Dave Byers

Why do guitar players go on so much about Jimi Hendrix?

What’s so special about Jimi Hendrix?

Jimi was simply ahead of his time. Now you hear tons of people playing like that and think “wow, what’s so special about that?” Well, Jimi brought it to us.

Jimi combined not just rock with blues, but he added in jazz as well with a dose of funk. Yikes! He tossed all that into a big pot and let fired it up to 400 and let it simmer and wow… did he raise eyebrows. As soon as you heard him it was like “ what the heck is that?!?!?!”

There have been several players in that vein (Van Halen, Chet Atkins, BB King, SRV, Malmsteen etc) over the years, but none that shook things up and was so far ahead of their time as Jimi.