The ‘JJ’ tag stands for Grammy Award-winning John Jorgenson. sideman for stars including Elton John and Johnny Cash. The Fret-King FKV25JCAR is the latest model to carry Jorgenson’s name and carries on where its predecessor took off, with one or two twists. Despite sporting an identical body shape with imitation F-hole, a solid American alder body is a departure from the chambered FKV25JJ, while a Canadian maple neck is married to an Indian rosewood fingerboard.
Hardware comes courtesy of Trev Wilkinson; a WTB bridge equipped with three self-intonating saddles and a matched pair of specially calibrated Wilkinson WVT pickups coupled with two auxiliary ‘ghost’ coils; the ghost coils reside under the scratchplate, providing hum-cancelling and classic single coil quack and honk thanks to the Varicoil control.
Also brand new for 2019 is the choice of colour; covering the guitar through body, neck and headstock, John’s choice of Candy Apple Red.