Tim Marten or Feline guitars: guitar repair in London

Discussion in 'Technical Side of Things' started by THISISDINOSAUR, Oct 27, 2021.


    THISISDINOSAUR Electromatic

    Oct 21, 2019
    I have a falcon jr that has a headstock break that I've been looking to get fixed for a while. Seems most luthiers in London are either too busy or just haven't gotten back to me, but two have: Tim Marten (Denmark street), and Feline Guitars (Croydon).

    Has anyone ever used either before? I'm currently torn between the two. Tim Marten seems like more of a known quantity, has more info available etc, but I can't get past a couple of reviews I saw online that said their guitars were returned with new dings.

    Feline guitars' reviews are impeccable, but their website (https://felineguitars.com/pages/price-guide) doesn't really mention more involved work, which also makes me nervous.
  2. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
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    That would turn me off
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  3. Lucky Jim

    Lucky Jim Gretschie

    Oct 16, 2020
    Kent, England
    I have no experience of Tim Marten. Feline are very well regarded and make
    superb guitars but my only experience of using them was disappointing to be honest. Another to consider is Charlie Chandler at Hampton Wick just outside London. He's really good.

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  4. Londoner

    Londoner Gretschie

    Dec 18, 2020
    I agree about Charlie Chandler.
    "Our Clients:
    We have carried out repair work for David Gilmour, Pete Townshend, Chris Rea, Elvis Costello, Pat Metheny, Steve Hackett, Mitch Mitchell, Bernie Torme, Ben Watt, Mark King, Paul Stacey, Joe Walsh, Nick Heyward, Roddy Frame, Micky Moody, Mike Rutherford, Bruce Welch, Dire Straits, Big Country, AC/DC, Jon Anderson, Jethro Tull,
    Chaka Khan, Steve Miller, Nazareth, Nick Simper, Rory Gallagher, The Boomtown Rats, Nigel Price, Pino Palladino, Anthony Phillips, Tony Hicks, Phil Manzanero, Robbie Macintosh, Dave Kilminster of Roger Waters band.
    Dominic Brown, Metallica, U2, Prince, David Bowie, Gary Moore, Angus Young, Scott Gorham, Stereophonics, Blur, Jon Bon Jovi, ZZTop, Ash, Eric Clapton, Beastie Boyz, Bush, James Taylor, Jackson Browne, Mike Oldfield, Hank Marvin, Bryan Adams, Terry Britten, Jeff Beck, Steven Street, Paul McCartney and many more
    ." - Should be good enough then!

    * Also recommend Gordon Wells in Byfleet.
    Gordon is the son-in-law of sadly departed and well respected guitar builder, Dick Knight, who passed on his skills.
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    THISISDINOSAUR Electromatic

    Oct 21, 2019
    Thanks all! I've seen a lot of other recommendations online for Charlie Chandler too. Originally I sort of discounted him since he's quite far away and I had surgery recently, but looking more closely, I don't think there journey is too bad. (and even if it wasn't, I think at this point I'd want to wait until I could go anyway). I think I'll give him a shot.

    What was disappointing?
  6. JC higgy

    JC higgy Gretschified

    Jun 6, 2008
    Belfast Norn Iron
    I personally haven't used them but my cousin has had a bass built by Feline Guitars ,he was happy with the experience.
  7. Lucky Jim

    Lucky Jim Gretschie

    Oct 16, 2020
    Kent, England
    It wouldn't be right to go into detail publicly. As I said, Feline is well regarded and has had very many happy customers. In any business things can sometimes go wrong and I'd like to think that my own experience wasn't representative of their normal service. If you think it would help you to know more I could do that by PM rather than here.

    I've had work done and guitars built by Charlie Chandler since 1980. He's top of his game. Unfortunately too distant for me to get to him easily now but I do luckily have a very good guy near me in Kent.
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  8. BrianW

    BrianW Country Gent

    Oct 21, 2014
    Vancouver Island
    Well answered sir.
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