JIMI HENDRIX's Early 60s Guitar Auctioned Off For $216,000

Brianne Constantino

Posted at August 10, 2020

Jimi Hendrix's earliest musical weapon of choice — a sunburst electric guitar was recently sold for $216,000 at an auction.


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The iconic piece was sold at GWS Auctions to an unidentified bidder. According to the auction house, the guitar legend began playing the Japan-made instrument after he was discharged from the U.S. Army in 1962. "After leaving Fort Campbell Jimi moved to Clarksville, Tennessee for a short time where he played on the Chitlin’ Circuit with the likes of Wilson Pickett, Slim Harpo, Sam Cooke, Ike and Tina Turner and Jackie Wilson before moving to Harlem, New York in early 1964 where he stayed until late 1966 playing venues such as Cafe Wha and the Cheetah Club."

Courtesy: GWS Auctions

Hendrix played the legendary instrument for a couple more years before leaving it in New York at his friend Mike Quashie's apartment. He would later depart for the UK to form The Jimi Hendrix Experience and the rest, as they say is history.

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