The Joe Doe series of guitars are indeed unique in themselves, with their incredibly imaginative, individual themes and custom artwork.
Now, put through the hands of the Vintage ProShop design team, these new models actually portray the original guitars, the first editions that the current Joe Doe Series is based on.
The Joe Doe ProShop Punkaster for example, is constructed from two (yes, two) classic Vintage guitar bodies from the ReIssued Series, a Sunburst V6 and Butterscotch V52. The Punkaster retains the original concept of the guitar owned by the fictional character Brandon Hicks, the New York punk who, with a frightening talent for destruction, would demolish his guitars at every gig and rebuild in time for the next show…pieced together from guitars he had destroyed over the years.
The Vintage ProShop team of skilled luthiers have professionally aged and lacquered ‘both bodies’, all the hardware and given Brandon’s favourite stickers a well-thumbed look.
Needless to say, aside from the incredibly unique theme, the ProShop Punkaster, like all Vintage guitars, plays like a dream, the neck is sleek, fast and carefully aged for that unmistakable killer look and, along with the headstock, is given a cellulose amber coating.
The Vintage ProShop Joe Doe guitars are like nothing you have seen before, built on a solid foundation of timeless Vintage designs, time-tested Wilkinson hardware and hand-picked tonewoods that have made these guitars themselves, Vintage classics.
Vintage ProShop Set-Up includes:
- Fret-level, crown and polish.
- Fingerboard dress and comfort treatment.
- Truss rod adjustment and set.
- Action height, radius, intonation and pickup height adjustment.
- Nut slot regulation.
Standard guitar specification
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 runs a music products company now, has twin boys and a plumber for a husband. To think, back in the day, she used to scale the PA system to dive into the crowd at Brandon’s gigs…
Scale Length: 25.5" / 648mm
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.
The JDV05 is an original Vintage® guitar, designed and created by Joe Doe Guitars and reimagined by the UK Vintage ProShop team.