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Jimi Hendrix’s 1964-1966 Fender Jazzmaster

Fender Jazzmaster 1966 White

Jimi was seen playing this guitar during a gig with King Curtis & the Kingpins in May 1966. Given that this is the only time he was ever seen with it, it is possible that the guitar was borrowed.

Jimi Hendrix with King Curtis, May 5th, 1966

King Curtis, Percy Sledge, Cornell Dupree, and Jimi Hendrix – Prelude Club NYC May 5th, 1966. Photo credit: William “PoPsie” Randolph. Prints available at

The only interesting thing to say about this guitar is that it was likely made between 1964 and 1966. Fender changed the shape of the headstock on many models, including the Jazzmaster, in late 1964. Given that the photo was taken in 1966, the guitar obviously must have been made between the two dates.

Jimi Hendrix & Wilson Picket, Prelude Club

Jimi Hendrix and Wilson Picket – Prelude Club, NYC, May 5th, 1966. Photo credit: William “PoPsie” Randolph. Prints available at

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