Joe Doe Longboard with Case, Surf Blue
Vintage Joe Doe Longboard with Case, Surf Blue
With a light and resonant, double cut Alder body, the traditionally styled Joe Doe Jailbird feels tight and comfortable. A Hard rock Maple neck, detailed with ‘Surf City’ inlays and Blake’s logo on the back, and shaped into a classic Vintage ‘soft C’ profile, adds to this comfort and positive feel . A 22 medium profile fret Hard Rock Maple fingerboard with abalone dots completes the ensemble to make an incredibly sounding, and playing, guitar.
Pickups are a trio of Joe Doe custom designed Lipstick single coils to give you a set of vintage tones to work from (for best results, mix with a dash of spring reverb), and these are easily manipulated via the single master Volume, two Tone controls, and five-way pickup selector switch - all mounted on a custom designed ‘fin’ pick guard.
The reliable Wilkinson WVC Vibrato bridge keeps things in tune, while Wilkinson WJ55 E-Z-Lok machine heads provide simple, effective action, which when combined with the smooth and friction free Graphtech nut, provide reliable and effective tuning stability. Also included is a Joe Doe luxury hardshell case with case candy, and a Certificate of authenticity included. Each guitar is also individually set-up by the Vintage ProShop team.
Hold the guitar flat and look along the body to witness Blake’s divine carving skills - it’s got the profile of a longboard! Choka!
What Vintage say:
‘Longboard’ made by Skip Blake
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 surf board 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.