Gibson Flying V
The Gibson Flying V is a child of the space age, made in the late Fifties when cars had fins and pastel colors. It was a bit too futuristic for its day, and not many were actually produced in those days. Jimi started using it in September 1967, at the end of the Axis: Bold As Love sessions.
Almost all Flying V’s were cherry red, and only 44 were black. The original Flying V’s had a korina wood body, but the one Jimi owned was made after 1966, and had a mahogany body. It is fitted with a short Vibrola tailpiece. Jimi painted the guitar himself, probably with nail-polish, or something of the sort.
In January 1969 Jimi gave the guitar away to Mick Cox of Eire Apparent, an Irish band who toured with Hendrix. He then used a sunburst Flying V before he got the new lefthanded one that was made specially for him, in May 1970.
Mick Cox actually stripped the guitar of its painting (pretty strange if you ask me) and sold it to Ken Hensley of Uriah Heep. It ended up with session musician Dave Brewis, and Brewis did som detective work, and restored it to its old glory in 1999. It has later been replicated by Gibson, the artwork is done by artist Bruce Kunkel.