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Fret King Elan 50 Green Label Series, Red 2010

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Fret King guitars have been produced since 2008 by Trev Wilkinson, the well-known UK maker of Wilkinson guitar hardware. The Fret King Elan 50, apparently discontinued, was part of the Green Label Series.

Fret King guitars combine elements of classic, popular instruments and new design themes. The Elan 50 seems influenced by PRS models and, in its headstock design, by the Epiphone Wilshire from the late 1950’s to late 1960’s. For the Green Label series, it looks like the body is built and finished in a high-quality plant in Korea, then the instrument is decal’ed, assembled and set up by Fret King in the UK. This arrangement allows for lower consumer costs but better quality control.

This Fret King Elan 50 features Wilkinson bridge hardware, a pair of Alnico-5 humbuckers, and Gotoh tuning gears. The wiring features master volume, master tone, and a rotary coil splitting switch. The finish is cherry red, and it’s in quite good condition with very little wear.

This guitar is in original condition and plays well. The original Fret King case, a molded model likely built by Hiscox, is included. Hiscox makes lightweight, tour-quality cases that are used by many performing artists.

There is little dating information available for this model.  Based on references to now-inacessible reviews, it seems to have been an early addition to the Fret King line, and looks to have been replaced by the Elan 50SP.  Based on these clues, wear and ageing, we’re estimating the production date at 2010.   


 

 

Price: $1300 CAD
  • Model: Elan 50
  • Year: 2010 | Approximate year
  • Finish Gloss Red Poly
  • Class: Used
  • Serial Number: 01532
  • Country of Origin: Korea
  • Condition: Very Good
  • Date Posted: 01/11/2017

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  • Required CITIES documentation
  • Including original Hard case
  • Scale Length: 634mm 25in
  • Nut Width: 42.5mm 1.67in
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