Phiga guitars

Discussion in 'The Small Company Luthiers' started by yanquii, Nov 2, 2005.

  1. yanquii

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    http://www.philgawen.com/phigaguitars.htm

    So, I e-mailed Phil about possibly building me a singlecut based on a certain guitar I found, by a hobbyist luthier.

    The specs were pretty on pay with an lp, with the exceptions of a wenge top, 1 vol, 1 tone and a single stop bar with adj. saddles.

    Now, i dont know how much wenge is, but Phil quoted me $950.00 to build it and he also said that he would rather do a neck-thru than a set neck.

    Now, my question is this. Why only 950 bucks? Maybe I have just been looking at high end boutique stuff for too long, but hell, Japanese, factory made guitars cost that and more. Whats the deal?
     
  2. flicker180

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    who knows? looks like great workmanship to me but it does appear that he's a little inflexible regarding some full customization.

    dave
     
  3. MOJO

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    someone here or on BNM bought one of his Iceman type models and had nothing but good things to say about it..
     
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    I love the crop circle inlays. I think the Ziggy model is cool lookin.
     
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  6. Jon Silberman

    Jon Silberman 10Q Jerry & Dickey Gold Supporting Member

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    I think his work is absolutely beautiful and I very much had wanted to buy one of his guitars, in fact, I was ready to send him my deposit immediately and even told him this but I just couldn't get the guy to speak with me so I moved on. I'm now working instead with Phil Jacoby to assemble a Garcia style guitar based on the Warmoth WGD body shape and really enjoying it all (tomorrow, I'll be driving to Baltimore to drop off the body and neck and meet, together with Phil, with the guy who'll be doing the finishing).

    So I guess my impression is he's a very nice guy who does fine work but he's swamped now and perhaps not the best communicator.

    If you're planning on buying a guitar he's already built or you want to order a stock model by email with no significant custom feature needs as compared to the website descriptions, I'd say do it. If, on the other hand, what you have in mind varies from what he does stock to the point where you feel you need to speak with him before the guitar is built, what can I say, I think the guy was genuinely surprised when he finally emailed me back 3 weeks after not calling me the 2nd time he had promised to do so (where, each time, he had chosen the date and time) and I told him I had moved on for this reason (what I'm saying is perhaps now he'll call you back ;) ).
     
  7. MOJO

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    i think so , i thought i remember someone else saying they were having him build a headless Steinberger type of intrument for them also

    i quess the best way to find out is to contact him..
     
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    i don't believe it..........!!! :eek:

    A US custom made guitar at only USD800/- to about $1200/-

    No wonder he is swamped!!

    Beautiful guitar at an amazing price!!

    Better grab one before price increases.
     
  9. hdiddy

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    Here is my story with the Wolf Tribute I "try" to order this year

    Sent Phil $750, Roland GK PU'S, and Baggs PU and a list of how I wanted the neck , type of pickups, and such
    Recieved the money Feb1, Phil told me 2 months

    Email no responses? Till April 1st, he had some problems okay I wanted the guitar

    May 10, I got an email starting to build, Send the balance

    May 30, Phil says he is getting ready to do the electronics. Okay Phil what the neck size I requested and the pu's? I have 5 guitars that I am building choose from one of them. What about all the electronics I requested? "I can retrun the money"

    He did

    No problem with his honesty, but promised something that he could not do

    I really wanted the ultimate Wolf, but was like Little Red Riding Hood
     
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    I had Phil build me a Hybrid UFO a couple years back when his prices were even lower, I paid $650 for mine brand new. No complaints, it looks great, it feels like it's as tough as a tank and the inlay is super cool :dude

    [​IMG][/IMG]

    Oh and a buddy of mine liked mine so much he order a garcia model, incredible. The only regret I have is I should have gotten a hard tail and natural finish over some nice wood but that is going to be next years model :)
     
  11. yanquii

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    Holy.....:eek:
     
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    Yeah, shes a beaut, I will never get sick of that inlay on the fretboard, is increidble!!!!
     
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    are there side dots on the neck?
     
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    yes it has the side docks on the neck
     
  15. MrSteed

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    Just came by this site, saw this thread and it got me to register :)...

    Anyway, I have a Phiga Hybrid. A few months ago, Phil had
    about 9 of his guitars up for auction on ebay and I got one.
    $800 for a Black Walnut topped, 3 humbucker, coil tapped
    hybrid. No one else bid on it! Good deal.

    I think he could charge a lot more for his work than he does.
    He really does a nice job and was great to deal with.

    I have a pic of it in here:

    [​IMG]
     
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    Mr Steed,

    Very nice, it's always good to see a fellow Phiga owner :)

    Sam
     
  17. MrSteed

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    Thanks, I hope he sells a lot more!

    I'm also on his wait list for a Ziggy.

    FWIW, when I bid on this one I also bid on another he had
    listed. It was his first prototype Ziggy. He had it started at
    $600 no reserve (wow!). I got into a bidding war with someone
    else and it ended up at $1800. Out of all his guitars, my
    Hybrid was the only single bid. I think most of them went for
    well over $1000, and the Garcia-types over $2000.

    What do you think about the crop circles? I really like the look,
    but in actual play I still find them very disorienting. I kinda wish
    he designed them to somewhat match normal fret markers in
    position.
     
  18. Jon Silberman

    Jon Silberman 10Q Jerry & Dickey Gold Supporting Member

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    I have to admit, reading through this thread makes me sad that Phil and I could not get it together to do a deal on a guitar, especially as I was ready to PayPal him the money immediately asking only for a reply phone call first. In any event, work is proceeding smoothly on my Warmoth-based Garcia tribute guitar (which will include certain custom features, inlay, neck carve, and tonally, that perhaps wouldn't have been possible anyway with Phil) but I do very much like Phil's work, too. You guys who have Phigas, enjoy 'em and I wish Phil the best.
     
  19. samdjr74

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    I love the look but I agree Phil should have lined them up a little better with the fingerboard markers, it throws me off a lot. But then again I try not to look at the neck when playing.
     
  20. Jon Silberman

    Jon Silberman 10Q Jerry & Dickey Gold Supporting Member

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    FWIW, my Garcia tribute guitar will have no fretboard inlay at all on its Brazillian rosewood board (other than small side dots).
     

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