Joe Doe Guitars

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Joe Doe Guitars, maker of unique, custom guitars with amazing back stories built in, have teamed up with the Vintage® Guitars design team to create a series of limited edition guitars that are nothing like you’ve ever seen before.

Lucky Buck

Leslie ‘Lucky Buck’ Coal topped the Billboard Country Music charts in 1952 with his heartbreak inspired single, “Whiskey for Breakfast”. Flushed with sudden success, Coal signed numerous endorsement deals, the most lucrative of which was a contract to become a regular fixture on the WHB national radio show Giddy Up Y’all!. Coal’s initial role on the morning show was to sing cover songs of the day, but due to ‘lifestyle difficulties’, he was relegated to singing jingles for local businesses. After a few unhappy years, Coal ended his contract with WHB and decided to return to his country music roots. “I’m done singing about washing powders and car dealerships. From now on I’m all about the music, not the money.”

For decades, Coal toured and played to small audiences in the southern states, his meagre earnings barely covering his gas and living expenses. However his luck changed in 2005 when “Whiskey for Breakfast” was sampled in East Coast rapper Kalamitee’s track “Get Drunk”, leading to substantial royalty payments and a renewed appreciation of Coal’s original country music.

JDV001 – Lucky Buck

V100MRPGM

Specifications

  • Body: Semi-hollow American Alder
  • Binding: Front and back
  • Soundhole: Unique “Saguaro” cactus F-hole • Neck: One-Piece Hard Maple – Bolt On
  • Fingerboard: Lignum Rosa
  • Scale: 25.5″/648mm
  • Frets: 22 Medium
  • Top Nut: 43mm Graphtech
  • Tuners: Wilkinson® WJ55 E-Z LokTM
  • Bridge: Wilkinson® WTB
  • Pickups: Custom designed Joe Doe P90-style (N) Single Coil (B)
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Controls: Volume/ Tone/ 3-Way Lever
  • Case: Hardshell Case Included

JDV002 – Lucky Buck

V100MRPGM

Specifications

  • Body: Semi-hollow American Alder
  • Binding: Front and back
  • Soundhole: Unique “Saguaro” cactus F-hole • Neck: One-Piece Hard Maple – Bolt On
  • Fingerboard: Maple
  • Scale: 25.5″/648mm
  • Frets: 22 Medium
  • Top Nut: 43mm Graphtech
  • Tuners: Wilkinson® WJ55 E-Z LokTM
  • Bridge: Wilkinson® WTB
  • Pickups: Custom designed Joe Doe P90-style (N) Single Coil (B)
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Controls: Volume/ Tone/ 3-Way Lever
  • Case: Hardshell Case Included

Jailbird

John Henry Burke, prison warden at the Ohio State Penitentiary from 1959 to 1977, believed music was the key to help his prisoners reform and rehabilitate. Burke allowed prisoners to keep radios and turntables in their cells, as well as make musical instruments in the workshop. Every year Burke would open the doors of his prison to welcome in families to watch their loved ones perform songs they had written on instruments they had made.

However, in 1967, incarcerated arsonist Wilbur Reams started a prison riot by playing blistering guitar licks through a distorted amplifier. Burke reacted by putting a ban on what notes the prisoner could play, saying; “Anything north of the 12th fret of a guitar is looking for trouble. We’re just gonna stick to simple blues and country.” Burke continued to battle with Reams’ over his incendiary guitar playing until May 3rd, 1973, when Reams suddenly escaped via the prisons’ sewer system. In a cruel ironic twist, Reams had dug his way to freedom using tools stolen from the very workshop that Burke had set up to put his prisoners on the path to redemption.

JDV004 – Jailbird

V100MRPGM

Specifications

  • Body: American Alder
  • Binding: Front and Back
  • Neck: One-Piece Hard Maple – Bolt On
  • Fingerboard: Lignum Rosa
  • Scale: 25.5″/648mm
  • Frets: 22 Medium
  • Top Nut: 43mm Graphtech
  • Tuners: Wilkinson® WJ55S
  • Bridge: Wilkinson® WTB
  • Pickups: Custom designed Joe Doe Single Coil/Humbucker under the scratchplate
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Controls: Volume/ Tone/ 3-Way Lever
  • Case: Hardshell Case Included

Salty Dog

At age 17, Bill Downey started his career in the US Navy deep in the bowels of the USS America Supercarrier as a boiler technician. Over the decades and through numerous conflicts, the Vietnam War (1955 to 1973), the Lebanon Crisis (1983), the Persian Gulf War (1990 to 1991), Downey rose to the rank of Chief Engineer. Dedicating his whole life to the Navy meant forfeiting the chance to start a family, but Downey was not alone in this world – his faithful companion was a white electric guitar which he won in a gambling den in Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam in 1963. As well as being a slick guitar player, Downey was also an avid collector of sailor tattoos, getting himself inked at every major port. When he finally ran out of space on his body, Downey used his trusty electric guitar to provide extra real estate. “My guitar’s been with me so long, it’s part of me now. If my ship ever sinks, that guitar will either be a paddle or a float.” In 1996 the USS America was decommissioned, which led Downey to retire and settle on land for the first time in his life where he formed blues funk band, “Howlin’ Albatross”.

JDV003 – Salty Dog

V100MRPGM

Specifications

  • Body: American Alder
  • Neck: One-Piece Hard Maple – Bolt On
  • Fingerboard: Maple
  • Scale: 25.5″/648mm
  • Frets: 22 Medium
  • Top Nut: 43mm Graphtech
  • Tuners: Wilkinson® WJ55 E-Z Lok™ Distressed
  • Vibrato: Wilkinson® WVC Distressed
  • Pickups: 3 Custom Designed Joe Doe Single Coils
  • Hardware: Distressed Chrome
  • Controls: Volume/ 2 Tone/ 5-Way Lever
  • Case: Hardshell Case Included

Punkaster

As soon as he learned to walk, Brandon Hicks displayed a frightening talent for destruction; burning down the family condo age 5, breaking too many bones to keep count and even shattering his front teeth trying to catch a speeding baseball in his mouth. Having exhausted the patience of his parents and small town residents of Bone Lake, Wisconsin, teenager Hicks was exiled in 1977 and left to travel across America. Drifting from state to state, more wrecking ball than tumbleweed, Hicks eventually found his spiritual home in Times Square, New York, 1979. Hicks worked a ticket booth at the Wide Eye Peep Show by day and played with his band FistMeetsFace at night. After only a few explosive shows, FistMeetsFace became the must see act on the New York punk scene where each performance would include a smashed guitar, a puddle of blood and, following the after show party, another broken heart.

JDV005 – Punkaster

V100MRPGM

Specifications

  • Body: American Alder
  • Neck: Hard Maple – Bolt On
  • Fingerboard: Hard Rock Maple
  • Neck Inlays: Mismatched Dots
  • Scale: 25.5″/648mm
  • Frets: 22 Medium
  • Top Nut: 43mm Graphtech
  • Tuners: Wilkinson® WJ55 E-Z Lok™ Distressed
  • Vibrato: Wilkinson® WVC
  • Pickups: 3 Custom Designed Joe Doe Single Coils
  • Hardware: Distressed Chrome
  • Controls: Volume/ Tone/ 5-Way Lever
  • Case: Hardshell Case Included

Longboard

It’s hard to separate fact from fiction in the life of legendary surfboard builder, Skip Blake. Blake maintains his mother gave birth to him in the sand dunes of Huntington Beach, California in 1948, and from that moment on he has never been more than 500 yards from the shoreline… we’ll take that with a pinch of sea salt. But we do know that since his teens, Blake has lived and worked out of a shack on the northern edge of Huntington Beach, surfing the waves in the morning and shaping and waxing boards in the evening. His ability to carve divine contours into balsa and cedar wood have made him the country’s number one surfboard shaper. Interestingly, Blake’s talents have not only been sought out by surfers, but also hot rod car enthusiasts wanting custom body work and even musicians, like Danny Chow, singer and guitarist in surf band Danny & The Breaking Waves. In 1967 Blake carved a complete guitar for Chow out of a section of smashed longboard then added to his legendary status by actually surfing the waves on it. There are no photographs to prove the feat ever took place but anyone who knows Blake wouldn’t doubt it happened for a second.

JDV006 – Longboard

V100MRPGM

Specifications

  • Body: Alder
  • Neck: One-Piece Hard Rock Maple – Bolt On
  • Scale: 25.5″/648mm
  • Frets: 22 Medium
  • Top Nut: 43mm Graphtech
  • Tuners: Wilkinson® WJ55 E-Z Lok™
  • Vibrato: Wilkinson® WVC
  • Pickups: Custom designed Joe Doe 3 Single Coil Lipstick
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Controls: Volume/ 2 Tone/ 5-Way Lever
  • Case: Hardshell Case Included

Lucky Betty

Starting out in the summer of 1959 from Porter, Indiana, ‘Lucky’ Betty La Foy and her all female stunt crew took their daredevil show across America, driving jalopies through rings of fire, jumping motorbikes over school buses and escaping certain death many times over. And if that wasn’t dangerous enough, Betty’s piéce de résistance was to ride the Wall of Death on a modified ex “Wrecking Crew’ Indian Scout motorbike while playing rock n roll hits on her custom made electric guitar. Betty had a red version for weekday shows, and a white one for Sunday best.

After 40 years of dropping the jaws of audiences worldwide and without ever having a single stunt go wrong, Betty decided to quit before her luck ran out. She currently lives a quieter life on the Florida Keys with her devoted husband, Big Al. At 79 she still drives her hot rodded 1934 Ford Model 40 V8 Coupe every day and is the oldest Floridian resident ever to receive a speeding ticket, shooting 73 mph in a 50 zone.

JDV007 – Lucky Betty – White

V100MRPGM

Specifications

  • Body: American Alder
  • Binding: Front and Back
  • Neck: Hard Maple – Bolt On
  • Fingerboard: Lignum Rosa
  • Scale: 25.5″/648mm
  • Frets: 22 Medium
  • Top Nut: 43mm Graphtech
  • Tuners: Wilkinson® WJ55 E-Z Lok™
  • Vibrato: Wilkinson® WVC
  • Pickups: Custom designed Joe Doe Double Coil
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Controls: Volume/ Tone/ Vari-Coil
  • Case: Hardshell Case Included

JDV008 – Lucky Betty – Red

V100MRPGM

Specifications

  • Body: American Alder
  • Binding: Front and Back
  • Neck: Hard Maple – Bolt On
  • Fingerboard: Lignum Rosa
  • Scale: 25.5″/648mm
  • Frets: 22 Medium
  • Top Nut: 43mm Graphtech
  • Tuners: Wilkinson® WJ55 E-Z Lok™
  • Vibrato: Wilkinson® WVC
  • Pickups: Custom designed Joe Doe Double Coil
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Controls: Volume/ Tone/ Vari-Coil
  • Case: Hardshell Case Included

V100MRCS – Hidden

V100MRCS

Specification

  • Body: Mahogany
  • Top: Flame Maple
  • Neck: Mahogany – Set Neck
  • Scale: 24.75″/ 628mm
  • Frets: 22
  • Neck Inlays: Pearloid Crown
  • Tuners: Wilkinson® Deluxe WJ44 Chrome
  • Bridge: Tune-O-Matic
  • Pickups: Wilkinson® Double Coil x 2
    (N) MWVC (B)MWVC
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Controls: 2 Volume/ 2 Tone/ 3-Way Toggle