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Around 1998 Fender released a run of the Hendrix Voodoo Strat – Effectively a right handed body with a left handed neck. Hence reverse headstock – Distinctive features included a Laser engraved ‘Hendrix’ neck plate and the reverse/angled bridge pick-up – This USA run, from Corona, barely survived 2 years of production – In 2001 to around 2002 what we now know as the Fender 1968 Reverse Headstock ‘voodoo’ Strat was released, again from the USA Corona factory – Effectively the same guitar, in every detail, other than the Hendrix engraved decal, on the neck plate, has now disappeared – Please do not confuse these USA/Corona models with a more affordable run that came from Mexico some time later – In no particular order I’ve listed below a list of features and additional info :-

Playability :- The 9.5″ fingerboard radius, coupled with medium jumbo frets might not be a feature on an original 68 Strat, but they are features that now tend to be part of all Custom Shop vintage models and indeed many USA models – Certainly allows for a more slick playing performance + effortless and controlled string bending – So a slick well balanced action along the length of the fingerboard – The factory set-up of this model utilised a set of 9-42 gauge string – In my opinion that is fine with a vintage style 7.25″ radius and small/vintage frets – But with the 68 Voodoo Strat been spec’d with MJ frets and 9.5″ radius I feel 10-46 gauge strings are far more suitable

Tonal character :-Do I really need to say how such a Strat sounds ?  Yet whilst we are all familiar with the great tones of Little Wing and The Wind Cries Mary,  many can throw back at us that it was all in his touch and feel and maybe this is the case – Yet this Strat is not short of warmth, character, soul and expression, be it played through clean or overdriven settings on your amp – To leave this Strat on 10 seriously limits the guitars potential, so much so that  with the volume pot on or around 6 or 7, it is a great place to set up base camp – This approach allows you to return to 10 when you have an additional statement to say, when you require that turbo boost and an extra amount of edge, otherwise stay in the chilled out lounge with the pot rolled back a touch – Hence you acquire the level of emotion found in a good singer or say a sax player – So clean the clean side of Little Wing to classic rock n blues as required

The Strat pick-ups from this era are about the least powerful pick-ups that Fender have ever made – But power is not king here – It is about tone and expression – Modern players like John Mayer buy into this tonal character with clear rounded lows, sparkling sweet highs and transparent scooped mids – The overall tonal character is pure, smooth, crisp and angelic – Yet at all times that spanky Strat character shines through with a percussive attack and snap – With the volume pot on 10 you’ll acquire that additional bite with maybe just a hint of fizz, so simply roll the pot down to around 7/8 or 9 for a softer approach – Try Eb flat tuning if required, so along with the reverse headstock, it certainly adds something to the tonal character, perhaps a touch bigger and darker – Subtle variation but audible nonetheless

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