Two Sides of Hendrix

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.
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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.

FenderTimeMachine-Serie

POSH

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

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

Marshall1959SLPXVintage

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

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

DunlopFuzzFace

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

Dunlop_Octavio

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

Dunlop-Uni-Vibe

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

DunlopCryBaby

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

FenderPure-NickelWound010

 TOTAL $7,290.94

SquierBullet

POOR

GUITAR Squier Bullet Strat, Arctic White ($119)

AMP HEAD Marshall MG100HFX, 100 watts ($359)

MarshallMG100HFX

SPEAKER CABINET Marshall MG412A ($249)

FUZZ Boss FZ-5 Fuzz ($89)

BossFZ-5Fuzz

OCTAVIA Voodoo Lab Proctavia ($129)

VoodooLab-Proctavia

UNI-VIBE Danelectro DJ15 Chicken Salad Vibrato ($29)

danelectro-chicken-salad

WAH Rocktron Classic Wah ($65) STRINGS Same ($3.99)

RocktronClassic-Wah

PICKS Musician’s Friend Mediums ($0.99/dozen)

FenderPure-NickelWound010

TOTAL $1,043.98

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