The new Fret-King Black Label Elise ‘GG’ Gordon Giltrap MKII guitar is a subtle update or enhancement if you prefer of the signature model from a few years ago. The Fret-King Black Label Series makes some beautiful guitars and this new signature Gordon Giltrap model is one you may want to check out.
Fret-King has various different levels of guitar quality in the same way that Fender have Squire, Mexican, USA and Custom Shop guitars. I would equate the Black Label Series as somewhere in the Mexican to Standard USA range if they were Fender.
So great quality guitars, but not as expensive as the Fret-King Green Label models. Gordon Giltrap has had a signature model for a good few years now and the design has stayed constant up until now.
This new MKII version of the guitar has a new mini-humbucker in the neck position, which replaces what was formerly a P90 in the original versions. In the bridge position, there is a standard humbucker pickup which is attached to a Vari-Coil control so that you can dial in more, single coil like tones if you need them.
On paper the new updates make it sound like a very versatile guitar indeed. However, the onboard Piezo of the previous model has been dropped and the stop bar tailpiece of the former model is now a trapeze tailpiece.
The Gordon Giltrap MKII guitar has a two-piece, centre-jointed chambered, bound mahogany body. This then has a double carved solid maple cap and comes with a figured flamed maple top, so that it looks quite pretty. The guitar has a mahogany neck and an ebony fretboard featuring 22 medium jumbo frets.
The new model has two ‘F’ holes rather than the single one on the previous model and I think it looks much better and more balanced now.
If you can tear yourself away from Gibson and Fender then the Fret-King Black Label guitars are very good instruments. However, I think that headstock will probably divide opinions.
RRP GBP £929 including a luxury genuine Fret-King carry bag
Fret-King Black Label Elise ‘GG’ Gordon Giltrap MKII guitar full specifications here