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Sunday, July 15, 2012

American Boutique Jeppson Guitars, "Spitfire"... (Review)

Reviewed By: Jac Harrison
Purchased from: Manufacturer
Street Price: $1,595.00 USD with case + shipping 

About: Jeppson Guitars is a Manufacturer of handcrafted, custom  American-built, boutique guitars and electric bass guitars made by master luither Bryan Jeppson,of East Brunswick NJ.

This "Spitfire" Model has a through-body flamed hard maple neck dressed with an ebony fretboard featuring evo alloy frets (more durable than traditional nickel silver, but without the harsh tone of stainless steel) separated by pearl diamond inlays with diving dolphins at the 12th ending in a body with a 1.25” thick maple top and mahogany back.

Gold hardware, dual action truss rod, locking tuners, Earvana compensated tuning system, (1)volume (1) tone knob.

Jeppson "classic" humbucker set, 500k CTS pots, 3 way switch,


Amp used:
EAST Amplification Studio2 1x10

Cables used:

Kerley 50's Pure Nickle

Selector position 1: Just Neck
A big, warm vintage neck PAF sound

Selector position 2: Neck and Bridge
An even, smooth, well balanced vintage punchy PAF tone

Selector position 3:
  Just Bridge
A lush 1959 vintage Les Paul bridge

Jeppson glitter paint effect
Action, Fit & Finish: 
The finish is out of this world. Bryan Jeppson has mastered the glitter paint effect, the finish looks like snake skin. The action was low without any fret buzz and the intonation was dead on.

Reliability & Durability: 
The guitar seems to be well made. It is solid through and through. There was no hum or crackles from the electronics all knobs and hardware installed snug and proper.  

This was the second guitar we have reviewed by Jeppson. After reviewing the Anaconda model a few months back, Bryan Jeppson has quickly become one of my personal favorite luthiers. His craftsmanship and attention to detail is of the highest quality and he has a professional business ethic.

12th fret markers
This Spitfire model is a thin body LP with a slightly over-exaggerated arch and flattened heel that makes this model extremely comfortable to play for long periods of time. Just 3/4 the thickness of an LP standard, she weights in at just 8.4 lbs and feels more like the slim body of an SG when playing her. The Jeppson hand wound pickups have a silky smooth, clean-vintage feel to them making this guitar a total steal at it's $1,595 price tag.

What I would change:
The only thing I would change (and did) is the compensated nut; I installed a Tusq nut. The compensated nut is designed to have perfect intonation, and is does. I'm more of a tone guy and I am willing to give up playing a bar chord at the 14th if it gives me more tonality and sustain. But that's just me.

My advice:
I said it in my last review and I will say it again. Play one, its like nothing else out there. Jeppson guitars are in a league of their own.

Read > Local Music Gear review of the American Boutique Jeppson Guitars, "Anaconda"... 

Jeppson Guitars
EastBrunswick, NJ

Posted 07/2012