Jimi Hendrix

James Marshall Hendrix

November 27th, 1942 – September 18, 1970

Widely recognized as one of the most creative and influential musicians of the 20th century, Jimi Hendrix pioneered the explosive possibilities of the electric guitar. Hendrix’s innovative style of combining fuzz, feedback and controlled distortion created a new musical form. Because he was unable to read or write music, it is nothing short of remarkable that Jimi Hendrix’s meteoric rise in the music took place in just four short years. His musical language continues to influence a host of modern musicians, from George Clinton to Miles Davis, and Steve Vai to Jonny Lang.



Hendrix used a variety of Fender Stratocasters including 1968 strats some of them are:

  • Fender Jaguar
  • Fender Jazzmaster
  • Gibson Flying V
  • ’59 Hofner Club 40
  • Epiphone FT79 Acoustic
  • ’67 Gretsch Corvette
  • Gibson Les Paul Customs
  • White Gibson SG Custom with Maestro
  • Ibanez Rhythm Guitar
  • Mosrite Guitars
  • Fender Telecaster
  • Paisley Goya Rangemaster


Amps & Cabinets

  • Marshall 1959SLP 100Watt Super Lead Plexi Head
  • Marshall 1960A Slant Cabinet / 4×12
  • Marshall 1960AC Vintage Cabinet / 4×12
  • Silvertone with a 2 x 12 cabinet (early in his career)
  • Fender Twin Reverb amplifier
  • Fender Dual Showman amps
  • Sound City amps
  • Sunn amps
Marshall 1959SLP 100Watt Super Lead Plexi Head

Marshall 1959SLP 100Watt Super Lead Plexi Head

 Fender Twin Reverb amplifier

Fender Twin Reverb amplifier


  • Dallas Arbiter Fuzz Face
  • Roger Mayer Octavia Fuzz/Octave
  • UniVox UniVibe
  • Vox 847 Wah pedal
  • ‘Axis’ fuzz
  • Mosrite Fuzzrite
  • Leslie Speaker cabinet
  • Fender “Rock n’ Roll” Strings Light  Gauge (.010, .013, .015, .026, .032, .038)
Vox 847 Wah Pedal

Vox 847 Wah Pedal

Leslie Speaker Cabinet

Leslie Speaker Cabinet

6550 tubes in the Marshalls

6550 tubes in the Marshalls

Woodstock – 1969 Hendrix Equipment

A detailed gear diagram of Jimi Hendrix 1969 “Woodstock” stage setup that traces the signal flow of the equipment in his guitar rig.

“This setup, used by Jimi at Woodstock, is typical of the stage setup he used during that time period. Jimi was very aware that a simple chain of effects – along with few important options – would greatly free his mind to concentrate on performing and that a lot of control could be obtained from the guitar volume. This was a matter we had discussed, in depth, from the beginning.  His setup was made for the live performances, which have a different focus, both sonically and – more importantly – in musical freedom and variation from the (recorded) songs. So put another way, the live shows were deliberately different from the studio work and could vary infinitely from day to day in a total free-form way.” – Roger Mayer 10/4/2011


Jimi burning guitar