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Although initially thought to be a single-pickup model, a closer inspection of the photo above reveals that the guitar actually has two pickups.The photo dates to Hendrix’s Army days (circa 1961), which means that he carried the guitar together with him into the Army – although it looks like he removed the pickguard and added some decals to the lower portion of the body.Sometime later, he ends up selling the guitar to a guy in army.
In the early years Hendrix played mostly cheaper guitar like the Epiphone Wilshire and Supro Ozark.
[Jimi Hendrix Gear, by Michael Heatley, p.28] The guitar was allegedly originally green, but Hendrix himself painted it several times from red, to purple, and back to green at some point.
[Becoming Jimi Hendrix, Steven Rody] However, the earliest photo of him holding the guitar shows young Hendrix wearing a red sport coat and standing by a red car.
Whether this was indeed a modification, or just a simple sticker or something similar, is unfortunately something we haven’t been able to figure out.
The last thing to point out is that the guitar featured a Vibrola tremolo bridge – which is somewhat confusing.
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Be that as it may, Jimi played the Supro with his band The Rocking Kings circa 1959, until it was stolen from the bandstand at The Birdland Club in 1960.