Jimi Hendrix was very particular about the amplification equipment that he used on stage and often specified exactly how many speakers and amps he required. For a short period, he used Sunn speaker cabinets and is known to have used them during a concert in Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles in February 1968. However, Hendrix is closely associated with Marshall equipment. Jim Marshall, the first to produce an amplifier that could produce 100 watts, provided him with exactly what he wanted...I built the first hundred-watt stack for Pete Townshend, that must have been 1965....I think Jimi bought, as far as I can remember, four stage set-ups, which he had put in strategic places, so that they didn't have to transport it around. He had more than one set-up you see...standard hundred-watt heads and standard four by twelves.... The usual stack would have consisted of one speaker cabinet on the bottom with a straight front, a top cabinet with a slanted front and a Marshall 100 watt Head on top of that.
All of Hendrix's Marshall equipment was stencilled with the letters J.H. EXP. in January 1969 by one of Hendrix's roadies at the time, John 'Upsy' Downing.
The stage-shot illustrated here shows a similar Head marked with the same stencilled J.H.EXP. lettering to that in this lot.