The Black Label Range

Black Label™

At Fret-King® we have a saying...

“Knowledge is Power.”

What does this mean?

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.

Trev Wilkinson's decades of guitar building expertise and unrivalled guitar hardware and pickup know-how mean that we can go where other guitar makers don’t, using innovative, meticulous construction methods and premium materials and components throughout the whole Black Label building and finishing process.

We embrace obsession, follow our hearts, not our heads, and revel in detail to make Fret-King guitars stand apart, consistently outclass the established benchmarks, yet be comfortable, friendly and familiar.

Our passion for thinking outside the usual constraints, while keeping a close eye on the styling cues we are all comfortable with, and the classic tones we all enjoy produces guitars you’ll feel you’ve played all your life.

Our vision is to inspire you.

There are standards to be acknowledged, surpassed and improved upon. Fret-King meets these three tasks head on.

The result, Fret-King Black Label™ – the newest member of the Fret-King family.

Part of the Black Label design brief was to actually listen to pro players, and to work with them to create their ideal guitar.

Hugely experienced players like Jerry Donahue, Dave ‘Bucket’ Colwell, Gordon Giltrap, John Verity and Geoff Whitehorn – all players who have definitely paid their dues and reflect a huge variety of styles. As well as being great players, they know a thing or two about guitars, and have collaborated with us to create a series of artist-inspired guitars featuring attributes that all players will find valuable, useful, and above all, musical.

Because you deserve the best, with no compromise, Black Label takes a fresh view of how to build in real custom shop high end features, the benefits they bring, and the advantages you get from instruments designed to be professional working tools.

Eclat faces up squarely to the acknowledged benchmark. With peerless classic looks, enhanced ergonomics and its sophisticated tonal palette, the Eclat is many guitars rolled in to one.

Country Squire, a magical fusion of the familiar, with contemporary, yet subtle dynamic improvements, and tone circuitry which takes this familiar body style into new territory while sticking like glue to its heart and soul.

Elise, a body style debuting with the new Fret-King Black Label, nods towards a guitar heritage that spans all musical styles. The Elise features a chambered mahogany body, solid maple cap, and Fret-King’s signature ‘Vari-Coil’™ tone circuitry a for breath-taking breadth of tone.

Corona, a ‘moniker’ associated with high end, UK-built Fret-King guitars for two decades, recognises the roots of the double cut, as refined by Fret-King.

The Black Label Corona blends masterbuilt qualities, classic and contemporary tone, great feel, and, of course, that Wilkinson trademark, a vibrato with unrivalled return to pitch whether you play like your guitar is in the shadows or covered in criss-cross black tape.

Super-hybrid illustrates Trev’s radical/sensible/useable ethic; 24 frets and sharp cutaways for speed-driven shredding, hard tail for ultimate tonal coupling, Hum/Single/Hum and ‘Vari-coil’™ for a million tones. Oh, want to play acoustic too? No problem, just kick in the ‘Acoustibridge’™ for a journey from ‘...the driest levée’...’ to the ‘...dark side...’ in the spin of a knob.

Perception; a bass for real bass players and a name synonymous with benchmark bass quality. The all new Black Label Perception four and five string basses have those Fret-King bass hallmarks; unshakeable journeyman bass player feel, perfect balance, high access necks, comfort-contoured body and distinctive, instantly recognisable, rock solid tone.

Fret-King Black Label; moving forward in the footsteps of history.

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 Fret King NAMM 17

RBI and JHS NAMM 17

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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

John Jorgensen and Jerry Donahue 

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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Corona 70 Fluence

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Elise

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Corona

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John Verity

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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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Fret King Fluence

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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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