You can see Hendrix, along with Keith Richards, playing the guitar. more
You can see Hendrix, along with Keith Richards, playing the guitar.
Jimi Hendrix Strat more
Jimi Hendrix Strat
In this photo, Hendrix is seen with Gretsch Corvette. The person on the left ... more
In this photo, Hendrix is seen with Gretsch Corvette. The person on the left is Curtis Knight, which might indicate that this guitar was used for 1967 jam session with him.
In this photo, Hendrix can be seen playing the Gretsch Double Anniversary. Th... more
In this photo, Hendrix can be seen playing the Gretsch Double Anniversary. This photo is highly likely from 1967, and possibly just used for the "hotel room" occassion.
"After his Supro was stolen, with the help from father Hendrix bought this co... more
"After his Supro was stolen, with the help from father Hendrix bought this copper-colored Danelectro which he nick-named “Betty Jean” after his girlfriend at the time, Betty Jean Morgan.The earliest photo of him holding this guitar shows Hendrix wearing a red sport coat and standing by a red car. The guitar, however, was a copper-colored one – since there were no red Danelectro guitars back then."
Jimi hendrix Strat more
Jimi hendrix Strat
"Custom built by Gibson specially for Jimi in 1969. All hardware is gold plat... more
"Custom built by Gibson specially for Jimi in 1969. All hardware is gold plated, and the guitar was left-handed and equipped with a tremolo bridge. Jimi played it during the Isle of Wright concert on “Red House”."
"There was another Les Paul that Jimi played during a performance at Bill Gra... more
"There was another Les Paul that Jimi played during a performance at Bill Graham’s infamous Fillmore East Theater in New York on Friday, May 10. 1968. This guitar is now located at Hard Rock Cafe in Chicago."
Probably ’60s Gibson ES-345 with Bigsby Vibrato. more
Probably ’60s Gibson ES-345 with Bigsby Vibrato.
Used by Jimi for one night in the late 60s,it was given to Brian Levine. more
Used by Jimi for one night in the late 60s,it was given to Brian Levine.
In this image you can see Jimi Hendrix playing a Höfner Club 50. Secondary So... more
In this image you can see Jimi Hendrix playing a Höfner Club 50. Secondary Source: VINTAGE HOFNER "Jimi Hendrix Club 50 (1959 See http://www.geocities.com/SunsetStrip/8157/jhgear.html for information on Jimi's arsenal of guitars, including the Hofner." The webside geocities.com is offline now, but the guitar can be seen in this image.
In this photo we can see Jimi Hendrix playing the guitar, the lights make tha... more
In this photo we can see Jimi Hendrix playing the guitar, the lights make that the colour look grey.
Hendrix is seen here taking a picture with The Who and is holding a Rickenbac... more
Hendrix is seen here taking a picture with The Who and is holding a Rickenbacker 360/12 in MapleGlo
Jimi Hendrix used this guitar at the Miami Pop Festival in 1968. It was burne... more
Jimi Hendrix used this guitar at the Miami Pop Festival in 1968. It was burned on stage. Later, the guitar was given to Frank Zappa, who repaired the guitar. The guitar was used on stage multiple times. Dweezil Zappa, son of Frank, now owns it.
"In 1967 Jimi started using a Sound City stack for concert performances, it c... more
"In 1967 Jimi started using a Sound City stack for concert performances, it comprised one 100 watt amplifier with two 4x12" speaker cabinets."
-from "Electric Gypsy" by Shapiro and Glebeek, 1992, p. 639
In this stage photo of Jimi Hendrix during his days as a sideman you can clea... more
In this stage photo of Jimi Hendrix during his days as a sideman you can clearly see a non-descript 1x15 cabinet with no logo or visible controls to his left, partially off camera. It is certainly the Supro Thunderbolt bass amplifier he reputedly used during his time with Little Richard and the Isely Brothers. The thunderbolt has a very distinct look from the front, like a speaker cabinet without a head on top (the amp is loaded on the bottom of the cab with all 2 controls accessible from the rear, not a great design, but since it only sounds really good for guitar with volume and tone at 10 it probably didn't matter to JH). In the January 2003 issue of Vintage Guitar, Christopher Tackett closed his article on the vintage Thunderbolt with the following statement, "Jimi Hendrix owned a S6420 Thunderbolt, and Jimmy Page used Supro amps for recording much of the early Led Zeppelin material. Whether or not he used a Thunderbolt is unclear, but his playing on “Heartbreaker” sure sounds like one."
In this photo Hendrix can be seen playing through a Sunn 100s amplifier drivi... more
In this photo Hendrix can be seen playing through a Sunn 100s amplifier driving four Sunn 100s 2x15" cabinets. In 1968 Hendrix had agreed to a 5 year endorsement contract with Sunn amplifiers.
According to a Christies auction, Jimi Hendrix used a 1966 Marshall Super Lea... more
According to a Christies auction, Jimi Hendrix used a 1966 Marshall Super Lead 100 Watt amplifier head in several concerts from 1967 to 1969.
According to the auction, here are some of the details of the amp head: "...Serial No. 7026, with black covering, front with white plastic Marshall logo, plexiglas control panel with six rotary controls, four inputs, two switches and indicator light, with white stencil lettering J.H.EXP. on the top in two places..."
"...this was likely to be one of the first Marshall amps that Hendrix ever owned and could have been one of three Marshall amps purchased by the Jimi Hendrix Experience on 11 October, 1966."
Marshall have used this amp as a template for their production of a limited edition handwired Jimi Hendrix Signature Super 100JH head.
Jimi acquired new Fender Dual Showman amps in 1968. He would typically use th... more
Jimi acquired new Fender Dual Showman amps in 1968. He would typically use three of these 100 watt amps with cabinets containing two 15-inch J.B.Lansing speakers. These amps were used in the studio, and on the 1968 Experience tour, together with Marshalls and Sunn. Source Jimi Hendrix: Electric Gypsy by Harry Shapiro.
Hendrix made a deal with Sunn Amps after the Monterey Pop Festival that they ... more
Hendrix made a deal with Sunn Amps after the Monterey Pop Festival that they should supply the Experience with equipment for five years in exchange for his input on development. - From the book Jimi Hendrix Gear.
Hendrix experimented with a wide range of amps so don’t limit yourself to onl... more
Hendrix experimented with a wide range of amps so don’t limit yourself to only considering Marshalls. It should be clear by now that a crucial part of what made Hendrix unique is that he experimented a lot with his gear (and other things). He is usually associated with Marshall amps because that’s what he used towards the end of his life.
Hendrix's first ever amp was a Silvertone Twin Twelve. Although there are more than a few out there, they can be hard to get hold of in good condition.
But in the studio you can bet Hendrix had plenty of different brands and models available. He was known to use Fender Twin Reverb and Bassman amps and he had at one point a contract with Sunn.
If money is no barrier and you want the real deal – check out the Marshall Plexi below:
For the rest of us, any tube amp would be suitable as that’s a key component to Jimi’s tone. The Fuzz distortion was used in combination with a heavily driven amp so if you want to work towards the same tone, you will want to have a valve amp you can push. Here’s a good option for those who don’t have the space for a massive full stack
Jimi famously used Marshall JTM 45/100 heads. The 100 watt version of the JTM... more
Jimi famously used Marshall JTM 45/100 heads. The 100 watt version of the JTM45. Specially the 1966 JTM 45/100.
This detailed gear diagram of Jimi Hendrix 1969 "Woodstock" stage setup includes a Dunlop Dallas Arbiter Fuzz Face.
Dunlop mentions Jimi's use of this distortion pedal which inspired the creati... more
Dunlop mentions Jimi's use of this distortion pedal which inspired the creation of this replica. Dunlop writes "Jimi Hendrix was the master of fuzz, an artist with many subtle shadings at his command. His love affair with the legendary Fuzz Face pedal began in the early days of the Experience and continued to evolve throughout his brief but blazing career."
According to [Roger Mayer's official site](http://www.roger-mayer.co.uk/octav... more
According to Roger Mayer's official site Roger lays out an official timeline of when Jimi was first introduced to this pedal:
"1. The Octavia / Octavio sound was first heard on record in the solo of "Purple Haze" and this solo was recorded on Feb 3rd 1967. I first met Jimi on Jan 11th 1967.
*Music Radar* [confirms](http://www.musicradar.com/us/reviews/guitars/vox-v84... more
Music Radar confirms Jimi's use of this pedal by saying "For anyone too stoned to remember, we can confirm that the original Vox V846 was the wah used by Jimi Hendrix for Voodoo Chile at Woodstock in 1969."
*Vintage Guitar* magazine created a "25 Most Valuable Effects" list and comin... more
Vintage Guitar magazine created a "25 Most Valuable Effects" list and coming in at number 3 is the Univox Uni-Vibe pedal. "Vintage" writes in this article "If Hendrix touched it, you can bet it’s enshrined as effects legend. Originally intended mainly as a rotary speaker simulator for organ players, the ’Vibe – manufactured for Univox by the Shin-Ei corporation of Japan – was really a four-stage phaser with four pairs of light bulbs and cells for a liquid, juicy tone that hooks plenty of players from the first moment they hear it, and which caught fire big-time in the late ’60s. To hear the original, check out Hendrix’s “Voodoo Chile,” “The Wind Cries Mary,” or his performance of the “Star Spangled Banner” at Woodstock.."
Jimi Hendrix’s guitar tone is instantly recognizable. Hendrix’s musical sound and lasting fame is inseparable from the iconic, warm, and crisp tone he coaxed from his guitars. Over his unbelievably prolific and sadly short-lived career he ran through guitars fast, but he found his heavenly match with the Fender Stratocaster. It was the guitar which he dubbed his favorite and it was this model he lit on fire during his infamous performance at the Monterey International Pop Festival in 1967. Fittingly, according to his girlfriend Monika Dannemann, it was also the last guitar he played before his death.
Hendrix played many Stratocaster models, but he wasn’t above flirting with other guitars on occasion. He played a number of the Gibson Flying V, as well as a Gibson 1955 Les Paul Custom. His first electric guitar was the Supro Ozark 1560s, which he picked up back in 1959. In the mid-'60s, he messed around and did some recordings (including Spanish Castle Magic) with the twelve-string, double-necked Mosrite Joe Maphis guitar. For acoustic instruments, he went through two Martin D-45s and an Epiphone FT79. He composed a lot of his songs on the acoustic guitar before performing on the electric, including his famous cover of Bob Dylan’s All Along the Watchtower.
Of course, Hendrix’s greatness goes beyond just his guitars. His iconic sound was tightly linked to his brilliant matching of instrument, amplification, and pedal effects. Limiting ourselves just to his 1969 performance at Woodstock, we can marvel at his twin Marshall 100-Watt Superlead Heads for four-foot-by-12-foot stacks. Before hitting the amps themselves, Hendrix ran his Stratocaster through (in this order) a Vox Wah pedal, a Dallas-Arbiter Fuzzface, a Uni-Vibe pedal, which then sent a split signal out to the two Marshall amps.
An under-appreciated aspect of Hendrix’s sound, according to his friend and collaborator Roger Mayer, was the careful use of custom string gauges to help even out the pickup response across all six strings, while avoiding altering the Strat pickups themselves. According to Mayer, "Jimi was very aware that a simple chain of effects – along with few important options – would greatly free his mind to concentrate on performing and that a lot of control could be obtained from the guitar volume." Those are words to live by for any musician. Hendrix chose the right gear and used it effectively to create an optimal signal flow. Hendrix was an incredibly talented guitarist, and an equally brilliant sound engineer.