According to this Epiphone article, in the late 1960s Jimi Hendrix acquired t... more
According to this Epiphone article, in the late 1960s Jimi Hendrix acquired this Epiphone FT79 acoustic guitar. The guitar has serial #62262, and was built in NY in 1951 (original source here).
The Bonhams auction site has this interesting note about the guitar: "Jimi Hendrix owned this guitar for a three-year period (longer than any other documented Hendrix guitar)..."
In Michael Heatley's book "Jimi Hendrix Gear", he discusses Hendrix's Martin ... more
In Michael Heatley's book "Jimi Hendrix Gear", he discusses Hendrix's Martin D-45, which is said to be used on the recording of The Cry of Love album, on page 106.
This photo shows Jimi Hendrix playing his 1967 Gibson Flying V guitar, which ... more
This photo shows Jimi Hendrix playing his 1967 Gibson Flying V guitar, which he hand painted himself (the guitar was originally black).
This video shows Jimi Hendrix playing his Gibson SG Custom on the Dick Cavett... more
This video shows Jimi Hendrix playing his Gibson SG Custom on the Dick Cavett Show in 1969. According to an article on Gibson.com:
"Hendrix had a beautiful white 1967 Gibson SG Custom that he used for the better part of a year during 1968-1969. The guitar was equipped with a vibrato tailpiece, and three humbuckers... it is possible that Hendrix liked the SG because it was easy to set up for left-handed playing. The double cutaway would still allow for easy access to the upper frets. Hendrix’s SG Custom is now owned by Hard Rock Cafe, and has been on display at several of their restaurants."
Original article source here.
According to an article on gibson.com detailing the various Gibson guitars Ji... more
According to an article on gibson.com detailing the various Gibson guitars Jimi Hendrix played, a custom left-handed Flying V was the most recent one he owned. In this video, he can be seen playing the intro to "Red House" on this guitar. The Flying V has a black finish and gold hardware, and diamond inlays instead of the usual dots. Original source article here.
In the book [*Jimi Hendrix Gear* by Harry Shapiro, Michael Heatley, Roger May... more
In the book Jimi Hendrix Gear by Harry Shapiro, Michael Heatley, Roger Mayer, they mentioned that Jimi owned a one-pickup 1956 model of the Silvertone Danelectro. It was one of the guitars that he had the longest, it stayed with him several years. He called the guitar "Betty Jean" after his girlfriend, and left the guitar with her mother when he went off to the Army in 1960.
According to this [product page from Epiphone](http://www.epiphone.com/Produc... more
According to this product page from Epiphone, one of Jimi's early guitars was a Wilshire. Epiphone writes "though many of the early Epiphone instruments made in Kalamazoo were under-appreciated at the time of their release, numerous artists through the years recognized the unique appeal of these guitars including Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Winter, Kurt Cobain, and Steve Marriot."
According to [this article from *Music Radar*](http://www.musicradar.com/news... more
According to this article from Music Radar "Jimi’s first electric was a 1957 Supro Ozark 1560S, bought for $89 from Myers Music Store in Seattle. The guitar got a run-out in The Rocking Kings, before being pinched from The Birdland Club in 1960. If it ever surfaces at auction, expect a stampede of hedge-fund managers."
On page 48 of the book [*Jimi Hendrix Gear*](https://books.google.com/books?i... more
On page 48 of the book Jimi Hendrix Gear they mention Curtis Knight bought Jimi a sunburst Fender Duo-Sonic as a gift. Knight got the guitar in exchange for refunding an airline ticket for a friend. Jimi played this guitar with Curtis Knight and the Squires.
*Music Radar* writes in [this article](http://www.musicradar.com/us/totalguit... more
Music Radar writes in this article "The blond Duo-Sonic is a 1959 or 1960 model, which the 21-year-old Hendrix paid $160 for before joining the Isley's as a session man on their tour of 1964."
On page 160 in the book [*Jimi Hendrix Gear*](https://books.google.com/books?... more
On page 160 in the book Jimi Hendrix Gear they talk about this black Strat that Jimi purchased in October 1968. The guitar must have been an exceptional instrument, because Jimi kept it with for for the rest of his career. It has serial number 222625, and was kept for 30 years by Jimi's late girlfriend Monika Danneman.
*Music Radar* mentions Jimi's most famous Strat in [this article](http://www.... more
Music Radar mentions Jimi's most famous Strat in this article "Fender's Artist Relations manager said there was one other instrument he'd like me to look at. This turned out to be Hendrix's most famous guitar – the white 1968 Fender Stratocaster that Jimi had played at Woodstock in 1969."
Jimi didn't actually play much on this guitar during the appearance at Monter... more
Jimi didn't actually play much on this guitar during the appearance at Monterey Pop Festival. He played the entire show on a black maple neck strat, but switched to this one for the grand finale: "Wild Thing," including burning and smashing the guitar in an incredible act of showmanship. Rolling Stone says about this guitar "The colorfully decorated Strat that the guitar god played during his breakout performance at the Monterey Pop Festival is famous for its short lifespan: Hendrix lit it on fire at that celebrated show."
*Guitar Player* writes in [this article](http://www.guitarplayer.com/miscella... more
Guitar Player writes in this article "Courtesy of Legends of Rock Guitar, here's a shot of the white Stratocaster that Jimi Hendrix played at his legendary performance on June 4, 1967 at the Saville Theater in London. Paul McCartney and George Harrison were in attendance. In tribute to them, the Jimi Hendrix Experience played "Sgt. Peppers Lonely Heart's Club Band," which had only been released three day's earlier. Later in the set, Jimi smashed the white Strat and here are the fragments today." In this video you can see the smashing in action.
*Music Radar* mentions another one of Jimi's famous Strats in [this article](... more
Music Radar mentions another one of Jimi's famous Strats in this article where this one in particular was auctioned off to the tune of $575,000. Music writes "Hendrix torched the 1965 Fender Stratocaster at the end of his show at the Astoria in Finsbury Park, London, in March 1967."
Jimi's first ever Fender Stratocaster was a white 1964 model with rosewood fi... more
Jimi's first ever Fender Stratocaster was a white 1964 model with rosewood fingerboard. He obtained it in New York, from Manny's Music, with funds from his girlfriend Carol Shiroky. It cost $289. He actually bought it from Jeff Baxter, later of Steely Dan, who was working at Manny's as an assistant, and he remembers the incident clearly. Citation for this information can be found in several pages (including 61 and 62) of the book Jimi Hendrix Gear.
From a [Gibson article](http://www2.gibson.com/News-Lifestyle/Features/en-us/... more
From a Gibson article "Hendrix's Gibson Guitars" written by Daniel Eriksson in June 2014:
"Jimi Hendrix did own a 1955 Les Paul Custom that he would flip over and play lefty. From what I’ve been able to gather it appears as if Hendrix himself only used the Les Paul Custom briefly during a few months in 1968. It seems as if Jimi was trying out the guitar as a replacement for the Flying V. But after having gone back to the Flying V for a while, Hendrix moved on to the SG Custom. During his famous Woodstock performance you can see the LP Custom being played by Jimi’s old pal Larry Lee. The guitar is equipped with a Bigsby and 2 P-90 pickups, and it’s currently owned by the EMP Museum in Seattle."
The source photo shows the guitar as it is in the EMP Museum in Seattle.
According to a Bonhams auction listing, Jimi Hendrix played a Fender Mustang ... more
According to a Bonhams auction listing, Jimi Hendrix played a Fender Mustang electric guitar, in a Daytona Red finish.
John Mitch Mitchell, formerly the drummer with Jimi Hendrix Experience, said that this guitar "was used by Jimi Hendrix at the Olympic Studio, London for the recording of "Alxis Bold as Love" and "Electric Lady Land" and was used by him on these two album."
The auction continues to say that this Fender Mustang was "..part of the L series, which were among the last Fenders made before the company was taken over by CBS..."
The original source can be found here.
Jimi's main guitar for his gigs in Little Richard's backing band. Also used o... more
Jimi's main guitar for his gigs in Little Richard's backing band. Also used on at least one other occasion for his solo/Experience career. The accompanying picture was taken at the Symphony Hall in Newark, New Jersey on the 5th of April 1968.
White Gibson SG was played by Jimi Hendrix in in Stockholm 1969. You get a pe... more
White Gibson SG was played by Jimi Hendrix in in Stockholm 1969. You get a perfect look at it at 0:24. (To avoid errors, click on the link to watch the video)
Also here you can see him play it on the Dick Cavett Show 1969 https://vimeo.com/360740459
Although there isn't much to be found about this guitar, it did clearly belon... more
Although there isn't much to be found about this guitar, it did clearly belong to Jimi Hendrix. It can be seen in his famous '12-string blues' intro to 'a film about Jimi Hendrix', made 3 years after his dead.
The guitar currently resides in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum in Cleveland, Ohio. Video, see 1:38 https://rockhall.com/inductees/the-jimi-hendrix-experience/video/9199/
Also note the special design of the pickguard and the way bridge is used for the octave strings and the tailpiece for the regular strings, which can also be seen in the video, and on this photo. http://www.zemaitisclub.com/hendrix-zemaitis-japan-magazine.htm People who are familiar with Tony Zemaitis will also recognize his signature 'Fleur-de-Lise' on the headstock.
As Tony Zemaitis was 'but' a man in his shop who build all his guitar by hand and not a man with a factory, not that many are around, so it is very unlikely there is one like it. Which also explains why it doesn't have a name or a type.
The song he plays, Hear My Train a Comin, can also be found on the album 'Blues'
More 'subjective' information can be found on this add for a replica, although it seems quite legit. http://www.maverick-music.com/dave-of-england-2/dave-of-england-zemaitis-replica-jimi-hendrix-1960-12-string-photos-of-tony-z
In this photo of Jimi Hendrix and [The Who](https://equipboard.com/band/the-w... more
In this photo of Jimi Hendrix and The Who, Hendrix can be seen holding a Rickenbacker electric guitar.
There are couple of photos dating circa 1964 of Jimi playing what’s either a ... more
There are couple of photos dating circa 1964 of Jimi playing what’s either a dark blue, or a black-colored Fender Jaguar with dot inlays.
Tappy Wright who was Hendrix’s roadie at the time owned another Fender Jaguar which supposedly belonged to Jimi, and was given to him by Brian Jones of the Rollings Stones. This is almost certainly not the same guitar, as this one has square inlays according to the photos from the auction.
Another guitar was given to Jimi’s record company Anim Limited, where it fell... more
Another guitar was given to Jimi’s record company Anim Limited, where it fell into the hands of James ‘Tappy’ Wright, a former roadie of Hendrix. James later sold it at auction for $360,000. Jimi played it at Monterey International Pop Festival in 1967 before switching to a different guitar which he set on fire.
There were claims that this was Hendrix’s favorite guitar. It is obvious though that this is a different Strat, featuring rosewood neck instead of maple which was on the Black Beauty.
This guitar was shown at the EMP museum during a special Hendrix event. Jimi ... more
This guitar was shown at the EMP museum during a special Hendrix event. Jimi supposedly got it at Manny’s Music shop in New York, which he used to visit frequently. It is finished in white, but the color had slowly transformed to cream due to aging process.
Jimi supposedly used this guitar for the recording of “Spanish Castle Magic” in late 1967.
Jimi was seen playing this guitar backstage at Madison Square Garden while ha... more
Jimi was seen playing this guitar backstage at Madison Square Garden while hanging out with the Rolling Stones. It most likely belonged to Keith Richards.
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’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.