Why does Jimi string his low E string like this?

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  1. cr7r9

    cr7r9 Member

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    I noticed how he strings his low E in reverse at the tuning peg. What does he gain from this?

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    What can one gain from stringing their low E string in reverse like this?

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    I would say it's all about resonance/vibration/feedback...
    due to the reverse setup, the e-string has a longer way to the tuning machine heads...with the sharper angle the pressure on that "string tree" is higher which reduces the resonance/vibration and increases the tension (longer "scale") on the second part ....but that's just a vague idea

    or it's easier to tune for his wrist
     
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    Perhaps we will now never really know. It is an interesting spot nonetheless.

    I have a reverse headstock build I need to complete at some point so I suppose I could try this to see if it does anything for me.
     
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    He was stoned?

    Not necessarily-
     
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    Let's have a seance and ask him.
     
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    Maybe popping out of the nut and this puts more tension on it?
     
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    Moar toan?

    Or... Jimi was trolling the OC types here, knowing in 50 years people would be asking about that. Genius!:banana
     
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    The whole guitar is upside down, the string wound from the underside of the post is the only thing correct.

    :rolleyes:
     
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    He did a lot of drugs...just sayin
     
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    Its an OCD thing. Tuning up, each string turns counter clockwise, then finish it with a satisfying clockwise twist on the last one.

    No idea, really.
     
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    Maybe stays in tune better?
     
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    My money goes on...it’s an accident, restrung in a hurry.
     
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    My guess is it must have helped with tuning stability when using the whammy bar.
     
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    I have some guesses:

    1. Hendrix was superstitious - he probably strung it like this one time
    and something positive occurred - so he kept repeating it.

    2. Hendrix was screwing around with the freaks who were following his
    every move - and attaching significance to even the most minute action of
    his.

    3. I believe that due to his acrobatic guitar playing he wrapped the low E
    in reverse to keep it in place when he was really dive bombing the guitar.
     
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    Good question to take into a heavy acid trip
     

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