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edited August 9 in Made in the UK
Thought I'd keep the builds for sale and the commissioned builds separate so it's easier to tell what is for sale and what is being done to order for a customer request (might even be for one of you guys).

So this thread is for the specially ordered stuff
Let's start the ball rolling with this beauty...
A customer loved the sound and function of a superstrat that he had had for nearly 3 years but hated the neck of it 
They wanted me to shave the neck until they started playing a few of our guitars and then they wanted to transplant the bits of their guitar that they liked to something that we might build for them.
Tey settled on our Lion Special model as a good contender but wanted to keep the timber choice of something stratty and use the longer 25.5" scale to retain as much of the superstrat vibe but in a new format 

So here is the first Lion Special Floyd model


The switch is a 6 position gearbox style "Freeway" switch which gives all the best options of sound — 
The usual 5 way switch choices plus neck and bridge together too!



Our familiar all access neck joint but in maple and ash  this time




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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  • JookyChapJookyChap Frets: 4163
    I think we need a 'That's a beautiful Feline' button to save me having to keep typing it.. :)

    Awesome, as per...
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  • VoxmanVoxman Frets: 1656
    Image result for jazz club nice
    I started out with nothing..... but I've still got most of it left (Seasick Steve)
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  • Bob wanted another special Lion guitar and we offered himone of the forthcoming 25th Anniversary Lions. However Bob had different ideas for the inlays so whilst he had one of the beautiful quilted caps we had reserved , it wouldn't be one of the 25th series. Bob does have a 20th Anniversary too so we won't feel too bad about it :)



    And finally finished with paint on her etc






    Bob went for a pair of Bare Knuckle Pickups Supermassive P90s under no hole chrome covers.
    These are paired with some Bare Knuckle/CTS pots and a pair of BKP/Jensen tone caps.
    We use a special nickel screening paint throughout the cavities to reduce noise.
    A tonepros bridge and Tonepros locking tailpiece studs holding a lightweight aluminium tailpiece.



    And of course that carved heel joint


    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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  • FelineGuitarsFelineGuitars Frets: 4016
    edited August 9
    Feline Fatcat model - Kind of like a downsized solidbody (or chambered) version of a 335.
    Pete ordered this baby with a big range of tones - including a pair of TV Jones pickups and a BKP strat single in the middle - with it's own vol control to bring it in 
    The bridge has a Piezo output so acoustic sounds are on tap too








    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: 8321
    The two with trems are right up my street! Lovely stuff.


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  • axisus said:
    The two with trems are right up my street! Lovely stuff.


    You can have them as long as I can have the purple one.
    Handsome_Chris said: Like white Nile Rodgers. 
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  • Mods, is there a way you can code my account that if Feline posts a picture, my account automatically replies with, "wow, absolutely amazing"? It would save me time... 
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  • Seriously though, that 25.5 inch one... Dream guitar I think. 
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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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  • dindudedindude Frets: 4495
    Love the fatcat, kinda Yamaha MSG-esq.
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  • John has asked us to make him one of our Tabby Hybrid guitars
    This is the tele style with a strat lower horn so that it will take a strat pickguard 
    John requested a set of Irish tour and also a piezo bridge so he can have acoustic sounds as well

    So we have a swamp ash body, a three piece slightly birdseye maple neck with a separate birdseye maple fingerboard
    The headstock is a lean back design as is becoming more of a standard thing with us of late on these unless requested otherwise- we feel that we get a better more consistent break angle at the nut (earvana in this case)




    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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  • That purple Lion is incredible. Wow. 
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  • So are you still taking orders for custom builds? I remember a thread where you said you may not take any more orders?

    As always your guitars are simply stunning and I'm thinking more and more than rather than spending my money on guitars built for the masses or particular artists I should just pay you a visit, tell you what my dream guitar would be and have you build it. 

    The black Fat Cat looks amazing
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  • Yes - still building but trying to be careful not to load too much onto our plates so we can cope with it and not have the builds take so long to complete because of having too many on. Also a little price revision to finally catch up with the having to collect VAT for the revenue and the rising cost of timbers and components and to better reflect the time spent on a build especially with much repair work also in the pipeline.

    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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  • shaunmshaunm Frets: 674
    @FelineGuitars Jonathan that is super news. I am really glad that you are still building. One day I will get together the money to order a guitar.

    That Fat Cat looks superb! I didn't know those were part of your range.
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  • FelineGuitarsFelineGuitars Frets: 4016
    edited August 9
    Next up on the build queue is a replica of Argent mainman Russ Ballard's strat with all the holes
    Russ has written so many hit songs that you possibly didn't realise were him - it's worth looking up.
    I loved his Music since the early stuff like Hold Your Head Up  and God Gave Rock and Roll to You
    Later "hits" included Hot Chocolate's So You Win Again...New York Groove(Hello/Kiss)...Since You've Been gone and I Surrender (Rainbow) and the list goes on

    So Russ actually tipped his friend Iain in our direction to have a replica made I was given access to Russ' guitar , which was somewhat surreal for me as I love Russ' playing
    The result is below - it is based on the current configuration of Russ' guitar with a hum bucker at the bridge and a tele type neck (the original strap headstock got broken on tour.











    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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  • CabicularCabicular Frets: 1990
    Thought I'd keep the builds for sale and the commissioned builds separate so it's easier to tell what is for sale and what is being done to order for a customer request (might even be for one of you guys).

    So this thread is for the specially ordered stuff
    Let's start the ball rolling with this beauty...
    A customer loved the sound and function of a superstrat that he had had for nearly 3 years but hated the neck of it 
    They wanted me to shave the neck until they started playing a few of our guitars and then they wanted to transplant the bits of their guitar that they liked to something that we might build for them.
    Tey settled on our Lion Special model as a good contender but wanted to keep the timber choice of something stratty and use the longer 25.5" scale to retain as much of the superstrat vibe but in a new format 

    So here is the first Lion Special Floyd model



    The switch is a 6 position gearbox style "Freeway" switch which gives all the best options of sound — 
    The usual 5 way switch choices plus neck and bridge together too!



    Our familiar all access neck joint but in maple and ash  this time


    That cat is right up my alley so to speak

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  • Jack_Jack_ Frets: 2114
    edited January 12
    That purple one is porn, and that neck joint carve is amazing, I never thought I'd be able to get excited about a neck joint.
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  • enteeentee Frets: 81
    Feline Fatcat model - Kind of like a downsized solidbody (or chambered) version of a 335.
    Pete ordered this baby with a big range of tones - including a pair of TV Jones pickups and a BKP strat single in the middle - with it's own vol control to bring it in 
    The bridge has a Piezo output so acoustic sounds are on tap too






    Would love to hear what this sounds like - Grestch/Gibson mashup!  Beautiful guitar.
    Vox 24, Variax 700, Epiphone Dot Studio (Cats Whiskers pups, custom inlay, custom pickguard), Gretsch 5238T (P90s/B3), Gibson Les Paul Zoot (rainbow),  Gretsch 5135 PS,  'Graick' G2312TVR.
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  • FelineGuitarsFelineGuitars Frets: 4016
    edited August 9
    entee said:
    Feline Fatcat model - Kind of like a downsized solidbody (or chambered) version of a 335.
    Pete ordered this baby with a big range of tones - including a pair of TV Jones pickups and a BKP strat single in the middle - with it's own vol control to bring it in 
    The bridge has a Piezo output so acoustic sounds are on tap too


    Would love to hear what this sounds like - Grestch/Gibson mashup!  Beautiful guitar.
    Customer is loving it!

    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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  • FelineGuitarsFelineGuitars Frets: 4016
    edited August 9
    A guitar being made for a banjo player who wanted something that would feel familiar that he could play open G bluegrass, blues and Rolling stones open G guitar licks on

    Open G tuning makes Keith Richards licks a must


    Yes the inlays on the front of the narrow necked beauty are laid out like a bluegrass instrument - 10th inlay instead of 9th


    We had a special 5 string hardtail bridge made just for this guitar




    Oil City pickups made us some special 5 polepiece pickups with coil taps to go between a tele sound to a more P90-ish sound. These will have custom cut flatwork inside an open fronted humbucker shell.


    We adapted a 6 string headstock - brought the two tuners on the underside in a bit and visually separated them with a small pearl heart. There will be a Feline logo on there too when it's all finished


    All access neck joint ....why not


    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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  • Wow - That's awesome. Presumably the body is a little smaller than a normal LP?
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  • Body is standard size and scale is 25.5" - so it'll feel not too strange for him compared to his Banjo

    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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  • FelineGuitarsFelineGuitars Frets: 4016
    edited August 9
    Now got some lovely pickups from @TheGuitarWeasel for the Banjo guitar


    Specially made 5 string "big block" pickups by Oil City Pickups .
    These have a tapped winding to allow you to switch from a Telecaster type voicing and a P90-ish voicing

    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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  • earwighoneyearwighoney Frets: 1381
    A guitar being made for a banjo player who wanted something that would feel familiar that he could play open G bluegrass, blues and Rolling stones open G guitar licks on

    Open G tuning makes Keith Richards licks a must



    We had a special 5 string hardtail bridge made just for this guitar




    Lovely work. A very interesting project and great solution to it. 

    Would it be possible to ask who made the custom bridge?  
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  • FelineGuitarsFelineGuitars Frets: 4016
    edited April 1
    The bridge was made by an engineer friend of mine who does a few bit and pieces for me when needed
    Wasn't cheap in the end but was a tidy way to do it

    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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  • earwighoneyearwighoney Frets: 1381
    The bridge was made by an engineer friend of mine who does a few bit and pieces for me when needed
    Wasn't cheap in the end but was a tidy way to do it

    Thanks for the info Jon.  The bridge looks very tasteful and looks perfectly at home.  

    Lovely work again. 
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  • KebabkidKebabkid Frets: 1074
    edited May 5
    @FelineGuitars - I was over at Jonathan's today and he's putting together and putting out some great pieces. That 5-string in G tuning was wonderful.

    The workmanship, weights, playability and resonance of these things are superb and whilst I really like the Lions, those Lion Cubs are pretty special.

    Great guy, great guitars and good company, too. Nice chatting and catching up, Jonathan and cheers for sorting out my pedalboard. 
     www.cairoeast.co.uk - Madness Tribute band (Bass Player) and guitarist elsewhere
    Feedback - http://www.thefretboard.co.uk/discussion/57885/
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  • FelineGuitarsFelineGuitars Frets: 4016
    Just finished another of our Tabby Hybrid models. 
    This melds together classic elements of strat and tele designs with our own twist.

    A swamp ash body mated to a three piece maple neck with a separate fingerboard.
    We alter the body shape to utilise a stray style lower horn so a regular start pick guard can be used



    Rear view showing the all access neck joint and the start style contours on the rear



    Electrics are a trio of Bare Knuckle Irish Tour pickups and an LR Baggs piezo equipped strap tremolo bridge



    We used Luminlay  side marker dots that glow for an hour from a 5minute UV charge



    The lean back headstock  with a volute  and locking tuners



    An Earvana Compensated Tuning nut helps with giving the guitar a greater degree of in tune-ness

    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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  • TimmyOTimmyO Frets: 2490
    Nice. The tilt-back and outline of the headstock is very Hamer (which is a good thing!) 
    "It's OK, I've got a baguette..."
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