If you're the ultimate Jimi Hendrix fan - you just cannot miss out on this super-limited set of pickups! Legendary designer Seymour Duncan has faithfully recreated the exact same set of single-coils that he gave to Jimi Hendrix when he attended his performance at Xavier University in 1968. Installed in one of his Strats that very night, the experience (no pun intended) inspired Seymour Duncan to fully devote himself to a life-long career in guitar pickup innovation.
Famously fastidious, Duncan carefully documented the process he undertook to wind the pickups that he eventually gifted Jimi with. And to create this limited edition single-coil set, Seymour Duncan revisited his notes from over 50 years ago to wind just a few pickups using the exact same methods.
If you've ever wanted to recapture Hendrix's sound with the utmost attention-to-detail, these pickups will get you closer than anything you will have ever heard before!
Here's what Seymour Duncan says about the Handwound Jimi Hendrix Strat Pickup Set:
On March 28th 1968, a young Seymour Duncan went to see Jimi Hendrix perform at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. He brought with him a set of Stratocaster pickups he had pulled out of the junk drawer at a music store in his native New Jersey and rewound on his record player.
Seymour found himself backstage, talking shop and trading tips and tricks with Jimi Hendrix and Roger Mayer—and the pickups Seymour brought were installed in a Strat Jimi would use that night. Seymour describes this night as a formative experience for him: “Seeing how his guitar was set up, remembering what I saw, being there and absorbing everything that I could. And the neatest thing was just that he gave me the time because he knew how much I cared about guitars.”
Seymour has always taken comprehensive notes documenting his process, so he knows just how to recreate the pickups he wound and gifted to Jimi fifty years ago. “Winding pickups is like painting, or picking for that matter— your hand remembers the way, and everyone’s touch is a little different.”
We are proud to offer an initial limited run (less than 40) of these sets faithfully hand-wound by Seymour W. Duncan himself, recreating one of his earliest winds for Strat. Each set includes a calibrated neck, middle, and bridge pickup for Stratocaster, featuring a reverse magnet stagger to replicate Jimi’s “righty turned upside down” sound. The pickups have gone through our Antiquity aging process to replicate the original set and include aged white pickup covers. Each set is shipped in a commemorative wooden box featuring a laser engraved logo, and is made with care, signed, dated, and serialized by the man himself.
- Magnet Type: Alnico V
- Output Level: Vintage
- Pickup Covers: Aged White (No Logo)
- Wax Potted: Yes