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Fret King Black Label JD-Duncan Jerry Donahue Siganture Model

Of all the special guitar projects I’ve ever been involved with in my quest for the perfect guitar, the Fret-King JDD beats them all – at any price, it’s the best, and the most affordable…

FKV25JDD
Fret King Black Label JD-Duncan Jerry Donahue Siganture Model

Description

Decades of tone in one guitar!

Jerry Donahue, doyen of the string benders, and founder member with Will Ray and John Jorgensen of the legendary Hellecasters, is a player whose outstanding talents have seen him feature with artists as diverse as Fairport Convention, Fotheringay, Joan Armatrading, Gerry Rafferty, Robert Plant, Elton John, The Proclaimers, Johnny Hallyday, George Harrison, Cliff Richard, Chris Rea, Warren Zevon, Bonnie Raitt, Hank Marvin, Roy Orbison, Nanci Griffith, The Beach Boys and The Yardbirds.

Jerry’s in depth knowledge of guitar tone, and how to get it has been developed over decades of playing. When the opportunity to cooperate with legends Trev Wilkinson and Seymour Duncan to create a Fret-King ‘JD’ guitar which would be the match for his prized ’52 , and be the very pinnacle of his tonal ambitions, epitomising ‘ultimate JD tone’, the project was born.

The Fret-King JDD features Jerry’s California built, Seymour Duncan APTL-3JD signature pickup in the bridge position. This unique pickup was designed by Seymour to duplicate the warm, punchy bridge pickup tone of of Jerry’s favourite ’52 touring guitar.

The neck position of the JDD is loaded with Jerry’s custom designed, California built covered APS-2JD signature pickup. Seymour designed this masterpiece with a balanced field for even response, to distort "earlier", yet retain a clean, vintage-like tonality.

With a five way switch and circuitry tuned to Jerry’s exacting specification the Fret-King JDD meets his vision of having a single guitar which really can sound like many of the most instantly recognisable solid-body and semi-acoustic tones of the last 50 years.

Soaring Blues tones, rich dark midnite Jazz tones, ‘woman-tone’, the elusive `in-between quack-tone' and Country twang! in just the flick of a switch, it's all there in spades.

From the playability point of view, the soft ‘V’ profile neck, and 7/14” radius fingerboard radius round off a real player’s guitar.

Three legends combine to create a new benchmark guitar.

JD Pickup Selections

My JD cranks out five of the blazingest tones associated with the three most popular solid body guitars ever.

ONE:

(Neck). The “shop floor” custom designed Seymour Duncan APS-2JD signature pickup yields the rich and unmistakable, sparkling neck position tone of the traditional three-pickup guitar. The result: that unmistakable vintage single-coil sound that echoes the soaring, majestic blues tones of the '60s and '70s.

TWO:

(engaged) affords this position a special tonal quality ordinarily expected from a full-body jazz guitar! Engage an overdrive and you capture that classic late '60s ‘Woman Tone’.

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.

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.

FIVE:

(Bridge). The Seymour Duncan APTL-3JD Jerry Donahue signature bridge pickup captures that amazing gutsy lead sound found on the very best of those traditional two-pickup guitars, including my own personal ’52!!

Of all the special guitar projects I’ve ever been involved with in my quest for the perfect guitar, the JD beats them all – at any price, it’s the best, and the most affordable… I couldn’t be happier!”

Details

SKU FKV25JDD
Brand Fret King
Finish Natural
Body Two-piece centre-jointed American alder with bound ash top
Fingerboard Maple - 7 1/4” radius
Scale Length 25.5" / 648mm
Frets 22 medium jumbo frets with black dot inlays
Nut Width 1.67"/42.5mm nominal
Neck Custom profiled Canadian hard rock maple
Bridge Wilkinson WTBS
Controls Volume, tone and custom wired 5-way switch
Scratchplate Black
Machine Heads Wilkinson WJ05
Hardware Chrome
Includes Luxury Fret-King carry bag

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