Back at Summer NAMM 2018, Fender announced yet another Jimi Hendrix Stratocaster. Now this latest homage to one of rock’s greatest guitarists is finally being released.
Fender Jimi Hendrix Stratocaster
I’m not a fan of Hendrix cash-ins – but at least this one is a guitar, rather than a bottle of vodka or a set of plectrums in a tin. The 2018 Jimi Hendrix Stratocaster is a ’60s style Strat with a reverse headstock and bridge pickup, a signature on the headstock and a ‘Hendrix’ neck plate.
The pickups are Fender’s 65 American Vintage ‘65 single-coils, with a reverse-slanted bridge pickup that some players believe will get you closer to Jimi’s tone. Jimi, of course, strung a right-handed Strat upside down, so the bridge pickup was aligned to the strings this way.
The new Hendrix Strat will be built in Mexico, and should be a decent Stratocaster with an alder body, a maple C-profile neck with a 9.5″ radius and loaded with medium jumbo frets.
The Jimi Hendrix Stratocaster is available in three finishes: Sunburst, Olympic White and a 2018 limited-edition UltraViolet. Price-wise, they are reasonable and I have already seen dealers online discounting the standard RRP, so you may well shave a bit off of the list price. It isn’t as ridiculously overpriced as their Custom Shop version. That gives younger players a chance to pick one up for well under a grand.
If you like purple then the limited edition version in Ultra Violet may be the one for you. I quite like purple guitars, I just wish the shade used here would have been a bit deeper. But buying this guitar is no guarantee that you’ll sound or play like Jimi…
RRP – GBP 799