The Fret-King® Country Squire™ is one of our most enduring styles, a friendly and comfortable benchmark, blending the familiar with the contemporary.
Our decades of knowledge in tonewood selection and attention to detail in construction methods, electronics, hardware, and pickups are all crucial in the creation of the Fret-King® Country Squire™ Semitone De Luxe™.
Fret-King is recognised for upending the norm; setting new benchmarks.
Country Squire™ Semitone De Luxe Features
The two-piece centre jointed chambered body is constructed from selected American alder. The body, with its vintage edge radiuses casts a classic shadow. The unique reduced profile neck joint and subtly extended cutaway offers enhanced upper fret access, and the superb overall balance makes the Semitone De Luxe a pleasure to wear. A solid four bolt neck joint ensures the constructional and mechanical integrity which provides a platform for the great light and airy sustain characteristics and emblematic tonalities of the Country Squire™ Semitone De Luxe™.
The signature Fret-King headstock ensures perfect balance, classic looks, and great visual appeal.
Wilkinson WJ05 pin-lock locking machine heads with staggered string post heights provide correct string rake angle for snag free, smooth vibrato action and correct playing tension.
43mm Graph Tech® self-lubricating nut, smooth and friction free. |
Light oil finished, hard rock Maple with classic ‘soft C’ profile for instant comfort, speed, accuracy, and a luxurious ‘played in’ feel.
Premium Indian Rosewood for durability, and outstanding tonal transfer with a 10” radius for a super comfortable, responsive, positive playing feel.
25.5" / 648mm.
22 Medium profile hi-durability nickel silver frets ensure accuracy, comfort, and an overall feel.
In line with Fret-King’s philosophy of thoughtful innovation, the Semitone De Luxe™ is loaded with a visually striking, and tonally diverse set of Fret-King pickups which deliver a phenomenal range of tones. The custom designed Fret-King® neck position Alnico V Focusfield™ mini double coil pickups, created by Trev Wilkinson, speak authoratively, with a clearly defined focus, authentic tonality, depth and power. In the mid position Fret-King® Dallas Special™ hot single coil is redolent of the outer edge of the single coil pickup voice, feeding in power with great dynamic control. The trio is completed by the bridge mounted Powertwin™ a hot double coil of immense capability.
The unique and eclectic pickup configuration provides for a depth of tonal possibilities approached by few other guitars. The breadth of control over the pickups, using the dynamics of the master volume and dual concentric master tone control and Fret-King's Varicoil™ control, allows either the bridge-mounted Powertwin™ or the neck mounted Focusfield™ double coil pickups to roll smoothly and progressively to single coil. This offers players an almost limitless range of benchmark tones. Then, flick the ergonomically positioned selector switch down to the bridge position, roll the Vari-coil back, roll the tone on and it's direct to classic single coil bridge tone, in a 'three single coil classic'. Roll the Vari-coil forward, and the Powertwin™ leaps to life. Click up one for a beefed up classic 'out of phase' tone position, bringing in the centre mounted Dallas Special™. Click up to the Focusfield™, roll the tone back, crank up the gain and you find classic 60's blues tones waiting for you!
Enhancing that tonality is the unique Wilkinson WVT bridge. This twin post, hybrid 'wave' vibrato features a heat-treated steel baseplate with two strings per pre intonated, adjustable brass saddle to solidly anchor the saddles to the bridge baseplate, ensuring the maximum mechanical coupling so crucial to giving you all the sustain, tone and power you need.
The magic combination of the Wilkinson vibrato bridge, staggered post height machine heads, Graph Tech friction-free top nut, stagger drilled vibrato block and perfectly located saddles with adjustable, provide great ergonomics and playing feel, and ensure superb return to zero, whatever the whammying. Thoughtful innovation includes an easily adjustable height and swing tension vibrato arm, adding to the exceptional playability and supreme usefulness of the Fret-King® Semitone De Luxe™.
The Country Squire Semitone De Luxe comes with a Fret-King luxury gig bag.
FKV22HB - Honeyburst
FKV22NA - Natural Ash
FKV22OCB - Original Classic Burst
FKV22TR - Thru Red
FKV22TBK - Thru Black
The Country Squire® Semitone De Luxe™ is truly one of the most versatile and useable guitars on the planet.
The Country Squire® Semitone De Luxe™ is an original Fret-King® design created by Trev Wilkinson and the UK Fret-King® design team.
About Fret King
Since 1993, and the naissance of Fret-King® in California, we have been listening to guitarists of all stripes, from the internationally renowned and famous, to the ‘journeymen’ players, to the local heroes, as well as to the design
community, the press, our peers and our competitors, incorporating real-world experience and needs into innovative, elegant, player focussed designs which fall instantly to hand, and are endowed with eminently useable features, superb playability, expanded tonal palettes with a signature edge, bringing a fresh twist to the electric guitar and bass world, through a philosophy and identity which is uniquely Fret-King®.
There are long established benchmarks; build materials, pickups, components and electronics, image, style, familiarity, feel, playability, tone, and performance, which all ‘bracket’ the parameters of the possible. For us, creating our unique Fret-King® instruments is akin to creating great cuisine from great ingredients with our unique recipes, skill, and knowledge.
Probably, there is no ‘ideal guitar’, but since Trev Wilkinson created the very first Fret-King® guitars, after what was already half a lifetime of playing, tinkering, repairing, designing, prototyping and building guitars, thoughtful innovative guitar hardware and spectacularly authentic pickups, “doing it for the guitar player” as Trev would put it, the Fret-King® ethic was then and has always remained “radical/sensible/useable”,
with the purpose of designing versatile working tools, with recognisable classic attributes, premium materials and components, familiar and comfortable feel, outstanding playability and eminently useable features which provide the kind of exceptionally broad tonal palette that enables every Fret-King® model to carry off a huge range of tones and musical styles.
That philosophy and tradition endures today, and we retain a refreshingly progressive view of how to incorporate real high-end custom shop features, the benefits they bring, and the advantages players get from them, with instruments
designed from the ground up to be professional working tools.
Just as we are at here at Fret-King®, guitar players by their very nature are emblematic of self-expression and independence. It’s often said that the heart, soul, and art of a player shines through the instruments they play. Fret-King® guitars are a transparent lens, supporting all that freedom and energy, channelling it, and providing a solid platform to enable players to achieve the outer edges of their personal creative endeavours.
The 2023 Fret-King® Collection brings together five or more decades of skill and experience in understanding what works and translates emotion into instruments which speak with your voice.
Eclat™ has the peerless, classic good looks of the fixed neck single cut and adds a twist with enhanced ergonomics and a sophisticated, performance focussed tonal palette. The Eclat™ is truly many guitars rolled in to one.
Eclat™ Custom features our Focusfield™ mini double coil pickups, and the Fret-King® signature ‘comfort-cut.
Eclat™ Standard is loaded with Fret-King’s unique Soapstack™ stacked soap bar style pickups.
Country Squire™ is a Fret-King® stalwart, a magical fusion of the traditional with the contemporary, featuring subtle dynamic and ergonomic enhancements across several distinct and unique variants. Rooted in the familiar, whist offering freedom to be free of retro constraints and burst free into a new creativity, the 2023 Country Squire™ collection includes a slew of different variants, The Classic, The Modern Classic, The
Semitone De Luxe™, The Music Row™, The Stealth and The Tone Meister™
Elise™ Custom is latest iteration of what is now a long line of Elise™ variants, featuring the signature Fret-King® offset, chambered, semi acoustic body style and nodding to a guitar heritage which spans all musical styles.
Available in this collection in hardtail and vibrola models, the Elise™ Custom has a breath-taking tonal palette which allows it to deliver a truly outstanding range of tone.
Corona™, available in two versions, Classic and Custom, recognises the roots of the bolt-neck double cut, as re-interpreted by Fret-King®, incorporates masterbuilt qualities, classic and contemporary style, feel and tone, and, of course, that Wilkinson trademark, a vibrato with unrivalled return to pitch whether you play with maximum attitude, in the shadows or on the watchtower.
Classic, as it suggests is a quite traditional HSS bolt-neck double cut, with the added advantage of Fret-King’s unique “Varicoil”.
Custom is an assertive beast, with a contemporary style body, with tight edge radiuses makes a strong style statement, with a unique pickup, control and switching arrangement which produces an almost limitless range of amazingly useable voices and subtly extended cutaway and heel joint providing enhanced upper fret access while maintaining the Corona™ Custom’s purity of line and traditional elegance.
Perception™ Custom The Fret-King® Perception™, available in four and five string versions, has always been synonymous with the needs of the journeyman bass player, delivering outstanding tone feel and balance. The Perception™ Custom speaks to the bass players’ love of tradition and introduces innovation, featuring the quite outstanding Aguilar® 4SD-D1 pickups and OPB3 active pre-amp, a combination which offers an almost magical range of tones and dynamic ability.
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