As for electric guitars, Jimi Hendrix is best known for playing Fender Stratocasters (See also article “Stevie Ray Vaughan’s Guitars“).

A few worth mentioning here is certainly the early 1960s white Stratocaster – which was allegedly the only guitar Jimi had with him when he first came to England.


The burnt guitar

There’s also a 1963/64 Fiesta Red Stratocaster that he painted and then burned on stage at Monterey Pop Festival, and a black 1968 Stratocaster with a maple neck that was allegedly his favorite. But perhaps, the most notable of them all was the 1968 white Fender Stratocaster that Jimi played during the Woodstock festival on August 16, 1969.


The first guitar

Also, it is worth noting that Jimi did not always use the Stratocaster. For instance, Jimi’s first electric guitar was a 1957 Supro Ozark finished in white color, which he used from around 1959.

The truth is that he did not purchase a Stratocaster until 1966, and during that time he used a variety of different guitars, including a Danelectro Bronze Standard, Epiphone Wilshire and a few different Fender Jazzmasters . In his later years, he would also occasionally pick up a Gibson Flying V or an SG Custom.


The Acoustics

His acoustic guitars collection was however far more scarce. He was filmed only playing two of them: a Zemaitis 12-string from the 1960s and an Epiphone FT79.

The former was used during a short video of Jimi playing an acoustic version of “Hear My Train A Comin’’’, and the latter was seen on a home video of him playing a cover of Presley’s “Hound Dog”.


The Ampli

Regarding amps – the things were somewhat simpler.. Although he did use a few different models, it can be said that the Marshall JTM45/100 was the amp that Jimi mostly relied on.

He used some amplifiers Fender, including a Twin-Reverb on which he played with Curtis Knight around 1966, and a Dual-Showman that he used occasionally in 1968, and presumably also to record “Voodoo Child.”

He also went through a period during which he used Sunn amps exclusively but returned to the Marshalls soon after.


Pedals

The two main effect pedals that Jimi used were a Vox Wah-Wah, and a Fuzz Regarding the latter, he used a variety of different fuzz models, including a Marshall Supa Fuzz, Roger Mayer Axis Fuzz, and Dallas Arbiter Fuzz Face. He also experimented with a lot of unusual pedals at that time, such as the Roger Mayer Octavia and a Univox Uni-Vibe.


All about that Stratocaster

Of course, if you want to go for Jimi‘s sound, you’ll need a Stratocaster. Look for the 1950s or 1960s themed models, as they’ll usually have specs similar to the models that Jimi used.

If you want an original Fender, Classic Series 60s model is a pretty good choice, and since it’s made in Mexico it doesn’t cost too much for what it offers. A good cheap alternative would be a Squier Classic Vibe Stratocaster.


Tube Amps

Aside from a Stratocaster, another key “ingredient” in Jimi ‘s sound is a real tube amplifier. If you’re unfamiliar with the subject, tube amps are very expensive nowadays, since the production has moved to solid-state amps in the more recent years.

So, if you want the real thing, plan on spending at least $1000 on something like a Fender Twin Reverb, and upwards of $2000 if you want the actual model that Jimi used.

A good inexpensive alternative to these tube amplifiers would be a modern modeling amplifier such as a Fender Champion. These amps are configured so that they emulate the tube amp sound, obviously through modern means. If you’re a beginner, it will do you wonders.

The actual Uni-Vibe pedal used by Hendrix, on display at the EMP/MoPop museum in Seattle.

Strings, Accessories

Pick yourself a set of Fender Hendrix Voodoo Child strings, which are based on the same strings that Jimi used back in the day – the Fender 150s. As far as guitar picks, it’s uncertain if Jimi actually had a preference, or he just used whatever was available. In most cases, he seemed to have used medium to heavy picks, so something like Dunlop’s Herco pick will do the job.