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Trevor Wilkinson started out as the go-to guy for luthiers who wanted his hardware and pickup fairy dust. Now he’s the brains and hands behind Fret-King, and the reason we expect fireworks from the Eclat 2.
The Fret-King ethos is “working vintage guitars” that “don’t pay homage to nostalgic and outmoded design criteria”. Here, Wilko flags up the “classic set neck construction”, “two-piece centre-jointed mahogany body” and twin custom P90s - the sum of which he reckons will make this “deliver instantly useable tone in bucketloads”.
We’ll be the judge of that, Trev.
We knew he could do the nuts and bolts, and Trev is no slouch with the wood bits either. As you’d hope for £499, the Eclat 2 is bullet-proof and playable, with its chunky body and neck exuding old-school vibes but benefiting from modern build techniques.
The wrist chamfer is comfortable, fret access is stellar, and it’s OK that the neck isn’t the fastest because no shredder would consider a P90 axe. True to the textbook, those P90 units have the rasp and muscle to hold a sweaty club in the palm of your hand, but that’s not to say it has limited tonality; back off the gain and this model cleans up, with the mahogany offering warmth and workable sustain.
Pros: Great old-school vibe and tone.
Cons: You can get more at £500.