Source: Sounding Board Newsletter Vol 20 - Jan. 2006
This new special version of Martin’s Little Martin LXM features all new Felix The Cat graphics from the studio of Don Oriolo, renowned artist, composer, arranger and son of Felix’s co-originator, Joe Oriolo.
It also includes an assortment of Felix “case candy” including a special red “laughing Felix” pick backed with the distinctive C. F. Martin & Co., Felix The Cat and Don Oriolo logos. In addition, a colorful miniature comic book is included featuring Felix’s band (“Felix & The Cats”) on the cover playing both of the Martin Felix Edition guitars.
In keeping with Felix’s keep-em-guessing personality and penchant for tricks, Don and fellow artist Jen Henning have created a hilarious “Where’s Felix! “ motif for the top graphics. Over 100 miniature Felix figures in various poses are depicted, but with only one Felix holding a red Martin pick (and good luck finding it!). A “laughing Felix” on the black headstock under the C. F. Martin & Co. scroll logo completes the graphics.
Each guitar comes with its own high quality black travel gig bag with embroidered Felix logo. And, each guitar is personally signed by Don Oriolo and Martin Chairman and CEO C. F. Martin IV.
The overall result is a striking and irresistible companion to the first Felix edition. Fun. Colorful. And if it’s anything like its predecessor, very collectable. The first edition of 756 guitars sold out quickly, and the Felix II, limited to no more than 625 guitars, is expected to do the same.
Since the early 1900s when he first pawed his way into the homes and hearts of kids everywhere, Felix The Cat has remained one of the most enduring and endearing cartoon characters in history. To his legions of fans worldwide, however, Felix is more than a nostalgic piece of Americana – he’s an attitude, a philosophy of fun and sly wit, a faithful friend who can always be counted on for a chuckle and a surprise.
We think he’s the perfect spokescat for one of Martin’s most fun and versatile instruments.
The Felix II Little Martin combines a compact “0” tenor–shaped body with an adjustable, modified low oval 14-fret neck and a 23” scale. And while it is an ideal guitar for travel, practice or student use, it is still very much a Martin in tone and quality, built with state-of-the-art technology and materials.
The top, back and sides are constructed of black HPL (high pressure laminate) materials for durability; the top and back are reinforced with Sitka spruce braces for tone. The easy to play neck is constructed of Stratabond multi-ply wood laminate and features a black Micarta fingerboard, bridge, nut and saddle. Quality Gotoh “Cosmo Black” tuning machines imprinted with the CFM logo are used to hold the genuine Martin phosphor bronze strings (absolutely no cat gut is used).