- From: "RichL" <rpleavitt@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sat, 28 Nov 2009 13:51:45 -0500
Rufus <not@xxxxxxxx> wrote:
One of my fav things about Hendrix is the way he did those long,
slow, droning bends that seem to sustain just about forever - on
"Voodoo" there's one in the opening that does that, but also seems
to have some of this mute on/off sort of warble thrown in on top
of it...could be a Univibe, could be this technique.
I think in the recorded performance of the song he was playing his
V, and so he could have done it the way I do with my Les Paul, but
here he's playing a Strat and does it...and I can't tell how. You
have to get through the intro stuff, and then it's in the opening
bars before the verse - I think he only does it once, at about
I'm 99% sure that he used a Strat on the recording, and I'm 99%
sure he got that sound using the pickup switch. Listen carefully
(both to this live performance and to the recording). The sound
out* -- it's changing in tone. I think he's going quickly back and
forth between bridge and neck pickups.
Nope...if you watch the clip I posted you can see he does it at 1:17
and his hand isn't anywhere near the body of the guitar - let alone
the pickup selector...which is what made me wonder if it's done with
the control pedal for the Univibe.
OK, point taken. The lower half of the guitar body isn't shown so I
*assumed* that's what the was doing, never dawning on me that he's
playing a righty guitar lefty and the selector switch is in plain
sight. Oh well, learn something new every day. I've been playing it
that way for years.
Yeah, it "warbles"...not really cuts out. But again, he's also
using that Univibe and some other effects - I can do this with the
selector on my Les Paul and a bit of echo...but Hendrix is clearly
not touching his pickup selector in this clip and doing it somehow.
Yeah, agreed. In any event, it's not a dead mute, having a LP or V
wouldn't help any.
...and that's why I do it with a little echo on, or some moderate
reverb...you don't get a "dead" mute that way, if you catch it as the
echo begins to fade - you can play the echo to sustain it out and make
it overlap. I'm still wondering if the Univibe wouldn't have done
something similar...if he'd been using my technique. Which he
ain't...not in this clip, at least - that's pretty clear too. So I'm
I forget where I read about or saw video of him playing Voodoo on a
V...but that sticks in my mind for some reason. I do recall reading
that the first performance of the song was done off the cuff for a
reporter that asked "what is the Jimi Hendrix Experience all about?"
prior to some appearance or something - supposedly Jimi (and the band)
answered by cranking up and just ripping off the tune improv (which is
why it's as short as it is), and I think that's actually the recording
that made it to print.
Hmmmm...to me, it sounds like a Strat on the recording. Could be wrong
though, of course. From what I've read, Jimi primarily used the V's on
tour although the claim is that some of the songs on the Experience's
second album "Axis: Bold As Love" use it.
As far as "Electric Ladyland" is concerned (the album that "Voodoo" is
from), who knows? Personally, I think I hear a V in some of the parts
on "1983 (A Merman I Should Turn To Be)" especially the intro which
sounds like bridge + neck pickups together, a combination that's not
available on a (stock) Strat.
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