Doctor who tried to save Jimi Hendrix says murder claim plausible – Times Online

“The doctor who attempted to revive Jimi Hendrix on the night that the guitarist died believes that it is ‘plausible’ that he was murdered.” says The Times today.

Commenting on claims in a book written by former Hendrix roadie, James ‘Tappy’ Wright, that Hendrix had been murdered on the orders of his manager, Mike Jeffrey, Dr John Bannister said that ‘medical evidence was consistent with claims in a book that Hendrix was killed on the orders of his manager.’

Mysteriouser and mysteriouser.

(Via The Times.)

Hendrix ‘was murdered by manager’

Chris and Danny both have posts on a claim made by James “Tappy” Wright, a former roadie for Jimi Hendrix, that Hendrix was murdered by his manager, Michael Jeffrey. According to Wright’s claims, made in a new book, Wright had an insurance policy on Hendrix’s life and killed him to cash in. Wright says Jeffrey confessed to him afterwards.

Three things strike me about this claim:

1. Wright has a book to sell and nothing sells books like a controversial claim about a well-known and much-loved figure, particularly when it involves a conspiracy theory about that person’s death.

2. Jeffrey is dead and therefore can’t defend himself or be libelled.

3. Hendrix’s death has, despite the official verdict that he choked on his own vomit after consuming alcohol and barbituates, long been shrouded in mystery.

Seems to me that if this were true, Wright would have mentioned it before now. He could have made a fortune by writing on it and appearing on TV shows to talk about it, yet he chose to wait nearly 40 years before telling anyone. It may be true, but I have my doubts.

If you’re interested in reading Wright’s book, you can find it on Amazon by clicking the book picture below.

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Epiphone 1962 Wilshire Custom Historic USA

In the build up to Namm, Epiphone has announced a few new models, including this 1962 Wilshire Custom Historic USA. Part of what Epiphone calls its Historic Custom USA collection, the 1962 Wilshire re-issue commemorates the solid body guitars the company made in the late-fifties and sixties in Gibson’s Kalamazoo factory.

The 1962 Wilshire Custom Historic USA is based on the 162 Wilshire SB-432 and comes in Cherry Red. It has a Peruvian Mahogany body and glued-in set neck. Its rosewood fretboard has 22 frets with pearloid dot inlays, and the headstock is set at 17 degrees with three Vintage Kluson machine heads on each side.

The pick-ups are soapbar P-90s with adjustable pole pieces and there’s a three-way selector switch with volume and tone controls for each pick-up.

Only 100 of these special issue WIlshires will be made and each includes an original style hard case, cerstificate of authenticity, vintage coiled guitar lead, a 1962-leather strap and commerative picks and a t-shirt.

The 1962 Wilshire is very different to later models, such as the one on which this Wilshire was based, which had humbuckers and a ‘bat wing’ headstock.

Jimi Hendrix and Roger Daltrey are among the musicians to have played original Epiphone Wilshire models.

Jimi Hendrix’s Epiphone

Danny has just posted a great piece on The Guitars of Jimi Hendrix, in which he describes how Hendrix played an Epiphone Wilshire. The Wilshire was a Strat-style guitar made between 1959 and 1970 and which originally featured two P-90 pick-ups and a Tune-o-matic bridge and stop tailpiece. In mid-1962 the P-90s were replaced with mini-humbuckers.

50 Years of the Flying V

Epiphone’s Korina Flying V 1958 was created to celebrate the fiftieth birthday of the original Gibson Flying V. The Flying V was originally issued in 1958 as part of a futuristic guitar line-up that included the Gibson Explorer and Moderne and is one of the most easily recognisable guitars ever made, thanks to its v-shaped body and pointed head. Despite being adopted by no less than Albert King and Lonnie Mack, the Flying V proved less than successful and was discontinued in 1959.

Click here to see a list of Epiphone Flying V guitars on Amazon.

Throughout the early sixties the V was adopted by players as diverse as Dave Davies and Jimi Hendrix and the resultant surge in popularity persuaded Gibson to re-issue the Flying V in 1967. The re-issued version had a funkier pickguard and replaced the original bridge and string-through tailpiece with the stopbar tailpiece used by Gibson on most of its other electric guitars. Some re-issued models also had a Vibrolo Maestro Tremelo arm.

There have also been a handful of signature versions of the Flying V, including Jimi Hendrix and Lonnie Mack versions.

The Epiphone Korina Flying V 1958 has, like its namesake, a body made from Korina, a brand name for Limba, a wood with similar characteristics to mahogany but which is significantly lighter. The Epiphone has a mahogany neck and rosewood fretboard and the string-through tailpiece featured on the original 1958 model. The pick-ups are Alnico Classic Humbuckers. It’s available in a natural Korina finish and an ebony finish.

The website reviewed the Epiphone Flying V and described it as ‘the kind of guitar that Birds of Prey would play if they had fingers. If you think you are cool and you haven’t got one of these, you were wrong about being cool. It’s that simple.’ Now, the reviewers idea of ‘cool’ and mine would appear to be somewhat different. But that doesn’t hide the fact thet the Korina Flying V 1958 is a fitting tribute to a great guitar.