The first of the new Fret-King Black Label range, the JD Guitar has been designed in cooperation with renowned guitarist Jerry Donahue. Known as the King Of String Bending, Donahue has been around for years and, as a member of Fairport Convention and Fotheringay in the 1970s, has lent his marvellous playing to some of the greatest folk rock records ever released. He is currently playing as one third of the mind-blowingly talented Hellecasters trio.
Donahue has always been known for his single coil sounds, and the JD Guitar brings together a range of his favourite tones. Powered by two specially
designed, custom-wired Wilkinson single coil pickups, he five-way selector switch allows a multitude of tones, gleaning the best of the classic tones associated with three of the most iconic, benchmark guitar designs into one instrument:
Position ONE: This neck pickup yields the rich, sparkling tone of the traditional three-pickup guitar. The result: that unmistakable single-coil sound that echoes the soaring, majestic blues tones of the '60s and '70s.
Position TWO: The neck pickup (now with a special cap engaged), affords this position a special tonal quality you would ordinarily expect to hear from a
full-body jazz guitar! Engage an overdrive and you capture that classic late '60s "Woman Tone".
Position THREE: The neck and bridge pickups are in a customised parallel wiring, producing an enhanced, more contemporary version of the customary middle position timbre on the classic two-pickup guitar.
Position FOUR: By combining both pickups with a capacitor and resistor in a controlled degree of reversed phase, this position offers the popular "in-between quack tone" found in this position on three-pickup guitars.
Position FIVE: This is an updated stock-style bridge pickup with symmetrically staggered pole pieces for great string balance and a special wind for increased sustain. It captures that amazing gutsy lead sound found on the very best of those traditional two-pickup guitars.
Body: Alderwith Ash top.
Neck: Maple, 22 Medium Jumbo frets. Bolt-on.
Pickups & Controls: Two specially-wired
Wilkinson single coils.
Five-way selector switch. Brass volume
and tone pots.
Hardware: Wilkinson bridge WTB bridge
and WJ44 tuners
Carry Bag: Included
Fret King Website: www.fret-king.com