A Jimi Hendrix-owned 1962 Fender Jazzmaster and a 1969 Marshall Super Lead amplifier – both of which were used onstage extensively by the guitar legend – have gone up for sale on Reverb.com (opens in new tab).
Hailing from Neil’s Gear Bazaar in Los Angeles, both pieces of gear come with extensive documentation proving their provenance, and astronomical asking prices to boot.
The '62 Jazzmaster, for starters, was used by Hendrix during his time as a sideman to The Isley Brothers and Little Richard in 1964. The sunburst model features extensive (and genuine, mind you) wear and tear and is accompanied by letters of authenticity from (opens in new tab) “two very prominent and extremely respected members from the musical/guitar world,” the identities of whom the seller declines to reveal in their listing.
As for that price tag? The '62 Jazzmaster rings up at a wallet-shriveling $750,000.
The '69 Super Lead 100 was used onstage by Hendrix from his acquisition of the amp in April 1969 through his final performance at the Open Air Love & Peace Festival in Fehmarn, Germany in September 1970.
Hendrix used (opens in new tab) the amp during many of his most famous performances – his slot at the Woodstock Festival in 1969, the Band of Gypsys New Year's Eve 1969/New Year's Day 1970 performances at New York City’s Fillmore East, and his headlining set at the Isle of Wight Festival in August 1970 among them.
The amp features (opens in new tab) “J.H. EXP.” spray paint, and comes with a number of photographs confirming its provenance, three letters of authenticity, – including one from Marshall – and documentation showing that the amp was inspected by the Head Chief of Marshall Heritage and Archive services, Phil Wells.
The profound history of this Super Lead 100, unsurprisingly, gives it an equally profound price tag: $350,000.
For more info on Hendrix's Jazzmaster and Marshall, stop on by reverb.com (opens in new tab).
Jackson is an Associate Editor at GuitarWorld.com and GuitarPlayer.com. He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.
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