Hard to believe it's been 25 years since we first put the Feline name on the headstock of a guitar
Once again I've chosen to make some special guitars to celebrate this milestone.
Once again we've decided to utilise our Flagship Lion model as the basis for these guitars
and features all MY favourite features - based on what I have found makes for an incredibly sensitive and responsive guitar.
We will be building some with a full arched top , but also some others with a flat top - similar to our Premium version of the Lion Cub but with all the trimmings.
We also decided to team up with our good friends at ThorpyFX to include a very limited version of their fabulous Peacekeeper pedal with a special livery making it an exclusive pedal to match the guitars.
Price will be £4000 for the arch top version and £3700 for the flat top version
Pictures of the Fabulous Flattop models in progress
Our flat top version is similar to our Lion Cub Supreme offering but with a couple of twists.
Obviously they are topped in the same ultra premium 5A Quilted maple
But they come with a different pickup choice - we are having a vintage style PAF at the bridge and a classic P90 at the neck.
We elected to use a Bare Knuckle Pickups Mule at the bridge and a Bare Knuckle Blue Note P90 for the neck choice
Individual volume and tone controls with a 3 way switch will access a wide range of tones
The boards on these are lovely dark rosewood loaded with Jescar 6100 size fretwire
Pictures of the Prototype archtop
25th Anniversary Feline Lion Specs
So what goes into the specification that I've dreamt up for this project?
It's like a culmination of all my favourite features and upgrade tweaks that make for a super responsive and articulate guitar.
Lets have a look at what makes it so good: (we've reused some pics from the 20th series till we have dedicated 25th series shots)
Pearl Inlaid feline Logo
Ebony or rosewood headstock fascia
Graphtech Ratio machineheads
Light weight & precise tuning
Smoother and easier dialling in for G string and low E
Earvana Compensated Tuning Nut
Guitar is more in-tune with itself
Ebony or Rosewood Fingerboard
Art Deco Mother of Pearl/ Paua Abalone inlays
Black Tahiti Pearl side dots inlaid
Easy to see and reflect light in dim lighting conditions
3 Piece quartersawn mahogany neck
Neck profile is between 58 and 60 LP neck specs
Deep set full width tenon
Very strong and great tonal transfer
Feline all access neck joint
Total ease of access to top frets
Ebony or RosewoodFingerboard - 24.75" scale length
Jim Dunlop 6000 gauge frets
Fabulous fretjob - superb action
Body and Electrics
Exquisite Quilted Maple
Quite a variation throughout the dozen guitars
Something for everyone
Bodies carefully chambered to achieve uniform target weight of between 8-9 lbs
Careful chambering also enhances tone
TonePros Bridge - locks solid on posts
TonePros split tailpiece studs - 100% coupling of strings
Leightweight aluminium tailpiece for more sizzle
Custom Wound Pickups - hand-made in UK
Pre-orders can choose which set to be fitted
We will otherwise try to use most of the vintage and
Hot vintage models through these guitars
Special 550k ohm CTS/Bare Knuckle volume & tone pots
Jensen Paper in Oil capacitors
0.022uF on bridge pickup & 0.015uF on neck pickup
50s style wiring - more clarity/less treble loss
switchcraft switch and jack
Laser etched anodised aluminium rear cover plates
We've shown a 20th series one till the 25th series ones are made
Nickel screening in all cavities for reduced risk of hum
Feline Branded Hiscox Liteflite case
Special custom leather tool pouch
Custom Limited Edition Thorpy FX Peacekeeper Pedal