Voodoo Chile Tone

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  1. VoodooJames

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    Hi, not long ago I had a thorough relisten to the full Electric Ladyland album and got to the long 15 min blues version of Voodoo Chile (not slight return) and just fell in love with the tone on that song. It's the tone I'm chasing. Obviously much of the sound heard on that track is due to Jimi's immense talent and partly the reverb and eq added to the mix by Cramer. The bootleg versions of the session don't sound quite as good! Could anyone give me any tips as to how I could get that sort of sound? What sort of amps and pickups would get me in that region? I have a Highway One strat which sounds great, but can't quite get the right sound. I hear Jimi used a bassman on that track and tuned the guitar down a full step.
     
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    I am kind of a hendrix-phile, but I am up more on his life not his equipment.

    His good recordings certainly had a lot of "magic" in them....good luck
     
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    To me it sounds like a germaniun fuzzface was being used there.
     
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    I think its the flying V thru a bassman
     
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    I would say a strat was used.
     
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    lol
     
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    I've heard (but never confirmed) that the guitar on VC was a Les Paul Special. That kinda makes sense to me as the pickups sound P-90ish to my ears.
     
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    Neck pickup selected
    Tune down a step (This has a lot to do with it)
    Just a light amount of overdrive
    Reverb
    Play those notes like you mean it!

    I did a quick lesson on this tune a few months if it's of any use...



    Cool tune!
     
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    God if only everyone could have an affordable amp that oozes tone like that thing!
     
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    I'll go out on a limb and say I think that amp sound terrible, and not very much like Hendrix' version at all.
     
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    I think I read an interview with Eddie Kramer once where he said it was a blonde Fender Bassman. I can't name the article, but that's what I remember. I could be remembering wrong though.
     
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    A life long Hendrix fanatic here and I am too old school to get into todays technology like the Axe-FX which I think is amazing, but pedals suit me better. Though discontinued look on Ebay for a Hendrix Digitech pedal which Kramer helped design.This will put you scarily right in Jimi land tone wise and is also great for dialing up your own tones. You have to buy the A/B switch that does not come with the pedal or you will go crazy trying to switch between rhythm and lead tones with the heel toe option which is not very smooth. I used to use the clean channel on the Wind Cries Mary as my clean setting for everything through a Blues Junior.
     
  20. WoweeZowee

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    This guy isn't Hendrix, but John McDermott interviewed Eddie Kramer for his book Ultimate Hendrix, and Kramer said Strat to Bassman. I think the guy pretty much nailed the tone but, either way, that tone is in there somewhere haha.
     

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