Feline Guitars Lion Cub DC thread : WAY COOL JUNIOR*

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For a while I've had some thoughts to do a run of guitars based on the popular late 1950s LP Junior Doublecut.

This started to take shape in my mind even more when we discussed the closure/sell off of Gordon Smith Guitars on this forum.

So I started to think about the specs to make some and would you believe what turned up......aselection of prime examples of the guitar in question.

So many of the questions that I would have can be answered by taking a close look at these babies

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* In case you were wondering about the title - it's a song and can be found here:

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

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  • TTonyTTony Frets: 14030
    The first question is ....


     .... £ ???

    ;)
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  • monofinmonofin Frets: 1022
    So does this mean you'll be building a version of these?
    And will it be available in tv yellow?
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  • With that title, I thought they were going to be in a snakeskin finish.
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  • DeijavooDeijavoo Frets: 3094
    A second vote for TV Yellow!
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  • FelineGuitarsFelineGuitars Frets: 5006
    Here's a couple we're working on:

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

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  • monofinmonofin Frets: 1022
    Can you please pm me some details and pricing. Colour me very interested
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  • FelineGuitarsFelineGuitars Frets: 5006
    We were looking at seeing what we could do that would be affordable (by Feline Standards)

    We considered a standard spec with an Oil fiinish and "standard hardware" for £1499
    We were going to offer an upgraded package allowing for better bridge, tuners and choice of pickup for £1699

    Finally there would be an upgraded & painted option - just like you would get if you had ordered one custom from us at about £2200

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

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  • monofinmonofin Frets: 1022
    So how light/dark would these be with the oiled finish?
    Also what's the standard and upgraded hardware?
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  • Philly_QPhilly_Q Frets: 4232
    edited June 2015
    Well, er... crikey.  They look good.   

    (oh and of course I got the Ratt reference!  :P )

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  • FelineGuitarsFelineGuitars Frets: 5006
    I should point out that it is likely that I was going to opt for a Humbucker sized P90 - so  players could opt for a P90 or a Humbucker - and have the option to change their minds later and try other pickup options.

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

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  • FelineGuitarsFelineGuitars Frets: 5006
    I should point out that it is likely that I was going to opt for a Humbucker sized P90 - so  players could opt for a P90 or a Humbucker - and have the option to change their minds later and try other pickup options.

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

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  • glt56glt56 Frets: 97
    edited June 2015
    I supposed you couldn't do an aged Les Paul Special, preferably with Lollar P90's, in TV White could you? 
    (oh please please say yes, oh please, oh please say yes.....)  [-O<
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  • bigdawgbigdawg Frets: 51
    Don't pull punches should have a straight for the jugular 'proper' P90...

    Re the question about how dark an oil finish is :

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  • FelineGuitarsFelineGuitars Frets: 5006
    the first one is coming along nicely and it sounds awesome:

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

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  • TTonyTTony Frets: 14030
    Horrible.

    You'll never sell it.

    :D
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  • randomhandclapsrandomhandclaps Frets: 20455
    For me there is something incredibly appealing about an instrument that looks fundamentally simple to the untrained eye (as in no flash inlays etc.) put together wonderfully. Although I find virtually everything you make mouthwatering these are really calling to me.
    My muse is not a horse and art is not a race.
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  • dindudedindude Frets: 5199
    Looks delicious. So glad you went with a P90 in the end. Getting very interested.
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  • FelineGuitarsFelineGuitars Frets: 5006
    This one and it's sister guitar are both for customers.
    I still am open to putting a HB sized P90 on the next ones ....unless I have customers wanting the regular P90 in which case we can do that .
    This one and it's sister both have the hardware upgrade option with the Graphtech resomax bridge and Sperzel tuners.

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

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  • xmrchixmrchi Frets: 2805
    One with an f hole would look amazing.... just saying :)
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  • FelineGuitarsFelineGuitars Frets: 5006
    Yup and it's just a phone call and deposit payment away :)

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

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  • JayGeeJayGee Frets: 443
    Yup and it's just a phone call and deposit payment away :)

    So, just hypothetically you understand...

    If a chap fancied one of these in a really basic finish (ideally something which would patinate nicely and develop a bit of character without waiting 20 years) and with a proper raunchy, snarly, dogear P90 on it...

    How big a deposit and how long would I, errr, I mean he, have to scrape together the balance?
    Don't ask me, I just play the damned thing...
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  • 4114Effects4114Effects Frets: 2630
    Firstly let me state this is a genuine question - I'm in no way trying to insult or troll anyone here.

    With that caveat, my question is: What makes these guitars worth £1500? 

    Again, I'm just trying to understand what makes the guitars so special, I've never owned a boutique guitar - the most expensive one I have is a USA strat, so I'm just trying to find out what all that money gets you in such a simple looking design,  i.e. what would/should persuade me to choose Feline over a genuine Gibson.

    Cheers :)
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  • ThorpyFXThorpyFX Frets: 3976
    edited July 2015
    Firstly let me state this is a genuine question - I'm in no way trying to insult or troll anyone here.

    With that caveat, my question is: What makes these guitars worth £1500? 

    Again, I'm just trying to understand what makes the guitars so special, I've never owned a boutique guitar - the most expensive one I have is a USA strat, so I'm just trying to find out what all that money gets you in such a simple looking design,  i.e. what would/should persuade me to choose Feline over a genuine Gibson.

    Cheers :)

    there is always a genuine question of perceived cost/value. I have no idea why this presents itself but I'll try and help answer the question as I'm a feline owner myself. A guitar like this is handmade, the hours that go into it are much more than a bog standard Gibson (which can be lovely too). The wood is selected for its lightness, grain, and sonic capabilities. The neck and fretwork is truly phenomenal and definetly a feline strong point. To put it in context if you were to order a custom guitar such as this from Gibson/prs or fender it would be circa £6k due to the attention to detail custom nature etc. The argument goes that you could get a Gibson junior for around £600, that is true but it will be a factory made lump of wood without the passion or attention to detail. Entirely acceptable of course and within those factory produced guitars there will be some astonishing gems due to the combination of wood and parts. I know that Jon cares about his trade, he gives a shit if I like the guitar or not, he will ring me to give a progress update and ultimately I'll end up with a bespoke instrument. The best analogies to compare are a Chinese made joyo pedal vs handmade creations. Both produce noise, but I guarantee yours will be better made. The same goes for a tailored suit vs an off the peg designer brand. I guarantee the tailored suit will fit the owner better. In short. It's bespoke vs generic. When you've gone bespoke it's hard to not yearn for it again.
    Adrian Thorpe MBE | Owner of ThorpyFx Ltd | Email: thorpy@thorpyfx.com | Twitter: @ThorpyFx | Facebook: ThorpyFx Ltd | Website: www.thorpyfx.com
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  • 4114Effects4114Effects Frets: 2630
    Thanks @thorpy6 - makes sense to me.

    I'd better not go bespoke just yet then, sounds like an expensive habit :)
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  • ThorpyFXThorpyFX Frets: 3976
    Thanks @thorpy6 - makes sense to me.

    I'd better not go bespoke just yet then, sounds like an expensive habit :)

    I think these juniors are going to be phenomenal bang for the buck..
    Adrian Thorpe MBE | Owner of ThorpyFx Ltd | Email: thorpy@thorpyfx.com | Twitter: @ThorpyFx | Facebook: ThorpyFx Ltd | Website: www.thorpyfx.com
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  • monofinmonofin Frets: 1022
    I was so close to ordering one of these but really wanted tv yellow and was struggling for the additional funds for the paint....... Then someone mentioned shugz was selling his JXG DC relic and well the test is history. I'm sure the quality one these will be sublime
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  • ThorpyFXThorpyFX Frets: 3976
    Thanks @thorpy6 - makes sense to me.

    I'd better not go bespoke just yet then, sounds like an expensive habit :)

    Oh I don't know, it's not like you'd need anymore guitars than this one. I got to play both of the juniors being made yesterday. Hand on heart I have NEVER played a more resonant versatile guitar. They both sound incredible and the sounds you can get from one pickup is outrageous. I'm now in a lot of trouble with the wife as I put a deposit on one of these two. Cannot wait to get it though!
    Adrian Thorpe MBE | Owner of ThorpyFx Ltd | Email: thorpy@thorpyfx.com | Twitter: @ThorpyFx | Facebook: ThorpyFx Ltd | Website: www.thorpyfx.com
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  • Whilst one of the DC Cubs is off to be painted we went about doing an oil finish with a cherry stain underneath.
    I think it's actually as much work as having the thing paint finished
    We went for the colour of the faded 58 and 59 Gibson ones that we'd had in 
    Coming along nicely though.........which will please @thorpy6

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

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  • FelineGuitars;759036" said:
    Whilst one of the DC Cubs is off to be painted we went about doing an oil finish with a cherry stain underneath.I think it's actually as much work as having the thing paint finishedWe went for the colour of the faded 58 and 59 Gibson ones that we'd had in Coming along nicely though.........which will please @thorpy6
    That's an oil finish?! It's so glossy!
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  • ThorpyFXThorpyFX Frets: 3976
    Whilst one of the DC Cubs is off to be painted we went about doing an oil finish with a cherry stain underneath.
    I think it's actually as much work as having the thing paint finished
    We went for the colour of the faded 58 and 59 Gibson ones that we'd had in 
    Coming along nicely though.........which will please @thorpy6

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    Jon, I'm salivating!! Looks stunning and the wood is so nicely figured!
    Adrian Thorpe MBE | Owner of ThorpyFx Ltd | Email: thorpy@thorpyfx.com | Twitter: @ThorpyFx | Facebook: ThorpyFx Ltd | Website: www.thorpyfx.com
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