Kenny Wayne Shepherd chatted with Vintage Guitar in its February 2011 issue about his “dream date” with the Fender White Stratocaster that once belonged to Jimi Hendrix and has since come to be known as the “Woodstock Strat.”
“Well, it definitely had a presence, for sure,” Shepherd told VG. “It’ll sound weird or cliché, but my heart skipped a beat when I was able to actually hold it. And it really hadn’t been set up in a while — Hendrix was the last person to play it in public. So when I started playing, the high E string would fret-out almost immediately. They had it strung right-handed for me and I could bend the low strings all day and it wouldn’t fret-out. It was almost like the guitar was telling me, “Please flip me over!” Playing right-handed felt counter to what it wanted. So I made a couple of adjustments — I raised the action a little, which got rid of a lot of the fretting-out. Of course, they wouldn’t let me do anything drastic, and I didn’t want to.”
Pick up the issue for more details on the guitar and Shepherd’s live album.
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