Jimi Hendrix’ 1960s Fender Stratocaster

This 1960s Fender Stratocaster guitar was first spotted in a photograph taken on February 10th, 1967, at Bristol Locarno. However, none of the photos of the guitar show the headstock, so it’s impossible to identify which year it was made (an update on this is available in the comments section below).

The White Strat(s)

Interestingly, Hendrix played a different white Stratocaster on stage that night, which suggests that the newly discovered guitar may have been a backup or a replacement for a lost or stolen instrument. In fact, it’s rumored that Hendrix’s black Stratocaster was stolen on the night of February 2nd, so this guitar may have been brought in as a replacement.

However, it’s worth noting that Hendrix later switched to using two sunburst Stratocasters in March 1967, and this white guitar was nowhere to be seen. There are two possible explanations for this: either the guitar was kept safe at Hendrix’s house and brought out for specific performances, or it was stolen or lost between mid-February and early March.

If you’re a guitar enthusiast and happen to come across a photo of this second white Stratocaster from late February or early March, be sure to leave a comment below. It would be fascinating to learn more about this mysterious instrument and its role in Hendrix’s music. (Note: The image used in this article is a placeholder – we don’t know how the guitar actually looked like).


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5 years ago

SMALL headstock.

Last edited 3 years ago by Dan Kopilovic
John Perry
John Perry
5 years ago

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…