Dunlop’s new Authentic Hendrix ‘68 Shrine mini pedals honour the effects he made history with
Dunlop has glanced back at Jimi Hendrix’s legacy and reimagined some of his most distinctive pedals in four new mini designs – introducing the Authentic Hendrix ’68 Shrine range.
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The range promises to deliver fans with the same tones the guitarist shot to fame with – alongside a psychedelic aesthetic.
Pedals included are inspired by the Fuzz Face, Uni-Vibe chorus/vibrato, Octavio fuzz and Band of Gypsys Fuzz. Each was synonymous with the guitarist’s legacy, and has now been reimagined in an MXR mini-casting.
Aesthetically, the artwork draws inspiration from the virtuoso’s iconic Shrine Auditorium concert poster, which was designed by John Van Hamserveld and published in 1968.
The first of the four new pedals is the Fuzz Face mini-pedal. Drawing inspiration from the original Fuzz Face unit, the Authentic Hendrix ‘68 Shrine design offers knobs to adjust Volume and Fuzz, as well as two separate buttons that both recreate the guitarist’s original flare.
Up next is the new Shrine Series Octavio Fuzz. Similar to the Fuzz Face mini-pedal, this unit is also essentially a shrunken-down version of the original pedal it was inspired by – in this case the MXR Octavio.
As with the original unit, which Hendrix famously incorporated into his hit track Purple Haze, the mini-edition incorporates Level and Fuzz dials. A top-mounted Octave button is also featured in the centre.
The Uni-Vibe remake is next – inspired by the MXR M68 model. A downsized version of the original for the most part, the unit provides three control knobs to adjust the Speed, Level and Depth.
Finally, the new Band of Gypsys Fuzz is influenced by a mystery Fuzz Face that the guitarist used live in 1969 and 1970. No mode-selecting switches are provided with this unit – instead, users are given parameters for Fuzz, Output and Tone to capture Hendrix’s signature, aggressive tone.
All four of the Authentic Hendrix ’68 Shrine Series pedals are available for pre-order now for $149.99 each. Units are predicted to ship on 1 March. Find out more at Dunlop.
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