Dating vintage fender pickups

Based on Guitar HQ’s model history [Epiphone Wilshire model guitars 1959 to 1970], the tremolo was fitted on the models made between 1959-1961, and between mid-19.Jimi’s guitar fits the description of the model produced in 1961, which as you might guess – didn’t come with a tremolo.Towards the mid 1960s he started using Fenders, starting with a 1959 Fender Duo-sonic which he played with Isley Brothers.

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.The guitar, however, seems to be copper-colored one.This was the standard finish on this particular model, and we haven’t been able to confirm whether green was even an option at that time.This of course reversed the length of the strings behind the nut, affected the tone on the slanted bridge pickup, and affected the tone of each string since the single-coil pickups usually had staggered pole-pieces – each of them set to a different height in order to balance the inconsistencies in individual string volume on guitars. According to some sources [Jimi Hendrix Gear, by Michael Heatley, p.9] he got it from his father who bought it in the Myers Music Shop in Seattle in 1959 for .According to other [Becoming Jimi Hendrix, Steven Rody] this story is connected to his second electric guitar, a Danelectro.

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