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Eugene, Oregon, USA

Here are the specs on my Purpleheart Custom Tele:

  • J Spose's Purpleheart Custom TeleI built the body from raw materials...
  • Chambered Honduran Mahogany body.
  • Purpleheart top detailed with solid birdseye maple and solid ebony.
  • String through body construction with gold hardware.
  • Pair of early 70's Gibson Humbuckers.
  • CTS 500K pots, and .015 Jensen copper foil/oil cap.
  • Shielded control and pickup cavities.
  • 1 volume. 1 tone (*modded/bypass*)
  • 1 Switchcraft 3 way toggle.
  • Recessed Electrosocket.
  • Switchcraft military spec. input jack.
  • Strat style maple neck soft V shape. Rosewood board with MOP dot inlays. Bullet truss rod. Vintage style tuners with modern gear ratio.
  • Schaller strap locks.
  • Hand rubbed Tung Oil finish with hand rubbed beeswax top coats. I have it set up with Nickel Rockers 11-50.

J Spose's Purpleheart Custom TeleThis guitar has a horn-like midrange honk with the tone rolled off in the neck position. The lead pickup is sweet and wet sounding, even with the modded tone pot in the bypass position, it is NOT harsh, but clear and sweet. In the dual position, the pickups are smooth and balanced. Acoustically, the guitar resonates beautifully from the neck through the body.

I was going for a Gibson Les Paul rich tone, with a Fender style neck and playability...also I like simplicity with the single volume and tone controls.

You can hear a sound sample I wrote with Dave Paetow. Although this test-track isn't the best to hear the guitar, you can hear the purpleheart in the rhythm track....Dave P wails on his McInturff Empress!

My online photo album has a lot more pictures of the Purpleheart Custom Tele being built.

J Spose's Purpleheart Custom Tele 

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