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 four ranges to choose from, there’s a Fret-King for you.
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.
Guitars designed in earlier days have all the limitations we’ve learned to work around. Those early models, which were benchmarks of their day, were created by the innovators of their time, who were always looking to improve their inventions. They’d love what’s possible today. Fret-King Blue Label gives you exactly what you’re comfortable with, with cool body shapes and great design, using the kind of hardware and electronics innovations and improvements we know those early pioneers would have approved of, but so subtly blended in you hardly even notice the traditional gremlins have been banished.
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.
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.
Debuting at NAMM 2015 are these limited edition Fret-King guitars with Fishman’s Fluence Pickups systems.
Hand-built by Trev Wilkinson and his trusted luthier of many years Mike Smith, this very limited run of guitars will feature models from the
As well as countering the problems associated with convential pickups (such as the dreaded 60 cycle single-coil hum) Fluence also offer the player two distinct voicings, based on high-gain modern tones.
Alongside the impressive Fret-King spec of American Alder bodies, Canadian Hard Rock Maple necks with either Indian Rosewood or Hard Rock Maple fingerboards, players will
NAMM visitors can check the Fishman loaded Fret-King guitars out at the JHS booth (Hall B 5267) and Fishman booth (Hall C 4340)
Thursday 22nd ~ Sunday 25th January
Hall B ~ Booth 5267
A truly incredible prize! We are privilaged to be able to offer this amazing guitar designed by Trev Wilkinson. Not only a beautiful instrument made to the highest quality, the stunning Fret-King® Super-matic features the unbelievable self-tuning bridge. At the press of a button and a strum of the strings the Super-matic changes the guitars tuning effortlessly and more importantly accurately. Go from standard E tuning to DADGAD in seconds ~ you will never need another guitar!
Gear magazine are giving away this super prize in their crossword competition. Grab yourself a copy from all good music retailers, also watch out for Gear magazine in Guitarist,
Total Guitar, Guitar Techniques and Sound on Sound magazines... If you cant wait, CLICK HERE to download a copy...Good Luck!
In an illustrious career encompassing a wide and varied cross- section of the music industry including production, composition, electronic research and development, lectures, teaching, and of course, a legendary contribution to popular guitar performance and recording, Elliott Randall has also entered the rock history annals with his guitar solos on Steely Dan's "Reelin' In The Years" and "Fame" (the motion picture).
I am totally delighted with this instrument," (Fret-King Black Label Elise) says Elliott, "It looks, feels and sounds great. The Vari-coil provides a wide range of variations on a
tonal theme." In fact so delighted with his new guitar Elliott also got himself a Country Squire Semitone Special in Ash Green. “I was looking for something that could give
me that classic ‘twang,’" he said “and this Semitone Special is it! It plays beautifully - right out of the box; and did I mention that it looks gorgeous?”
Dave Hawkins from the band 'British lion' (The first side project for the legendary metal bassist and Iron Maiden founder member Steve Harris) was looking for a rock solid guitar that could take anything thrown at it, and yet still looked cool onstage. It was a chance encounter at Lister Guitars in Lowestoft where the owner Pete introduced Dave to the Fret-King guitar range, and in particular the FKV75HBK Black Label Esprit V. “It just felt right straight away” says Dave “and I just knew I had to get my hands on a couple.
The Manic Street Preachers James Dean Bradfield plays his favourite Fret-King® Ventura
on BBC 'Later with Jools Holland'
Fret-King Walter Trout Benefit Guitar
A Fret-King Danny Bryant signature model guitar, signed by many great guitar players has raised £1,300 in a benefit raffle to help Walter Trout in his yearlong and successful recovery from a recent Liver Transplant.
Through a 25 year long solo career Walter has sought to merge the essence of the blues with relevance for the times we live in. Before his solo career, he played lead guitar for John Mayall, Canned Heat, John Lee Hooker, and many others.
Donated by JHS & Co. Ltd, the Fret-King Black Label Danny Bryant signature model was selected as Danny is actually standing in for Walter in his 'Walter Trout Band' currently touring the USA and Canada.
Danny and his wife Kirby also took the guitar to the recent O2 benefit gig to be signed by the artists appearing before going to Glasgow and lastly to the ‘True Blues Club’.
The raffle, organised by Walter’s friend Brian Filson took place at ‘True Blues Club’ of Newton-le-willows where Graham Woodhouse and Steve O’Donnell put on an a 'Walter Trout Benefit Show’ who’s fund raising efforts on the evening have made such a difference.
When Walter heard the news he asked us to send the following message "I am so moved and thankful for the raffle of this beautiful guitar to benefit my medical fund. Thank you to all the people who participated in the drawing, to those who signed it, to JHS & Co. Ltd. for donating the guitar, and to Danny and Kirby for setting it up."
The highly delighted winner, Jimmy Nicoll from London, was presented with the guitar in the Fret-King Lounge at Ivor Mairants Musicentre in London. Jimmy said “I'm really chuffed to win this guitar! It looks really cool and I’d also like to wish Walter Trout all the best and a speedy recovery."
Besides Trev Wilkinson, the creator of Fret-King, the guitar was signed by: Jon Trout (Walter’s son), Danny Bryant, Elliot Randall, John Verity, Gordon Giltrap, Graham Oliver, Matt Smith, Bernie Marsden, Roger Chapman, Mud Morganfield, Otis Grand, Alan Glen, Del Broham, Andrew Elt, Mitch Laddie, Laurence Jones, Ian Parker, Marcus Malone, Stephan Dale Petit, Paul Cox, John O’Leary, Matt Bullard, Tim Pen, Karl Randall, Alan Thomson, Jim Keilt, Fraser Speirs, Mike Hellier, Eric Razoni, Charlotte Marshall, John Lindsey, Ronnie Boysen, West Weston, Calum Ingram, Kenny Robertson, Al Fleming, Tim Clarke and Dave Sutton.
Joe Elliott's Down 'N' Outz latest release ~ 'Rock and Roll Queen' featuring Fret-King endorser Paul Guerin and the Esprit III
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.
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.
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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