Was Hendrix Right?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Ari Schor, Nov 19, 2001.

  1. Ari Schor

    Ari Schor

    Mar 3, 2000
    Alright...everyone has seen a picture of Hendrix playing his strats upside-down...would this method of stringing affect tension in the lower strings? If so...could it be used on bass? All i see is generally (in 2+2-style headstocks) is that the E string is the 2nd shortest or shortest string.:confused:
  2. Luis Fabara

    Luis Fabara

    Aug 13, 2000
    Ecuador (South America)
    Audio Pro - Ecuador
    ohh god..
    He was lefthanded!
  3. terms bassist

    terms bassist Guest

    Mar 18, 2001
    Queensland Australia
    yep that why, Left handed guitars wern't east to come by back then. so it turned the bloody thing upside down.
  4. I don't think he ever thought about it. If this is so how would you think this would do anything? This is a joke right? phst..just say yes
  5. Isn't that the reason that there are (well were!) so many reverse headstock guitars that came out in the 90s??? I'm sure that it (the reverse headstock) had something to do with tuning stability and getting the right tension onto the right strings.

    Although, they look weird - 'cos we're all used to the 'normal' headstock orientation now!!
  6. Gallient Knight

    Gallient Knight Guest

    Jul 31, 2001
    Milford CT
    I always thought the 90's reverse headstock was a more phalic thing.

    I used to agree with the idea of longer headstock means better downward string tention and all that untill I played a Carvin Holdsworth. He wanted the smallest headstock possible. EVH did the same with the Wolfgang. Granted the physics of bass are different (longer scale, thicker strings). This may be one of those issues that never gets resolved.
  7. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Inactive

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    DR Strings
    This isn't as silly as some of you seem to think. Check out Fodera's website and the new headstock option they're offering. Also, the NY Guitar and Bass Boutique Bass Boutique has a special F bass model... check it out. There are luthiers and players that think a longer string past the nut is an improvement. There are some that don't.
  8. There were also issues with the reversed angle of the pickup on his strat which changed the tone of the instrument.

  9. CS


    Dec 11, 1999
    As an aside Hendrix kept a Martin acoustic strung righty around his home. He could apparantly play left handed on a lefty or right strung guitar. He was rumoured to be able to play right handed.
    He was rumoured to go to clubs and play whatever they had around.

    Before you dismiss this.I had a bass student who didnt own a bass (that was coming at Christmas). We got 6 months into the lessons and he told me that he was a lefty did that matter? Not now I said. He has a right P bass. Mark Knopfler is left handed but Sir Paul MacCartney is right handed (think about it).
  10. Woodchuck


    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta (Grant Park!)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    Hendrix was one of those "Weirdos" like me. He was right handed, but he played lefty. I'm left handed, but I play, bat, and eat with my right hand.
  11. ldiezman

    ldiezman Guest

    Jul 11, 2001
    same here. I'm left handed, but I play right... My name.. oddly enough is Jimi Hendrix.
  12. shirojiro


    Jan 24, 2001
    San Francisco
    Jimi was quoted to like the controls and whammy on top. He was offered lefty instruments and declined. (at least according to Rolling Stone)

    Never hear that he was ambidexterous though.

  13. Ari Schor

    Ari Schor

    Mar 3, 2000
    OK, for god sake's do NOT mock me...:mad:

    I know who hendrix was...i know he played left handed and i even own all his albums w/the experience and band of gypsies...

    all I asked was if he had accidentally come up with a good idea...that's all...

    thanks to all those who responded properly...

    (sorry, but i've had a pretty rough day, btw...you really don't want to get me pissed)
  14. Chasarms

    Chasarms Casual Observer

    May 24, 2001
    Saint Louis, MO USA
    I am not so sure it was a good idea. But as usual, I could be wrong.

    I have always heard that the best thing a bass has going for it on that end is downforce on the nut. Thus we have string trees and angled-back pegheads and such.

    So if you apply the string correctly, that is with the string descending down the peg, geometry shows us that if the angle of the pegboard is static, then the strings terminating closer to the nut (traditionally the lower, larger strings) would descend from the nut at a sharper angle and thus have more downforce. This makes the traditional way better, right?

  15. i've read reviews of the hendrix sig strat saying that the string tension and reverse-angle bridge pickup make it sound and play better. it's probably subjective, but i'm sure there's a difference.
  16. liran

    liran Guest

    Dec 18, 2000
    San Antonio, Texas
    That is insane, I am the same way too. It is because we are geniuses. We use both parts of our brains.
  17. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Inactive

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    DR Strings
    Why? You don't know where we live.

  18. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Inactive

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    DR Strings
    Not according to some. Some luthiers consider a longer length past the nut to be better for a B.

  19. boogiebass


    Aug 16, 2000
    He is? Since he writes with his left hand and plays lefty, what exactly is it that makes him right handed? He always struck me as about the most left-handed person I've ever seen.
  20. Ari Schor

    Ari Schor

    Mar 3, 2000
    ah...but we play through the same kind of amp...:)

    beware the wrath of the canadian!!!!!:D