Jimi Hendrix Guitar Rig

By | April 6, 2021


In most films of his performances, Hendrix plays a left-handed Fender Stratocaster left-hander. He did it because he likes the volume and tone control buttons on top, rather than the bottom. As a Strat is designed, the knobs would generally be on the bottom near the cord and tremolo bar. Straten gave Hendrix the feedback he wanted because it had three single-coil suspensions. Other guitars, such as the Gibson Les Paul, use humbucker pickups. These are double-coil pickups with the wires counter-wound to lower the buzz and hum in connection with electric guitars. Because Hendrix liked this feedback, he used the single coil.


Hendrix also played some other guitars, including Gibson Flying V, Epiphone Acoustic, Gretsches and even an occasional Les Paul, but he preferred Henden’s grass and hum.


According to the Geocities Sunset Strip, Hendrix used lighter gauge Fender strings, sometimes changing heavier strings for lighter ones in different positions on the neck. He also tuned the guitar to make it easier to sing along.


Like many American musicians, Hendrix often used Fender amplifiers. Twin Reverb and later Dual Showman were his standards. Later, when power and distortion became widespread in rock, he switched to the legendary Marshall amps that many used in the 1970s that followed him. Marshalls has a distinct sound that is favored by ‘heavy’ guitarists such as Jimmy Page, Pete Townsend and Eddy Van Halen.


Hendrix often used the wah-wah pedal, as well as distortion or ‘fuzz’ on stage and in the studio. Wah-wah, as he once explained, shifted the sound from bass to treble, creating the wah-wah effect. This is probably the most distinctive ‘stomp box’ he used and became associated with. Distortion boxes raised ‘fuzz’ in his playing. He probably used compressors that stretch the notes without distortion. He liked the swinging sound of the Leslie speaker cabin, so he used them on several recordings. It’s never been a guitarist like Jimi Hendrix. He played the guitar as if it were a lover. He twisted and turned it, played it with his teeth behind his back, and burned it alive on stage at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967. He could play left or right-handed, using feedback as another assortment of notes. No one compares to Hendrix.