As the name suggests, these guitars will appeal to country players, but no matter what kind of music you play, the ultra simple, single cutaway, bolt-on neck guitar that first appeared at the start of the 1950s lends itself to many diverse musical styles.
Throughout the history of rock 'n' roll, guitars like the Country Squire have been at the heart of so many musical genres; country, soul, blues, rock, jazz and more.
The Country Squire range is Fret-King's nod to the guitar that started it all!
With the Green Label Country Squire, we have taken the liberty of respectfully raising the bar, with a 22-fret neck with medium jumbo frets, in either a maple/rosewood combination, or one-piece maple, both with a deliciously comfortable 60s shallow C profile.
Both styles of neck utilise a 10" fingerboard radius to facilitate easier string bending, with a slinky, fast playing action.
There's a lot of mystique about original three-saddle bridges and why they sound so good. It's simple really with only three saddles, there are two strings to hold each saddle down firmly, so much less of the string's energy is dissipated trying to stop the saddles moving, greatly enhancing sustain.
The principal drawback of the original design, however, was poor intonation.
With the addition of the fully intonatable Wilkinson WT3 multi-adjustable three-saddle bridge, that unmistakable tone is now achievable; and perfect intonation, too!
Classic tonewoods, classic tone, classic guitars.
Fret-King Green Label guitars and basses are hand-built under Trev Wilkinson’s personal supervision, in the UK Fret-King workshops to painstaking, faultless standards of perfection.
Produced in very limited numbers, Fret-King Green Label series epitomises the excellence of world-class guitar building.
Brought to life by the touch and finesse master builders, Green Label represents the quintessence of luxury, the zenith of build quality and the embodiment of ultimate tone.
The process starts by hand-selecting and matching korina, mahogany, maple, rosewood, swamp ash and alder, classic timbers used for their fundamental contribution to instrument stability and tone.
And if tonewoods are the soul of a guitar, then pickups are the voice. Play a Fret-King Green Label and you’ll discover how each pickup, and pickup configuration, is carefully matched to the construction of each guitar to produce the ultimate combination of power, tone and clarity.
Great care and attention is paid to selecting the components used in the circuitry. Matching potentiometer values and utilising quality switches and wire is of equal importance to any of the processes employed in building the ultimate guitar.
Last but by no means least, hardware. Having a great looking, great sounding guitar is just not enough and after a lifetime spent researching the subtle differences, the smallest points of detail, materials and manufacture can make to functionality, tone and ergonomics can make, Trev Wilkinson has created what is recognised to be the best hardware in the world.
With Green Label instruments, each piece of hardware has been designed and selected to enhance playability, to be as comfortable to use as possible, and is designed to perform in a real-world onstage environment - all done to produce the best ‘players’ guitars in the world.
At Fret-King, we refer to Green Label as “modern vintage”, everything you would expect from the best of the very best vintage guitar you could find, with the invisible modern attributes which make Green Label peerless working tools.
If you’re lucky enough to own a vintage classic, check out Fret-King Green Label, and you’ll see what we mean!