‘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 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 '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.
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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