Dismal Ax ’74 “Heart of Dixie” Road Dog


Love it or hate it, the internal combustion engine has earned a special place in the hallowed halls of Americana. The golden age of the automobile brought new freedom of movement, and left behind a massive carbon skidmark, along with a nearly endless trail of discarded license plates. The latter of these legacies, reworked into pickguards, become the main visual feature of the Road Dog guitars and basses. In addition to a splash of color, these plates can add a very literal sense of time and place, offering ample opportunity for personal customization.

  • Model: Road Dog
  • Body: Sassafras w/Salvaged Green Painted Yellow Pine Beadboard Top
  • Neck: Birch
  • Fretboard: Black Locust w/White Position Markers
  • Nut: Micarta
  • Nut Width: 1.69″
  • Neck Thickness: .81 at 1st Fret, .90 at 12th fret
  • Scale: 25″
  • Frets: Med/Wide
  • Bridge: 3-Saddle Tele
  • Tuners: Grover Deluxe
  • Neck Pickup: Dismal Homespun Mini-Humbucker, 6.5K
  • Bridge Pickup: Dismal Homespun Single Coil, 7.5K
  • Electronics: CTS 500K Tone & Vol Pots, 3-Way Switch
  • Mullard .015mfd Tone Control Capacitor, .001mf Treble Bypass Capacitor w/150k Resistor
  • Pickguard: 1974 Alabama License Plate, Steel
  • Control Knobs: Vintage Radio Knobs, Phenolic
  • Control Plate: Iron Strap Hinge
  • Body Finish: Shellac & Flat Waterbone Varnish
  • Neck Finish: Flat Waterbone Varnish
  • Hardware: Aged Nickel
  • Case Included
  • Weight: 8.4lbs