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Jimi Hendrix's guitar string winder used during his historic Woodstock performance in August 1969!
[Shokan & Bethel, New York], [c. July-August 1969]. 3", 8" x 5.5". "A white plastic guitar string winder, 3"" in length, used by Jimi Hendrix during the summer of 1969 as he prepared his new band, The Rainbow Band of Gypsies, for their historic performance at Woodstock in August 1969. The guitar winder was obtained from Hendrix by Lawrence ""Larry"" Lee (1963-2007) who played rhythm guitar with Hendrix at the festival. Offered together with a carbon receipt from Western Union (8"" x 5.5"") documenting a wire transfer of $1,500 from Lee to his wife, Shirley, in Nashville, [New York], September 4, 1969. Additionally offered with an unused three-day ticket for the Woodstock Music and Art Fair, August 15-17, 1969. The string winder bears expected wear, the receipt bears the usual folds, and some moderate soiling to the festival ticket. All are in very good condition overall. According to the original typed provenance, the guitar winder came from one of Hendrix's road cases. The Western Union receipt documents a transfer of $1,500 from Larry Lee to his wife, likely part of the fee he collected for appearing at Woodstock. Lawrence ""Larry"" Lee was a student at Tennessee State University, writing songs for Stax records on the side, when he first encountered Hendrix with Billy Cox at the Del Morocco, a Nashville nightclub. At first Lee thought Hendrix to be ""the worst guitar player I had ever heard."" (John McDermott, Interview with Larry Lee, Guitar World, October 2005) Looking for someone to practice with, Lee thought Hendrix a perfect fit: ""I was just happy I wasn't the worst guitar player in Nashville."" As it turned out, Hendrix had been playing a very mediocre guitar and even worse amplifier. Lee encountered Hendrix a few weeks later and was thunderstruck. Jimi had acquired a new guitar, ""and man did he surprise me! His ideas were different from other players-but he was good! Once he got that guitar, he was always great."" The pair played together with Joe Fisher and the Barnevilles and other acts (including the King Kasuals with Billy Cox). In late 1963, the pair parted: Jimi for the East Coast and Lee was drafted into the Army and spent some time in Vietnam where he was wounded. Lee hadn't been discharged for more than two weeks in mid July 1969, when he received a call from Billy Cox asking him to come and play with Jimi and him. Jimi was then forming a new group to replace the Jimi Hendrix Experience. Lee accepted the invitation, and he, together with Cox on bass, Mitch Mitchell on drums, Juma Sultan on percussion and Jerry Velez on congas, formed The Gypsy Sun & Rainbows. They spent the balance of July and early August rehearsing at an eight-bedroom house that Hendrix's management had rented for him for the summer near Shokan, New York. Hendrix most famously performed at Woodstock on August 18, 1969. The combo only performed again live once, at a street festival in Harlem in September 1969 before disbanding. The same month, Lee left New York for Memphis where he established himself as a session guitarist and band director, most notably for Al Green's touring band appearing on Johnny Carson and television specials worldwide. Provenance: Lawrence Lee 1943-2007; Lee Family; Sotheby's, New York, December 17, 1991, Lot 461A (with original copy of the auction catalog included). The stash bag was part of a larger collection of Hendrix memorabilia obtained by Lee during the 1960s. Images and copies of the other pieces in the collection are included for reference. "
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