Category Archives: Jimi Hendrix
Jimi Hendrix’s 1968 Fender Dual Showman 2×15 enclosure. Pictured with Jimi’s 1968 Martin D-45 and 1967 Gibson Flying V. Purchased from Bonhams August 1994 Auction. We had two of these Fender cabinets and sold one to the Experience Music Project (EMP). This was used from 1968 onwards in
the USA tours, with Showman heads, sometimes Fender Twins (unusual).
This one works fine. The one we sold to EMP in Seattle in the 90’s did not work.
This one has JBL speakers fitted at Fender in ’69. They must have blown. There’s a service stamp inside with a 1969 date and possibly the JBL badge was added on the front then. We don’t know for sure if it was on from day one, but this is how Jimi used it in ’69 and ’70. Please inquire for price and details.
Jimi’s 1967 Gibson Flying V. Jimi Hendrix used this Gibson Flying V between mid-1967 and January 1969. He painted the psychedelic designs on it shortly after buying it, and used it mainly for his blues numbers, or simply when a Stratocaster wasn’t the right tool for the job. The guitar was featured on “All Along The Watchtower”, “Catfish Blues” and “Little Miss Strange” among others, and was a regular sight for concert-goers in 1967 and 1968, and is seen on numerous photos and concert films from the period. Jimi made good use of the visual impact of the Flying V, using it for TV show appearances extensively, especially in Europe. After Hendrix gave the guitar to his friend Mick Cox in 1969, it changed hands a few times, and ended up with Rock Stars Guitars founder David Brewis, who restored the psychedelic paint job after Clive Brown had replicated the translucent brown Gibson finish. Gibson’s “Inspired by” Jimi Hendrix Flying V was based upon Rock Stars Guitars founder David Brewis’ re- creation of the Hendrix artwork done for the original 1967 guitar during its restoration.
1967 Fender Stratocaster that was owned and played by Jimi Hendrix. Pictured here is Carmine Appice holding this guitar. Jimi gave this guitar as a gift to James “Tappy” Wright in late 1968 – early 1969. Tappy was part of the Hendrix management with Chas Chandler, Mike Jefferey, and Bob Levine. Tappy was originally the road manager of The Animals. Comes with video of Tappy with the Stratocaster describing the guitar and history, a letter of provenance from Tappy, a letter and photo from Carmine Appice (drummer from Vanilla Fudge, Jeff Beck, Rod Stewart), a letter from Norms Rare Guitars, and a letter from Fleetwood Owen Auctions. It comes with photos of Billy Cox with the guitar, Kenny Olson with the guitar, and photos of Kenny and Billy recording with the guitar. Billy used this guitar on one of his recordings in 2009. It has been on display at the Musicians Hall Of Fame and Museum in Nashville for 2 years and is still currently on display. It has also been on display in Paris France at the Cite de La Musique. This was from October 2006 – January 2007. In 2001 Janie Hendrix and Experience Hendrix LLC claimed ownership of the guitar. After seven years the Experience Hendrix LLC have settled out of court and has given up its’ claim to ownership of the guitar as part of a settlement of a defamation suit in San Diego County Superior Court. A letter from Janie Hendrix and Experience Hendrix LLC stating that they will make no further claim and will not interfere with any future sale of the guitar is included. Interested parties can get more details from us or contact Michael P. Guta at The Law Offices of John E. Hill.