This B.C. guitar builder is using wood from Jimi Hendrix’s childhood home


Built just before 1920, at 2603 26th Avenue, the quaint single family residence became home to the young Hendrix family after Jimi’s father purchased the property in Spring 1953.

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This same home is now being used as the raw material for Harmonic Hendrix Home Guitars, a limited run of acoustic guitars made by JOI Guitars in Comox, B.C.

Owner and luthier Reuben Forsland was able to track down and salvage wood from the Seattle home after it had been demolished in 2016. He’s since partnered with Authentic Hendrix, LLC; the Seattle-based company owned and operated by Jimi Hendrix’s family, in order to produce the limited run of 10 guitars.

The precursor to this series was a custom project commissioned by Gun N’ Roses guitarist Slash. “Slash wanted to always have a little inspiration in his hands as he played,” explains Forsland. “We incorporated select pieces of wood from the Hendrix family home and used it to border the neck on Slash’s guitar.”

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of every Harmonic Hendrix Home Guitar to the Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation.

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