Corona 'GWR' Gregg Wright

Corona 'GWR' Gregg Wright


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"It's a real honor to have my own signature model guitar" says Gregg. "Trev Wilkinson, Dennis Drumm and I met last year at the Voodoo Rooms in Edinburgh. They approached me with the idea of building a Gregg Wright signature model guitar, which quite frankly had never crossed my mind. I told them about a guitar I had built in 1984 specifically for the Jackson's Victory Tour. It became my main axe for the next eight years and appeared on countless tours and albums. Norman Harris of Norman's Rare Guitars told me the Hard Rock Cafe was interested in the guitar due to its unique history, so off it went to the Hard Rock and I got my little piece of Rock & Roll immortality. But . . . it's always bugged the Hell out of me, giving up that guitar! If you're a serious player, giving up a guitar you've worked with for a long time is almost like giving up one of your kids or something equally horrible! I told Trev and Dennis this story and described the guitar in great detail."

Trev Wikinson immediately suggested some great ideas for Gregg, "Not only can we build a better guitar exactly to your specifications, but equip it with better technology. It will stay in tune and the bridge and tremolo will function perfectly!"

So now, the Fret-King Black Label "GWR" is a reality.

He's shared the bill with countless blues legends, played guitar for Michael Jackson and Mick Fleetwood on their tours and albums, has been inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame (former inductees include Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis and Buddy Guy), and now long-time Fret-King fan Gregg Wright brings his signature blues rock sound to guitarists everywhere with the Fret-King Black Label Corona 'GWR' artist model. Over his many years at the top of the industry, Gregg has become a revered session guitarist, winning numerous awards, and he's also made waves with his own band, culminating in him being known as the undisputed King of the Rockin' Blues!

A left-handed player, who (somewhat unusually) plays a regular right-hand guitar totally `upside down', Gregg has always hankered after the now long-lost guitar he played in the '80s while touring with Michael Jackson a guitar built by what in the eighties was possibly the most sought after 'guitar hero' custom brand; I guess we all know which one... While talking with long term friend Trev Wilkinson about creating the Fret-King Corona 'GWR' artist model, this 'lost guitar' was featuring highly in the conversation, especially the feel of the neck, with its classic eighties shallow profile and flat 17" radius fingerboard the 'holy grail' for many famous 'gunslinger' guitarists. The extensive Wilkinson 'museum' has an original sample of this very same neck, and it was used as the pattern to create Gregg's preferred profile.

The Corona 'GWR' builds on the standard Black Label Corona's classic foundations, combining high-end building techniques, premium materials, player-friendly innovations and classic vintage tones with the usual Fret-King twist of delivering more than its stunning looks suggest. With an American alder body, maple neck and fingerboard, the Corona 'GWR' is tradition embodied and a whole lot more. Featuring a high access heel design for easy access to the upper frets and with an extended tenon neck/body join for outstanding stability and sonic coupling, the 'GWR' is a strikingly individual thoroughbred. The bridge-mounted Wilkinson P90 is stacked, and routed through our Vari-coil control, allowing the pickup to be wound back to absolutely authentic bridge single coil. With tradition infusing the rest of the pickup and control layout, the 'GWR' will give you all the tone you need to do justice to its effortlessly classic vibe and your music. Trev's decades of hands-on experience with designing guitars and hardware are acknowledged as having perfected the vibrato bridge. The Corona 'GWR' features a stylish black Wilkinson WVC vibrato bridge, with stagger drilled steel block and E-Z Lok staggered post height tuners for superb tuning stability and the best return to zero you'll find. Discover your inner Bluesman with the Fret-King Black Label Corona 'GWR'.

The 'GWR' Gregg Wright Signature guitar is an original Fret-King® Artist Series™ guitar created by Trev Wilkinson, Greg Wright and the UK Fret-King design team.

> Gregg Wright's Profile

> Read the review by Music Radar

Colour Vintage White/Red Japanese Flag
Body American alder
Neck Maple bolt-on
Scale 25.5"/648mm
Frets 22 medium jumbo
Inlays Black dots
Nut Width 1.67"/42.5mm nominal
Nut Graphite
Tuners Wilkinson WJ07 E-Z Lok
Bridge Wilkinson WVC vibrato
Pickups 2 x Fret-King WHS single coils, 1 x Wilkinson WP90
Controls Volume, tone, Vari-coil, 5-way selector
Includes Luxury genuine Fret-King carry bag

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