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A 1964 Stratocaster that Jimi Hendrix used on his earliest tours with the Jimi Hendrix Experience is expected to fetch £400,000 to £600,000—approximately $890,000—when it goes on the block April 1.

Would you bid $800k+ on anything on April Fool's day?

The guitar, currently owned by Jimi's brother Leon, has a great story which is typically what determines the high value of a vintage artifact.

“He asked me if I had a guitar, and I said no, so he said, ‘Take that one over there,’ pointing to the one in the open case…. I said, ‘I dunno, man,’ or something like that.

“He said, ‘Go ahead and take it. You don’t have to learn to play it now if you don’t want to, but I want you to have it.’

“I’ve always remembered that part, because it made me feel like I couldn’t say no. That was Jimi.”

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+Richard Bowman it's on April 1st.
Duh... April fools?
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Hey +Daria Musk​. I saw this on the way home this evening and thought about you.
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Wild Thing.
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If you hand me a CD of your music, it's not very likely that I'll wind up actually listening to it. Send me a link or a download code and I'm more likely listen.

Am I the only one?

I feel al little bit like a jerk for feeling this way. 
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Thats a great idea about the QR code +Andy Bohm :) I'm just about to order some new cards as I', heading out to MusikMesse in Frankfurt next month so I may add a code ;)
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It's always the relatively low-tech guitar rigs that I seem to love the most. Too much gear = too much fear.

I'm enjoying the smallest lowest-tech guitar rig that I've used for decades and it's been a huge mojo boost.

Tell the truth: How much crap do you musicians carry around?
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Eeehm well, begin with my LTD RC-600, that goes into my Line 6 wireless, then TC Polytune, Morley Tremonti wahwah, MXR Super Comp, TC Spark boost, Pigtronix Philosophers Rock, MXR Smart Gate, TC Corona Chorus, TC Flashback x4 delay into an Marshall JCM 2000, but in all fairness, the sound I use like 85% of the time is just the JCM 2000 and the Smart Gate, with the gain set to like 12 o clock, for solo's I use the comp, spark boost and delay :P and chorus for some parts 
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While my Guitar Gently...
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Kermit, eat your heart out!
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For the first time in nearly 25 years I've replaced my guitar rig.

Musicians love old stuff, but technology is amazing and my heavy gear is going to receive lighter use from now on (probably).

No more books, iPad instead. My amp is smaller than a 12 inch cube and weighs about 5 pounds. My pedal board is about the size of an average paperback book and it all fits into a space-age super-durable (and light weight) gig bag.

...perhaps I'll only wait 24 years to get my next rig.

More details to come for you gear heads.
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Nice.  I recently moved from an 80's vintage ADA rackmount rig) still in my basement to a tiny GK MB500.  What a great feeling.
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Willie Nelson's old Martin nylon string guitar looked like death warmed over 20 years ago but it sounds great even now.
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Agreed. Wonderful p I eye about an America classic. He and guitar changed
music forever
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Have him in circles
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What is your favorite up-tempo song? Any genre.
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Slow down - The Beatles (in a faster version)
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Finally! Some Surreality-TV (Invented word) that I can get appreciate. Legendary musicians simultaneously poke fun at pop culture and make what will probably be a spectacular record.

I'm very much looking forward to hearing the album. Worst-case scenario? More of these funny episodes.

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Alex came to the studio with his newly acquired '65 Gibson Melody Maker. Pretty effin' cool huh?

Cool guitars come through here all the time. Got one to share? I'd love to check it out!
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I still own an original Ibanez GB20, although because of, well, just life I am not practicing any guitar playing anymore. Nevertheless, times have to become much harder before I would consider selling it. I am so glad that my son found his way to playing guitars and is giving some home to that precious for the moment.
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Who will be the next head of Google+? I can read the writing on the wall.

I've identified Google's algorithm used to select department heads. Thank you Google+ but I really don't have time right now.

+Vic Gundotra​​ +Dave Besbris​​ +Bradley Horowitz​​ I'm happy to serve as a part time consultant.

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The guy in the "3rd" frame appears to be playing a G, so he's in the lead as of now. That's how it works, right?
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Thank you Clark Terry. We love you and already miss you terribly. #RIP

Whether you realize it or not, you've likely been listening to Clark Terry your entire life.
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It was meant to describe his contribution... not the instrument. Appreciate the thought +Faisal Khan 
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I've been a guitar nut since I was ten years old.

That long-haired guy with the guitar--that was me all through school (I know, the long-haired part is difficult to believe, but it's true!). 

I have always known what I wanted to do with my life and the guitar has been a near-constant companion. 

I'm so fortunate to have the privilege of “Living the Dream” of a pro muso: Playing gigs, recording albums, making videos, teaching--I love it.

Teaching music is something I've long been passionate about. I see 40-60 private students here in the San Francisco Bay area where I live. I also give Lessons Online via Skype, G+ via private hangout and am one of the first providers of the BRAND NEW Google Helpouts.

I also lead an amazing band the Atmos Trio.

You'll find me playing live and in-studio concerts on Youtube, offering tunes at a "Pay What You Want (even nothing)" price on my Global Music Store, or if you prefer, you can find my music on iTunes or Google Play.

I also have a growing community of visual artists and musicians of all levels at My Blog or you can subscribe to my spam-free Newsletter.

See you on 'The Other Side' and oh, if you've read this far, you might as well drop me a "Howdy!"

Dig the cool profile photos! +Alex Lapidus did them. Be sure to check out Alex.
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Twice played at Burning Man without getting sun burned.
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