WHAT THE HECK IS JOE DOE GUITARS ALL ABOUT? EXPLAIN YOURSELF!
First of all, nice to meet you! My name is Ben and I'm the guy behind Joe Doe Guitars. By day I'm a screenwriter for Film and TV, and by nights and weekends make custom built guitars with stories built in.
OOH, A LA DEE DA SCREENWRITER! ANYTHING I'VE SEEN?
Well I don't know what you've watched, so click below if you want and find out what I've done and what I'm doing. You'll see me, my lovely wife and screenwriting partner of 25 years and some dismembered body parts. I'm not kidding. So go if you must then come straight back because you came here for the guitars, right?
SO WAIT - YOU MIX STORYTELLING AND GUITARBUILDING?
Yeah, because who doesn't like a guitar with a backstory? Legally, I can't name names but you know what the iconic guitars are and where they came from; the black one saved from a burning dancehall in 1949, the white one set on fire at the Monterey festival in '67, the red and white striped one, assembled Dr Frankenstien style from other guitars. What I love about these origin stories is that they turn simple wood and wire into rock n roll holy relics. So I understand the power of a good story and apply that magic when designing and making my guitars.
DO YOU TAKE COMMISSIONS? I'VE GOT AN IDEA-
Wait, stop right there. I'm afraid I don't take commissions. Once I start building a guitar it takes on a life of its' own and I can't say where it will end up. So to avoid potential disappointment (for example you asking me to make something race car inspired and me handing you back a pure gold guitar owned by a Mexican Cartel boss), I make what I make and hope that you'll like that.
WHAT'S WITH THE VINTAGE RANGE?
I only have time to build 4 or 5 guitars a year, but have ideas for plenty more. So when I met Dennis Drumm, CEO of JHS at a guitar show in late 2018, he liked what I was doing with Joe Doe Guitars and I liked what he was doing with Vintage so we decided to collaborate. It's great for me because I get to see more of my stories come to life, and it's great for you because they're more affordable! Win win! Oh, and it's great for Dennis too. Win again!
I'VE RUN OUT OF QUESTIONS!
Good, because I've run out of answers. If you think of anything else, send an email, letter or pigeon.