JOE DOE BY VINTAGE ~ LONGBOARD GUITAR
‘Longboard’ made by Skip Blake
It’s hard to separate fact from fiction in the life of legendary surfboard builder, Skip Blake. 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.
Body: Double cut Alder body finished in Laguna Blue. Hold the guitar flat and look along the body to witness Blake’s divine carving skills - it’s got the profile of a longboard!
Bridge: The Wilkinson WVC Vibrato bridge keeps things in tune if you want to pitch up and down.
Pickups: Trio of Joe Doe custom designed Lipstick pickups to give you a set of vintage tones to work from.
Controls: Single master Volume and two Tone controls with five-way pickup selector switch mounted on a custom designed ‘fin’ pick guard.
Machine heads: Wilkinson WJ55 E-Z-Lok machine heads provide simple, effective action and are chrome plated.
Neck: Hard Rock Maple/hardwood, with classic Vintage ‘soft C’profile, ‘Surf City’ inlays and Blake’s logo on the back.
Fingerboard: Hard Rock Maple with abalone dots. It has a traditional 10” radius.
Frets: 22 Medium profile frets.
Nut: 43mm Graphite nut, smooth and friction free.
Headstock: Unique Vintage Joe Doe “Longboard” headstock design.
Case: Joe Doe luxury hardshell case with certificate of authenticity.
The limited edition 'Longboard' is an original Vintage® guitar, designed and created by Joe Doe Guitars and the UK Vintage design team.