Jimi Hendrix was also a master of the bass guitar – he once jammed with Johnny Winter using an upside-down Fender Jazz Bass

Jimi Hendrix jamming with Johnny Winter
(Image credit: Johnny Winter/Facebook)

Jimi at 80: Born in Seattle on November 27 1942, Jimi Hendrix would have celebrated his 80th birthday this week. Throughout this week on Guitar World, we'll celebrate his genius and game-changing impact on the world of guitar playing.

It goes without saying that Jimi Hendrix is one of the best electric guitar players of all time. One of the godfathers of the instrument who explored and popularized new sounds, Hendrix’s music seeped into just about every musical genre, forever changing the course of blues, rock, psychedelic, jazz and soul.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.