We are huge Jimi Hendrix fans and we like to hear other versions of Jimi’s songs. This one had us floored because the song “Voodoo Child” was being played on a instrument call the Gayageum. Yeah, that’s what we thought! What’s a Gayageum? It’s a traditional Korean zither-like string instrument with 12 strings, though some more recent variants have 21 or other numbers of strings. It is probably the best known traditional Korean musical instrument
As you can see in Lee’s video, one hand is used to pluck, strum and pick the strings while the other adds vibrato or wild, Hendrix-style bends.
To further achieve that Hendrix flair, Lee even makes use of a number of effects in the video, including the Boss DS-1, Strymon BigSky, NuX Time Force Delay, NuX Loop Core, as well as Korean-built overdrive and EQ by Tone Gauge and Moollon, respectively. Pedal selections aside, we certainly didn’t expect to see anyone slay a Hendrix classic so powerfully without a six-string.
This is the latest of many videos on Luna Lee’s YouTube channel that feature her taking on guitar-centric classics on her weapon of choice.