Meet the Feline Team
We are lucky to have had some very talented and dedicated team members, both past and present.
My name is Jonathan and I run Feline Guitars.
I take pride in continuing the training of aspiring luthiers, often who have completed full time courses in guitar making at colleges like Merton College or in the past London College Of Furniture' Musical Instrument making courses.
Repair work is something that would take years to master every aspect of and my own 30+ years of experience is something I am happy to share with my team.
My own background came from Studying at London College of Furniture , followed by some intensive training at Neil's Guitar Workshop here in Croydon starting in 1987. Working for one of the distributors and then in a guitar factory in Germany started to cement what I already had in place. However I supplemented this by constant study and used a lot of StewMac materials to the extent that Dan Erlewine sort of became a mentor to me as well as a personal friend.
The Feline brand was established in 1992 and I was building and repairing all the while, and finally went full time without a safety net in 1997.
One amazing day that confirmed that I had set myself on the right path was when Brian May's tech brought a couple of guitars in to my workshop, including The Red Special itself, which is pretty much the guitar that got me into rock music as well as the idea of making guitars.
I wasn't working on this guitar but it felt like a message from above.
**Many thanks to Brian's tech: Pete Malandrone for taking the picture though.
Tom (shown here with Peter Green's/ Gary Moore's '58 Les Paul) joined us back in 2010 and quick made himself a much valued team member. He brought a lot of practical experience from his work life before studying for 3 years at Merton College as well as his building skills and a huge appetite for working with guitars. Tom has proved to be a very popular and much valued team member and is a excellent repairman.
Our newest team addition and settling in very well, Liam had spent 3 years at Merton College and came highly recommended to us. He has certainly become an asset to the workshop team. Learning his craft quickly and working in a very surefooted way he is proving to be a great find.
Tigger isn't so much a team member but more the office cat, but will occasionally make an appearance if he is hungry. A stray that turned up in our back yard 12 years ago and never left, he is part of our family now.
Special skills involve an ability to sleep through most things except the fridge being opened.