That night Jimi was playing through two Marshall double stacks. I was too young at the time to distinguish if the heads were 50 or 100 watt plexis. Jimi hooked up his coil cord to one of the Marshalls, while a roadie was placing the foot pedals. Little did I know the ‘roadie’ was Roger Mayer, the electronic wizard who created Jimi’s effects.
However in 1968 when the string broke, the show was stopped while Hendrix took off the old string and put on a new string. He played a few more songs and the string broke again.
|Seymour Duncan with Hendrix|
|Jimi with his Supro|
Silvertone/Danelectro guitar, model 3021. He named the guitar Betty Jean, after his current girlfriend. Hendrix played this guitar through his time in the Army.
brand new Ephiphone Wilshire. This guitar had twin P-90 pickups, a solid mahogany body and a glued in neck.
1959 Duo-Sonic. Sometime in 2010 this guitar was auctioned off for $246,000. In 1959 the Duo-Sonic sold for not much more that $100.
sunburst Fender Jazzmaster.
1960’s model Gretsch Anniversary guitar.
Fender Jaguar with dot inlays. Jimi also owned another Fender Jaguar that had block inlays. This block inlay guitar was auctioned off in 2011 for $25,000.
This guitar was featured at Seattle’s EMP and has since turned to a cream colour due to age and the type of lacquer that was used.
Most of his Strats were purchased new and his preference was black or white bodies with a maple fretboard. Hendrix could have purchased a “lefty” Stratocaster, but he preferred to flip the guitar over so the controls and tremolo bar would be on the top.
London. Hendrix burned up beautiful 1965 Fender Stratocaster. Tony Garland, Hendrix’s press agent scooped up the remains and placed them in the garage of his southern U.K. home.
|Garland's Hendrix Strat|
Garland’s nephew found them and the burnt guitar was auctioned off in 2007 for $575,000.
mid 1960’s Stratocaster. The remains of this instrument were given to Frank Zappa by Hendrix roadie, Howard Parker. Frank kept it as a decoration on his studio wall for a long time and then had it restored.
Dweezil took possession of the guitar. Probably the most well know instance of Hendrix setting fire to his Stratocaster was at the Monterey Pop Festival.
Hendrix’s manager, Chas Chandler. The Monterey guitar sold at auction for 237,000 pounds in London in 2012.
A 1966 Fender Stratocaster guitar was given to Jimi’s record company Anim Limited.
The guitar that is said he set fire to, during the Monterey performance was a 1964/65 white Fender Stratocaster. Jimi hand painted designs on the body, in the style of his friends, The Beatles. We are told this is the guitar that he ignited.
At that point, the guitar lost its original paintwork done by Hendrix, but it was successfully restored/replicated in 1999.
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|Hendrix '55 Les Paul|
|Larry Lee with 55 Les Paul|
His 1967 Gibson Les Paul/SG Custom guitar is recognizable as he played it on the Dick Cavett Show in 1969. Jimi also played this guitar in Stockholm, Sweden during that same year.
|Hendrix ES 345 at EMP|
Jimi owned another Martin D-45 ended up with Noel Redding, who kept it in his house in Ireland until his passing in 2003. Chris Dair was at his house around 1998/1999, when he had the opportunity to play Jimi’s D-45. Noel kept it at his mother’s home for years. The whereabouts of this instrument are unknown.
|Epi at Bonham auctions|
This is how he came up with his version of All Along the Watchtower. This twenty-five dollar guitar was sold in 2001 for $77,000. There are a couple other guitars that Jimi owned, but were rarely used.
Acoustic Black Widow guitar. These were made by The Acoustic Company to go along with their amplifiers. His was made by Bartell of California. In fact it may be a Bartell guitar. These guitars were sold under the Bartell logo and the Hohner logo as well as the Acoustic logo. Because of the F hole, this is probably a Bartell.
Hagstrom Guitars. This is an eight string Hagstrom bass that Jimi used on a King Curtis recording session.
subsequently signed a contract with Sunn Amplification and used their their 100S Coliseum amplifier with Sunn 100F cabinets that contained one 15” JBL D-130 and a JBL L-E 100=S driver horn.
This powered 4 speaker cabinets. Sunn gave him whatever he needed, but Hendrix ended the contract.
the first Experience tour using Fender Dual Showman amps with all the settings at 10, so the amps burnt out, due to the stress and had to be replaced.
three 100 watt Marshall heads with six double speaker cabinets.
Roger Mayer. He began using the Octavia Fuzz around 1967 when it was still a prototype. He used this on his first big hit; Purple Haze.
|Vox Wah - Octavia- Fuzz Face|
Here is a most interesting link about the recording session for All Along The Watch Tower.