A detailed gear diagram of Jimi Hendrix 1969 "Woodstock" stage setup that traces the signal flow of the equipment in his guitar rig.
"This setup, used by Jimi at Woodstock, is typical of the stage setup he used during that time period. Jimi was very aware that a simple chain of effects - along with few important options - would greatly free his mind to concentrate on performing and that a lot of control could be obtained from the guitar volume. This was a matter we had discussed, in depth, from the beginning. His setup was made for the live performances, which have a different focus, both sonically and - more importantly - in musical freedom and variation from the (recorded) songs. So put another way, the live shows were deliberately different from the studio work and could vary infinitely from day to day in a total free-form way." - Roger Mayer 10/4/2011
Adam Cooper's award winning GuitarGeek rig illustrations have appeared in GuitarPlayer, Total Guitar UK, Guitarist, Alternative Press, History of Marshall Amplifiers, Roland/Boss User Guides, Ibanez Steve Vai Jemini & Paul Gilbert Airplane Flanger Instruction Manuals, Swervedriver's "Juggernaut Rides" CD as well as the longest running monthly column in Guitar World Magazine's history: Vulgar Display of Power. Before launching GuitarGeek.Com, Adam published the highly respected music zine, Whirlpool, which was distributed worldwide via major record store chains. As a guitarist and songwriter, he formed the band Alison's Halo which released two critically acclaimed records and secured coveted slots with bands like The Verve, Ultra Vivid Scene, Curve, Jimmy Eat World, Of Montreal, Butterfly Child, The Apples In Stereo, Gin Blossoms, The Boo Radleys, Stereophonics, Medicine, Lovesliescrushing, Bailter Space and many others.
About the Contributor
Roger Mayer is best known for his ground-breaking invention, the Octavia, and his close association with Jimi Hendrix. Prior to joining forces with Jimi, he was employed by the British Admiralty as a scientist focusing on vibration, acoustic capture and analysis. At that time, he started making guitar effects on the side and his No. 1 Fuzz Box was actually used on a hit record by none other than the legendary guitarist Jimmy Page in 1964. Word spread and, in a short time, his guitar effects were being put to use by leading UK artists in live performances and in the studio, which led to Jimi and Roger meeting in 1967. They quickly became friends and together created the landmark recording “Purple Haze.” Their close collaboration on subsequent album tracks made sonic history and, to this day, still set the standard for guitar tone. The process of studio recording shaped and propelled Roger’s design philosophy and, in 1968, he began producing recording studio equipment and constructing complete recording consoles. This equipment made its way into many internationally-renowned recording studios and has been instrumental in crafting the unique sounds of many famous artists and hit records. The culmination of Roger's studio work and electronic designs led to a Technical Grammy nomination in 2000. Today, Roger Mayer manufactures an extensive range of Guitar Products and Audio Recording gear, including the Octavia, Voodoo-Vibe+, RM 58 Limiter and the all new AMP+ Series.