Gibson has announced new Jimi Hendrix 1969 Flying V and Jimi Hendrix 1967 SG Custom signature guitars.
The aged, ultra-limited edition guitars are modeled after the instruments Hendrix used during two legendary performances.
Based on the left-handed Flying V Hendrix custom-ordered from Gibson in 1969 – which he used throughout the Band of Gypsys era and, notably, his performance at the Isle of Wight Festival on August 31, 1970 – the Jimi Hendrix 1969 Flying V is available in both right and left-handed versions and features a Murphy Lab Aged Ebony finish and aged gold hardware.
It's outfitted with a mahogany body and neck, Maestro Short Vibrola tailpiece, and an ebony fretboard with 22 frets, a 24.75" scale length, and split diamond in mother of pearl inlays. Two Custombuckers, controlled by two volume knobs and a tone knob, provide the guitar with its sound.
Only 125 right-handed and 25 left-handed examples of the guitar – each hand-made at the Gibson Custom Shop in Nashville – will be built.
Based on the right-handed '67 Gibson SG (strung lefty) that Hendrix played on his September 9, 1969 appearance on The Dick Cavett Show, the Jimi Hendrix 1967 SG Custom features a Murphy Lab Aged Polaris White finish and gold hardware.
The guitar is built with a mahogany body and neck, and an ebony fretboard with 22 frets, a 24.75" scale length and custom block inlays.
A Long Maestro Vibrola, Kluson Waffle Back tuners and three ’68 Custombuckers also come standard on the guitar.
The Gibson Jimi Hendrix 1969 Flying V and Jimi Hendrix 1967 SG Custom signature guitars are available now for $9,999.
They come with custom cases that feature interior linings inspired by the clothes Hendrix wore at Isle of Wight (for the Flying V) and the kimono he wore on The Dick Cavett Show (for the SG), and Certificates of Authenticity with photos of Hendrix playing the original guitars live.
For more info on the guitars, stop by gibson.com.
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