In the late ‘70s, Prince Rogers Nelson fell in love with Telecasters - only they weren’t true Teles; they were ‘Tele’-style guitars made by Hohner.
With the 1984 movie Purple Rain, the world came to know Prince as a superstar performer and dazzling axeman. Who can forget the scene where His Royal Badness jumps up on an amp, points his guitar at the crowd and lets his instrument ‘ejaculate’?
That guitar, as it turned out, was a prop. But for the Purple Rain tour, Roger Sadowsky was called in to create two playable clones of the prop ‘Tele.’
“I called them ‘Ejac-u-casters,’ Sadowsky jokes. “They were exact to the original: flamed maple top, ash body, walnut strip running down the middle, stock Tele pickups. The only difference was the copper tubing running alongside the truss rod that ran into a cavity of the guitar at one end and termintated at the headstock. Prince could activate a switch and shoot out the liquid.“
And just what was that up-till-now secret liquid? Inquiring minds want to know. Sadowsky doesn't disappoint: “Ivory dish detergent," he says with a laugh. "Simple as that."