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“Jimi had great clean tones throughout Electric Ladyland. The fuzz sound he got on the song Love Or Confusion I would say is just about perfect. And then there’s the semi-clean tone on the lead of May This Be Love – such an interesting blend.
“When I hear Jimi’s guitar on Electric Ladyland, it seems like the EQ is flat. It’s not hyped with bass, it’s not hyped with treble, it’s just a pure sound. I think part of that was enhanced by the old-time consoles with tube compressors and wonderful old tube mics. All of that accentuated what was already pretty beautiful.
“Are You Experienced was so ahead of its time. Hendrix’s sound here is utterly unique. It’s not that he was a shredding hero, but that he was a total musician who wrote great songs with wonderful melodies and lyrics. It was imperative that he picked an instrument that could reproduce the colors and textures he was hearing in his head. I would say he pulled the guitar – and guitar tone – up to the level of the music he was writing. It was a huge leap forward.”