date_range 1959

Jimi Hendrix’s 1957 Supro Ozark 1560s

Jimi Hendrix Guitar Gear Equipment

This was Hendrix’s first ever electric guitar. According to some sources [Jimi Hendrix Gear, by Michael Heatley, p.9], he got it from his father who bought it in the Myers Music Shop in Seattle in 1959 for $89. According to other [Becoming Jimi Hendrix, Steven Rody] this story is connected to his second electric guitar, a Danelectro.

Be that as it may, Jimi played the Supro with his band The Rocking Kings circa 1959, until it was stolen from the bandstand at The Birdland Club in 1960.

Unfortunately, the guitar itself is one of the more obscure models with very little of its history being known today. It was made by a company called Valco, which also produced instruments sold under brands such as Airline, Oahu, and National.

Jimi’s guitar featured a white finish and a very simple circuitry powering a single pickup placed in the bridge position. If you’re more curious about the details and the insides of the guitar, we recommend watching a YouTube video displaying a restoration of an identical model to Jimi’s – Restoration of a 1957-1959 Supro Ozark 1560s.

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