Jimi Hendrix’s Fender Stratocaster (Red, Masonic Temple)

Jimi was seen using this guitar at the Masonic Temple in Detroit on February 13, 1968. At that point, the guitar already had a broken headstock, which would indicate that it was used prior.

However, no other photos of Jimi with the guitar exist, so it’s hard to tell for sure when exactly he did the damage to the headstock. He played a total of four shows at Electric Factory Philadelphia on the 22nd and 23rd, so it’s possible that the damage happened here.


What can be concluded from the photos taken at the Masonic Temple, is that this was a rosewood fretboard Strat, with some sort of a dark red color finish. Certainly darker than Fiesta Red, so it was possibly the Dakota Red.

The bottom half of the headstock is missing in the photos, so it’s very hard to tell whether this was a CBS or a pre-CBS era Strat. More likely, based on the fretboard and the headstock thickness, this was a late 60s model, so a ’67 or a ’68.

Submitted by: Scott

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1 year ago

found an image of jimi playing a red strat with a full headstock, plus another where he was playing another with a maple fretboard: https://images.app.goo.gl/JA8QVp4Agf2JU1S47 https://images.app.goo.gl/CoFUAFWc27GUARyN8

6 months ago
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