Models and Designs

There are two established models from Fretsong at this time. Yet more will follow in a short time. We can build just about anything that comes along, within reason of course - please feel welcome to have us build your design.

The FS-1 is the current standard from Fretsong. A guitar body that doesn't require a collection of pretty hardware and plastic binding to have a pleasing appearance - but looks great with all the fine upgrades of this that are available today. Designed with the intention to have a clean and simple look - but there is nothing simple about it. So many factors come into play when designing a guitar - graduating curves, access to the fretboard, a pleasing cut away, a balance between two cut aways, symmetry over all and from point to point, position and alignment of hardware, controls and pickups, depth, density, contours and round overs, arch, tilt in the pocket, and the list continues...

The original of this design has an omega shaped detail at the bottom - somewhat like what is seen on the side of a violin body - for access to the tuning. I established this as part of my design over 20 years ago, as I wanted that part of the body to look less harsh - especially with the way a tail tuning system draws focus to that part of the instrument. I cannot lay claim to the omega shape, but I can clearly state that I was the first to incorporate it into this kind of guitar. This is a detail left to choice, provided the body is not already built.

Designed to be the core of a completely advanced instrument, The FS-1 has many standard features.

  • Recesses for knobs and switch nut.  

  • Recessed pickup frames for a flush surface. 
    Deeper routes for bridge and neck pockets. 
    Cut-away relief's, and smooth contour at the neck pocket area. 
    Back of body "comfort" contours. 
    Chambered interior, with a solid center core. 
    Neck heel relief with smooth contours for a seamless transition to the body. 
    A mild arch on the top, from the center downward in all directions
    Soft graduating round overs (much more than a simple breaking of the edge)
    Matching exotic material is used for the rear electronics cover
    Our signature inlayed ebony pickguard
    Completely clear access to all 24 frets
    Any control arrangement is available, prior to the build (some will cost a bit more)
There will always be some of this model available for sale, as it is the signature of this company.


The VP really began on a whim. But this guitar (currently with my client in Spain) really came to life as it took shape. This style is now a standard model - available in the straight delta shape or with the wider forward area for larger pickups at the neck position. Some will cost a bit more than others depending on the choice of materials and options.

The arrangement of the angles will be altered a touch in future models, so that the choice of single coil or humbucking pickups can be installed at the neck position. This will increase the over all size a little bit - but she can stand gaining some mass.

The standard features for the VP are:

  • Recesses for knobs and switch nut.  
  • Recessed pickup frame(s) for a flush surface.  
  • Deeper routes for bridge and neck pockets.  
  • A smooth contour at the neck pocket area.  
  • Back of body "comfort" contour.  
  • Neck heel relief with smooth contours for a seamless transition to the body.  
  • A mild arch across the top 
  • Soft graduating round overs (much more than a simple breaking of the edge) 
  • Matching exotic material is used for the rear electronics cover 
  • Our signature inlayed ebony pickguard made to match the angle (optional) 
  • Completely clear access to all 24 frets 
  • Space is limited for an altered control layout - but Some variation is available 
So many guitars, and only so much time to enjoy the R & D... More will follow as Fretsong grows.

The FS-Mini ... A smaller variation of the FS-1. This offers a full body to those wanting a more finite guitar. Yet all the refinements of a full sized instrument. Just enough mass to project some serious punch, but very portable...

The standard features for the FS-Mini are:

  • Recesses for knobs and switch nut.  
  • Recessed pickup frame(s) for a flush surface.  
  • Deeper routes for bridge and neck pockets.  
  • A smooth contour at the neck pocket area.  
  • Back of body "comfort" contour.  
  • Neck heel relief with smooth contours for a seamless transition to the body.  
  • A mild arch across the top 
  • Soft graduating round overs (much more than a simple breaking of the edge) 
  • Matching exotic material is used for the rear electronics cover 
  • Our signature inlayed ebony pickguard made to match the angle (optional) 
  • Completely clear access to all 24 frets 

  • Space is limited for an altered control layout - but Some variation is available
More coming soon for this model...
The approach to design here at Fretsong is one of symmetry, balance and grace. Modern aggressive lines with a consideration of a traditional electric guitar. Fretsong is not out to create some new hideous design, all for the sake of claiming an original concept. Yet the FS-1 is a recognizable standard in the market at this time. And we're open your own concept as well - we specialize in providing build to spec' instruments. And remember, an ergonomic design doesn't need to look weird-onomic - a comfortable instrument can look awesome as well.