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After coming back from the Army in 1962 Hendrix acquired an Epiphone Wilshire.
It is assumed that this was from the money he made playing with the Danelectro, which as previously noted, was indeed borrowed from a friend in the army.
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.
This is also confirmed in the book Starting At Zero: His Own Story.
In one of the letters Jimi sent to his father during the army days, he specifically asks for the guitar to be sent to him, noting that it’s still at Betty’s (his girlfriend) house.
If you’re more curious about the details and the insides of the guitar, we recommend watching a You Tube video displaying a restoration of an identical model to Jimi’s – Restoration of a 1957-1959 Supro Ozark 1560s.
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.
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.
In the summer of 1966 he bought his first Stratocaster with the help of his girlfriend, and it quickly became his signature guitar.