Jimi Hendrix’s Vox AC30

access_time First seen circa 1967

According to Phil Brown, who was the audio engineer during the session, all of the overdubs on ‘All Along the Watchtower’ were recorded on a Vox AC30

The setup for Hendrix’s electric guitar overdubs was achieved simply by placing a VOX AC30 amplifier in the studio, close to the control room window. We then placed Neumann U67s both close and distant, with an AKG C 12 A close to the amp. (Jimi) was hunched over the amp with his back to the control room window, his head bent low. We tried out numerous guitar ideas and sounds, desk distortion, fuzz box, wah-wah, Leslie cabinet, harmonizing, ADT, phasing, Pultec filtering, repeat echos and backwards effects. [Are We Still Rolling?, Phil Brown]

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Marshall Super 100 JTM45/100

Allegedly, Jimi first came across a Marshall amp, and tried one himself, while sitting in with Brian Auger’s band Trinity – most likely on September 28, 1966. According to Brian Auger, Jimi turned the amp all the way to 10 and instructed the band to follow him while he played “Hey Joe” – of course leaving everybody […]

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Fender Twin Reverb

Jimi was seen using this amp in the pre-Experience days. More precisely, photos dating to his Curtis Knight days (late 1965/most of 1966) all seem to show Jimi playing through a Twin Reverb combo amp. Given that he played the last gig with Curtis in August 1966, and left for the UK in September, it […]

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Sunn 100s

Sometime in early 1968, Hendrix signed an endorsement deal with Sunn amp. Allegedly, he was approached with this idea by Buck Munger (PR, Sunn Amps.) sometime after Monterey Pop Festival. I went backstage (Monterey Pop Festival), and by the end of the night I knew what record label he was on. Someone invited me, I think it was Chas […]

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Fender Dual Showman

It seems that for a short period of time, around early 1968, Jimi used a few Fender Dual Showman amps for his live gigs. The amps were seen during the show at Fillmore East on February 1, 1968, on the 2nd at Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco, and lastly at Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim on February 9, 1968. […]

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Supro S6420 Thunderbolt

Allegedly used in the early days with Curtis Knight, circa 1966. It is worth noting here that although some argue that an amp resembling a Supro Thunderbolt was seen on stage behind Jimi on at least one photo, it is very questionable if this actually holds any credibility. The whole theory seemed to have originated from […]

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Sunn 2000s

Hendrix allegedly used this amp during his endorsement deal with Sunn circa 1968. One of these amps recently appeared on an auction over at Reverb.com, paired with 2X15 Cabs with JBL-D140 speakers. The asking price was around $150,000. Unfortunately, the posting has since been removed and we couldn’t find any additional info about it. In our research, we […]

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Sound City One Hundred

Jimi used a single Sound City One Hundred amp briefly during the latter part of the 1968 North American tour, from around mid-March to early April. The amp seemed to have been used together with one of Jimi’s old Marshall JTM 45/100s. He started using this setup after a short stint with Fender Dual Shoman amps […]

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Silvertone Twin Twelve

Jimi seemed to have been using this amp around late 1962 / early 1963. It can be seen on a photo of him performing with the King Kasuals. Based on the fact that this is the only time he was seen using the amp, we suspect that it was likely borrowed. At the time of […]

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