Dismal Ax Barnstormer SC-0


After World War I, and before aviation regulations, many former military pilots bought surplus planes from the government, and toured the countryside performing daring aerial stunts. They were called “barnstormers,” and these guitars are a tribute to them, as well as the planes they flew,
and the barns they stormed. The standard Barnstormer series features bodies built from sections of 2×4 or 2×6 rafters, hollowed out to reduce weight, and are available in beech, oak and elm. Original saw marks are left showing, and lightly sanded to accentuate them. The finish is a flat waterborne varnish, which keeps the rough sawn look while providing a smooth and comfortable feel. All Barnstormers can also be custom ordered with plain slab or barnwood topped bodies. The necks are either one piece or laminated, and attached to the body with a full width mortise and tenon joint. The distinctive Barnstormer headstock sits a quarter inch further back than a typical inline headstock and features Hipshot or Sperzel tuners with graduated height posts, eliminating the need for string retainers.


  • Model: Barnstormer SC-0
  • Body: 3 Piece Salvaged Yellow Pine
  • Neck: Maple
  • Fretboard: Black Locust w/Cream Phenolic Position Markers
  • Nut Width: 1.66″
  • Neck Thickness: .84 at 1st Fret, .91 at 12th fret
  • Scale: 25″
  • Frets: Dunlop 6105
  • Bridge: Dismal Ax Compensated Aluminum Bridge/Tailpiece Combo
  • Tuners: Hipshot Classic w/Graduated Posts
  • Pickups: Harmonic Design VP-90s
  • Electronics: CTS 500K Tone & Vol Pots, 3-Way Switch
  • Mullard .015mf Tone Control Capacitor, .001mf Treble Bypass Capacitor w/Parallel 75k Resistor
  • Pickguard: Phenolic
  • Control Knobs: Vintage Radio
  • Body Finish: Oil w/Flat Waterbone Varnish on Top
  • Neck Finish: Oil & Shellac
  • Hardware: Aged Black
  • Case Included
  • Weight: 7lbs 5oz