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  • Black Label

    Decades of listening to guitar players™ needs has taught us that while we have some great ideas, it is your goals which must be ours too!

    With a design team led by the legendary Trev Wilkinson, the father of Fret-King, we use our knowledge positively we have a determination to produce guitars with flair, and creative innovations that give you an amazing, tactile and emotional guitar playing experience.

    Our love for what we do means that we create with a passion.

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  • Green Label

    Fret-King® Green Label series guitars and basses are hand-built in my workshops on the U.K™ West Coast, to painstaking, faultless standards of perfection.

    Produced in very limited numbers, Fret-King Green Label series epitomises the excellence of world-class guitar building.

    Brought to life by the touch and finesse of a select handful of master builders, Green Label series represents the quintessence of luxury, the zenith of build quality and the embodiment of ultimate tone.

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  • STVDIO Series
    Beyond exclusive, each Fret-King STVDIO guitar is a unique creation showcasing the outside of the envelope of Fret-King’s design capabilities. Created personally by Trev Wilkinson in the Fret-King atelier, these one–off instruments stride the boundary between guitars and art, with off-the-wall cosmetics, mind-blowing configurations, tonal capabilities that will make the hairs stand up on the back of your neck, and playability to die for.View the STVDIO Series range »
  • FX Pedals
    Trev Wilkinson has drawn on his extensive collection of the world’s most collectable ‘holy grail’ effects pedals as the inspiration to create these desirable players‘ tools. Fret-King pedals are classically and authentically voiced to re-create tones you’ll recognise from some of the most iconic sounds produced by the greatest bands and players since rock began.View the FX Pedals range »
  • Cases & Bags
    Fret-King provides the ultimate protection for your instrument. Two options are available – the Fret-King luxury carry bag, or the Fret-King ABS 'Hiscox' case. The carry bag is perfect for the peripatetic musician, with thick padding keeping your instrument safe, numerous pockets for accessories, and chunky straps that make transport a walk in the park. The Fret-King ABS case is sleek, sturdy and strong. Bombproof on the outside, but soft and gentle to your guitar or bass on the inside, it'll keep your instrument in perfect condition – whatever you throw at it.View the Cases & Bags range »
     

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Fret-King is the absolute pinnacle of British design, and we are dedicated to producing the best guitars you can buy, whatever the price.

Initially known for innovative hardware, Trev Wilkinson “designs in” the kind of features and value to Fret-King guitars that all guitarists really appreciate.

Whatever we do, there’s a reason!

With three ranges to choose from, there’s a Fret-King for you.

Black Label

Tradition, blended with boutique design, custom shop quality, pro playability and comfortable individuality. The Black Label design brief was to prove that it’s possible to create spectacular guitars that are totally acceptable as a real journeyman player’s working tool, fit for the highest profile player on the biggest arena stage in the world -
and yet affordable to all. We love a challenge, so challenge yourself. You’ll be amazed at how far we’ve raised the bar.

Green Label

Each year we create a limited number of hand-crafted guitars in the Fret-King UK workshop. So subtly nuanced, these traditional designs feel like the “go-to” guitar you’ve played every day for 50 years, but imbued with modern reliability and all the benefits of Trev’s decades of knowledge of hardware, pickup design, fit and finish. Exclusive, yet attainable, whatever high-end guitar you thought you were going to buy, avoid disappointment, and try the best first. Fret-King Green Label.

STVDIO Series

Beyond exclusive, each Fret-King STVDIO guitar is a unique creation showcasing the outside of the envelope of Fret-King’s design capabilities. Created personally by Trev Wilkinson in the Fret-King atelier, these one–off instruments stride the boundary between guitars and art, with off-the-wall cosmetics, mind-blowing configurations, tonal capabilities that will make the hairs stand up on the back of your neck, and playability to die for.

Fret-King launch the new ELISE ‘GG’ Gordon Giltrap MKII

Designed in conjunction with UK guitar genius Gordon Giltrap and Trev Wilkinson the totally reworked design of the 2016 Fret-King Black Label Elise ‘GG’ MKII (FKV3GG£929 UK rrp) employs a two piece, centre joined mahogany chambered body with a double-carved solid maple cap and a figured flame maple veneer, finished in a gorgeous Antique Sunburst. 

The direct mounted Tune-O-Matic bridge with attractive inlaid ebony trapeze tailpiece provides superb tonal transfer and sustain, that resonates along its easy access mahogany set neck and ebony fingerboard. The Wilkinson neck mini double coil and standard bridge double coil provide a wide variety of tones, thanks to the ingenious ‘Vari-Coil' control that allows the player to progressively wind down the pickup to achieve single-coil tones.

"What a beautiful guitar Trev has created” says Gordon. “I just love everything about it, from the luxury of ebony for the fingerboard and tailpiece to that
classic antique sunburst finish.The pickup combination and ‘Vari-Coil' are such a winning combination creating a superbly rich tone that suits my style completely.”

Complete with luxury genuine Fret-King carry bag, the Elise ‘GG’ is available from your local Fret-King dealer. 




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Fret-King release John Jorgensen ‘JJ’ Artist guitar

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Designed in conjunction with Trev Wilkinson the new Fret-King Black Label ‘JJ’ John Jorgenson Artist guitar is packed with a whole host of features.


A world-class musician and virtuoso guitarist who has collaborated with the likes of Elton John, Luciano Pavarotti, Bonnie Raitt and Bob Dylan,

John Jorgenson’s
fretboard fireworks on The Hellecasters albums alongside Jerry Donahue and Will Ray remain favourites of guitarists everywhere, and with such an
eclectic mix of genres, John needs a versatile guitar that can slip seamlessly from one style to another.

The Fret-King JJ’s unique chambered body with faux ‘F’ holes is made from American Alder, with a Canadian Maple neck matched to a Indian

Rosewood fingerboard, a Wilkinson WTB fixed bridge provides solid anchoring to the guitar, providing unparalleld sustain and ultimate tone transfer
due to its three self-intonating brass saddles and cold roll steel chrome plated bridge/pickup surround.

A Wilkinson/JJ WVOBT bridge pickup matched to a WTN/JJ neck pickup are coupled with two auxiliary ‘ghost’ coils under the JJ’s unique pickguard.

These are activated with a push-push switch on the tone control, and as per John’s request these switch between single coil tones associated with a
guitar of this style and a true hum cancelling noise reduction with no perceptible change in sound or tonality. We believe this is the first time any company
has achieved this and it is a feature that John has been pursuing for many years now, even soliciting the help of Leo Fender himself to try to achieve this
groundbreaking setup.

Adding to this versatility is the ‘Vari-Coil™’ (activated by the 3rd control knob on the lower front bout) which dials in extra boost on the bridge pickup

when John needs to ‘take it over the top’!

"The very first time I met Trev back in the early 80s I liked him right away” says John. “He had all the knowledge and creativity regarding guitars without
any of the superior attitude that seemed to always come along with that knowledge, especially in the guitar world. He always seemed to have already
designed something that I had wanted and wondered if it was possible to make! Already having enjoyed a number of Trev's innovations over the years,
it's an absolute treat to be able to collaborate on a guitar with him now. I'm really excited about what we are coming up with and think other players will be too!" 

"Anybody who knows John, (says Fret-King designer Trev Wilkinson) knows he is a guitarist’s guitarist as he commands so many styles and genres of music”.
He continues "We’ve known each other for quite a few years now and I am always amazed at his imagination when it comes to designing his instruments.
It’s what I like to call a friendly guitar, but is still unique in its own right – very much like John himself!"

Finished in the unmistakable two-tone Arcadia/Versailles Green with bound black and white faux “F” hole and reverse painted plexi-glass pickguard,
it comes complete with a luxurious padded Fret-King bag.

The Black Label ‘JJ’ oozes classic style, holds its own in every playing situation and is an invaluable addition to any guitarist’s arsenal. 

Visitors to this years NAMM Show can check it out at the JHS/RBI Music Booth 5279 Hall B.

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Fret-King, Vintage and Thomas Blug prepare for Music China

The Music China show in Shanghai is due to take place from October 14-17, and Vintage & Fret-King guitars will once again be there
flying the flag through their Chinese distributors TeamJet Music.

Located in Hall E, Stand B32

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Nashville NAMM

Trev Wilkinson and Rick Taylor (Fret-King USA) being interviewed by Guitar Premier at Nashville NAMM

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Premiere Guitar
Editors Pick - Fret-King Esprit III
"Trev Wilkinson is a tinkering genius. And his Fret King guitars always seem to offer some cool, unexpected twist on a classic.
Or in the case of the Esprit III several twists. This candy apple red ripper, which fuses Firebird and Fender offset design cues features
stacked P-90s, five way pickup selector with Fret King's Vari Coil tone control, Maestro-style vibrato, and Wilkinson roller bridge.
This thing generates about a gazillion killer tone flavors."

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  • Black Label

    A revolution in the world of affordable, professional level instruments, the Black Label range is full of guitars with flair and creative innovations that give you an amazing, tactile and emotional guitar playing experience.

  • Green Label

    Hand-built in extremely limited numbers in Trev Wilkinson's workshop in Southport, England, to painstaking, faultless standards of perfection, Green Label epitomises the excellence of world-class guitar building.

  • STVDIO Series

    Beyond even the excellence of Green Label, STVDIO shows what can be done when the creative process – and Trev's imagination! – are allowed to break free of the bounds of conformity. Expect the unexpected...

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