The show will see the worldwide unveiling of the new Fret-King Black Label electric guitar and bass range. The result of this collaboration between Trev Wilkinson and hugely experienced players like Jerry Donahue, Dave “Bucket” Colwell, Gordon Giltrap, and Geoff Whitehorn – all players who have definitely paid their dues, reflect a huge variety of styles, and who, as well as being great players, know a thing or two about guitars – is a collection of artist-inspired guitars featuring attributes that all players will find useable, useful, and, above all, musical.
There are also standards to be recognised, passed and improved upon. The new Black Label range includes the ECLAT, a singlecut with peerless classic looks, and a tonal palette of such sophistication it could be three other guitars as well. The COUNTRY SQUIRE is a magical fusion of the familiar with the contemporary. The ELISE has a body style with a heritage that spans all musical styles, while the CORONA, a “moniker” associated with high-end UK-built double-cut Fret-Kings for over two decades, builds on the roots of this icon. Meanwhile, the SUPER-HYBRID is radical, yet so useable, and the PERCEPTION is a name synonymous with basses for real bass players.
Fret-King will also showcase Blue Label, premium designer guitar classics, UK built Green Label and the unique STVDIO guitars, from Trev Wilkinson’s design studio .
The hugely popular Vintage guitar range is back at NAMM for 2012 with a new Vintage Graham Oliver Signature guitar – the VS6GO – for the founding Saxon member. Based on Graham's trustworthy white dual humbucking rock machine, this new model really allows players to turn it up to 11 for an affordable price, just as the man himself has done over a 35-year career that has seen him sell more than 13 million albums and play at sold-out arenas across the world.
Ten million-selling Big Country bassist Tony Butler is the proud new owner of the first ever Vintage Signature bass. The Vintage Tony Butler Signature bass (Model V4MTB) is built to Tony's exacting specifications – black body and scratchplate, with maple neck and fingerboard – and joins the bestselling Vintage V4 bass stable.
On the acoustic side, international 12-string authority Paul Brett is debuting his new pair of Vintage Paul Brett Signature acoustics. Featuring a six-string and a 12-string model, the pair are heavily influenced by the “working man’s guitars” of the 1930’s. Paul is on the JHS booth throughout the show, so go across and see him to find out what all the fuss is about.
Also on display are the complete ranges of electric and acoustic guitars and basses from Vintage and Encore, as well as the classical and electro-classical Santos Martinez line, featuring the all-new internationally-
Jerry Donahue himself will be present on the JHS stand throughout the show, and is reuniting his guitar trio Hellecasters to headline the Deke's Guitar Geek Festival on the Saturday night at the Anaheim Plaza hotel. Stop by and see him and his new guitars in action.
Make sure you stop by at the JHS booth at Hall E 1212 to check out the full Fret-King range. Visit the Fret-King Black Label website for more information and videos: http://www.fret-
For a list of Fret-King distributors in your country, see the Fret-King website: http://www.fret-
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