Feline 20th anniversary model unleashed

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edited May 2016 in Made in the UK
At the request of TTony and a few others I will share my ongoing 20th Anniversary build here.

We present Our 20th anniversary model Lion.

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To celebrate 20 years since I first put a Feline logo on a guitar headstock (sometime end of 1992- early 1993) I decided to do something a bit special.

We decided to make a special run of guitars to celebrate the 20 year anniversary
Only 12 of this spectacular guitar will be built. (actually 13 as one is for my own keeping so 12 will be sold to the public)

This guitar is based on our very popular Lion model, and features all MY favourite features - based on what I have found makes for an incredibly sensitive and responsive guitar. (it's a bit like the Chef's special in a posh restaurant).

Features:

Neck

Pearl inlaid Feline logo on headstock
Sperzel locking machineheads
Earvana compensated tuning nut
3 piece quartersawn mahogany neck with volute and 2 way truss rod
Ebony Board with special split Mother of Pearl /Abalone inlays
Ivoroid Binding with Black tahiti pearl side dots
Deep set full width tenon joint - very strong and great tonal tansfer.
Feline all access neck joint - easy access to top frets
Dunlop 6000 fretwire with great fretjob

Body

5A flame or Quilted Maple tops on 2 piece mahogany body
Carefully weight relieved body to enhance tone and give target weight of 8-9(ish)lbs
the bare guitar weighs between 5-6lbs, the pickups and hardware weighs about 2lbs and the paint weighs nearly a pound (amazingly)
Bare Knuckle Pickups
TonePros bridge & TonePro Split Studs for tailpiece
Lightweight aluminium tailpiece - adds top end sizzle
Laser etched 20th anniversary logo on cover plate

Elecs

CTS/Bare Knuckle custom taper 550k ohm control pots
Jensen /Bare Knuckle Paper in Oil capacitors for tone controls
Switchcraft jack socket
All cavities screened with nickel screening paint
Anodised Aluminium rear cover plates

Hiscox Liteflite guitar case and custom tool pouch
Certificate of Authenticity

Price will be £2995.00 (excl carriage)


This is the first prototype that was built earlier in the year , but the other 11 are following on now at a sensible pace.
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The cover plates on the rear are now anodised aluminium and the lower plate is laser etched

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The all access neck joint is still as sexy as ever....

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Tonepros and Bare Knuckles

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Next post I will show some of the work in progress on the next models.....

Many guitars have a re-sale value. Some you'll never want to sell.
Stockist of Earvana nuts, ASL and BKP pickups. Sperzel, Tonepros, Gotoh and Graphtech too!
Expert guitar repairs and upgrades - fretwork our speciality! www.felineguitars.com

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  • TTonyTTony Frets: 10039
    This discussion is going to collect a lot of "Wow!" votes ...
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  • FelineGuitarsFelineGuitars Frets: 3644
    edited August 2013
    A quick workshop picture
    This one shows guitars number 9 and 11 flanking one of our Lion Specials

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    there is a collage of workshop pix here:

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  • One interesting thing we are doing is that we intend to put a different set of BKPs in each guitar , so maybe for the first time we will have much of the range available to try in almost identical guitars.
    That is unless people place orders for them in advance and specify which pickups they would like

    The prototype (number 1) has Abraxas fitted in it

    Number 2 here will be fitted with Emeralds
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    Number 3 here will have Black Dogs fitted
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    Number 4 is lined up to have Crawlers fitted
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    Number 5 will rock out with a pair of VH2s
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    Here are guitars 6, 7 and 8 taking a rest before coming back into the workshop for fretting .....

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    Expert guitar repairs and upgrades - fretwork our speciality! www.felineguitars.com

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  • Some more pictures of the next ones:

    This is number 5 now it's been sanded down:
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    This is number 6:

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    This is number 7:

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    And this is number 8:

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    Stockist of Earvana nuts, ASL and BKP pickups. Sperzel, Tonepros, Gotoh and Graphtech too!
    Expert guitar repairs and upgrades - fretwork our speciality! www.felineguitars.com

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  • Here are the remaining 3 right handed ones.....and there will be a lefty to come along as well!
    Not sure but I think I like these ones as much as any of the ones so far - it will be hard to let these ones go out of the workshop

    Here is number 9 - something a bit special about the pattern in the figure - this is the one I'm keeping for myself

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    Here is the top wood I wanted to use for for number 10 - it's a bit mad looking - we've been holding this one back but too nice not to use:
    Unfortunately one of the guys buying two of the 20th Anniversary models (numbers 6 and 11)wanted that wood for yet another guitar
    so we went back to the drawing board for that one
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    Here is number 11 - love the chevron in the figure

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    Many guitars have a re-sale value. Some you'll never want to sell.
    Stockist of Earvana nuts, ASL and BKP pickups. Sperzel, Tonepros, Gotoh and Graphtech too!
    Expert guitar repairs and upgrades - fretwork our speciality! www.felineguitars.com

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  • By this stage I'd been busy adding a few pages to the Feline Guitars website to try and bring it up to speed with the 20th Anniversary stuff.

    Here is a link to the section we've started for it - there will be much more to follow as the builds go along and more photos get taken


    Hope you like!

    Many guitars have a re-sale value. Some you'll never want to sell.
    Stockist of Earvana nuts, ASL and BKP pickups. Sperzel, Tonepros, Gotoh and Graphtech too!
    Expert guitar repairs and upgrades - fretwork our speciality! www.felineguitars.com

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  • Update from back a few months
    Here are two more nearing completion - numbers 4 and 5  (hopefully 2 and 3 will be coming through next week)
    Just quick snapshots - better pix to follow

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    Someone said it's like Fire and Ice

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    Number 1 is now sold and 7 and 8 are already reserved

    Here is a better view of #4 (Ice)
    Currently fitted with BKP Crawlers

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    Many guitars have a re-sale value. Some you'll never want to sell.
    Stockist of Earvana nuts, ASL and BKP pickups. Sperzel, Tonepros, Gotoh and Graphtech too!
    Expert guitar repairs and upgrades - fretwork our speciality! www.felineguitars.com

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  • Okay - time for some quick pics of #5 (fire)

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    Pickups in here at present are VH2s

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    Stockist of Earvana nuts, ASL and BKP pickups. Sperzel, Tonepros, Gotoh and Graphtech too!
    Expert guitar repairs and upgrades - fretwork our speciality! www.felineguitars.com

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  • Okay - time to show off guitar number two
    This one has BKP Emeralds in it, and has a quite punchy tone as a result
    Still available to buy of course

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    Many guitars have a re-sale value. Some you'll never want to sell.
    Stockist of Earvana nuts, ASL and BKP pickups. Sperzel, Tonepros, Gotoh and Graphtech too!
    Expert guitar repairs and upgrades - fretwork our speciality! www.felineguitars.com

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  • JalapenoJalapeno Frets: 2742
    Wow ! lovely lookers ....
    Imagine something sharp and witty here ......

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  • And here is number 3 - fitted with BKP Black Dogs

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    Expert guitar repairs and upgrades - fretwork our speciality! www.felineguitars.com

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  • Ummm. Wow. Just wow. Those are incredible.
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  • I want number 3. I can't afford number 3. I'm going to cry.

    Cracking work though!

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  • jmasterjmaster Frets: 19
    edited August 2013
    I want the prototype. I want number 2. I want number 3. I want 9 grand :'( they are going to haunt my dreams
    "have a good time, all the time" Spinal Tap
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  • At this point in time 
    Number 1 (prototype) and number 4 are sold to the same guy
    Number 6 and 11 have been reserved by another customer
    Numbers 7 and 8 are sold
    Number 9 is mine
    This leaves numbers 2,3,5,10,12 and the left handed one available to buy

    More pix top go up later

    Many guitars have a re-sale value. Some you'll never want to sell.
    Stockist of Earvana nuts, ASL and BKP pickups. Sperzel, Tonepros, Gotoh and Graphtech too!
    Expert guitar repairs and upgrades - fretwork our speciality! www.felineguitars.com

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  • axisusaxisus Frets: 7360
    They are just ...... awesome. If i win the lottery I'll be in touch for one. It will take a lottery win as wife + 4 kids suck up all my earnings!
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  • 3 more came back from paint today - 7/8/9
    I put 9 together first (I couldn't help myself!)

    Pics of 7 and 8 to follow

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    Stockist of Earvana nuts, ASL and BKP pickups. Sperzel, Tonepros, Gotoh and Graphtech too!
    Expert guitar repairs and upgrades - fretwork our speciality! www.felineguitars.com

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  • EvilmagsEvilmags Frets: 4505
    I want all of them. Simply awesome work.
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  • ICBMICBM Frets: 23710
    Fantastic work.

    I still think number 3 is by far the nicest - I'm not a fan of vintage-type sunburst really, but I can forgive it on that one :).
    "Take these three items, some WD-40, a vise grip, and a roll of duct tape. Any man worth his salt can fix almost any problem with this stuff alone."
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  • This is what 7 and 8 look like at the moment
    still need some work to bring them to completion but they are coming along nicely
    I'll update as I get them complete

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    Many guitars have a re-sale value. Some you'll never want to sell.
    Stockist of Earvana nuts, ASL and BKP pickups. Sperzel, Tonepros, Gotoh and Graphtech too!
    Expert guitar repairs and upgrades - fretwork our speciality! www.felineguitars.com

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  • DodgeDodge Frets: 171
    The colour scheme on #4 is stunning.  You've got a hell of a wood stash too!  Stunning stuff.
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  • FelineGuitarsFelineGuitars Frets: 3644
    edited February 2014
    Got some better completed pics of 6, 9, 10 and 12 
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    Stockist of Earvana nuts, ASL and BKP pickups. Sperzel, Tonepros, Gotoh and Graphtech too!
    Expert guitar repairs and upgrades - fretwork our speciality! www.felineguitars.com

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  • Couple of body shots too:

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    Expert guitar repairs and upgrades - fretwork our speciality! www.felineguitars.com

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  • samzadgansamzadgan Frets: 1396
    That green is beautiful...i have a soft spot for that colour on LP type guitars.
    Band: Crimson Ritual: https://crimsonritual.bandcamp.com/
    *** We've just released our first album ***
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  • imaloneimalone Frets: 735
    All beautiful. Can see why you're keeping 9, though it looks more tiger than lion. I like the part-pillow-part-flame on 4 & 5, great as a combo. What was the guy who went for 1 & 4 thinking... ;) (probably "these are great guitars")
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  • I'd have all of them.  

    But that green one is a cut above for me.  Just love it.
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  • TTonyTTony Frets: 10039
    edited February 2014
    ThePrettyDamned;174203" said:
    I'd have all of them.  
    I'd have any of them.  Maybe I'm not as greedy.

    :D

    They are beautiful, all (any) of them.
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  • WezVWezV Frets: 5661
    samzadgan said:
    That green is beautiful...i have a soft spot for that colour on LP type guitars.
    same here - its the same shade as an epiphone i got for my 16th birthday... but obviously much much nicer
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  • FelineGuitarsFelineGuitars Frets: 3644
    Some new pics of number 5 - click for bigger views

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    Many guitars have a re-sale value. Some you'll never want to sell.
    Stockist of Earvana nuts, ASL and BKP pickups. Sperzel, Tonepros, Gotoh and Graphtech too!
    Expert guitar repairs and upgrades - fretwork our speciality! www.felineguitars.com

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