‘Longboard’ made by Skip Blake
It’s hard to separate fact from fiction in the life of legendary surfboard builder, Skip Blake. Blake maintains his mother gave birth to him in the sand dunes of Huntington Beach, California in 1948, and from that moment on he has never been more than 500 yards from the shoreline… we’ll take that with a pinch of sea salt. But we do know that 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! Choka!
Bridge: The Wilkinson WVC Vibrato bridge keeps things in tune if you want to pitch up and down like a surfer pumping a wave.
Pickups: Trio of Joe Doe custom designed Lipstick pickups to give you a set of vintage tones to work from. For best results, mix with a dash of spring reverb and shout Ha, Ha, Haaaaaaaa..… before picking really hard and fast. (Headband optional).
Controls: Single master Volume and two Tone controls with five-way pickup selector switch mounted on a custom designed ‘fin’ pick guard. Oh yeah, you see it now?
Machine heads: Wilkinson WJ55 E-Z-Lok machine heads provide simple, effective action and are chrome plated. As reliable as a Huntington Beach tide table.
Neck: Hard Rock Maple/hardwood, with classic Vintage ‘soft C’profile, ‘Surf City’ inlays and Blake’s logo on the back. You know if you press your ear against it and close your eyes, you can hear the ocean…
Fingerboard: Hard Rock Maple with abalone dots. It has a traditional 10” radius so when people ask - “Hey bud, how does it play?” you can reply … “Awesome”.
Frets: 22 Medium profile frets.
Nut: 43mm Graphtech nut, smooth and friction free like the life of a surfer.
Headstock: Unique Vintage Joe Doe “Longboard” headstock design.
Case: Joe Doe luxury hardshell case with case candy.
Certificate: Certificate of authenticity included.
ProShop Set-Up: Each guitar is individually set-up by the Vintage ProShop team.
Limited Edition 1 of 100 'Longboard' is an original Vintage® guitar, designed and created by Joe Doe Guitars and the UK Vintage design team.
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Wow - can it really be 25 years since I began selling Vintage guitars?
I have a strong feeling this brand was available when I first opened my business and it has remained my "go to" recommendation for affordable & extreme value instruments ever since.
The range over the years has expanded massively to cater for most genres and it has continued to improve in quality as well as range available.
Sadly, my Achilles heel shall we say are the "over expectant" minority (AKA Budget guitar police) who want PERFECTION at the cheapest possible price. Whilst a minority they are quite a militant bunch and tend to take the guitar out the box, run their hands down the frets to find the fret end we didn't manage to find or the 16th fret on the D that isn't as flat as it should be - or the little cosmetic blemish on the reer of the guitar that if you put the guitar to the light and look at it as 23 degrees on a sunny afternoon.... you get the idea....
Look - I am telling you as it is.... Either I NEVER sell guitars at this price - or you accept the INCREDIBLE positives of this brand at this price. The positives are MANY and I love them and you will too if your desire is to enjoy your guitar - not treat it as some kind of study for a physics project.
They contain what I call the building blocks of a great guitar.
Our meticulous quality control and setup service ensures you receive the very best example of the guitar. No stone is left unturned but PLEASE bear in mind this is a "relatively" budget brand and if you have OCD and the first thing you do is inspect every aspect of the guitar with a magnifying glass then I suggest you save up some money and go up to the next level of instrument.
If however you want a guitar that GENUINELY contains all the immense character of the original designs - the sound - the feel (and lets face it one of the brands they are mirroring have APPALLING standards that I would never allow out the door! yet cost 5x the price!) you will be blown away by Vintage.
Rest assured our meticulous quality control and preparation gets you the best. The very best - and a unique added value that NO other shop in the country can match. That I promise you!
Here are few videos I have done over the past couple of years which hopefully demonstrate why I love Vintage guitars so much and are my #1 recommendation for electric guitars under £400