Debuting at January’s NAMM show at booth 6404, the popular Fret-King ‘JJ’ model receives a new colourway for 2019.
The Fret-King Artist series has produced instruments for a number of world class guitarists, and none more widely known and respected throughout the industry than Grammy Award-winning string picker John Jorgenson. Be it as band leader, country supergroup member, sideman for anyone from Elton John to Johnny Cash, or Guitar-X masterclass performer, Jorgenson’s eclectic influences and kitchen sink playing style demand an instrument that is every bit as flexible, adaptable and multi-faceted as he is.
The Fret-King FKV25JCAR is the latest model to carry Jorgenson’s name, and carries off where its predecessor took off, with one or two twists. Despite sporting an identical body shape with imitation F-hole, a solid American Alder body is a departure from the chambered FKV25JJ, while a Canadian maple neck is married to an Indian Rosewood fingerboard, resulting in a singing tone with blooming sustain.
Hardware comes courtesy of Wilkinson®; a WTB bridge equipped with three self-intonating saddles ensures that the guitar plays in tune all over the neck whilst retaining a classic appearance. A matched pair of specially calibrated Wilkinson WVT pickups are coupled with two auxiliary ‘ghost’ coils; the ghost coils reside under the scratchplate, providing hum-cancelling and classic single coil quack and honk thanks to the Varicoil™ control. Jorgenson demanded that his signature guitar be able switch from smoking hot gypsy jazz to cutting country and shred at the roll of a dial, and the FKV25JCAR doesn’t disappoint.
Also brand new for 2019 is the choice of colour; covering the guitar through body, neck and headstock, John’s choice of lustrous Candy Apple Red is stunning, perfect for under the stage lights.
Recently playing at ‘the Baked Potato’ with his original ‘JJ’, John commented that he was “thrilled to be playing at the legendary venue, especially with my Fret King JJ model at the ready. As the audience there is very discriminating I had to make sure to have the proper “tone tools” and the FKJJ certainly fit the bill!”