Mojo Guitars were launched in 2011 in Nashville by Bobby Clark who is also a world champion mandolin player that has shared the stage with Vince Gill and many other high profile country musicians. Clark developed a unique process to impart a played in sound to his guitars through the use of his ‘Mojo Chamber’ where he subjects the guitars to sound vibrations for 100 hours.
This summer he launched his 20 guitar series of Historic Edition 66 Bowl Guitars. The bodies are cut from repurposed bowling alley lane wood from the 66 Bowling Alley on Route 66 in Oklahoma – which was torn down in 2010. Clark says that the vibration from the bowling balls striking the wood for so many years, the bowling alley was built in 1959, impart added sustain and dimension that isn’t found in ‘new’ wood.
The roasted maple necks are cut in a soft V vintage shape and topped with nice rosewood fretboards. The electronics are provided by a Lollar Imperial Humbucker pickup in the neck position and a Lollar single coil in the bridge to give it that twang. Clark has also added a custom neck plate on the back of the guitar where the neck is secured to the body as a distinguishing touch. Each guitar has a special serial number, a certificate of authenticity and a custom Route 66 case.
1 played the Dr. Mojo Historic Edition 66 Bowl Guitar and I was impressed by the bodies sustain and the played in feel of the neck, plus the Lollar pickups are smooth. Due to the popularity of this series, a Route 66 bass guitar could be in the future?