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Phiga players?

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Hello,

I am new to this group and quit happy to have been informed of it's existance. Are there any Phiga players out there?

I have one of his Eagles.







I have customized the guitar with an onboard preamp and 3 dimarzio super 2's. I also incorporated vintage brass knobs by jackofroses.com
 
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mj07

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I've got a couple Castas, which is one too many for me right now. Really some of the best all handmade axes out there for the loot. The Cripe sort of influences I really dig as well. My Phigas sound great and play just as well. He does top notch work for sure.
 

osoloco69

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Phiga's work is descent for the money. I have seen a bolt, tiger, and a wolf of his. The pickup selector switch on all three were wired incorrectly, as well as the coil cutting switches. The bolt and wolf had midi and that worked properly. The tiger had the two jacks and a push pull volume know to turn on and off the effects loop. The loop however wasn't wired correctly and the two jacks became switchable mono out. The frets were rough if finished at all...some had not been touched after snippping as the cut marks were very visible. There was checking on all 3 fretboards, and the bolt had the binding sloppily glued to the fretboard with rough dot markers for frets sticking up far enough to cut my thumb. The neck of the wolf was playable, but the bolt was very square and uncomfortable to the hand, and the tiger was like a severly obese LP log.. Other than those issues the guitars are very nice and good quality. Just curious, is your eagle semi holllow like the original or solid?
 

XKnight

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Phiga's work is descent for the money. I have seen a bolt, tiger, and a wolf of his. The pickup selector switch on all three were wired incorrectly, as well as the coil cutting switches. The bolt and wolf had midi and that worked properly. The tiger had the two jacks and a push pull volume know to turn on and off the effects loop. The loop however wasn't wired correctly and the two jacks became switchable mono out. The frets were rough if finished at all...some had not been touched after snippping as the cut marks were very visible. There was checking on all 3 fretboards, and the bolt had the binding sloppily glued to the fretboard with rough dot markers for frets sticking up far enough to cut my thumb. The neck of the wolf was playable, but the bolt was very square and uncomfortable to the hand, and the tiger was like a severly obese LP log.. Other than those issues the guitars are very nice and good quality. Just curious, is your eagle semi holllow like the original or solid?
Wow, those are a lot of issues in my book. That helps to explain the relatively low cost of these hand made instruments.
 

Route234

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I ordered one a long time ago. It wasnt the greatest experience. He took a lot longer than I expected and ended up shipping me a guitar with a hardtail instead of the tremolo I had requested. He was OK about it and ended up doing right by me, but that was a pretty stupid mistake to make. He could have avoided it by having a phone number to call and by sending me progress pics like he said he would when I ordered the guitar.

It was a good guitar for the money but honestly I save up more money and deal with someone else next time or grab one off ebay and save a few bucks. Id say the Reverend I bought with the money I sold the Phiga for was a better guitar.
 
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My Eagle was affordable and I knew going into it I would have my own tech completely gut and re-wire with Bolt electronics. Phil is an interesting and sometimes difficult guy to work with. He will not talk on the phone. He did answer all of my emails in a timely fashion. For the money I can't be more happy. The frets were perfect, the action was the lowest action I have ever seen with no dead spots. I raised the action a bit. The woodwork was great as well. Once I reconfigured the electronics it became my primary guitar. There are some clips here.

BTW.. It's solid here are the specs.

Neck: Wild oak/walnut/applewood,
bloodwood, hand carved volute, thru-neck,
purpleheart back and wenge top
Body: Wenge book-matched, maple/Honduran core



www.myspace.com/234parkerville
 

Route234

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The eagle is beautiful. Phil actually has a lot of talent. His problem is that he does not seem to understand the business side of things. I think there is language issues and, in his defense, health and other issues as well. Its a shame because I think if he had a partner or even just an employee to handle his business that his business could take off. The guitar I bought was well made and was a great deal for what it was, but I would not deal with the guy again on a custom order. I could see myself buying an already finished guitar on ebay or through his website, but I expect a lot more from a custom build. The lack of communication alone is a killer.
 
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Thanksfully mine was already built. It is a very strange busniess plan. I can't imagine being taht talented and not hiring someone to "deal with the customers". I would buy another Phiga pre-built. I would rather get a Ressurection next time though.
 

Route234

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If you get someone to build you something like the eagle you might want to check with Chris Stambaugh. He is building me a Bolt style guitar right now and built my brother a very nice single cut style neck through guitar a while back. He does great work, has great prices and does a lot of neck thru guitars.
 

Peppy

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Phiga's work is descent for the money. I have seen a bolt, tiger, and a wolf of his. The pickup selector switch on all three were wired incorrectly, as well as the coil cutting switches. The bolt and wolf had midi and that worked properly. The tiger had the two jacks and a push pull volume know to turn on and off the effects loop. The loop however wasn't wired correctly and the two jacks became switchable mono out. The frets were rough if finished at all...some had not been touched after snippping as the cut marks were very visible. There was checking on all 3 fretboards, and the bolt had the binding sloppily glued to the fretboard with rough dot markers for frets sticking up far enough to cut my thumb. The neck of the wolf was playable, but the bolt was very square and uncomfortable to the hand, and the tiger was like a severly obese LP log.. Other than those issues the guitars are very nice and good quality.

Decent for the money? With all of those problems? So the money is...$600?
 
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Like I said I had no issues at all with his work or the price. The woodwork on my eagle is downright tasty. As far as electronics there are countless possibilities and setups especially when you start talking about 3 Dimarzio suppers 2's, onboards effects yada yada yada... I can't be happier. There are only two luthiers I know of building Cripe eagle style guitars and he was the one who fit my budget.
 

samdjr74

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I have a Phiga UFO and it's a great guitar for the money. I had Phil build it up for me so it wasn't an "off the rack" model he had laying around. It sounds prety good and has a nice weight to it. The neck is huge but comfy. My pick up selector was wired backwards but nothing major, it should have been correct from Phil but I fixed it in about 15 minutes.
 




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