The truth about Blackmachines?

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  1. ddtonfire

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  2. narad

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    Last time I saw Jonathan saying he was doing another batch, that was on Facebook. Maybe if you followed Feline Guitars or messaged him there? Though he also ignored my request to make a B6 with an ebony board and ivoroid binding, and do that satin black ash finish everyone knows :-/
     
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    I emailed them to ask specifically about left handed builds, Jonthan got back to me pretty quickly and said they had a body ready. That was late Nov last year, and I drove down to their workshop in Feb to collect it.

    Communication for me during that time was good, I had to poke them once I think for an update.
     
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    I got both of mine though ads on here (sevenstring.org) I think? One was local and I played and bought it in person and the other I traded stuff for and it came from Texas.
     
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    Could probably order a regular feline for half the price with those specs.

    I've always wondered why doug never allowed even minor spec changes on the B6.
     
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    Maybe, but he'd have had to reply for that to happen. But yea, not in love with Jonathan's original designs so much.
     
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    I heard Doug has his personal used B2 made 4 years ago with some really old wood available right now for sale
     
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    From the "Ordering" section of the Blackmachine website...first time in 10 years I've seen anything on that page...

    "6 places available in March 2019 for the new guitar. One place now for a quilt top B2.

    Thanks.

    D"
     
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    Wonder how much he charges now?

    Like is regular custom shop price 4K give or take or more?

    If it is that I'm sure people could get the spot, get the guitar and then flip it for more surely?
     
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    Believe it was mentioned earlier in this thread that Doug fetches five figures for custom builds these days. Not sure if that is fact, but imagine it is pretty close.
     
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    Ordacleaphobia Shameless Contrarian

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    I sent him a message.
    If I'm looking at something sane and he'll build for me I'm totally doing it, bank account be damned.

    I've been chasing this dragon for too long :lol:
     
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  12. Lorcan Ward

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    I was quoted £4K for my build about 5 years ago which I felt was a lot. I'm guessing it's triple that now for one.

    I wouldn't get your hopes up though since these builds rarely happen.
     
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    How about a raw KitMachine for $9999.99?
    j/k, let us know how it goes.
     
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    Just wanted to say for the guys that were just asking, Feline has like 4 B6s ready to go right now apparently. So get in touch with them if you're interested I guess.
     
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    Honestly, I was hoping to see something in the 4~6k range, but we'll see if he even responds. I've got a gut feeling you're right and it'll be some wild number now. I can give it some flex room because the "crossing something off the dream list" budget always goes a further than it should, but that gets to a point pretty quick where I just can't justify that much cash on a guitar "because it's cool". I don't tour, I don't even record :lol:

    What with how popular his brand still is and how close that number seems to be to B6 pricing, I wouldn't be surprised in the least to see it at least doubled now.

    Something else I'm curious about is the language in the post. He specifies that there's 1 quilted B2 spot available now, but that the 6 build slots will be open for "the new guitar."
    I wonder if this could potentially mean these new slots aren't for B2/7/8s, but for something different entirely. Could be interesting.

    I've heard this drives him crazy (understandably so). So...this is probably why everyone expects pricing to be nuts this time around.
     
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    Anybody care to speculate on when "the new guitar" means?
     
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    Andromalia Pardon my french

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    Not really, since it doesn't matter for anyone except the very few real buyers and guitar flippers. Seeing that thread bumped for 6 months isn't really appealing.
     
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    True. I got in touch some days ago and bought one of them! And supposedly it's the best of the four - he offered to play them through and choose which one has the most mojo. He said it's immensely resonant. Coincidentally it also looked the best of the 4, and I would've chosen that anyway! It's got a Pau Ferro board, so a nice aesthetic plus + no CITES requirements. Can't wait to get my hands on it.

    Yeah, mystery will dissolve - I'm getting a Blackmachine!

    This has been a great thread btw, so thanks everyone, and let's keep discussing!

    P.S. Doug's new guitars are entirely new models. Apparently headless.
     
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    Are the remaining ones available for less?
     
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    technomancer Gearus Pimptasticus Super Moderator

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