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.Please note that the period between 19 is very hard to research properly due to not only lack of photos in general, but lack of photos with correct dating.Although there are numerous sources available online describing a timeline of events between those years (we’ve used Early Timeline), there’s a lack of a good a source with organized photo galleries that would immensely make the research of Hendrix’s early guitars much easier.The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame describes him as “arguably the greatest instrumentalist in the history of rock music”.
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.[Jimi Hendrix Gear, by Michael Heatley, p.28] The guitar was allegedly originally green, but Hendrix himself painted it several times from red, to purple, and back to green at some point.[Becoming Jimi Hendrix, Steven Rody] However, the earliest photo of him holding the guitar shows young Hendrix wearing a red sport coat and standing by a red car.After coming back from the Army in 1962 Hendrix acquired an Epiphone Wilshire.It is assumed that this was from the money he made playing with the Danelectro, which as previously noted, was indeed borrowed from a friend in the army.
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Towards the mid 1960s he started using Fenders, starting with a 1959 Fender Duo-sonic which he played with Isley Brothers.