Dismal Ax ’72 “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/Oak Barnwood Top
  • Neck: Hard Rock Maple
  • Fretboard: Persimmon w/Black Position Markers
  • Nut: Micarta
  • Nut Width: 1.68″
  • Neck Thickness: .80 at 1st Fret, .87 at 12th fret
  • Scale: 25 1/2″
  • Frets: Med/Wide
  • Bridge: Allpart Compensated Ashtray, Aged Nickel
  • Tuners: Gotoh Vintage, Aged Nickel
  • Neck Pickup: Gotoh Mini Humbucker, Aged Nickel Cover
  • Bridge Pickup: Dismal Homewound Tele, Alnico 2, 11,000 Turns
  • Electronics: CTS 500K Tone & Vol Pots, 3-Way Switch
  • Mullard .015mfd Tone Control Capacitor, .001mf Treble Bypass Capacitor w/Parallel 150k Resistor
  • Pickguard: 1972 Alabama License Plate, Steel
  • Control Knobs: Vintage Acorn Radio Knob, Phenolic
  • Control Plate: Iron Strap Hinge
  • Body Finish: Antiqued, Shellac & Flat Waterbone Varnish
  • Neck Finish: Antiqued, Oil & Shellac
  • Hardware: Agaed Nickel
  • Case Included
  • Weight: 8.56lbs