Jimi Hendrix's longest owned guitar, a 1951 Epiphone T79 acoustic, sold at auction in London yesterday, for £209,000 - approximately US$258,000. Hendrix owned the guitar for a three-year period when he was at his most creative. According to Bonhams, Hendrix's then girlfriend, Kathy Etchingham, said, 'Jimi used it for almost everything he composed in [the USA], as he didn't use an amp until the move to Brook Street, and in any case Chas would never have allowed it in case we disturbed the neighbours because we'd upset them in Montagu Square and Chas didn't want to be chucked out of a second flat.'
The guitar was heavily in use around the time that Electric Ladyland was completed, and can be seen in many photographs taken during that time.
While it's certainly nowhere near the most expensive guitar ever sold, incidentally, Hendrix's 1968 Stratocaster takes the number 2 position on that list at $2 million, the anonymous buyer has certainly acquired one of rock and roll's great treasures!
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