A rare Jimi Hendrix-played Japanese sunburst electric has hit the auction block

(Image credit: David Redfern/Redferns / Kruse GWS Auctions)

We’ve seen some great guitar auctions lately, but it always gives us pause when an actual Jimi Hendrix-owned electric hits the market.

With that said, feast your eyes on this early 1960s Japanese sunburst electric guitar model, which, according to Jimi’s brother, Leon Hendrix, was played by the legend in the early to mid ‘60s.

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.