Jimi Hendrix's 'quiet' acoustic guitar to make $149,000?

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2016-11-29 10:38:19

An acoustic guitar Jimi Hendrix used for fear of annoying his neighbours is coming to auction.

Hendrix played the Epiphone FT 79 acoustic while living with his girlfriend Kathy Etchingham in London in the late 60s.

He had already been evicted from a previous apartment for aggravating the neighbours with his electric Fender Stratocaster.

"We shared the flat in Upper Berkeley Street with Chas [Chandler – Animals bassist and Hendrix's manager] and Lotta [Chandler's girlfriend], but had our own bathroom," explains Etchingham.

"Ours was fully tiled and had no window but a beautiful echo, a good sound that Jimi liked so he would sit on the loo and play!

"When working on a song 'Jimi would pick up and then play the acoustic, then pick up a Strat and play that unplugged, listening to it without an amp.

"He constantly played it to work out riffs and song arrangements including his own version of Dylan's 'All Along The Watchtower'."

The guitar, which Hendrix bought in New York in 1967, is expected to auction for up to £120,000 ($149,000) at Bonhams in London on December 15.

The guitar previously sold in 2001 for £62,000 ($77,136) in an auction of Etchingham's estate.

Microsoft founder Paul Allen paid $2 million for the guitar Hendrix used in his famous Woodstock performance. That is a record for Hendrix memorabilia.

A Hendrix-drawn map is on sale at JustCollecting

Bonhams' entertainment sale will also feature a custom Schecter Cloud guitar owned and played by Prince. It has a £30,000 ($37,000) estimate. 

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