Supro Ozark 1560s
Jimi’s first guitar was a 1957 Supro Ozark 1560s that his father bought for him in 1959. It was purchased at Myers Music in Seattle for $89
The Ozark was made of mahogany, but was rather slim, at just 1 and 3/4 inch thickness. The neck missed a truss rod, therefore it was unstable and difficult to adjust string height. It had two screws fastening it to the body, with one of them it was possible to adjust the angle of the neck relative to the body, compansating for the lack of a truss rod.
The neck had 19 frets with a scale of 24 inches. It had one single coil pickup, and a wooden bridge, that was not perfect for sustain and tone. Jimi restrung the guitar for lefthanded playing, as he would do with his later guitars.
The guitar was stolen from the bandstand at Birdland Club, Seattle in 1960. It was never recovered. Jimi was playing a gig there with The Rocking Kings when it happened. It’s whereabouts is not known, if it even excists at all.