In the late afternoon of September 17th 1970, Eric Clapton was walking around London’s West End and dropped by the Orange Shop. That evening he was going to a Sly and The Family Stone concert at the Lyceum on the Strand, where he had arranged to meet up with Jimi Hendrix. The next day – September 18th – the music world was stunned by the news that Jimi Hendrix had been found dead in a West London basement flat.

Delaney Bramlett with Eric Clapton – ‘Delaney & Bonnie and Friends’ UK tour 1969

“The night that Jimi died, I was supposed to meet him at the Lyceum to see Sly Stone play. And I brought with me a left-handed Stratocaster. I’d just found it – I think I bought it at Orange Music. I’d never seen one before and I was going to give it to him. The next day – whack – he was gone and I was left with that left-handed Stratocaster.”  Extract from a 1970s television interview with Eric Clapton.

Jimi Hendrix’s last concert. Sept 6th 1970. Isle of Fehmarn, Germany

Lefty Strat

5 replies
  1. Mike Buckman
    Mike Buckman says:

    Did this guitar end up being played by someone on a regular basis, or did Eric Clapton keep it as a memento?

  2. Phil Brown
    Phil Brown says:

    I know Of this story, Jimi’s murder always deeply disturbed me. Love Orange / always have, a few years back i Spent a few months attempting to get a return call from whomever was in charge of endorsement. Never happened, Affected me … and then … Bogner called and sent me a pieced

  3. Scotty
    Scotty says:

    Must have really ‘Bugged’ Eric enough to see Jimi playing a RH Strat played upside down, enough for him to go shopping and spend the what $350.00 for a Strat at the time.

  4. Raymond j Murray
    Raymond j Murray says:

    Does anyone know the colour of the Strat that Eric bought at the Orange music shop.I have a hunch that it may have come from Dundee.


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