Is it fair to assume they would have this knowledge?
I think it's fair to assume that a prop department person, when given a script that calls for a prop would do some small amount of research on said prop - especially when it's a show that supposedly takes great pride in the details of the artifacts and their histories. I'm not sure where they shoot (probably Canada), but even so, I'm sure it's a fairly large community, so ONE phone call to the nearest music store would have given him the same info I stated. Two minutes tops. It's really not specialized knowledge as I'd guess any parent ever walking into Guitar Center at Xmas can tell you.
Jimi Hendrix normally played a standard Strat flipped over and restrung for a left hander not a specially made left handed Stratocaster.
Exactlyl right. Jimi did play left handed and did so properly. The only difference was that the guitar body and neck were upside down for him
and not modified for a leftie - ie. volume/tone controls were under his arm pit rather than at the end of his arm, etc.
I don't mean to belabor this point, but as I said above, this is a show that seems to try to get the details right or at least sounding right and this was the equivalent of having JFK's assassination limo as the featured artifact and then showing a 67 Camaro. Sure, it's a car...
Edited by failuremagnet, Jul 18, 2011 @ 9:51 PM.