Quite a few people have seen some videos of Jimi Hendrix playing a hybrid Fender Stratocaster body with a Telecaster neck. Some have commented 'photoshop' or 'fake'... no, none of that!
Jimi was always a pioneer and this is yet more proof of that, years before the Fender Custom Shop experiments or the Parallel Universe series.
Jimi was scheduled to play on Friday the 20th with his Experience Mitchell and Redding, and was to play solo, as a guest star, in the final jam on Sunday the 22nd along with the other big names at the festival.
On Friday, Hendrix played, as was customary on his tours, with his upside-down Stratocaster and Marshall backline.
The following day, however, all his equipment was packed up and put on the truck heading to Denver for the last date of the Experience tour.
So, on Sunday, at the jam, he was forced to use the Fender backline on stage as amplification and, as guitar, what was left of an Olympic White Stratocaster whose neck he had broken by throwing it off the stage during a live show.
His roady John "Upsy" Downing took it in for repair to luthier Neal Moser, who sought a replacement maple cap neck, like Jimi wanted them at the time. However, as the Stratocaster necks were finished, Neal took one for the Telecaster, which he adapted to the more rounded shapes of the Stratocaster body joint. “One time, Hendrix's roadies brought in a white Strat that Jimi had thrown off stage,” Neil said. “The neck was broken, and they wanted a replacement. Of course, Fender didn't have any at the time, but they did have some Tele necks. We got one, and I modified the butt to fit the Strat body. That guitar ended up in a collage on the 'Hendrix in the West' album. One thing I noticed on some of Hendrix's guitars was a very small file cut on the 16th fret-just to the treble side of the G string. This was so that Jimi could rattle his third string back and forth across the notch for that little thing he does on 'Foxey Lady'. In those days, guitarists didn't have all these intricate, preconceived ideas about how things are supposed to work. It was a different time and a different place.”