Jimi Hendrix & Zoot Money – The first guitar Jimi Hendrix played on UK soil. A mid 1960s Wandre electric guitar, made in Italy, brunette finish with custom stickers added to the table and back, within a vintage Stone Case Company hard case. Sold with a hand written letter of provenance from Zoot Money and a signed, sealed re-mastered vinyl edition of his 1966 album ‘Zoot Money’s Big Roll Band’

*In September of 1966, Chas Chandler of The Animals arrived at Heathrow, London with Jimi Hendrix via an overnight flight from New York. As was customary for Chas when in town, he went straight by Zoot’s flat in West London to see if he knew anyone with a left handed guitar that Jimi could borrow to perform at the Bag ‘O’ Nails or Scotch of St. James that evening. Zoot recalls ‘I couldn’t let him use one of Andy Summers guitars that were in the flat below because he would have killed me!’. As they were sat discussing who to call, Jimi played around on his Wandre Italian guitar with Zoot saying that he would be happy to re-string the guitar in reverse if he was desperate, which he refused, but did comment on it having a nice easy action. This visit with Chas has been written of and mentioned in many biographies to date. Although Jimi never used this guitar in a gig, it was in fact the first guitar he ever played in England. Zoot remembers ‘I had only purchased it to start some Chuck Berry songs on stage, because as I said Andy would not let me near his guitars! The strings are in fact still the strings that were on it that night! Later many other people tinkered on it including Jose Feliciano. Since those days, mainly it has been hidden as I later purchased an acoustic to use for writing’.

Estimate £5,000-10,000 (Buyers Premium of 24% inclusive of VAT @20%)

Sold for £4,800 (September 2017)