Boutique Chic: Dismal Ax Guitars

February 10th, 2011

By Tor Caracappa, Head of Visual for John Varvatos

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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

  • Ianoffogus

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

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

  • Lou Yanez

    Billiant. A guitar made out of garbage.

  • 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.

  • Tim

    Very cool.

  • Amy

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

  • spookythecat

    That guy is a genius~ gorgeous & inventive work.

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