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Jimi Hendrix’ 1960s Fender Stratocaster

This guitar was first seen on February 11th 1967, at the Blue Moon club in Cheltenham. It was photographed sitting on stage while Hendrix played on a different white Stratocaster, likely the one that came with him from the US. Photos and additional info about the gig can be read over at GloucestershireLive website [It was 50 years ago today Jimi Hendrix came to town to play – Robin Brooks]

Unfortunately, none of the photos that we found of this guitar show the headstock. Because of this, we cannot possibly identify the guitar, or determine in what year it was made (the photo that we used here is not an actual photo of the guitar).

If we’re to guess, it is likely that this guitar replaced the black Stratocaster that was allegedly stolen on the night of the February 2nd. What’s interesting though is that starting with March 1967, Hendrix switched to two sunburst Stratocasters, and this second white Stratocaster was nowhere to be seen.

There is a possibility that it remained at his house for safe-keeping (Hendrix did after all like white guitars at this time), and that this is the same guitar that Hendrix used towards late 1967. That guitar was also white with rosewood fretboard and featured a large headstock (more details later on in this list).

The second possibility is that the guitar was stolen or went missing at some point between mid-February and early March, and that was the end of it.

If you happen to come across a photo of this second white Stratocaster from late February or early March, please be sure to let us know by leaving a comment below.

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No, seen the night before at Bristol Locarno ( before Cheltenham Blue Moon).. I was there; two Strats – no stand, just leant up against the Marshalls. And the Marshall speakers had a large colourful beach towel for him to wipe off sweat…

Have some pix you’d have to email me…