Dismal Ax “58 West Virginia” 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.

Here is a Dismal Ax Road Dog Esquire built from salvaged woods, powered by a single Seymour Duncan Hot Tele Stack pickup, and features a 1958 West Virginia License Plate pickguard. Cooler than cool! Excellent condition. Weighs 7lbs 2oz. Includes COA and hardshell case.


  • Model: Road Dog
  • Body: Cucumbertree w/Yellow Pine Barnwood Top
  • Neck: Hard Maple w/ Persimmon Fretboard
  • Scale: 25″
  • Neck Thickness: .84″-.92″
  • Nut: Micarta
  • Nut Width: 1.68″
  • Pickup: Seymour Duncan Hot Tele Stack
  • Controls: Vol, Tone
  • Electronics: .015mfd Tone Capacitor (Mullard), .001mf Treble Bypass Capacitor
  • Bridge: PRS Intonated Stoptail, Aged Nickel
  • Finish: Danish Oil & Wax
  • Tuners; Gotoh Vintage
  • Pickguard: 1958 West Virginia License Plate
  • Control Knob: Daka-ware “Cupcake” Knobs
  • Case: TKL