The music and legacy of Jimi Hendrix—Seattle’s original “West Coast Seattle Boy”—is set to be honoured with the June 2017 debut of JOI Guitar’s Harmonic Hendrix Home Guitars™ series of custom hand-crafted, acoustic guitars.
Limited to a strict production run of only 10 instruments; each acoustic guitar in the Harmonic Hendrix Home Guitars™ series will be individually hand-crafted using an unparalleled combination of the rarest and highest quality tone-woods found in the world today along with an exclusive selection of high-grade reclaimed wood, salvaged from the first Seattle home purchased by the Hendrix family that Jimi Hendrix lived in as a child.
Built just before 1920, at 2603 26th Avenue, in Seattle’s vibrant and fast growing Central District, this quaint single family residence became home to the young Hendrix family after Jimi’s father purchased the property in Spring 1953. Considered the first home purchased by the Hendrix family; the home played host to the young and inquisitive Jimi Hendrix during perhaps two of his most formative years when he first set his sight on how to play the guitar.
Now you can own a piece of this historical music legacy, with an exquisite, very limited edition, hand-crafted Harmonic Hendrix Home Guitars™ and hold a piece of Jimi Hendrix’s legacy in your own hands.
Reuben Forsland of JOI Guitars is pleased to work with Authentic Hendrix, LLC; the Seattle-based company owned and operated by the family of Jimi Hendrix to oversee the legendary guitarist legacy; to produce this exquisite, limited edition guitar collection.
The precursor instrument before this Harmonic Hendrix Home Guitars™ series was a commissioned project for renowned guitarist Slash (Guns N’ Roses/Velvet Revolver). “Slash wanted to always have a little inspiration in his hands as he played,” explains Forsland. “We incorporated select pieces of wood from the Hendrix family home and used it to border the neck on Slash’s guitar. He can now pick up this beautifully hand-crafted instrument featuring wood that has been surrounded by the sounds of Jimi Hendrix during his early formative years.”
Individually hand-crafted, no two guitars from the Harmonic Hendrix Home Guitars™ series will be the same. They are sure to be the most unique and beautifully sounding guitars Rueben Forsland and JOI Guitars have ever made.
Janie Hendrix, President & CEO of Authentic Hendrix, LLC explains, “Jimi’s guitar was an extension of himself … a part of who he was. What makes this JOI Hendrix Home Guitar so special and meaningful is that each limited edition guitar contains an actual piece of Jimi’s legacy and family heritage, the place he called home. So, in a sense, it’s a part of Jimi. And we are deeply moved by the entire concept.”
JOI Guitars is pleased to donate a portion of the proceeds from the sale of every Harmonic Hendrix Home Guitars™ to the Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation; the non-profit entity managing the redevelopment of Jimi Hendrix Park in Seattle’s Central District; and near the original location of the Hendrix family home used in the production of these unique instruments.
Pre-sales for the Harmonic Hendrix Home Guitars™ are now being accepted by JOI Guitars, with the first two instruments expected for release in June 2017.
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ABOUT AUTHENTIC HENDRIX, LLC
Founded by Jimi Hendrix’s father, James “Al” Hendrix, and owned and operated by his personally chosen members of the family; Experience Hendrix, L.L.C. and its wholly owned subsidiary Authentic Hendrix, LLC, manage the globally recognized Jimi Hendrix copyrights and trademarks. Their administration of the exclusive right to Jimi Hendrix’s music and lyrics, plus an extensive photo archive, helps create a legacy of products that mirror Jimi’s own creative vision.
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ABOUT JIMI HENDRIX PARK FOUNDATION
The Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation is a federally registered, non-profit, public charity dedicated to creating Jimi Hendrix Park; a community space inspired by the electrifying music and story of Jimi Hendrix. Located in the heart of Seattle’s vibrant Central District (2400 South Massachusetts Street), Jimi Hendrix Park is nestled adjacent to the Northwest African American Museum and grounds of former Colman School. Through the foundation, our vision is to create a gathering place for individuals of diverse backgrounds and ages to celebrate cultural heritage, experience community pride, and enjoy innovative educational programming.
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Hendrix Family Home –Photo by Gilbert W. Arias, courtesy of The Associated Press