Fret-King Walter Trout Benefit Guitar

Trev and DB guitarPRESS RELEASE: 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.  Read More …

John Jorgenson Touring Europe With Fret-King


PRESS RELEASE: 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 Jorgenson 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. Read More …

Hellecasters reunite for NAMM!


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.

REVIEW: Fret King Esprit 5

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. Read More …