The polepieces in the Hand-wound Custom Shop '69 Single-Coils that sit in these mighty axes further the tonal tweaks begun by the reverse headstock. They also enhance the clarity of the high strings and provide more harmonic content while improving string-to-string balance. Also, the bridge pickup is angled backwards, which gives it an uncommon amount of mass and heft on the high strings while tightening up the low strings even more.
Aside from all these Hendrix inspired tweaks, the Fender Custom Voodoo Child Stratocasters are well-built, solid instruments that play as well or better than anything available to Hendrix in the seventies! In fact, Hendrix himself would have probably killed for a Strat with a modern 9.5" radius and 6105 frets, because it allows for easy bending all the way up and down the neck. Furthermore, the '66-inspired oval "C"-shaped neck profile feels as good in my hand as any vintage Strat I've ever played.
All of these explanations of technical specifications are well and good, but the true appeal of the Voodoo Child Strat comes from its the way it sprinkles a little Hendrixian fairy dust into your own guitar style and motivates you to use your own voice on the instrument to express yourself in new and interesting ways. To be honest, before I played this guitar, I was expecting to write about how playing it put me in touch with the essence of Hendrix's sound and vibe, it certainly does that! In these guitars, I found the most accurate emulation of Hendrix's sound I've ever experienced. So, obviously, running through a couple Hendrix tunes was a tear-inducing experience for me, because (if you couldn't already tell) I am quite passionate about his music.
But, I didn't really find myself reaching into my bag of seventies blues-rock tricks much when I played this guitar. Instead, with his sound at my disposal, I wound up getting deeply absorbed in writing an angular, spiky, choppy riff that owed more to punk-inflected indie rock music that I normally play than anything remotely Hendrixian. That may seem odd at first blush--after all, who plays post-hardcore on a Custom Shop Hendrix Signature Strat?--but I think it's actually quite fitting. Hendrix was a completely unique musician, and that is why his music has such universal appeal. So, it only makes sense that his signature guitar would inspire me to play more like myself!
The Wildwood team is proud to present the Jimi Hendrix Signature Voodoo Child Stratocaster because it embodies Jimi's trailblazing spirit and boundless creativity, and we can't wait to see how it inspires you to use your own voice in new and innovative ways.