All Music Inc 397 South Oyster Bay Road Plainview, NY 11803

Vintage Joe Doe Salty Dog White Strat Electric Guitar JDV003 Wilkinson


$ 899.00 

Welcome, you are looking at a great piece.
This is the Vintage Joe Doe Salty Dog White Strat Electric Guitar.
25.5" scale. 1.69" nut width. 8 lbs 1 oz.
.75"-.86" 1st to 12th fret neck depth.
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”.
This Salty Dog starts off with an alder body, emblazoned with Washington's personal tattoo graphics.
The medium light weight here provides a good balance between natural resonance and midrange push.
Grabbing up that tone is a trio of Joe Doe single coil pickups.
These pickups have a unique setup- the bridge position is 'vintage' voiced, while the middle and neck are wound hotter.
This provides sweet bridge cleans/overdrives, big neck sustains, and great in-between sounds.
A fantastic tone machine.
The maple neck has a comfortable oval C profile, with a 10" radius for easy chording and effortless bends.
The fretboard features 'Davey Jones' inlays.
The icing on the cake is the Wilkinson tremolo- provides classic looks and feel, with the quality you expect from Wilkinson.
The hardware here is relic'd to match Washington's own guitar, which travelled along with him at sea.
​Very cool.
This is your chance to get your hands on a fantastic Vintage Strat example.
We are an authorized Fretking/Vintage dealer.
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