Jimi Hendrix Guitar?

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  1. neon_black88

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    If I was going for a very Jimi Hendrixy tone, something straight out of Castles Made of Sand, Little Wing or Bold as Love, what guitar should I be looking at. Obviously a strat of some kind, fender most probably. These are the two strats i'm gassing for:

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    The problem is they're both Ash with a Maple Neck, and I don't know how well that would match up with what im going for. Any advice?
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    Just found this aswell... if anyone knows anything about the playabilty, price ect, let us know

    FENDER JAPAN STRATOCASTER '54 RE_ISSUE

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    Personally I would go for the "voodoo" Hendrix strat. Reverse pre CBS headstock. The bridge pick-up is also angled differently. A friend of mine played one and I fell in love the minute I picked it up.:agreed:
     
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    I forgot to mention I have a budget of about 1000 dollars :yesway:

    Infact this thread can just be about educating me on stratocasters aswell, because im pretty clueless :yesway:

    First Questions:

    Japan VS USA?

    Japan 54 Re-Issue VS 57 Re-Issue?
     
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    [​IMG][​IMG]I have seen the American Hendrix strats go for just over 1k but for some reason I am seeing a Neck alone going for that much on the bay right now. If you are patient I am sure you could find one.

    I do not know a lot about the Jap. Strats but I can tell you that you will notice the difference in quality between the American and Mexi's but that is pretty much just common sense.

    Closer inspection leads me to believe that those may be made in Japan or something as the one my old room mate had said Stratocaster in Bold on the headstock and it was an American for sure.
     
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    the japan strats are in between the mexican and american ones. I've never played one but I hear good and bad, just like the mexican versions
     
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    If I were you, i'd get this american strat: Buy Fender American Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar at Musician's Friend
    lots of finish options, all of them are $999 except 2 that are $1099

    you'll never be able to get the exact tone that he got, the modern stuff just isn't as good as the vintage, pedals, guitars, amps, ect...

    but you can get pretty damn close, and most strat models will get you pretty close to his sound
     
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    Yes the new American standard Strats are very nice. Then get yourself a Marshall amp, univibe and fuzz pedals and your almost there.:shred:
     
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    ive always wanted to get a good marshall head and a good ole american strat, i like to play the classic stuff every now and then, maybe someday when i have more money i'll invest in a rig like that to set next to my metal rig =)
     
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    :agreed: Hendrix's gear wasn't anything special, really. In fact, I think he just used whatever Strats that Fender sent him straight out of the box--and remember, they were mostly the much derided CBS-era Strats. It's all in the fingers.

    In the studio, he was known to use other amplifiers besides Marshall, and he supposedly recorded with Fender amps quite a bit.
     
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    i don't believe that whole its all in your fingers BS, no offence, but its ridiculous =/ tone is like a chain, the whole thing is only as good as each chain link, fingers, guitar, effects, amp, ect
     
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    Yeah its not ALL in the fingers, it's just a figure of speach. People forget how much tone can come from your pick attack, for example. I can't stand people who pick softly for the type of metal that I play.
     
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    Obviously tone doesn't completely come from the fingers, but a lot of it does. Another guitarist playing through my guitar through my rig will sound completely different from me. In many ways, it'll sound similar, because your guitar, pickups, amp, effects, and so on all make up a big part of your sound, but very insignificant-seeming things have a big influence on your sound. For an example, I play medium-length medium-thickness picks because I find them easiest to play rhythm guitar with (I have some shorter pointed picks in my apartment that I find easier to play lead guitar with). The other guitarist in my band plays very thick somewhat short picks. I pick very heavily/aggressively and he picks kind of lightly. He uses a 54-56 for his low B on a 25.5" guitar, while I use a 58-60 for my low B on a 27" guitar. Our styles go together very very well (even talking just about picking), but our styles make very different sound/tone. I tried playing my guitar with his pick and the sound coming out of my guitar was very different. Him playing my guitar with my pick and his picking style also sounded very different.

    So, "tone is in the fingers" does not necessarily mean "tone is ALL in the fingers," but it does mean that technique, the way you play, how hard you play, what kinds of picks you use, and all that have a big influence on your sound.
     
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    I think others have covered this already, but it's entirely proper to say that *your* tone comes from your fingers (and the way you hold the pick etc.). If Jimi Hendrix played my rig, he'd still sound like Jimi Hendrix. And if I got a chance to play his rig, I'd still sound like me. Obviously the choice of gear does affect the tone, but you'll never sound like Hendrix simply by acquiring similar gear. Heck, other than the Univibe, Jimi's CBS Strat + Marshall Plexi combination also describes half of the rock players out there between 1968 and 1975, and I don't think anyone would ever accuse Hendrix and Blackmore of sounding the same.

    I like playing through nice gear, but I long ago discovered that 9/10 of the time any dissatisfaction with my sound was best fixed by either working on my technique or modifying my EQ settings.
     
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    Mexi Strats can be pretty darn good. You can get one of these for like $599.

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    I've heard extremely powerful sounds come from the weirdest rigs.

    Technique has a lot to do with it. Obviously it's going to be tough to get a LP/Marshall sound from a nylon string classical.
     
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    you can pick up the "standard stratocaster" for around 400 bucks from musicians friend. a few bucks more if you opt for the brown sunburst finish. if you are willing to spend more i would strongly suggest the Classic Players 60s Stratocaster. i just picked up a sweet deal on ebay for one. it comes with custom shop 69 model pickups in it. i love mine..its made in mexico but its designed in the custom shop and its a much nicer guitar than the standard mexi models. ive read that alot of people like it more than the american standards because if the 12 inch radius on the fretboard and the pickups. i think i really nice touch is the neck isnt the flat looking satin finish. its a real nice lookin gloss finish. i bought this guitar just to play music in the style of jimi. i also bought a digitech jimi hendrix experience pedal. every stratocaster owner needs one of those. as they say..it wont make you play like jimi but it will sure make you sound like him. i think it does really well to get that sound. this is the best fender product ive played before. it has the aged knobs and mint pickguard. ive seen most people buy the sonic blue one but i like the 3 tone sunburst better..heres a quick photo i took of mine..

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    As both a resident Jimi nut and a resident Strat nut, I feel sort of qualified to chip in here. :lol:

    Honestly, Jimi was known for playing damn near anything. Some guys gravitate to specific specs for a strat - myself, I REALLY prefer maple boards, whereas SRV played mostly rosewood, for example. However, Jimi played them pretty indiscriminately. He also rarely kept them around for long periods of time - he kind of played whatever was on hand. To further complicate this, he was a bit of an Albert King fan and played a Flying V a lot for his bluesier stuff, so it's really hard to know what he was playing at any given point.

    So, that said, it's wide open if all you know is you want a Jimi sort of tone. You seem to like the look of maple board strats, based on the two you posted up, so I'd say go into a guitar shop and just pick up a ton of Fenders, and play them. You're going to feel more comfortable on some than others, it goes without saying, and just pay attention to what you like in them. Eventually you'll know what you're after, or you'll find one that maybe wasn't what you were looking for but just feels and sounds right - buy that one. :D

    The Mexi strats are probably closer in spec to what Jimi would have been playing - 21 frets, 6 screw bridge, etc, and if you're after that vibe then a nice Mexi (some kick ass and hold their own with American strats, others are uninspiring) may be the best bet. Personally, I prefer the 22 fret 2-point trem Strats - they play a little more contemporarily.

    Also, whatever you get, mod the fuck out of it. Strats are the perfect project guitars. :D
     
  19. Desecrated

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    tone is in your fingers = the pick is in your fingers too so it counts as your finger tone.
     
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    technique comes from fingers <.< your fingers do not produce tone, they allow for tone to be produced (by pressing the string down to the fret, allowing noise to be made), but it has nothing to do with your tone

    tone and technique are different things, atleast imo
     

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