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Epiphone FT-79 Texan

Epiphone FT-79 Texan

According to this Epiphone article, in the late 1960s Jimi Hendrix acquired t... more

Martin D-45

Martin D-45

In Michael Heatley's book "Jimi Hendrix Gear", he discusses Hendrix's Martin ... more

Gibson Jimi Hendrix Flying V Electric Guitar

Gibson Jimi Hendrix Flying V Electric Guitar

This photo shows Jimi Hendrix playing his 1967 Gibson Flying V guitar, which ... more

Completely Incorrect Gibson Custom Shop SG Custom Reissue VOS

Gibson Custom Shop SG Custom Reissue VOS

This video shows Jimi Hendrix playing his Gibson SG Custom on the Dick Cavett... more

Amplifiers

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Marshall Superlead Guitar Amplifier Head

Marshall Superlead Guitar Amplifier Head

According to a Christies auction, Jimi Hendrix used a 1966 Marshall Super Lea... more

Fender Dual Showman Guitar Amplifier

Fender Dual Showman Guitar Amplifier

Jimi acquired new Fender Dual Showman amps in 1968. He would typically use th... more

Sunn Coliseum PA

Sunn Coliseum PA

Hendrix made a deal with Sunn Amps after the Monterey Pop Festival that they ... more

Sound City One Hundred (L100)

Sound City One Hundred (L100)

"In 1967 Jimi started using a Sound City stack for concert performances, it c... more

Effects Pedals

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Univox Uni-Vibe Pedal

Univox Uni-Vibe Pedal

*Vintage Guitar* magazine created a "25 Most Valuable Effects" list and comin... more

Completely Incorrect Jimi Hendrix Fuzz Face Distortion Pedal

Jimi Hendrix Fuzz Face Distortion Pedal

Dunlop mentions Jimi's use of this distortion pedal which inspired the creati... more

Vox V846 Wah Wah Guitar Effects Pedal

Vox V846 Wah Wah Guitar Effects Pedal

*Music Radar* [confirms](http://www.musicradar.com/us/reviews/guitars/vox-v84... more

Roger Mayer Octavia Pedal

Roger Mayer Octavia Pedal

According to [Roger Mayer's official site](http://www.roger-mayer.co.uk/octav... more

Music Accessories

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Needs Review Fender Classic Celluloid Picks 346 Medium

Fender Classic Celluloid Picks 346 Medium

Pick or fingers.Jimi used whatever medium gauge pick he had, and it’s been re... more

Needs Review HipStrap Woodstock Red

HipStrap Woodstock Red

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Microphones

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Needs Review Neumann U67 Multi-Pattern Tube Condenser Microphone

Neumann U67 Multi-Pattern Tube Condenser Microphone

Used to mike Hendrix's guitar amp, as stated by recording engineer Eddie Kram... more

Needs Review Beyerdynamic M160

Beyerdynamic M160

Used to mike Hendrix's guitar amp and for the vocals on *Electric Ladyland*, ... more

Needs Review Electro-Voice 635A

Electro-Voice 635A

Used live as a vocal mic, as is visible in this January 1, 1967 photo of Hend... more

Needs Review Shure Unidyne III 545S

Shure Unidyne III 545S

Used as a vocal mic for The Jimi Hendrix Experience's February 22, 1967 perfo... more

Cables

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Completely Incorrect Fender Jimi Hendrix Voodoo Child Coiled Cable (Black)

World Instruments

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Left Handed Coral Electric Sitar

Left Handed Coral Electric Sitar

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxIQOuO0KdHWWFpKS29HOXNnckE/view?usp=docslis... more

Strings

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Needs Review Rotosound yellows R10 electric guitar strings 10-46

Rotosound yellows R10 electric guitar strings 10-46

He used a mix of gauges to create his own “custom set”. Rj Ronquillo has a go... more

Bass Guitars

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Hagström 8-String Bass Guitar

Hagström 8-String Bass Guitar

Hagstrom writes in this article from their [official site](http://www.hagstro... more

Fender Precision Bass

Fender Precision Bass

Hendrix can be seen in this image with a Fender Precision Bass. more

Fender Jazz Bass

Fender Jazz Bass

In this image, Hendrix can be seen playing a Fender Jazz Bass. more

Drum Sets

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Needs Review premier drum kit

premier drum kit

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RIAA Gold Sales Award - Jimi Hendrix - Rainbow Bridge

RIAA Gold Sales Award - Jimi Hendrix - Rainbow Br...

This gold sales award was presented to Jimi Hendrix for the album "Rainbow Br... more

RIAA Gold Sales Award - Jimi Hendrix - Axis: Bold as Love

RIAA Gold Sales Award - Jimi Hendrix - Axis: Bold...

This gold sales award was presented to Jimi Hendrix for the album "Axis: Bold... more

RIAA Gold Sales Award - Jimi Hendrix - Smash Hits

RIAA Gold Sales Award - Jimi Hendrix - Smash Hits

This gold sales award was presented to Jimi Hendrix for the album "Smash Hits... more

Gear Guides

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Michael Pierce Giulio Chiarenza

Michael Pierce & Giulio Chiarenza

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The Top 11 Overdrive Pedals - 2020 Edition

Michael Pierce Giulio Chiarenza

Michael Pierce & Giulio Chiarenza

Updated February 2020

13 Best Fuzz Pedals for Guitar

Giulio Chiarenza Mason Hoberg

Giulio Chiarenza & Mason Hoberg

Updated October 2020

5 Best Online Guitar Lessons Websites in 2020

Michael Pierce Giulio Chiarenza

Michael Pierce & Giulio Chiarenza

Updated June 2020

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.