Objects Of Desire: The Fender Jimi Hendrix Stratocaster

From reissued amps to assorted fuzz and other effects pedals, you can pretty much buy anything Jimi Hendrix played through back in the late 60s.

The missing ingredient is how Jimi adapted his guitars. Faced with a shortage of left-handed instruments, the southpaw flipped a right-handed Stratocaster and swapped the strings over. This meant his guitar’s headstock was reversed, giving the bottom strings extra twang and tension. The bridge pickup was also reversed, which resulted in more bass and a softer treble response.

Made in Mexico, the new Fender Jimi Hendrix Stratocaster replicates the set-up of Jimi’s Strats, right down to the switched headstock and pickup. Only a pair of velvet flares and kipping round at Ringo’s pad will get you closer to the authentic Hendrix experience.

Ed Mitchell

Ed Mitchell was the Editor of The Blues Magazine from 2012-16, and a contributor to Classic Rock and Louder. He died in October 2022, aged 52. A one-time Reviews Editor on Total Guitar magazine from 2003, his guitar-modding column, Ed’s Shed, appeared in print on both sides of the Atlantic (in both Total Guitar and Guitar World magazines), and he wrote stories for Classic Rock and Guitarist. Between them, the websites Louder, MusicRadar and Guitar World host over 400 of his articles – among them interviews with Billy Gibbons, Paul Weller, Brian Setzer, profiles on Roy Buchanan, Duane Allman and Peter Green, a joint interview with Jimmy Page and Jack White, and dozens of guitar reviews – and that’s just the ones that made it online.