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Joe Doe by Vintage - Salty Dog


 

JDV003x2
Joe Doe by Vintage - Salty Dog

Description

‘Salty Dog’ owned by Bill Downey

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”.

Body: American Alder body, finished in Albatross white and adorned with John Washington’s signature sailor tattoos. Did you know the traditional swallow tattoo means a sailor has travelled 5,000 nautical miles? And that two swallow tattoos means they’ve gone over 10,000? We’re figure if you haven’t gotten your sea legs by then, you never will.

Bridge: The Wilkinson WVC Distressed Vibrato bridge is made from steel, just like the bows of the USS Americana. Tough and reliable then.

Pickups: Trio of Joe Doe custom designed Single Coils with vintage magnets on the bridge pickup and hotter ones on the middle and neck, so you can go between calm seas or mountainous waves.

Controls: Single master Volume and two Tone controls with five-way pickup selector switch.

Machine heads: Wilkinson WJ55 E-Z-Lok machine heads providing superior tuning stability even after salt water damage.  

Neck: One piece hard rock Maple neck and fingerboard with classic Vintage ‘soft C’ profile and ‘Davy Jones’ inlays. The back carve is comfortable and reassuring in the hand, like a bottle of rum.

Frets: 22 Medium profile frets.

Nut: Slippery 43mm Graphtech nut, so the strings glide over easy like seagulls wheeling on the sea breeze.

Headstock: Unique Vintage Joe Doe “Salty Dog” headstock design. 

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

The limited edition 'Salty Dog' is an original Vintage® guitar, designed and created by Joe Doe Guitars and the UK Vintage design team. Tattoos designed by John Washington.

 

 

Who wants to see a clever magic trick? Of course you do, so put out your hand and take this penny. Have a good look at it, rub it between your fingers. Feels like a regular penny right? No different to all the others you’ve ever held? Ok, now let’s do some magic and change it before your very eyes. See this is no ordinary penny. It belonged to someone very, very famous. A singing sensation. Picture sold out shows in Las Vegas during the 1960’s. People selling their watches, their cars, even their own grandmothers to get a ticket. Front row seats filled with major celebrities and minor royalty enjoying free champagne while they wait for the shows to start… But before the stage curtain would ever rise up, the superstar had to perform one simple task. He would take a penny out of his tux pocket and rub it between his fingers. Why? To remind him how far he’d come. See, it was a gift from his mother, back when the family were so poor she had nothing to give each of her children for Christmas but a new, shiny penny. Well he kept hold of it and cherished it until the day he died, and now you have the exact same penny in the palm of your hand. So take a look at it again. It’s no longer a plain ol’ coin, cast from melted metal. It has been transformed into an artefact. It has a backstory and is freighted with meaning. It has become magical…

We’re not practising magicians here at Joe Doe Guitars but we understand how the power of a good story can transform something ordinary into something extraordinary. Our trick is mixing art with some tall story telling to turn simple wood and wire into unique musical instruments that have a proud history and character all of their own. So when a Joe Doe Guitar is hanging on a wall, it’s a piece of art to be admired and discussed in hushed tones… and when it’s hanging off your guitar strap it’s pure musical inspiration. Now if it’s all right with you, we’ll take back that penny and put it away for safe keeping.

Details

SKU JDV003x2
Brand Vintage

Delivery

How much is delivery?
At Ivor Mairants Musicentre we offer thousands of products that are currently in stock and can be delivered to your home address, anywhere in mainland UK. You will be able to see your delivery charge at the "Checkout" page.

Do you offer Next Day Delivery?
Yes, we offer a Next Day Delivery service for in-stock orders placed before 1pm Monday-Friday. Next Day Delivery and Saturday Delivery carries an extra charge. Ivor Mairants Musicentre commit to delivering on time, we rely however, on our carriers to fulfil their contract in this regard, and can not be held liable for any failure of third parties in fulfilling delivery expectations.

Can I change my delivery address after I have placed my order?
Once you have placed your order with us, we are unable to change any of the information you have given us, as most orders are dispatched from our distribution warehouse. Our contract carriers however offer various levels of free of charge enhanced service such as DPD PREDICT, which allows the consignee to be alerted by e-mail and/or text message of the delivery window and allows for changes allowed by the contract carrier to the detail of the actual delivery time and/or location. Where such services are available all orders will benefit from auto enrolment in the services. Ultimately, if there is no-one to sign for your delivery, you will be left a card by our contract carrier inviting you to collect from the depot or re-arrange delivery.

If it proves impossible to deliver your goods within the time allowed by our contract carriers, the consignment will be returned to us and you will unfortunately become liable for all redelivery, and/or redirection charges. Please check your confirmation email for the status of your goods before contacting us. Should you need to change your details, for example you have moved house, you can change your details by email at info@ivormairants.co.uk and the new information will be updated within 24 hours. Please note that any orders placed before changes are made will use your old details.

Can I track my order?
The vast majority of our UK and Eire domestic consignments and international shipments are by trackable service. You will be emailed a tracking number with your dispatch information. Please note that tracking numbers are not used for smaller orders sent by Royal Mail or similar postal service. If you require your order to be consigned using a trackable service, please advise us AT THE POINT OF ORDER.

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Available from 18th May 2020

  • Available from 18th May 2020
Our Price £599.00

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