From Barn to Guitar

Today at World’s Finest Guitars were going to get a bit whimsical with our post.

would like to show you a fantastic line of guitars that are made from reclaimed wood

And other salvaged  items that are useful for guitar hardware.

Barn Stormer


Dismal Ax Guitars” are a blend of old and new, fantasy and reality.

They incorporate many elements of the classic forms of the instrument, but present them

in different context, drawing inspiration from nature, and its ability to transform the

shiny and new into true works of art.

They try to keep Their designs and methods as simple as possible for many reasons.

Aesthetically, this just makes for a more visually pleasing instrument,

putting the emphasis on the inherent beauty of the wood,

Rather than on ostentatious detail.

More importantly, it represents an attempt to minimize impact on our ecosystem,

partly by reducing wasteful practices that do not significantly add to the practical value

of such an instrument, but mostly by promoting a more roots oriented, homegrown

approach to the electric guitar, which can easily be applied to

Any number of other products.

Dismal Ax uses a mix of locally harvested and salvaged materials.With a few exceptions,

All new wood comes from local timber whichI have sawn and dried.

This allows them to offer many species not commonly used in guitar making as alternatives

to the standard exotic woods that are becoming increasingly endangered,

As well as to make the most out of the timber they process.

Salvaged materials come from old barns, fences, and other structures, displaying

Weather-worn surfaces, original saw marks, and nail holes.

All these woods carefully incorporate knots, cracks, and other defects in a manner

that does not compromise the stability of the instrument,

but adds a great deal of visual interest.

The Barn Stormer

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 Barnstormer series features bodies built from sections of

2×4 or 2×6 rafters, which can be hollowed out to reduce

weight, and are available in beech, oak, maple, poplar, tupelo,

and elm. Original saw marks are left showing, and lightly

sanded to accentuate them. All barnstormers can also be

custom ordered with plain, slab style or topped bodies.

The necks are either one piece, or laminated, with an inline

headstock, and attached to the body with a full width mortise

and tenon joint.

SC and DC models are 25″ scale, with 24 frets,

2 P90 pickups, and half-round control plate.

Barnstormer AC

Barnstormer AC~

Maple rafter body
Red maple neck
Persimmon fretboard

Hipshot contour tremolo
Hammered aluminum pick guard,
back cover plate and jack plate.


AC model is 25.5″ scale, with 22 frets, 3 single coil pickups,

or humbucker/single coil combination,

and full pick guard.

Bass is 34″ scale, with 21 frets, 1 or 2 single coil or split

pickups, and half-round control plate.


Let’s look at just one more before you head on overt to the Dismal Ax website.  I love the name of this one

This is the Rusticator DC

Standard features~
22 frets, 25″ scale
Solid body with barnwood or other top
Scarf jointed or laminated neck with angled headstock
2 Seymour Duncan or similar humbuckers

Notice the old drawer pull used as a tailpiece


Rusticator DC~ “the weight”

Weathered beech barnwood top
on butternut back
Red maple neck
Persimmon fretboard
Distressed finish on back

Custom features:
Control plate and trussrod cover made
from produce scale faceplate
Tailpiece made from cast iron drawer pull
Knobs made from wooden thread spools




To learn more about this interesting guitar line  just go to





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