1997 Fender Jimi Hendrix Tribute Woodstock Stratocaster '69 USA Olympic White
JANUARY 19, 1997, FENDER PRESS RELEASE:
In the late 1960s, Jimi Hendrix single-handedly stretched the sonic possibilities of the electric guitar and, in the process, changed rock music forever. In his gifted hands, the instrument became a major vehicle of expression. It talked, cried, exorcised and exulted as he glided with exuberance and ease from searing, blistering, electric blues to feedback laden, free form jazz to smoothly crafted torch ballads.
In honor of the guitar-wielding legend, Fender Musical Instruments and Experience Hendrix LLC (the family of Jimi Hendrix) have released the Jimi Hendrix Stratocaster.
“Modeled after the same Strat that Jimi played at his historic performance at the Woodstock Music Festival of August 1969, the instrument is bound to delight generations of guitar players and music history enthusiasts for years and years”.
For starters, the Jimi Hendrix Stratocaster, which is built in Fender’s factory in Corona, California, is a left-handed model strung right-handed and reversed, with the strap button on the lower horn, so that right-handed players would appear as Jimi did when looking at themselves in the mirror.
The guitar, which is available in Olympic White, also boasts a maple neck with a large late 60's style headstock, classic “F” tuners and 60's style strap. The icing on the cake, however, is the pickup configuration–three reverse staggered vintage Stratocaster pickups that are positioned perfectly for boning up on Jimi Hendrix classics such as “Wild Thing,” “Purple Haze” or even “The Star Spangled Banner.” Go wild....
This example is well used and has several marks, dings and dongs. It has been refretted and the fretboard has a "vintage" nitro refin. It is however very original: reverse staggered pole-piece pickups, pots, electronics, olympic white finish, tuners, knobs, tremolo etc etc. The case is a non original case and the guitar comes with a lovely vintage style Hendrix strap and coil cable.