Gibson Custom Shop Jimi Hendrix Psychadelic Flying V

 Jimi Hendrix played a variety of guitars throughout his career, and among them were many Gibson models. Hendrix would often use a white SG Custom for "Red House," and towards the end of his life he would often be seen with a custom made left-handed Gibson Flying V. For a brief period Hendrix was seen using a Les Paul Custom, and he has been photographed with a Les Paul Special. It seems as though he favored using his Gibson guitars for bluesy numbers, maybe as a way to fatten up his tone a bit. Luckily, these beauties were never set on fire at the end of his shows, as far as we know!

Flying V
The Flying V probably appealed to Hendrix in part because of the double cutaway, which makes it easy to flip the guitar over and play it lefty like he did. The guitar lends itself nicely to being played left-handed, without sacrificing access to the upper frets. According to the extremely well researched Flying V fansite Hendrix owned three different models - a ’67 that he had hand-painted himself, a 1968 Tobacco Burst Flying V, and a 1969 custom made left-handed Flying V. Jimi debuted the hand-painted Flying V in 1967, and used it extensively for about a year, before the SG Custom took its place. After having given away his first Flying V, he got the Tobacco Burst, which was eventually replaced by the custom left-handed Flying V, which can be seen quite clearly from the legendary Isle of Wight gig.

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