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From the album featuring Bob Henrit on drums, Bob Skeat on Bass and Tom Wilson on keyboards.



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 Fluence Guitars

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 
Fret-King Green Label Series with the amazingly innovative Fishman Fluence systems installed. 

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. 

 

NAMM visitors can check the Fishman loaded Fret-King guitars out at the JHS booth (Hall B 5267) and Fishman booth (Hall C 4340)

 

 

                                                                                                                        

NAMM 2015
Thursday 22nd ~ Sunday 25th January
Anaheim, USA


Hall B ~ Booth 5267

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 Gear Competition 29

Gear Magazine

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!

Elliott Randall and Fret-King

Elliott Randall

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

Dave with fret-king

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. 

 

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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.

Fret-King Walter Trout Benefit   James Nicholl

 

 

Joe Elliott's Down 'N' Outz latest release ~ 'Rock and Roll Queen' featuring Fret-King endorser Paul Guerin and the Esprit III

Raffle now closed. Winner will be announced shortly.

Here’s your chance to win the fabulous “Fret-King” Black Label Danny Bryant signature guitar autographed by all the performers at the London – Glasgow O2 and True Blues Benefit gigs

Here’s your chance to win the fabulous “Fret-King” Black Label Corona 'DBR' Danny Bryant signature guitar autographed by all the performers at the London – Glasgow O2 and True Blues Benefit gigs. This is your opportunity to win this gorgeous instrument and possibly own a piece of future “Blues History” and help Walters recovery after his recent liver transplant. Entry is easy all you have to do is purchase as many tickets as you wish for just £5.00 each from The 'True Blues Walter Trout Benefit' website ~ http://wtbenefitguitar.weebly.com. Tickets will be available until Midnight July 4th 2014.

Click here to visit the website ~ 'True Blues Walter Trout Benefit' website ~ http://wtbenefitguitar.weebly.com


Signed Fret-King Black Label Danny Bryant Guitar

John Jorgenson touring Europe with Fret-King

 

John Jorgenson Fret-King Country Squire Semitone

 

Virtuoso guitarist, John Jorgenson, who has worked with artists as diverse as the likes of Bonnie Raitt, Elton John, Sting, Bob Dylan and Luciano Pavarotti is about to embark on a tour of Europe with his own band.

The John Jorgeson Electric Band which also comprises of Alan Thomson on bass (John Martyn, Andy Summers, Julia Fordham) Cesare Valbusa on drums (Albert Lee, James Burton, Tommy Emmanuel) Franz Bazzani on keyboards (Sousaphonix, James Burton) play an eclectic and original mix of music heavily influenced by John's 'Gypsy Jazz' style (The John Jorgenson Quintet is the only US act to headline the prestigious Django Reinhardt Memorial Festival in France). The month long tour kicks off in Italy on 30th April, and will also take in dates in Germany and Scotland.

For this series of shows John was looking for a fixed bridge guitar. "I was really impressed with my friend Jerry Donahue's Fret-King Black Label FKJVBK I tried out at NAMM Show," says John (John was a member of The Hellecasters alongside Jerry Donahue and Will Ray). "It played and sounded excellent. I was curious to try Jerry's pickup and electronics setup on a semi acoustic body and rosewood fingerboard…"

Over to guitar guru and Fret-King designer Trev Wilkinson who set to work putting together a unique, one-off Fret-King Black Label Series Country Squire Semitone guitar to John's specs within a couple of weeks in time to ship it out to Verona, Italy for the first show.

An enthusiastic John emailed over "The guitar arrived safely and it's fantastic! I used it last night for a short performance and it sounded and played really well. Tonight I'll give it more if a workout on a full show and let you know my other thoughts, but first impression I love it!!"

John Jorgenson Fret-King Country Squire Semitone

UK fans will also get a second chance to catch John in action with his Bluegrass band when he returns in July for a series of dates
The John Jorgenson Electric band tour dates are as follows:
May 01, 2014, 7:00 PM Teatro Modena Via Dante Alighieri, 18, 33057 Palmanova Udine, Italy
May 02, 2014, 8:00 PM Moskito Rock 'n' Roll Bar Via Ninfea 82 25049 Iseao (Brescia)
May 03, 2014, 8:00 PM Club Giordano Lugagnano VR Italy
May 04, 2014, 6:00 PM Flumignano (UD) May 05, 2014, 9:00 PM GO)
May 06, 2014, 9:00 PM Club il Bocciodromo Vicenza, Italy
May 08, 2014, 8:00 PM Jimmy's Cafe Altdorf, Germany
May 09, 2014, 9:00 PM The Village Habach, Germany
May 10 2014, 9:00 PM The Rainbow Immenstadt
May 15, 2014, 9:00 PM Backstage at the Green Hotel Kinross, Scotland UK
May 17, 2014, 9:00 PM Seafield Hotel Campbelltown, Scotland UK
May 18, 2014, 9:00 PM Backstage at the Green Hotel Kinross, Scotland UK
May 19, 2014, 7:30 PM The Record Factory Glasgow, Scotland UK
May 21, 2014, 8:00 PM South Beach Hotel · South Beach · Troon · Ayrshire · KA10 6EG


'Streets of Loneliness' by Janey Kirk and Fret-King artist Jerry Donahue.

Penguin on Tour
Fret-King endorser Matt Cornish from Penguin live on stage with his modified Blue Label Country Squire Super S

Matt Cornish ~ Penguin Matt Cornish ~ Penguin

 NAMM 2014 Show


   


Come and see us in sunny Anaheim, California at the NAMM 2014 Show

Fret-King unveiled it’s best ever selection of instruments to NAMM 2014, with a raft of great new models. 

Sharing a stand with its new USA distributor, LPD Music, JHS is showcasing its Fret-King, Vintage, Pilgrim, Santos Martinez and Laka ranges of guitars and folk instruments.

The Trev Wilkinson-designed Fret-King range continues to go from strength to strength, and new for 2014 is the Black Label Exige Standard, an offset double cutaway rock monster with huge-sounding Fret-King pickups, available as a standard model, in Cherry Red and Natural Amber.  



A new Seymour Duncan equipped Jerry Donahue inspired Fret-King will also be unvailed and Jerry will by on the booth to demonstrate and chat about the new creation.

Alongside the entire Black label range will be a number of Trev Wilkinson's luxurious, UK-built Fret-King STVDIO Series one-off masterbuilt marvels will also be on display.

Download the latest album by Fret-King Artist John Verity ~ 'It's a Mean Old Scene' here.


The legendary UK blues artist John Verity has released his latest album 'It's a Mean Old Scene' and is available for download on Amazon. Exclusively featuring the beautiful tones from his signature Fret-King Black Label Corona 'JV' guitar.

Here are just some of the comments left by happy customers:
"John is one of the best blues guitarist that is walking the face of the earth. His vocals are over the top. He actually makes the guitar speak in a language we can all understand. This is one of the best blues CD's of all time with impeccable production work. I recommend it to all that love the blues".
"I have seen John play live recently in various small venues, and just cannot believe that someone so amazingly good at playing the blues is not filling concert halls all over the world.. This album is great, The licks and feel are astounding. My trousers have melted!" "Every now and again a blues album comes along that reminds everyone what the blues is all about. This is one of those albums. The playing is immaculate and full of passion as you would expect from one of the UK's leading exponents of blues guitar playing. JV Rocks! The production on this album is amazing too. Really, you have to buy this album to see what I mean."
Download 'It's a Mean Old Scene' here...

John Verity Fret-King Road Show

The legendary UK blues artist John Verity completed a four date tour of UK during November visiting Fret-King dealers as part of the UK promotion for his Fret-King Black Label FKV6JV Artist guitar. Consisting of a short demo of the various Fret-King guitar ranges by JHS demo guy Gav Coulson, followed by a full band live set by John plus special guests, fans will get to hear JV's brand new guitar put through its paces.

Fret-King pedals reviewed in iGuitar magazine – and you can win them too!

Issue 21 of iGuitar magazine has just published a glowing review of the six new Fret-King effects pedals.

Reviewer Rick Graham gave the Clean Boost 4/5, and the Power Boost, Klassic Drive, Distortion XXX, Classic Wah and Line Doctor all got 4.5/5.

Rock said: “I was hoping for good things from these Fret-King pedals and I wasn't disappointed – as you can hear for yourself from our video. What I wasn't expecting, however, was the bottom line: the price. These are very well made FX and they perform at a very high level. The price, however, is pitched surprisingly low for a premium quality brand. Do make a point of checking them out – they're all great value for money!”

The Fret-King FX range is in stores now, and is available on this website right now for UK and Eire customers to order direct.

iGuitar is also offering one lucky reader the chance to win the entire range of Fret-King pedals, along with a Kinsman Ultima pedalboard to house them in! If you want to be in with a chance of bagging them for yourself, then head over to iGuitar to see how to get your name in the hat!


Click here to read and watch the full review: http://licklibrary.ceros.com/iguitarmag/issue21/page/90

And go here to enter the draw to win all of the pedals for yourself!: http://licklibrary.ceros.com/iguitarmag/issue21/page/44

Fret-King signature artist Gregg Wright inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall Of Fame.

GREGG WRIGHT ARTIST MODEL

Blues guitar supremo Gregg Wright has been inducted into the globally-revered Louisiana Music Hall Of Fame.

The former Michael Jackson guita
rist, and current Fret-King
signature artist, who is now thought of as the 'King Of The Rockin' Blues', joins an incredible list of musicians – including the likes of Elvis Presley, Fats Domino, Louis Armstrong, James Burton, Buddy Guy, Lead Belly, Tim McGraw and Jerry Lee Lewis – in receiving the honour.

Gregg said: "I am humbled and honoured to inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame! So much of America's music and culture started right here in Louisiana... jazz, blues, rock 'n' roll, zydeco, and so much more. I urge everyone to support the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. A sincere thanks to [Hall of Fame founder] Mike Shepherd, the Hall and the great music fans of Louisiana!"

Gregg's career began in the '70s, when he began to set the US's southern circuit alight with his incendiary show, but it was after his move to Los Angeles in 1980 that things really picked up. Opening shows for blues legends like Albert KingFreddie King and many others, Gregg really learned the blues game from the masters of the genre. He then went on to become a top session guitarist, winning awards, and doing albums and tours with many of pop music's elite – including Michael JacksonMick Fleetwood, and many more.

These days, Gregg tours the world with his own band, and he's recently worked together with guitar guru Trev Wilkinson and Fret-King to create the Fret-King Black Label Corona 'GWR' artist model. Built to Gregg's favoured specs, the Corona GWR recreates the vibe of the axe he played while on the Michael Jackson Victory tour in the '80s. With a UK retail price of £699, the guitar features Wilkinson hardware and pickups – including the unique Fret-King Vari-coil control, which allows the player to wind the stacked P90 bridge pickup to absolutely authentic bridge single coil – a maple neck and fingerboard, and an eye-catching white and red 'rising sun' finish

Gregg says: “The GWR is without a doubt the very best guitar I've owned or played. The sound, look and feel of it is absolutely killer! What a tone! These days, when I go in to do a show or session, I feel as if I'm carrying a secret weapon...”