroughfare named in the governor's honor that extends through the "Uptown" Garden District and Central Business District before the street's name changes to Bourbon Street. We thought it would be nice to have a classy, upscale sounding name with a direct tie to our nearby and hugely significant American music market. When further research unearthed this circa 1790s painting of Baron Carondelet holding a zebra PAF, we knew he was our guy.