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NGD: Feline!
« on: July 09, 2009, 03:35:50 PM »
Oh YES, got my Feline custom today! :twisted: :D

The story started when I was at Feline 8 months or so ago for some work on another guitar.  While I was there I played some of his guitars.  One of them, a white super-strat/RG style design caught my attention.

I didn't really like some of the features (control positioning, ibanez trem, colour), but the neck was probably the nicest neck without "Jackson" on the headstock that I've ever played (FWIW I'm a big Jackson fan, so that's intended as a huge compliment).  Lovely comfortable shape, so slick & fast all the way up, huge jumbo frets (immaculately installed, as always).  Just a great, GREAT neck.

Unfortunately someone else had put down a deposit on the guitar, so I left the shop disappointed but relieved (credit card could've done without the hit).

Fortunately, that customer later decided he wanted different inlays & ordered a new neck to go on the body.  So after a brief discussion about spec/pricing, we agreed that Feline would build a new body to go on the spare neck & make into a custom guitar for me! :)

Every little detail I wanted, Feline was able to accomodate (I went down there & personally positioned the controls exactly where I wanted).  I was even able to pay in installments.

The end result looks, feels & sounds absolutely fantastic.  Pics will follow later (Feline took some nice ones while I was there).  I am very very happy & proud to finally own a guitar with "Feline" on the headstock :)
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Re: NGD: Feline!
« Reply #1 on: July 09, 2009, 03:41:34 PM »
No pics? FAIL!

Congrats, too, tho I am very jealous!

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Re: NGD: Feline!
« Reply #2 on: July 09, 2009, 03:58:19 PM »
No pics? FAIL!
:lol:  Camera's not in the house.  We'll have to wait for Feline himself to post the ones he took this morning.

However, I just remembered that he PM'd me a few the other day while he was assembling it after paint:


BKPs: HD, MM, NB, PK, CS, Ab (b&n); Am (b only); VHII, Tril (n only); IT, Slow, Sult (m&n)

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Re: NGD: Feline!
« Reply #3 on: July 09, 2009, 04:29:59 PM »
Pickups? Guitar specs?

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Re: NGD: Feline!
« Reply #4 on: July 09, 2009, 04:34:57 PM »
Mahogany body, 3-piece maple neck w/rosewood fretboard, 24 frets (top 8 scalloped), Floyd Rose Original, BKP old-spec ceramic Holy Diver bridge & base-plated Slowhand neck, single Volume pot, 3-way Petrucci switch (coil splits bridge in middle position), candy apple red sparkle finish on the body & headstock face, oil finish on the neck, Dunlop straplocks. :)
BKPs: HD, MM, NB, PK, CS, Ab (b&n); Am (b only); VHII, Tril (n only); IT, Slow, Sult (m&n)

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Re: NGD: Feline!
« Reply #5 on: July 09, 2009, 04:45:46 PM »
Interesting volume control location!  What's the reasoning behind that?
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Re: NGD: Feline!
« Reply #6 on: July 09, 2009, 05:12:37 PM »
Interesting volume control location!  What's the reasoning behind that?
To get it out of the way of my flailing hand :)

Those who have seen me play may have noticed that I splay the 3 fingers of my right hand that aren't holding the pick (middle/ring/pinky) quite wide.  When I'm doing aggressive palm muted riffs that means my little finger clanks into a volume control located in the standard Fender/Ibanez etc position.  I find myself accidentally rolling off the volume from repeatedly hitting it, then suddenly the sound goes really thin as I've almost rolled the volume completely down.

I find a lot of off the shelf guitars have the volume positioned way too far forward & close to the bridge pickup for my playing comfort - it's a real show-stopper for me.

Ideally the volume control should be no further forward than level with the back edge of the pickup bezel & a good 1" down from it.

The problem with doing this on a Floyd-equipped guitar is that it ends up under where the trem arm hangs in a normal playing position so you can't get at it easily.

On this guitar, it's so far back so that I can reach over the trem arm & "roll" it with the blade of my hand.

The 3-way toggle is just far enough back/down that I don't knock it but not so far as to be under the trem arm & awkward to operate quickly.

Have a look at the other guitars in my armoury - very few of them have a volume pot in the "standard" position (note the blocked hole on the Charvels & some of the Jacksons).
BKPs: HD, MM, NB, PK, CS, Ab (b&n); Am (b only); VHII, Tril (n only); IT, Slow, Sult (m&n)

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Re: NGD: Feline!
« Reply #7 on: July 09, 2009, 05:47:05 PM »
That's an interesting point, never really thought about it!  :) 

I suppose, without thinking, I would've said it's theoretically a good thing to have the volume control within easy reach, but in fact on my SGs, LP Jrs, Teles etc they're actually miles away! 

On Strats, I definitely do that thing of accidentally turning down the volume.  I saw someone (I forget who) giving the volume control a quick "tap" with his little finger every few seconds, to make sure it was still on 10, so I've tried to develop that as a habit.
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Re: NGD: Feline!
« Reply #8 on: July 09, 2009, 06:53:22 PM »
Congratulations on the purchase. Looks great.
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Re: NGD: Feline!
« Reply #9 on: July 09, 2009, 07:14:17 PM »
Nice! Now go and play it  :D

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Re: NGD: Feline!
« Reply #10 on: July 09, 2009, 07:15:13 PM »
That guitar looks gret! I'll bet it sounds great too ;)
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Re: NGD: Feline!
« Reply #11 on: July 09, 2009, 10:19:35 PM »
That is AMAZING!!!

I am SUPER PICKY about guitars, I honestly don't care for 99 percent of anything I see in a guitar shop, but there are some thing I really like

-red paint job
-floyd rose pros
-RG style bodies
-HS pick config

and teh fuk THAT GUITAR HAS THEM ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Re: NGD: Feline!
« Reply #12 on: July 09, 2009, 10:44:09 PM »
OK guys - here are some pix (sorry to keep you waiting)







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Re: NGD: Feline!
« Reply #13 on: July 09, 2009, 11:12:23 PM »
Wow, that neck joint/pocket looks so smooth and neat.  Almost like the neck grew there!  :)
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Re: NGD: Feline!
« Reply #14 on: July 09, 2009, 11:14:02 PM »
that is awesome. :D