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Purple Haze and Hey Joe on a Tele?

S. Cane

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Good article.

And I especially liked the part about the headstock affecting tone and other BS busting.

Instruments back in the late 60s and early 70s were just instruments, they were expensive, often deemed not so good by their owners, and frequently modded to the personal needs of the artists.

There was no such thing as this collector's thirst for old guitars and the myths about a single grain knot on the wood grain to affect tone.

I once saw a video about Jimmy Page's recordings, two guys were explaining the guitars and rigs, and the younger said "Page recorded that solo using a lovely sounding vintage Telecaster..." right there the older fellow interrupts him and says "Look, the tele wasn't Vintage, nor there was this concept back then. It was just a good Fender Tele he got when he joined The Yardbirds".


Particularly good instruments were often sought by their sound, but not for being old. Jimmy's n. 1 LP, for instance, once belonged to Joe Walsh, and Slash once bought a LP that belonged to Joe Perry...
 

Michael Patrick

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There's so much fuzz on Purple Haze it's hard to tell for sure whether it's a Strat or a Tele. But Hey Joe sounds like a Strat to me.
 

Texas Blues

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There's so much fuzz on Purple Haze it's hard to tell for sure whether it's a Strat or a Tele. But Hey Joe sounds like a Strat to me.

Too my ears both Purple Haze and Hey Joe sound like a strat.

And as per Roger Mayer, it wouldn't be the first time a guy's memory failed him.

No disrespect to Roger Mayer but I've recorded sheeit that I forgot exactly what guitar

and amp I recorded with.

Sheeit.

Half the time I can't remember what I had for dinner 2 days ago.
 

ch willie

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It's interesting in any case. Do those sound like Strat cuts because we want them to? My ears are open to the possibility that he might have used a Tele on them.
 

Minibucker

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I could maybe see Hey Joe being a Tele. It has some of that rounder, jazzier Tele neck PU stuff going on.
 
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yeti

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take the metal cover off that Tele neck PU and you're in strat territory to my ears.
 

zombiwoof

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What I read is that for Foxey Lady, he used Noel's Tele. That means it was strung as a regular right hand guitar, not with the reversed stringing that Jimi used on his guitars. I tried playing it on my Tele with a Fuzz Face, and it sure sounds like it could be true. Amazing that Jimi could play a regular right-handed guitar without reversing the strings, but many people said he did it regularly at jams when he didn't have his guitar with him.

Al
 

soulbrojcs

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I've heard it reported in print, and in person by those who were in attendance, that Purple Haze was indeed Noel's Tele. and personally, I wouldn't take Roger Mayer's word for anything... he sold me his photo optical switching Octave and a Fuzz pedals (the Fuzz he claimed was what Ernie Isley had used, along with the Octave, on "Who's That Lady" which I lated found out wasn't true) back in the mid 80's for $500.00 (a lot of dough back then), and when they arrived, neither one worked. he refused to even accept them back for repair, OR refund my money. a TREMEDOUS asshole on the phone. still waiting to cross paths with him one day, but his word is worth less than someone else's used toilet paper to me.
 

zombiwoof

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Just wanted to note that what I read about Foxey Lady being done on Noel's Tele did not come from Roger Mayer, from whom I also have read information that obviously was not very knowledgeable. I think he knew only about the electronic work he did for Jimi, but as for guitars and other equipment I don't think he knows as much.

Al

I've heard it reported in print, and in person by those who were in attendance, that Purple Haze was indeed Noel's Tele. and personally, I wouldn't take Roger Mayer's word for anything... he sold me his photo optical switching Octave and a Fuzz pedals (the Fuzz he claimed was what Ernie Isley had used, along with the Octave, on "Who's That Lady" which I lated found out wasn't true) back in the mid 80's for $500.00 (a lot of dough back then), and when they arrived, neither one worked. he refused to even accept them back for repair, OR refund my money. a TREMEDOUS asshole on the phone. still waiting to cross paths with him one day, but his word is worth less than someone else's used toilet paper to me.
 
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