Jimi Hendrix’s 1967 Gibson Flying V

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.

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