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#1
...doesn't have a signature strat guitar? He is one of (if not, THE) most influential guitarist of the 20th century, and he used Strats onstage most of the time.

He has a signature V, but I heard he hardly ever used that one live.

Almost everyone famous gets a sig model. Even people who were happy with stock models get a custom shop one.

Was there ever a Hendrix strat? If no, then why isn't there one now? It only seems logical that there should be one.

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#2
They'd be left handed. Compared to right handed people there isn't many left handers.

A right handed jimi signature wouldn't be right.
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#5
Is that the only reason? Zacky Vengance is left handed. Kurt Cobain was, too. They both got sig models.

Couldn't you make a left-handed strat with the strings on the other way 'round for the authentic Hendrix feel?
#6
^ That's what they did. It was a left-handed vintage-ized Strat flipped over for righties.
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#7
AND....

Lots of great musiscians of today are also quite commercial... selling signature models, picks and etc.
Jimi Hendrix didn't had this... he just played his music and was just in love with the stage, his guitar and the music... He didn't want much money in the first place... so he never made plans for his signature guitar/amp/picks etc...
#8
didn't hendrix just use right handed guitars and turn them upsidedown anyway? and this will prob make me some enemies but rapping can be apreciated if you take the time to listen.
#9
ive heard of something called i think a voodoo strat, and it just had the headstock reversed,and i think john mayer had one.


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didn't hendrix just use right handed guitars and turn them upsidedown anyway? and this will prob make me some enemies but rapping can be apreciated if you take the time to listen.


I think he also restrung it upside down also.
#11
Quote by fragydig529
I think he also restrung it upside down also.


Yeah, he re-strung it. A Jimi sig. guitar would be cool, but it'd only be right it was a left hander flipped and re-string for right hand players, and the Jimi way - a right hander restrung for a left handed.
#13
There have been 3 that I know off...

The Hendrix Moterey Pop Strat


The Hendrix Woodstock Tribute Strat


The Hendrix Voodoo Strat


The Moterey Pop Strat is very rare and very expensive. John Mayer has at least one, and so does Kenny Wayne Shepherd. Only 210 of these were built, and I've seen the prices for this one hovering around $18,000.

The Hendrix Woodstock Tribute Strat is fairly rare. I don't know the exact numbers for the production run. Also, there were 4 exact replicas built of the actual Woodstock guitar. I think the Experience Music Project owns all of them. Prices for the 1997 production run are around $2000. Coolest part about this guitar...besides being basically a lefty guitar setup for right handed play, the logo decal is mirrored (flipped backwards).

The Hendrix Voodoo strat is the most affordable of the bunch with market prices around $700. This guitar is a basic righty with the headstock flipped and the bridge pickup slanted in the opposite direction.

One of the lesser-known guitars...

Fender Custom Shop "Purple Haze" Strat (only 32 were produced)


This guitar sports a purple sparkle finish and a reverse headstock. It was a very limited custom shop run, so I don't really know any more information about it. Good luck on finding one.
#16
Whenever I see anyone playing a guitar strung upside down, whether it's left or right handed, I always think "Hendrix wannabe". It was "his" thing, and anyone else doing just looks stupid. The same with people playing upside down without restringing like Dick Dale or Albert King.
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Whenever I see anyone playing a guitar strung upside down, whether it's left or right handed, I always think "Hendrix wannabe". It was "his" thing, and anyone else doing just looks stupid. The same with people playing upside down without restringing like Dick Dale or Albert King.


Uh....you badmouthing Albert King and Dick Dale there, or just people that happen to pick up the guitar and play it the way they feel most comfortable?

So a left handed player grabs a right handed instrument and it feels comfortable to them...these people are suddenly trying to be Hendrix or Albert King?
#19
^ Not to mention that Dick Dale was really hXc and played it without reversing the strings.
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#20
Quote by JvL
AND....

Lots of great musiscians of today are also quite commercial... selling signature models, picks and etc.
Jimi Hendrix didn't had this... he just played his music and was just in love with the stage, his guitar and the music... He didn't want much money in the first place... so he never made plans for his signature guitar/amp/picks etc...


Firstly: Back when Hendrix was alive virtually no-one had signature guitars.

Secondly: Fender did build Hendrix personal Strat; it was called the Walnut Strat, had an all-rosewood one-piece neck (and some other stuff, I forget what. Something involving Walnut, no doubt). Anyway, Fender never actually presented Jimi with his guitar, and only two were ever built, the presentation one, which remains unaccounted for, and a prototype for a line that never went into production. (Years later there was a production Walnut Strat, but it wasn't the same as Jimi's model.

So there you are.
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Firstly: Back when Hendrix was alive virtually no-one had signature guitars.

Secondly: Fender did build Hendrix personal Strat; it was called the Walnut Strat, had an all-rosewood one-piece neck (and some other stuff, I forget what. Something involving Walnut, no doubt). Anyway, Fender never actually presented Jimi with his guitar, and only two were ever built, the presentation one, which remains unaccounted for, and a prototype for a line that never went into production. (Years later there was a production Walnut Strat, but it wasn't the same as Jimi's model.

So there you are.


Where'd you get this info?
#22
Quote by *chief*
didn't hendrix just use right handed guitars and turn them upsidedown anyway? and this will prob make me some enemies but rapping can be apreciated if you take the time to listen.


Wtf does that have to do with anything here?
#23
Quote by Strat_Monkey
Firstly: Back when Hendrix was alive virtually no-one had signature guitars.

Secondly: Fender did build Hendrix personal Strat; it was called the Walnut Strat, had an all-rosewood one-piece neck (and some other stuff, I forget what. Something involving Walnut, no doubt). Anyway, Fender never actually presented Jimi with his guitar, and only two were ever built, the presentation one, which remains unaccounted for, and a prototype for a line that never went into production. (Years later there was a production Walnut Strat, but it wasn't the same as Jimi's model.

So there you are.

George Harrison was given one of those with the solid rosewood neck and he played it extensively during the Let It Be sessions. I bet they're the same batch.
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#24
Quote by TwoString
There have been 3 that I know off...

The Hendrix Moterey Pop Strat


The Hendrix Woodstock Tribute Strat


The Hendrix Voodoo Strat


The Moterey Pop Strat is very rare and very expensive. John Mayer has at least one, and so does Kenny Wayne Shepherd. Only 210 of these were built, and I've seen the prices for this one hovering around $18,000.

The Hendrix Woodstock Tribute Strat is fairly rare. I don't know the exact numbers for the production run. Also, there were 4 exact replicas built of the actual Woodstock guitar. I think the Experience Music Project owns all of them. Prices for the 1997 production run are around $2000. Coolest part about this guitar...besides being basically a lefty guitar setup for right handed play, the logo decal is mirrored (flipped backwards).

The Hendrix Voodoo strat is the most affordable of the bunch with market prices around $700. This guitar is a basic righty with the headstock flipped and the bridge pickup slanted in the opposite direction.

One of the lesser-known guitars...

Fender Custom Shop "Purple Haze" Strat (only 32 were produced)


This guitar sports a purple sparkle finish and a reverse headstock. It was a very limited custom shop run, so I don't really know any more information about it. Good luck on finding one.



That's retarded how they flipped the logo so it's right side up. Lame.
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He has a signature V, but I heard he hardly ever used that one live.



YAY i have played HIS flying v ... but couldn't actually play it cos of the left handedness . that was a ****ing awesome day
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#26
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That's retarded how they flipped the logo so it's right side up. Lame.


Yeah, I have to agree, although I really like the mirrored logo...reminds me of some of the D1 cars in Japan
#27
Instead of asking why Jimi didn'thave a sig model, why not ask, why synyster deserved a sig model.
Sig model doesn't seem to be that important, most guitarists do it for commercial purposes and it's like a gimmick.
#28
I think people are missing the most basic point. Sig guitars are made when a FINANCIAL agreement is reached between the manufacturer and the artist(or, in the case of the deceased, their estate). No agreement, no signature series, quite simple. Also, signature guitars have nothing to do with ability, but salability.

P.S. - technically speaking, any "Jimi Hendrix" guitar would be a tribute, not a signature model, as no matter how good Hendrix was, even he can't come back from the dead to sign his name.
#29
To whoever thinks that flipping a guitar upside down makes you a Hendrix wannabe, consider this: flipping a strat upside down does a lot more than change the look, it changes the feel of the neck, the placement of the controls and the orientation of the pickups, and string tension. Many, including Jimi, and me, like where everything falls into place when you flip and restring a strat. The controls become conveniently placed (especially the whammy bar- SRV installed a lefty tremolo in his strat for the same reason) and you get a rather different sound, especially from the bridge pickup.
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#30
Alot of people with signature guitars dont use them (Angus Young, Jimmy Page), but some of them live by them (Joe Satriani, Paul Gilbert)
#31
yeah, i think it would be cool to have a cheaper hendrix tribute guitar, but it would be hard since he was a lefty, so they would have to make a right-handed version for the majority of guitar players.
also...where in the world did that rap thing come from? that was out of nowhere.
and saying that a person who plays left handed is like saying a person who plays a SG is an Angus Young wannabe, that's just retarded.
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P.S. - technically speaking, any "Jimi Hendrix" guitar would be a tribute, not a signature model, as no matter how good Hendrix was, even he can't come back from the dead to sign his name.

Not only that, but Hendrix didn't have ONE guitar that he kept playing. He played MANY different Strats, and often gave them away after one or two shows.
He's just known for certain styles of Strats because those are ones he played at huge events.
#33
When he first started out, I believe he played Keith Richards' guitar.
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Whenever I see anyone playing a guitar strung upside down, whether it's left or right handed, I always think "Hendrix wannabe". It was "his" thing, and anyone else doing just looks stupid. The same with people playing upside down without restringing like Dick Dale or Albert King.


says the guy named timi hendrix...
#36
Just spotted this one today...doesn't really do anything to solve the upper-fret access issue of a flipped strat, but it does take care of the control layout. It's interesting anyway...

http://www.warmoth.com/showcase/sc_guitar_bodies.cfm?type=guitar&start=1&itemNumber=PS1474&menuItem=1&subMenuItem=2&subMenuItem2=0

As far as Hendrix and his guitars, the man played Gibsons as well, and there's no greater joy than seeing Hendrix on acoustic.

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#37
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They'd be left handed. Compared to right handed people there isn't many left handers.

A right handed jimi signature wouldn't be right.

Hendrix played a Right handed guitar. Youtube it.
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Yeah, but he played a right-handed guitar left handed.
That guy was saying it wouldn't really be a Hendrix Strat because the market would call for a Left handed Strat strung for a right handed person. Doesn't really make sense.

I guess I kinda follow that. That would be extremely difficult to play though.
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