Betty Jean

musical instrument
Betty Jean
Item Concept
Incite Emotion [-1]
Variable Emotion [-1]
At Range (up to one zone) [-1]
Lasting Emotion [-1]

When played, Betty Jean will do an emotional attack, using the musician’s Performance skill vs. the victim’s Discipline. If the attack hits, the guitar adds a +2 stress bonus (as though it were Weapon:2). Additionally, the musician may perform a maneuver on the listener at +2 to the roll (Performance vs. Discipline) that forces an emotion on a target (giving them a temporary Aspect). Finally, the musician can prevent the victim(s) from taking other actions by doing this as a block (also at +2).

The Catch: The musician unknowingly also affects himself with the guitar’s emotional powers, and resists them at a −2 (because to convey the emotion, the musician must truly feel what he is playing). Additionally, True Emotion can hurt the musician playing Betty Jean. Basically, the True Emotion is an expression or influence of the purest form of a positive, wholesome emotion in opposition to the emotion conveyed through the music.

Lust is overcome by Love
Despair is overcome by Hope
Envy is overcome by Charity
Greed is overcome by Temperance
Angst is overcome by Kindness
Wrath is overcome by Patience

Note: When played in a live concert setting, it is usual for the musician to weaken the audience by performing several maneuvers to set them in the appropriate mood, and open then up for the emotional attack. This is what causes the lasting harm (and mental consequences). During the course of a concert or event, the musician usually makes multiple attacks on the crowd. The attacks do not affect White Court vampires in the normal way, but instead may cause them to enter a feeding frenzy. The guitar has absolutely no effect when recorded and played back. Recorded music does not have the same energy that one feels at a live performance. If one can block the sound from reaching their brain, they are effectively immune to the powers of the guitar.

A red, single-pickup Silvertone Danelectro that Jimi Hendrix was slinging with Seattle’s Tomcats in early ’61. He parked this guitar with a girlfriend when he joined the army that year, and switched to a cheap Eko or Kay for a while. Eventually, he asked his father to send him the Danelectro, which he had nicknamed “Betty Jean”.

Jimi owned a one-pickup 1956 model of the Silvertone Danelectro. It was one of the guitars that he had the longest, it stayed with him several years. He called the guitar “Betty Jean” after his girlfriend, and left the guitar with her mother when he went off to the Army in 1960.

He asked his father to send him the guitar a while after he got to Fort Bragg. He wrote: “I hope that also you can send me the guitar as soon as you can. I really need it now. It’s over at Betty’s house, her mother and her grandmother write me all the time.”

This was the guitar he jused with The King Kasuals, and he seemed to always pawn it just before a gig, so that the other bandmembers would have to reposess it. Because he played lefthanded he had to have this special guitar.

When he left the Army in July 1962, there was a problem. The guitar was now owned by someone else. Somehow or another he managed to get the guitar back. He kept it until he traded it for an Epiphone Wilshire.

Betty Jean

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