JIMI HENDRIX – Personal and studio guitar up for auction

Iconic Auctions currently features the Alpha and Omega of musical memorabilia, in the form of a 1967 Fender Stratocaster once owned and played in the studio by none other than the legendary Jimi Hendrix himself. Accompanied by a letter of provenance from Brian Levine, who manages the estate of Hendrix’s US manager, Bob Levine, and his loyal, longtime assistant Kathy Eberth (Levine). Brian states in his detailed letter recounting the guitar’s relationship with Hendrix:

My dad organized Jimi’s studio sessions, locating session musicians and equipment as needed. My dad told me that this guitar was used at TTG studios in Los Angeles, California in October 1968 in jams and recordings for “Calling All The Devil’s Children” which was also called “Devil’s Jam” and ” Mr. Lost Soul” also titled “Mr. Bad Luck” later renamed “Look Over Yonder”.

The Hendrix estate released the recording of this session, which they identify as October 21, 1968, on a release titled West Coast Seattle Boy: The Jimi Hendrix Anthology. Research on this session shows that Hendrix used a number of guitars during the week-long session, including a black Strat and a Gibson SG, and as pictured, a sunburst Fender Strat.

The guitar itself is in overall good condition with obvious signs of use including two cigarette burns on the headstock and areas of wear to match the sunburst painted finish as pictured. The guitar remains in the same condition it was left in when it was retrieved by the Levines from Jimi’s New York apartment after his death and remains strung upside down to accommodate playing technique Jimi’s lefty. Additionally, the guitar comes with the original red bungee-style guitar cord that was included with the case when the guitar was retrieved from Hendrix’s apartment.

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