The Fret-King® Corona™ is an enduring benchmark. Friendly,comfortable, familiar, yet always 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® Corona™ Custom
Fret-King® is recognised for upending the norm; setting new benchmarks.
Corona Custom Features
The Three-piece body with 4” centre block is constructed from selected American alder. The contemporary style body, with its tight edge radiuses casts an assertive shadow. The unique reduced profile neck joint and subtly extended cutaways offers enhanced upper fret access, and the front and rear comfort cuts make the Custom 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 harmonious, authentic tonalities of the Corona™ Custom.
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.
A carefully curated set of Fret-King pickups enables the Corona™ Custom to deliver a phenomenal range of tones.
In the bridge position, the Custom designed Fret-King® Prizefighter™ pickup, created by Trev Wilkinson delivers rich, fat mid-range with outstanding sweet highs that clean up magnificently, with bright split coil tones that retain plenty of output. The mid position Trev’s Fret-King® Dallas Special™ hot single coil and unique Fret-King Soapstack™ stacked soap bar style neck pickup imbue the Corona™ Custom with an extraordinary breadth of tones, which cover the entire gamut of the two and three pickup, bolt and fixed neck classics.
This creative pickup configuration is managed by an equally capable switching and wiring arrangement designed to max out the tonal potential of the guitar, and can allow the Corona™ Custom to be a two single coil, or a two twin coil pickup guitar, it can be an “all pickups on“ guitar for a huge tone, or it’ll produce the classic out of phase tones in positions two and four on the five way lever switch. In fact, there’s not much the Corona™ Custom can’t do, and everything it does, it does with customary Fret-King® elan and aplomb.
The Wilkinson WV6 vibrato bridge featured on the Fret-King® Corona™ Custom is a tour de force of design and technical detail. The ground steel base plate corner gives the WV6 authentic period looks, and the subtle “5+1”, 6 screw design ensures positive location and solid lateral and longitudinal stability.
Perpendicular bend, high grade steel saddles ensure spot on intonation, enhanced tonality, with ‘snap’. and classic vintage tone.
The stagger drilled steel block, with stepped forward 1st and 4th strings, working in concert with the string tree free headstock loaded with staggered post height locking tuners and Graph Tech top nut ensure an outstanding return to zero pitch accuracy.
The easily adjusted ‘push-in’ Delrin®-bushed arm with variable arm height and tension provides the arm position and feel that suits your vibrato style.
The Corona Custom comes with a Fret-King luxury gig bag.
FKV6CCAR - Candy Apple Red
FKV6CBK - Gloss Black
FKV6CVG - Ventura Green
FKV6CVW - Vintage White
The Corona™ Custom epitomises Fret-King’s approach to holistic guitar design and is truly one of the most versatile and useable guitars on the planet.
The Corona™ Custom 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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