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Joe Doe by Vintage - Punkaster


Joe Doe by Vintage - Punkaster


‘Punkaster’ owned, destroyed and hastily reconstructed by Brandon Hicks

As soon as he learnt 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.



Body: A car crash of a guitar body made from numerous pieces of American Alder. Remember, some things are more than the sum of their parts, just like Brandon’s 35 second song “Riot In My Brain” with its inspired use of police sirens, dogs barking and an exploding jet engine.

Bridge: The superior Wilkinson WVC Vibrato bridge enables pig waggling, string diving and note gargling. Treat it like your worst enemy and it will still come back in tune.

Pickups: Trio of Joe Doe designed Single Coils, transplanted from various guitars that Brandon has destroyed over the years. The tones range from subtle to spiky… wait subtle? Not in Brandon’s vocabulary.

Controls: Master Volume and Master tone, with a sneaky five-way pickup selector switch, embedded in an unmistakeable mismatched dual style pickguard.

Machine heads: Wilkinson WJ55 E-Z Lok machine heads provide simple, effective action. Maybe the most dependable thing in Brandon’s life.

Neck: Hard rock Maple with mismatched tuners and mismatched dots. Your sweaty palm will love the classic Vintage ‘soft C’ profile and the comfort it brings. Plus, flip it over and you’ll get a glimpse into Brandon’s personal life - contact details for emergency lawyers and phone numbers for old girlfriends.

Fingerboard: Hard Rock Maple, with custom mismatched position markers and Kate’s Cellfone number. She’s a Geography teacher now, has twin boys and a plumber for a husband. To think she used to scale the PA system to dive into the crowd at Brandon’s gigs…

Frets: 22 Medium profile frets. Brandon’s never needed to go higher than the 10th one.

Nut: 43mm Graphite nut, smooth and friction free. Unlike Brandon’s life.

Headstock: Unique Vintage “Joe Doe” Punkaster headstock design.

Case: Joe Doe luxury hardshell case with certificate of authenticity and case candy.

ProShop Set-Up: Each guitar is individually set-up by the Vintage ProShop team.

Limited Edition 1 of 100 'Punkaster' is an original Vintage® guitar, designed and created by Joe Doe Guitars and the UK Vintage design team.





In the case of Vintage Joe Doe Punkaster, which is based on a punk lead guitarist, there’s a ticket stub to one of his gigs. I imagined the owner of this guitar as a self-destructive punk lead player in the USA, being thrown out of his home town for being disruptive, ending up in Times Square, New York in 1979, working in a porno theatre by day and in a punk band at night. He smashes up his guitars at gigs and from the wreckage frantically builds another for the next show, hence the Punkaster body is half Vintage V52 and half V6, with porno theatre stickers and his groupie phone numbers on the neck.


When I’m designing the Vintage models I have to bear in mind that they’ll be built in a factory to budget and a schedule, whereas my Joe Doe Custom guitars I build in my workshop have no time limits which means I only make 3 or 4 year. And I can’t forget the day job of course!” he laughs.

“I sent one of my Joe Doe Custom models to a group of teenagers who were living in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Several had lost parents while scavenging for a living on landfill sites and were placed into the care of a charity called Moms Against Poverty. The charity encouraged these young lads to get involved in music, so they formed a heavy metal band called Doc Chkae.

Their story was heartbreaking but I loved that they were trying to improve their lives through making music - so I made contact with a charity worker and sent out a Joe Doe Custom guitar called The Wall Of Death. It was nerve racking as they have no real postal service. I just waved the box goodbye and hoped for the best and was delighted when I heard 4 weeks later that it had arrived safely and that these lads have since played a few prestigious gigs with it. The guitar is out there in the world and forming a story of its own which is rewarding.

Like most of the Joe Doe Custom range, the actual engineering and physics within the construction to deliver superb tone and playability, are indeed a challenge. Whereas with Vintage Joe Doe guitars I’m streets ahead, as I’m working with well-built models that already play and sound superb."

Guitarist Magazine


Brand Vintage


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