The gear Jimi Hendrix used for his bluesiest moments

Jimi Hendrix at Isle of Wight, 1970
(Image credit: Doug McKenzie/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Think Jimi Hendrix and gear and the first instrument that springs to mind is the Fender Stratocaster. That was his main squeeze, the one he consecrated with fire, and when we think Woodstock, the image of him with his Olympic White Strat, curly guitar cable hooking him up to a phalanx of Marshall stacks.

But there were other electric guitars in his life. And on occasion, as and when he’d take the volume down to play some blues, some acoustics, too. Here, we’ll take a quick run through of what might Hendrix might have considered his blues guitar rig – gear for those occasions in which the pounding high-volume psychedelia of the Uni-Vibe would be too LSD for a I-IV-V progression.

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