41 responses

  1. FX
    July 2, 2008

    Jimi really was a legend. Considering some of the most gifted guitar players are/were left handed the lefties don’t always get an easy ride of it!

  2. Kenny
    July 2, 2008

    Great article, Danny. I had no idea Jimi played an Epi, or that he played with the Isley Brothers. Keep up the good work!

  3. Squara
    July 2, 2008

    I had heard those legends about his first guitar….

  4. Adina
    July 2, 2008

    Great article Danny, Is it really true that when playing acoustic Hendrix used chords in a previously unknown manner? That seems a little over the top, but I am not an expert on Hendrix at all, and I can tell you are. Are there some recordings available now in which one might hear an example that?

  5. Danny
    July 3, 2008

    Thanks for your comment Adina, Jimi was a voddochild. His mastery of chords may never be duplicated again. Go to you tube and find a video of Jimi playing an acoustic guitar. You will see what I mean.

  6. AD
    May 14, 2009

    I don’t get it; there’s this perception that he was the greatest ever. I have played his songs…I would say Hendrix should be remembered as a potential musical genius, but considering how short his career really was, we may never know for sure. So I base my arguments from what we have of his work. As a guitarist I would say he was good, but as a musician and performer I would say he was legendary, but not guitarist. In other words, if Jimi Hendrix had picked up a paint brush instead, he would be remembered as well for painting…he was an obsessive, and an artist. And that is not unique, plenty of souls before him shared this, Michael Angelo, Bach, even Bruce Lee all had unending amounts of pure passion and all were good at conveying such in their chosen mediums. Confining Hendrix to the category of guitarist is actually stifling his true commitment and obscures his passion.

    Favorite song of his, “One Rainy Wish.”

    The chord comment is simply ludicrous; all chord arrangements that are not dissonance had been discovered long before Mr. Hendrix came about. Could you imagine someone being able to make a similar statement about a guitarist who has yet to be born….no, I think not. You might as well claim he

  7. AD
    May 15, 2009

    discovered a new scale or mode. It’s simply ridiculous and distracts from what he actually gave to world of music. Could it be that there exists a guitarist today that discovers something that is so fundamental to the academics of music? No, I don’t think so. There are limitations that not even Jimi Hendrix can overcome and one is rewriting the history of musical theory and or engineering. Give him what he deserves; he implemented a sound that was unheard at the time and is difficult to replicate…because we are not Jimi.

  8. Margaret
    August 20, 2009

    I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don’t know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


  9. Eric Erickson
    September 11, 2009

    Don’t forget the occasional Sunburst.
    I remember J.Hendrix 3/2/67 playing the Marquee Club w/ a Sunburst strat.

    Check the “burning guitar” sequences. Jimi “quick-switched” guitars just BEFORE the song prior to “the burn”. He’d never burn any of his favorites !

  10. Eric Erickson
    September 11, 2009

    In mentioning to : check the “burn sequences” … I meant to specify the MAJOR festival guitar destructions.
    At the Marquee Club 1967, at the very worst; he lit a “j” !!

    Sorry !

  11. cliff
    December 12, 2009

    I was told jimmy play a goya rangemaster
    what year was it, and modle of guitar

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  13. Hollywood Joe
    April 7, 2010

    Hello to all, Randy California a guitar player…a performer…. a rock and roll man….a songwriter…..!….And was really a key figure in the career of the great musician Jimi Hendrix…Many times throughout history stories were told and portions of the reality of the story were left out…thus with my writings I applaud Randy California…he was there with Jimi Hendrix at a time when Jimi was really developing his uninque guitar and vocal style… as well as the mysterious and unbelieveable song writing that would later catch the eardrums of the world…Randy California is a key figure in the development of Jimi Hendrix and his career….Hollywood Joe hollywoodjoe.com

  14. Sam
    August 28, 2010

    @AD: You sound frustrated that no one recognizes *you* as a musical genius. Don’t try to detract from other players because you think you are better than them.

  15. Jared Kitchen
    October 1, 2010

    What happend to his guitars after he died i found one is on display in londen and one the guitar player from the scropens has is that true? and what about his many other guitars?

    • Daniel R. Lehrman
      October 3, 2010

      His dad and sister got what few were left.

  16. stephen martin
    November 25, 2010

    I still do not know why Hendrix, who never WROTE left-handed, was to go to try to learn to play left-handed.

  17. Robbo
    May 7, 2011

    just been given a right handed mexican strat but im left handed, is it just a matter of reversing the strings and the bone nut [or fit a left handed bone] to convert it,,,any advice would be a great help . cheers Rob

  18. christine
    June 12, 2011

    what did jimi name the guitar ?

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  20. Ron
    February 23, 2012

    Wanna know more about Jimi’s early career? Then read about a couple of relatively unknown musicians that had a profound effect on the development of the Jimi Hendrix the world would later come to know. Google “johnnie jenkins”, then google “arthurlee love”.

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