Two years ago I moved on the lower level of a 1920's three story building. Having been caringly preserved, with its art deco elements, hardwood floors and elaborate moldings, it became a source of immediate inspiration. The main hallway, with its architectural attributes, proved a perfect backdrop on which to hang various guitar prototypes that had been developed at the shop over the years.
That same summer the building's owner proposed some necessary upgrades to the building and the drafty guillotine windows were soon replaced with new and more efficient ones. To make way for these new windows, beautiful slabs of unmarked 86-year-old pine had to be removed from the existing walls. The kitchen, which had already been renovated once sometime in the sixties, was the only room that was out of step with the rest of the house's early modernism. With its yellow Formica counters and wall paneling framed by strips of aluminum molding, it hinted heavily towards suburban nostalgia and forgotten American diners.
One of the prototypes in the works was a short scale electric solid body made of reclaimed and nontraditional materials. I couldn't help thinking that this model should be an ode of sorts to my new home, using materials almost exclusively salvaged from it.
In this spirit, we would like to introduce the Daddy Mojo Ozark series (the version in yellow composite material featuring a reclaimed 86-year-old Pine body, sourced from the same building as its early '60's Formica top).
1st reclaimed Ozark model:
- salvaged pine body (86 years old)
- Sinker maple neck (240 years old, retrieved from a Quebec riverbed).
- Birdseye maple fingerboard
- Early 1960's Formica top and headstock overlay
- Proprietary DM art deco tailpiece and pup covers
- 23 1/2″ scale length
- 1 3/4″ nut width
- MOJO pickups custom wound (DeArmond style).