In search of Hendrix´s Sound

Posted by Luis on July 6th, 2012

Looking for the Hendrix Sound?

We all know who Hendrix was, what he did and whenever we listen to his music, we say, yeah baby!!!
We have talked about him in the past on the Jamorama blog and honestly, there isn’t much to say that hasn’t been said already… the point is that we know him and we love him.

What was in his sound besides his soulful and powerful playing skills?

Hendrix sound is an excellent definition of a good Rock sound style and will always be. Who wouldn’t like to sound like him? If you would, you will need three basic things to start with.

Note: his ability and playing style is not included in this combo.

So, to start with, you need three basic things: a Fuzz Face, an Octavio and a Cry Baby Wah pedal, all made by Dunlop – meticulously reproduction of what Jimi used back in the 60´s.

Having a Fuzz Face?

Hendrix was the master of fuzz, an artist with many subtle shadings at his command. His love affair with the legendary Fuzz Face pedal began in the early days of the Experience and continued to evolve throughout his brief but blazing career. The Dunlop Jimi Hendrix Fuzz Face is a meticulously faithful reproduction of the 1969-70 Dallas Arbiter Fuzz Face that Jimi used on classic albums like Band of Gypsys. Dunlop’s engineering department examined hoards of vintage Fuzz Faces, honing in on a few units which possessed that unmistakable Jimi voodoo. The Hendrix Fuzz Face is built around the toneful BC108 silicon transistor. It is authentic in every detail, a handwired brown circuit board with no solder mask and circuitry carefully matched to the original specs. The look is 100% accurate too, that groovy circular chassis with tooled clones of the original Fuzz Face knobs in the rare and vintage turquoise hammertone finish. A truly playable collectable for any Hendrix or Fuzz Face fanatic.

Dont cry baby!!!

Cry Baby is Hendrix´s signature Wah pedal which reproduces Jimi’s unmistakable and legendary wah-wah tone.

The wah-wah pedal was just invented when Hendrix burst on the scene in 1967. And to this day, few players’ names are more synonymous with killer wah leads and wicked, wah-driven syncopated rhythms. The wah pedal that Hendrix used was a 60s design by the Thomas Organ Company and manufactured by JEN in Italy. This is the unmistakable wah tone heard on Hendrix classics like “Up From the Sky,” “Voodoo Child (Slight Return),” “Little Miss Lover” and “Still Raining, Still Dreaming.” The Jimi Hendrix Signature Wah reproduces these timbres, and more, with startling accuracy. Throaty and expressive, it will fire your imagination. The vintage classic look features a sleek black Italian crinkle finish aluminum body. From its eye-catching look to its mind-bending sound, everything about this wah just screams Hendrix.

Are you Octavio?

The Dunlop Jimi Hendrix Octavio is an exact clone of the amazing “octave up” pedal that Jimi used to make rock history. It’s all here: every knob and jack, a DPDT on/off switch, and the exact same circuit layout faithfully copied from the original “breadboard,” front-panel controls which let you dial in just the right amount of fuzz and adjust overall level. Own a little piece of Jimi—the Dunlop Jimi Hendrix Octavio. Power: Single 9 volt battery

So there you go, you have now the not that secret recipe to get the powerful and unique Jimi Hendrix sound we all love! Having these three babies on your arsenal will make you rock, not as Jimi did of course… or maybe?

Check out the review of the Jimi Hendrix authentic analog series of pedals by Paul Riario from Guitar World:

Learn more about on his Google profile.

One Response

  • Tom says:

    What, no Univibe pedal. A lot of songs Jimi wrote and played used the Univibe such as Machinegun to name just 1. If you truly want to play Jimi’s music you should have some sort of Vibe. I use the Voodoo Labs Microvibe and just love the sounds I get.

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