Jeff "Skunk" Baxter gave Jimi Hendrix his first Fender Stratocaster

Jeff "Skunk" Baxter (left) and Jimi Hendrix
(Image credit: Michael Putland/Getty Images, Val Wilmer/Redferns)

Jimi Hendrix's Stratocasters – where they came from, and where they went following the legendary electric guitar player's death, have long been the stuff of legend.

His first Strat, in particular, has up to this point had a mysterious origin story, with even lengthy investigations into its provenance unable to come up with any conclusive evidence as to where it came from.

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Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.