A Rare, Jimi Hendrix-Played, Early '60s-Era Japanese Sunburst Guitar is Headed to Auction Once Again

Jimi Hendrix performs onstage in 1967 (left), a Japanese sunburst guitar Hendrix used early in his career
(Image credit: Mick Gold/Redferns, Kruse GWS Auctions)

Back in 2020, a non-branded, early '60s-era Japanese sunburst electric guitar that was once played by Jimi Hendrix went up for auction.

Now, the storied guitar – which doesn't come with strings – has gone up for sale, via GWS Auctions (opens in new tab), once again. 

According to GWS (opens in new tab), the guitar was acquired by Hendrix shortly after he returned home from the army in 1962, and was used by the guitarist during his time in Tennessee, where he played with the likes of Wilson Pickett, Slim Harpo, Sam Cooke, and Jackie Wilson.

He also reportedly took the guitar with him when he moved to New York City in 1964, and used it often for his performances at venues such as Cafe Wha? and the Cheetah club.

When Hendrix moved to London in late 1966, he is said to have left the guitar (opens in new tab) in New York, at the apartment of one of his best friends, Mike Quashie.

The guitar will be sold with a signed and notarized letter of provenance from Quashie, in addition to a statement from the collector who the seller acquired it from, who reportedly spoke with Quashie before he passed away. 

The guitar will also be sold with its original case, and a third letter of provenance stating that the guitar was given to Hendrix by his father.

Live bidding for the Hendrix-played 'early '60s-era Japanese sunburst model begins Saturday, October 15, with a minimum bid of $50,000.

It's not the only Hendrix-affiliated guitar to hit the auction block in recent weeks. A 1969 Olympic white Fender Stratocaster the guitar hero used in the latter part of his career went up for sale via Gotta Have Rock and Roll just last month (opens in new tab).

For more photos of the guitar, and info on its sale, stop by gwsauctions.com (opens in new tab).