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Although initially thought to be a single-pickup model, a closer inspection of the photo above reveals that the guitar actually has two pickups.
The photo dates to Hendrix’s Army days (circa 1961), which means that he carried the guitar together with him into the Army – although it looks like he removed the pickguard and added some decals to the lower portion of the body.
The guitar, however, seems to be copper-colored one.
This was the standard finish on this particular model, and we haven’t been able to confirm whether green was even an option at that time.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame describes him as “arguably the greatest instrumentalist in the history of rock music”.
In the early years Hendrix played mostly cheaper guitar like the Epiphone Wilshire and Supro Ozark.
Jimi used the guitar in the early days of King Casuals – a band that began performing in Nashville by November, 1962.
The Wilshire can be seen on photos taken at the Club Del Morocco [Jimi Hendrix and the King Casuals – The Official Biography of Legendary Bassist Billy Cox] Jimi’s Epiphone had a solid-mahogany body finished in red, two P-90 pickups, a black (possibly Tortoiseshell? Interestingly, the inlay on the 17th frets seems to have been modified as it appears to cover almost the whole space between the frets.
Jimi’s guitar featured white finish and a very simple circuitry powering a single pickup placed in the bridge position.
This of course reversed the length of the strings behind the nut, affected the tone on the slanted bridge pickup, and affected the tone of each string since the single-coil pickups usually had staggered pole-pieces – each of them set to a different height in order to balance the inconsistencies in individual string volume on guitars. According to some sources [Jimi Hendrix Gear, by Michael Heatley, p.9] he got it from his father who bought it in the Myers Music Shop in Seattle in 1959 for .
According to other [Becoming Jimi Hendrix, Steven Rody] this story is connected to his second electric guitar, a Danelectro.
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