Gibson have recreated two classic Jimi Hendrix guitars, arriving as a dream gift for any Hendrix die-hards.
The two guitars are being made available for fans to buy is Hendrix’s 1969 Flying V and 1967 SG Custom. The legendary guitar company have carried out an exceptional job at making sure that both models appear as genuine replicas, identical to the ones that Hendrix caused sweet chaos with. Both instruments also come with official photos of the ultimate guitar hero and a collection of anecdotes and personal images from the archives of Eddie Kramer, who worked as Hendrix’s engineer, producer, and frequent collaborator.
Hendrix played the Flying V throughout the Band of Gypsys era and during his legendary set at the Isle of Wight Festival on August 31, 1970. Taking place in June of 1970, the performance from Hendrix, Mitch Mitchell and Billy Cox is one of the final shows Hendrix would ever give before his untimely death on September 18th following a barbiturates overdose. It adds even more gravity to a performance that would weigh heavily on all those in attendance—and there was a lot of them with nearly half a million reportedly in attendance.
The most famous performance of Hendrix playing with the 1967 SG Custom on his national television debut on The Dick Cavett Show on July 7th, 1969, which saw him win over the nation and became one of his most iconic moments.
“I am honoured and privileged to have been involved with this project as Gibson has done an incredible job of recreating these guitars,” Kramer said in a press release. “I can imagine the expression on the fans’ faces when they open up the guitar case and wrap their hands around the neck of one of these beauties, plug in and maybe change the world!”
The Flying V comes in an ‘Aged Ebony’ body and there will only be 125 right-handed models and 25 left-handed, while the SG Custom comes in an ‘Aged Polaris White’ body and is only available in right-handed, where there is 150. Both retail for $9,999 (£7,548) each.