It’s impossible to replicate the sound, soul, and impact of Jimi Hendrix’s playing. But that hasn’t kept folks from replicating his gear. Nearly every piece of Jimi’s signal chain has been pored over and built anew at some point—right down to cables and straps.
The new Fender Hendrix Strat isn’t the first Stratocaster built in Jimi’s honor. Nor is it some dead-on replica of, say, the guitar he played at Woodstock or Monterey. Instead, the Mexico-made instrument is designed to deliver the most authentically Jimi-like sounds at an accessible, sub-Custom Shop price—largely via use of a reverse headstock and reverse-angle bridge pickup.
Purists will contend that Jimi-izing a Strat for right-handers is easy. You just take a left-handed Strat, reverse the nut, and you’re done. At that point, you’ve got everything situated the way Hendrix would have, including tone knobs, pickup selector, whammy bar, and input jack sprouting out of the top left bout. Obviously, it’s not the most practical or efficient hardware layout, but it’s certainly authentic.