Two Sides of Hendrix

May 1, 2010

IN HONOR OF THE MARCH 2010 RELEASE of the new Hendrix album, Valleys of Neptune, our “Posh vs. Poor” comparison of expensive and budget gear debuts with two takes on Jimi’s tone tools. Using the comprehensive data in GP’s September 1975 Hendrix Special, we selected one of Jimi’s Experience-era rigs, and then “re-imagined” the signal chain with appropriate modern products at high and low price points (all prices listed are “street”). Our choices are somewhat subjective, of course, as many great products can emulate Hendrix-style sounds and tones (including DigiTech’s discontinued, Eddie Kramer-engineered Jimi Hendrix Experience pedal, which is still available online for around $199). But whether you go for the big-buck options or the low-cost alternatives, all of these groovy, psychedelic toys should get you very close to your own personal Electric Ladyland.


GUITAR  Fender Custom Shop Time Machine Series ’69 Stratocaster NOS ($3,199)









Marshall1959SLPXVintageAMP HEAD  Marshall 1959SLPX Vintage Series, 100 watts ($2,349)










SPEAKER CABINET  Marshall 1960TV 4x12 ($1,099)

 DunlopFuzzFaceFUZZ  Dunlop JH-F1 Jimi Hendrix Fuzz Face ($149)










Dunlop_OctavioOCTAVIA  Dunlop JH-OC1 Jimi Hendrix Octavio ($169)








Dunlop-Uni-VibeUNI-VIBE  Dunlop Uni-Vibe ($229) WAH Vox V847 ($89)








DunlopCryBabySTRINGS  Fender 150T Pure Nickel Wound, gauged .010, .013, .015, .026, .032, .038 ($3.99)










FenderPure-NickelWound010PICKS  Hendrix grabbed assorted medium picks at Manny’s Music, NY. Fenders are $3.95/dozen.








 TOTAL  $7,290.94



GUITAR  Squier Bullet Strat, Arctic White ($119)









MarshallMG100HFXAMP HEAD Marshall MG100HFX, 100 watts ($359)





SPEAKER  CABINET Marshall MG412A ($249)

BossFZ-5FuzzFUZZ  Boss FZ-5 Fuzz ($89)









VoodooLab-ProctaviaOCTAVIA  Voodoo Lab Proctavia ($129)










danelectro-chicken-saladUNI-VIBE  Danelectro DJ15 Chicken Salad Vibrato ($29)










RocktronClassic-WahWAH  Rocktron Classic Wah ($65) STRINGS Same ($3.99)










FenderPure-NickelWound010PICKS  Musician’s Friend Mediums ($0.99/dozen)








TOTAL  $1,043.98

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