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If you’re more curious about the details and the insides of the guitar, we recommend watching a You Tube video displaying a restoration of an identical model to Jimi’s – Restoration of a 1957-1959 Supro Ozark 1560s.
After his Supro was stolen, with the help from father Hendrix bought this Danelectro which he later nick-named “Betty Jean” after his girlfriend at the time, Betty Jean Morgan.
Towards the mid 1960s he started using Fenders, starting with a 1959 Fender Duo-sonic which he played with Isley Brothers.
In the summer of 1966 he bought his first Stratocaster with the help of his girlfriend, and it quickly became his signature guitar.
[Jimi Hendrix Gear, by Michael Heatley, p.28] The guitar was allegedly originally green, but Hendrix himself painted it several times from red, to purple, and back to green at some point.
[Becoming Jimi Hendrix, Steven Rody] However, the earliest photo of him holding the guitar shows young Hendrix wearing a red sport coat and standing by a red car.
Unfortunately the guitar itself is one of the more obscure models with very little of its history being known today.
It was made by a company called Valco, which also produced instruments sold under brands such as Airline, Oahu, and National.
Jimi’s guitar featured white finish and a very simple circuitry powering a single pickup placed in the bridge position.
Please note that the period between 19 is very hard to research properly due to not only lack of photos in general, but lack of photos with correct dating.
Although there are numerous sources available online describing a timeline of events between those years (we’ve used Early Timeline), there’s a lack of a good a source with organized photo galleries that would immensely make the research of Hendrix’s early guitars much easier.
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The guitar, however, seems to be copper-colored one.