Jimi Hendrix – Woodstock – 1969

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A detailed gear diagram of Jimi Hendrix 1969 "Woodstock" stage setup that traces the signal flow of the equipment in his guitar rig.

Artist/Tech Quote:

"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

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Jimi's rig was compiled from a 2011 interview with Jimi's effects guru, Roger Mayer. Thanks to Roger for his invaluable assistance and insight.

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    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

    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.


    1. Dude – Love the new site layout. This is WAY better than the old setup. Nice work!

    2. methadrone says:

      I enjoy the new site, hope more people leave comments for people to read. Keep it going!

    3. Most_Triumphant says:

      You should but the type of speakers Jimi used in his cabs.

    4. HHR18 says:

      Still the best guitarist in the world and look at that simple but effective setup! It’s all about a great amp and proper usage of guitar volume control!

    5. musifo says:

      Hey G.G.,
      Shouldn’t that guitar have the six pivot screws instead of the 2 pivot screws it currently has?
      take care.

    6. musifo says:

      And Also shouldn’t it have one string tree instead of two?
      take care.

    7. GuitarGeek GuitarGeek says:

      I sure you are correct – It’s my stock strat icon so its not going to be exact.

    8. addeps3 says:

      Where is the Octavia?

      And Jimi’s tuning was NOT a half-step down in Woodstock. Might’ve been everywhere else, but not there.

      This article is not trustworthy. If you want to know exactly what type of animal Roger Mayer is, read his website about the Octavia. It’s ALL ROGER MAYER. Not very objective, rather subjective. Ugh.

    9. GuitarGeek GuitarGeek says:

      No Octavia at Woodstock – well-documented.

    10. addeps3 says:

      No Octavia at woodstock? I can hear it? You can see it behind Jimi? Ehh, professional?

    11. GuitarGeek GuitarGeek says:

      Photos from that show are pretty clear.

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