The venerable Guitar Player has posted a list of “The 10 Most Iconic Guitar Amps.” You could probably run down the roster yourself: Fender Twin Reverb, Vox AC 30, Fender Bassman et al. I mean, hey―they’re iconic for good reasons. Here’s what GP says about another legendary amp, the Marshall 1959 Super Lead 100 Watt Plexi:

Introduced in 1965, the amplifier included four inputs, two channels, 100 watts of searing power and a Plexiglas faceplate (hence “Plexi”). Matched with 4×12 cabinets, the 1959 Super Lead helped to popularize the ‘Marshall stack.’ The amplifier can be famously seen being played by Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock.

Read about all 10 and see some videos at GP.

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The well of Hendrix material continues to flow, now producing a book from Bloomsbury. The publisher has issued Jimi Hendrix Starting at Zero: In His Own Words, a memoir assembled from the late guitarist’s own words. From Bloomsbury, via Guitar Aficionado:

(Hendrix) did leave his own account of himself, locked away like a Chinese puzzle in his many interviews, lyrics, writings, poems, diaries, and even stage raps. Starting at Zero brings all these elements together in narrative form.

Read more at GA.

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In the late ’60s Jimi Hendrix’s white 1963 Fender Stratocaster had some work done by Seymour Duncan himself. Now more than 40  years later that guitar has made its way back to Duncan. From the Seymour Duncan blog:

Seymour had the chance to rewind some pickups for (Hendrix) including that white ’63 Stratocaster. Today, the ’63 Strat re-visited Seymour Duncan and the pickups and pickguard were analyzed.

Get a look at this historic instrument at the SD blog.

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What we have here is the 1,000th post on Pointy Guitar. So, let it be a big one. Please enjoy the complete Rainbow Bridge featuring Jimi Hendrix. Here’s some of what Wikipedia has to say about the 1971 film:

(It’s) about Pat Hartley’s “spiritual awakening” via a visit to the ‘Rainbow Bridge’ planetary meditation cult on Maui, where, as part of the proceedings Jimi Hendrix visits to play a concert during a ‘Rainbow Bridge’ mass meditation/colour/sound “experiment”. The original cut used very little of the concert footage, as this was not intended to be a concert film. The ‘Rainbow Bridge’ concert was the penultimate performance by Hendrix in the United States, his last was two days later on August 1, 1970, in Honolulu, Hawaii. Hendrix died less than two months later on September 18, 1970.

If you’re reading and watching, thanks.

Jimi Hendrix is one of those artists whose posthumous releases far outnumber those released during his lifetime. And there’s more on the way: People, Hell and Angels is scheduled for a March 2013 release. According to Rolling Stone, the sound is an experimental one:

Hendrix toys with horns, keyboards, percussion and a second guitar, exploring fresh diversions from his legendary guitar work.
Read more and take a look at the cover art at RS.

An updated issue of the Jimi Hendrix concert film Jimi Plays Berkeley is coming to Blu-ray and DVD in July. The documentary, a record of two 1970 Hendrix concerts, will now feature a 5.1 surround mix by the legendary Eddie Kramer. Also, according to Guitar World:

The new version, which was made from a digitally restored transfer from the original 16mm negative, shows more than 15 minutes of previously unseen documentary and performance footage of “Voodoo Child (Slight Return),” “Machine Gun” and “Hear My Train A Comin’,” which aren’t in the original film.

Read more and watch a preview clip at GW.

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A world record was broken this week as more than 7,000 guitarists convened to play “Hey Joe.” Poland’s tribute to Hendrix, the “Thanks Jimi Festival,” played host to the event. According to Blabbermouth:

7,273 guitar players joined together … breaking the record for “Largest Guitar Ensemble” set at the 2009 edition of the annual event. The late rock legend’s brother Leon Hendrix led the musicians at this year’s festival, which was held on Wroclaw’s Main Market Square.

To read more and see video of the colossal jam, jump over to Blabbermouth.

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