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Jimi Hendrix wah tone

Post by Markedman » Wed Apr 23, 2014 8:13 am

How did Jimi get such a great wah tone? There is no way his wah was an off the shelf unit. I remember about 35 years ago someone told me that the potentiometer inside the wah was turned to accentuate the highs. Anyway, I can't seem to find anything on the web about this so I was wondering if anybody here can help me out. I am playing in a theater play and the producer wants us to "rock hard Hendrix style!" I've got a box of wahs, even an early 70's Vox, so I can experiment cheaply, I'm just looking for some advice.
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Re: Jimi Hendrix wah tone

Post by swbo101 » Wed Apr 23, 2014 8:50 am

I have several books at home (@ work at the moment) on this subject. I'll look it up when I get home (pretty sure it was a Vox). Anyway Dunlop does make the JH-1 Jimi Hendrix Signature which is SUPPOSED to have the original 1960s design to sound like Hendrix. Its circuitry is nearly identical to the GCB-95

I think its priced around $140.

http://www.jimdunlop.com/product/jh1d-j ... nature-wah
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Re: Jimi Hendrix wah tone

Post by swbo101 » Wed Apr 23, 2014 8:59 am

Also one more thing.....if using a OD pedal, make sure you place the Wah before the OD, that's what he did as well.
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Re: Jimi Hendrix wah tone

Post by Jackie » Wed Apr 23, 2014 1:45 pm

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Re: Jimi Hendrix wah tone

Post by MrMarkIII » Thu Apr 24, 2014 8:54 am

The traditional "fix" is to fiddle with the gears that connect the treadle to the potentiometer in order to back off some of the spiky highs you normally get when the treadle is toe-down.
Both the 535Q and the switchless 95Q can be adjusted to get the throatier sound of the Jimi model.

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Re: Jimi Hendrix wah tone

Post by swbo101 » Thu Apr 24, 2014 9:14 am

MrMarkIII wrote:The traditional "fix" is to fiddle with the gears that connect the treadle to the potentiometer in order to back off some of the spiky highs you normally get when the treadle is toe-down.
Both the 535Q and the switchless 95Q can be adjusted to get the throatier sound of the Jimi model.
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A cheaper alternative is the Cry Baby Classic with the Fasel inductor. That will give you that throathy sound plus a bit more gain.
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Re: Jimi Hendrix wah tone

Post by Markedman » Thu Apr 24, 2014 7:04 pm

The traditional "fix" is to fiddle with the gears that connect the treadle to the potentiometer in order to back off some of the spiky highs you normally get when the treadle is toe-down.
Both the 535Q and the switchless 95Q can be adjusted to get the throatier sound of the Jimi model.

Back off the highs? When Jimi steps on the wah there is an abundance of spiky highs. His overall tone has an abundance of treble and tube saturation. I'm going to mess with a crybaby, but make it so there is more highs.
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Re: Jimi Hendrix wah tone

Post by MrMarkIII » Thu Apr 24, 2014 8:48 pm

Markedman wrote:
The traditional "fix" is to fiddle with the gears that connect the treadle to the potentiometer in order to back off some of the spiky highs you normally get when the treadle is toe-down.
Both the 535Q and the switchless 95Q can be adjusted to get the throatier sound of the Jimi model.

Back off the highs? When Jimi steps on the wah there is an abundance of spiky highs. His overall tone has an abundance of treble and tube saturation. I'm going to mess with a crybaby, but make it so there is more highs.
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Re: Jimi Hendrix wah tone

Post by Markedman » Sat May 03, 2014 11:34 pm

I couldn't find the box of wah wah pedals, (my 12 year old, "box of wahs?") My Morley bad horsey is doing the trick with my strat and Mark lll with the lead drive at 4. Good Hendrix tone although I'm thinking about using a boost, first in line before the wah to give the wah even more range. A great guitar playing friend complimented me on the Mark/strat tone and great wah tone at an open mic on Thursday.
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Re: Jimi Hendrix wah tone

Post by Archlute75 » Sun May 04, 2014 12:27 am

Markedman wrote:I couldn't find the box of wah wah pedals, (my 12 year old, "box of wahs?") My Morley bad horsey is doing the trick with my strat and Mark lll with the lead drive at 4. Good Hendrix tone although I'm thinking about using a boost, first in line before the wah to give the wah even more range. A great guitar playing friend complimented me on the Mark/strat tone and great wah tone at an open mic on Thursday.
If you can get your hands on a Bad Horsie 2, it has built in boost and contour controls that are foot switchable. Great pedal, and love the optical activation.

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Re: Jimi Hendrix wah tone

Post by Markedman » Sun May 18, 2014 9:26 pm

Great advice, the Bad Horsey 2 worked great! Really has good throw. The band did 4 shows this weekend and I got a lot a complements such as, "You did Jimi proud" and the like. I had a Bad Horsey but the Bad Horsey 2 with the boost and contour knobs is much better for Hendrix wah. I couldn't try every wah on the market, so the advice was timely, thanks a million, well, we got a few gigs out of it anyway.
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Re: Jimi Hendrix wah tone

Post by gonzo » Mon May 19, 2014 1:05 pm

just like hendrix used, you gotta have a long curly guitar cord that rolls those highs off....

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