Boutique Chic: Dismal Ax Guitars

February 10th, 2011

By Tor Caracappa, Head of Visual for John Varvatos

Let’s face it: there are a lot of guitars out there, and it’s incredibly difficult to build something original in this day and age. Enter George Downing and the Dismal Ax company, out of, you guessed it….Dismal, Tennessee. Downing’s three primary models—the Muleskinner, the Barnstormer, and the Rusticator—are beautifully and simply appointed, and constructed from a mix of locally harvested and salvaged materials, including mesquite, red cedar, and black locust woods. Further creations are adorned with such touches as pickguards constructed from vintage license plates, bottlecap knobs and refrigerator-emblem control plates. With a slew of uniquely customizable options, the attention to detail in these guitars is exceptional and extraordinary.

For more information, visit Dismal Ax

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  1. Posted by Ianoffogus on February 10th, 2011, 18:27 [Reply]

    It’s original in terms of the materials used, but it’s still a dang TELECASTER. Kinda ironic actually.

  2. Posted by Googs on February 10th, 2011, 21:51 [Reply]

    hmmmmm…sorta cool…..perhaps to hang on the wall at the local Applebee’s?

  3. Posted by Lou Yanez on February 10th, 2011, 23:20 [Reply]

    Billiant. A guitar made out of garbage.

  4. Posted by John on February 11th, 2011, 01:14 [Reply]

    I have a Dismal Ax. Not only does it Look cool it plays great. It cuts through the mix of a live band very well. My other main guitar is an old school Parker Fly from the early 90’s. My father was a vintage dealer in IL. I have played some nice stuff. My first guitar was a 69 tele with a bigsby.

  5. Posted by Tim on February 11th, 2011, 01:14 [Reply]

    Very cool.

  6. Posted by Amy on February 11th, 2011, 14:22 [Reply]

    The thing is, they sound good too, not just a novelty to hang on the wall at all.

  7. Posted by spookythecat on February 11th, 2011, 15:02 [Reply]

    That guy is a genius~ gorgeous & inventive work.

  8. Posted by Brian Shore on February 25th, 2011, 07:42 [Reply]

    I think they are gorgeous and inventive – fun and very well done – Bravo!


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