#1
I have an epiphone les paul, with the same pickups, same strings, etc.

I was into more metal and hard rock back when i got it (three months) but then my dad got me a hendrix CD and I listened to some of john mayer's electric stuff.

So i like hendrix and mayer...

the problem is... they both use strats, and i don't have one.

Is there anyway i get a similar tone on my epi les paul?

PLEASE don't say get a strat because
I've only been playing for a few months and my parents don't plan on buying another guitar.

Thanks in advance
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#2
Quote by locomotive4
I have an epiphone les paul, with the same pickups, same strings, etc.

I was into more metal and hard rock back when i got it (three months) but then my dad got me a hendrix CD and I listened to some of john mayer's electric stuff.

So i like hendrix and mayer...

the problem is... they both use strats, and i don't have one.

Is there anyway i get a similar tone on my epi les paul?

PLEASE don't say get a strat because
I've only been playing for a few months and my parents don't plan on buying another guitar.

Thanks in advance



Hendrix used a lot of effects. Since it would cost quite a bit to get a vibrato on that thing, I would suggest getting an effects pedal. BTW, what amp do you have? Secondly, you could switch out the pickups, but it still won;t sound anywhere near single coil pups.
#3
Um... well my amp says DRiVE on the front, thats it, it has reverb, gain, volume, treb, bass, mid , with lead and clean channels....

Yeah, i was looking at that digitech hendrix effects pedal, is it worth the $200?
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#4
the thing that would get u the closest to their sound would be changing ur pickups to coil tap ones.
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#5
Quote by locomotive4
Um... well my amp says DRiVE on the front, thats it, it has reverb, gain, volume, treb, bass, mid , with lead and clean channels....

Yeah, i was looking at that digitech hendrix effects pedal, is it worth the $200?



https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=294480&highlight=Ultimate+Settings+thread

Hendrix is in that list, not sure about Mayer. That oughta get you closer to sounding like them. But I have no idea if it is worth the dough. Never used one before. Try it out for yourself.
#7
you can get single coils in a humbucker casing, check pick up websites like seymour duncan and ask them
#8
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you can get single coils in a humbucker casing, check pick up websites like seymour duncan and ask them


He can do that, but I find it kind of silly to put single coil pups in an Epi Les Paul. Plus, what if he decides he wants to play some heavy metal etc? If your going to switch out the pickups, get some that are more well rounded and can play a wide variety of music.
#9
can't u just coil-tap the neck pickup or something?
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#10
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can't u just coil-tap the neck pickup or something?


Like have one pup be the humbucker and the other be the coil tap?
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#11
yea try the neck pickup with a lot of bass will give you that sound
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#12
Quote by locomotive4

So i like hendrix and mayer...

the problem is... they both use strats, and i don't have one.




Hendrix w SG at Dick Cavett show video (click here)

Dude,

1) Jimi Hendrix sounds like Jimi Hendrix whatever guitar he plays.

2) If you wanna to get close to Jimi's Strat sound, assuming you're right handed, you'd have to buy a left-handed model, turn it upside down and restring it.

The sound difference between playing a restringed strat upside down vs a normal stringed strat upstraight is as huge as a telecaster vs a Les Paul.

Your best chance of technically coming close to Hendrix's upside down strat tone is a Fender Jaguar with all those switches allowing you to engage each pickup individually, in-phase or out-phase, in-parallel or in-series.
#13
It's a GUITAR - you can play anything you want on it. Don't bother with the Hendrix pedal - for what that thing costs you could get a better amp. Just use medium gain and roll the guitar volume off to around half, with plenty of midrange, a fair bit of treble and a bit of bass on the amp.
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#14
The best bet to sound like anyone you want to is dial in your amp as close you can to their sound and then practise and practise. You can get a Jimi vibe on any guitar, but obviously you'll need to do as the guy above my suggested to get a total Jimi tone.
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Hendrix used a lot of effects. Since it would cost quite a bit to get a vibrato on that thing, I would suggest getting an effects pedal. BTW, what amp do you have? Secondly, you could switch out the pickups, but it still won;t sound anywhere near single coil pups.


Hendrix did not use a lot of effects. Where in the world did you get that idea?

He used a Fuzz face and a Vox wah, nothing else, he's famous for NOT using a lot of effects.


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If you're just starting out you shouldn't worry about your sound. You can still play hendrix and mayer on a les paul, it's not necessary to have there guitars. You have really nice gear too.
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#16
He used other effects on certain parts of tracks. Like using an Octave pedal on Purple Haze and such.
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#17
You dont have to play the same guitar as the artists to play there music. Just do it on your les paul you should be fine.
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#18
Seriously. I play RHCP on an Ibanez and it sounds great.
#19
From the book, "Six Decades of the Fender Telecaster", by Tony Bacon. On page 61.

"Jimi Hendrix was the quintessential strat player, but the sound wizard Roger Mayer has recalled that a couple of classic solos were recorded on a Tele. Mayer had been building Jimi a new effects unit, the Octavia frequency doubler. Early in 1967 there was a plan to try the new unit at a recording session following a gig. At the evenings show, said Mayer, "Jimi had a Strat with him and put it through the ceiling, bashing up the tuners. So when we went to Olympic studio later that night to do some overdubs using the Octavia, Jimi had sent [bassist] Noel Redding out to get a Telecaster. He used it for the overdubs to "Fire" and "Purple Haze', including the Octavia solo on "Purple Haze"."
#20
Hendrix used a fuzz, univibe, wah, and octavia thats it.
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Hendrix used a fuzz, univibe, wah, and octavia thats it.


And a shitload of studio effects.

Threadstarter, unless you want to record a song, then record an overdub solo, and mix them together with the solo played backwards and some crazy stereo effects, you aint going to replicate Jimi's sound.

Just concentrate on learning the songs themselves, by the time you've learned thirty or so of his tracks, you'll probably be able to afford a Left handed strat (strung upsidedown) and a couple of Marshall stacks. Not actually owning Electric Ladyland studios may be a problem for you, but I'm sure you'll get around it.
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#22
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Your best chance of technically coming close to Hendrix's upside down strat tone is a Fender Jaguar with all those switches allowing you to engage each pickup individually, in-phase or out-phase, in-parallel or in-series.


You can do the 3 switch mod on any guitar with 3 pickups, it's a simple matter of wiring.

The guitar isn't what makes the sound, but it does have an effect. Amps are a huge part, effects, etc. All are a bit more expensive than just spending time playing. If you must spend money, start off with GFS pickups. They tend to be really good, and they are far better than their prices suggest.

Know what, just get better, you havn't been playing long.

and woot for Telecasters
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