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™ Tone Meister™.
Fret-King is recognised for upending the norm; setting new benchmarks.
Country Squire™ Tone Meister™ Features
The three-piece body with 4” centre block 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 Tone Meister™ a pleasure to wear.
A solid four bolt neck joint ensures the constructional and mechanical integrity which provides a platform for great sustain and the emblematic tonalities of the Country Squire™ Tone Meister™.
The signature Fret-King® headstock ensures perfect balance, classic looks, and great visual appeal.
Wilkinson WJ05 machine heads provide quick, accurate, stable tuning.
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 Hard Rock Maple 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.
For this unique guitar Trev Wilkinson has created two equally unique pickups. The Tone Meister Sixty™ stock-style bridge pickup, with symmetrical stagger pole pieces and special wind for additional power and increased sustain and the Fret-King® Tone Meister A2C™ wide spacing, vintage voiced neck single coil pickup, mounted in a genuine Bakelite pickguard with bevelled edges, which produces all the rich, sparkling tone you’d expect delivering an unmistakeable single coil sound that echoes the soaring, majestic blues tones of the ‘60’s and ‘70’s.
For maximum performance and the broadest tonal palette, the Country Squire™ Tone Meister™ features a five way selector switch on an ergonomicaly designed angled switch plate and custom wiring, which takes the guitar on a journey from edgy, driven blues tones blues, to full bodied, mellifluous sounds of the big bodied jazz guitars of yore, to a contemporary version of the twin single coil, bolt neck, single cut middle pickup position, and onwards to that oh, so recogniseasble out of phase 'quack-tone', to the gutsy lead tone of the best of the best.
Enhancing all that tonality is the unique Wilkinson WTB bridge featuring a steel baseplate which surrounds and focusses the magnetic field of the Tone Meister Sixty™ pickup. Adjustable, pre-intonated barrel style natural brass saddles allow spot-on tuning, and two strings per saddle solidly anchor the saddles to the bridge baseplate ensuring the maximum mechanical coupling, so crucial to giving you all the power and tone you need.
The Country Squire Tone Meister comes with a Fret-King luxury gig bag.
FKV25MP - Natural Maple
FKV25BK - Gloss Black
FKV25OCB - Original Classic Burst
The Country Squire™ Tone Meister™ is truly one of the most versatile and useable guitars on the planet.
The Country Squire™ Tone Meister™ is an original Fret-King® design created by 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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