Jerry Donahue is an almost unnaturally talented guitarist capable of dizzying feats of technique and melody. A few other companies (Fender and Peavey) have offered Jerry Donahue artist models in the past, and they were fine instruments. But Donahue says his new Fret-King trumps them all. Let’s check it out and see if he’s speaking the truth. Continue reading
Legendary guitar trio Hellecasters reform to play first show in 11 years at NAMM 2012
Following an 11-year hiatus, legendary guitar trio Hellecasters – featuring the outrageous talents of Jerry Donahue, John Jorgenson and Will Ray – has reformed, and will play its comeback show as headliners of the celebrated Deke’s Guitar Geek Festival at the Anaheim Plaza Hotel Ballroom in California on Saturday January 21st 2012.
The group, known for their intricate melodies and dazzling fretboard skills, are returning to the fray after overwhelming public demand, and will round off the celebrated festival with a bang.
Jerry Donahue will be using his own Fret-King Black Label JD guitar to play the show. The JD guitar is the first of the Fret-King Black Label range, which sees its worldwide unveiling at NAMM 2012.
Be sure to drop by at Hall E 1212 to see and meet Jerry and Fret-King designer Trev Wilkinson, and check out the whole Fret-King Black Label range while you’re there.
For further information and for ticket sales for ’The Return of The Hellecasters’, see the attached poster.
Fret-King guitars are distributed worldwide by John Hornby Skewes & Co. Ltd.
Legendary guitar designer Trev Wilkinson’s Fret King brand is designed to offer ‘working vintage guitars’ built without compromise and without directly copying any one particular classic instrument. Even a cursory glance at the website of the Fret King line reveals a series of instruments that aren’t shy about owning up to their inspirations but which could never, ever be called simply copy guitars. It almost feels like any familiarity that you might perceive is there merely as a vague frame of reference rather than a ‘let’s just tweak this a bit and put it out’ design decision.
The Esprit 5 is slightly reminiscent of Gibson Firebird, sure, but it’s more of a “hey, that slightly reminds me of something.. what is it? Hmm…” kind of familiarity rather than an “Oh dude, I totally know what that is” kind of thing. And to be honest, I’ve been hoping to get my hands on one ever since I first saw the shape in Guitarist magazine a couple of years ago.
The body is made from three-piece mahogany with a raised 4″ centre section and two slightly smaller flanks, one of which holds the volume and tone controls, placed in line with the raised section in a nice little bit of visual design.