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Fret King Elise GG

Posted: Mon Nov 14, 2016 10:21 pm
by Barnsie
I was looking for a comfortable and versatile (read swiss army knife) electric guitar.
I normally play 60s/70s rock on my Les Paul Studio but wanted something else to cover all bases.
Visited all sorts of guitar shops and tried dozens of guitars but nothing made me want to take it home, until.....
I spy a red semi acoustic with odd pickups and too many knobs and switches, and some bloke called Gordon Giltrap's name on it.
It felt good, balanced well, sounded great and all those knobs and switches did something useful.
I was totally smitten and had to have it.
Just have to finish paying Intersound of Dursley (great guys) for it.

One question to Gordon, Why is there now a MK2 version of your signature electric when the first version is so awesome?

John
A newcomer round these parts.

Re: Fret King Elise GG

Posted: Mon Nov 14, 2016 10:39 pm
by GORDON
Hello there.

As wonderful as the original one is,it did to a degree baffle a few players with the transducer at the bridge and the active electronics.When I started using it I found that I was using less of the under saddle and more of the pickup ( bridge and neck) combination far more.This doesn't mean that the guitar lacked its original charm, far from it.

Trev Wilson felt that he wanted to create a newer model that would have a broader appeal to players, hence the new model with the mini humbucker in the neck position and the full humbucker at the bridge,with the "roll" control that brings in single coil to humbucker in such a subtle way.

We also thought it would be lovely to have the luxury of an ebony fingerboard,and now the tailpiece,bringing a subtle change to the string tension.

Having said all this I still have a fondness for the original,a truly beautiful and versatile guitar,and Im truly delighted that you like it so much.You are indeed a man of taste sir and I thank you for taking the time to post on this forum of ours.May the guitar bring you years of playing pleasure.Be well.G

Re: Fret King Elise GG

Posted: Tue Nov 15, 2016 6:56 pm
by Barnsie
Thank you Gordon.
I collected it from Intersound this morning and haven't put it down since.
I love the under saddle piezo, but I don't currently own an acoustic, so this is my only option.
I'm looking at splitting the humbucker on a push pull tone pot giving even more versatility.
John

Re: Fret King Elise GG

Posted: Thu Dec 08, 2016 3:40 pm
by Bob Wilson
There is a great write-up on the GG MkII Elise in the new online Guitar Interactive Magazine. Pages 68 and 69.
Another award coming up hopefully Gordon :D
Be well
Bob

Re: Fret King Elise GG

Posted: Wed Jan 25, 2017 8:59 am
by paganskins
Chasing the hybrid guitar thing I've just picked up a Mk1 GG Elise second hand, it's in near new condition but en route the battery had become unclipped and free to move around the control cavity and potentially bash into the various electrical components.

It all seems OK apart from the following, does this sound right to you Gordon (and other Mk1 owners)?

I can get and blend both pickup sources using a mono cable but using a stereo cable I can only get the magnetic pickups regardless of where the piezo/mag selector switch is. I was under the impression using a stereo to 2 x mono lead (y cable) I should be able to send the piezo to one amp and the mags to another.

Also the taper on the piezo volume doesn't seem right, I'm getting very little volume reduction down to to about 2 or 3 then the signal drops off very steeply.

A small sealed unit which was glued to the outer wall of the cavity also had become unstuck but I don't think it could move much as the various leads running into are holding it pretty much where it should be.

Thanks in advance for your thoughts.

Re: Fret King Elise GG

Posted: Fri Feb 17, 2017 8:52 pm
by DAVE FITZ
I had a similar problem with this wonderful guitar, the review in guitarist said it would split the signal via a y lead. It will not.
When I enquired about it with Fret king they put me through to Trev Wilkinson who was very informative and said it would not do it as it had not been designed that way but he offered to rewire it for me in the Fret king workshop.
However I have a strat fitted with a piezo and I had a look at it and fitted the same 9 lug smart socket to the elise and it works fine.
The part cost about £3 and is simple to fit.
Hope this helps
regards Dave.

Re: Fret King Elise GG

Posted: Fri Feb 17, 2017 8:58 pm
by DAVE FITZ
P.s mine had the battery loose too. the wonder of gaffer tape sorts that out.

Re: Fret King Elise GG

Posted: Mon Feb 20, 2017 8:48 am
by paganskins
DAVE FITZ wrote:I had a similar problem with this wonderful guitar, the review in guitarist said it would split the signal via a y lead. It will not.
When I enquired about it with Fret king they put me through to Trev Wilkinson who was very informative and said it would not do it as it had not been designed that way but he offered to rewire it for me in the Fret king workshop.
However I have a strat fitted with a piezo and I had a look at it and fitted the same 9 lug smart socket to the elise and it works fine.
The part cost about £3 and is simple to fit.
Hope this helps
regards Dave.


Thanks for your reply Dave.

Yes, in the meantime my tech has had a look at it and come to the same conclusion. He's made the mod you describe above and also managed to fit a low profile switch to the control cavity cover plate so I can go between stereo or mono operation.

And yes I'm going to augment the battery clip to make it more secure.

Re: Fret King Elise GG

Posted: Mon May 28, 2018 12:37 pm
by Karajaal
Hi Everyone. I'm new to this even though I was online when the internet was a Unix command line interface. Please bear with me if I get it wrong. The reason I'm here is because a few weeks ago I spontaneously on the spur of the moment bought a mark 1 red Fret King Elise GG. I must say it's the best guitar I've ever had. It plays and sounds beautifully even when not plugged in.

My problem is quite simple though. There is no user guide? I don't understand? It wasn't till I found this site that I realised that the guitar is battery powered active circuity. And try as I may I cannot fathom the complex controls.

Could anyone point me in the right direction for the user guide for the best guitar I've ever owned?

Best wishes and thanks in advance

Karajaal

Re: Fret King Elise GG

Posted: Wed May 30, 2018 9:07 am
by GORDON
Hello Sir.Ring Tom at JHS...JOHN HORNBY SKEWES,the number is on their website.So glad you like the guitar,I loved it and used it for quite a while and there are YOUTUBE clips you can view.The three way mini toggle switch activates the saddle pickups when in the forward position,middle is both saddle and magnetic pickups and when switched to the rear it mutes .The three eq control at the bottom activate the transducer,giving loads of tonal choices.But give Tom a ring for more detailed info and tell him I told you to get in touch.

Be well.

G.

Re: Fret King Elise GG

Posted: Wed May 30, 2018 2:11 pm
by Karajaal
Thanks a million for your help. I'll contact Tom ASAP.

Once again thanks for your help and a brilliant guitar

Cheers

Karajaal