Gibson is trying really hard to associate themselves with Jimi's legacy. I guess since most people think flying V's suck, they're not doing so well with that. They could always try selling restrung lefty SG Customs to people for $3000 dollars more as "The Jimi Special".
That's an old video and a great one. Johnny Jones was a really important and fundamental part of the Nashville soul and blues scene of the 60s, which was big. Johnny is the big guy with the 335 backing Freddie King on those episodes of The Beat. He had the fiercest band in Nashville. Hendrix used to come see them all the time, and Johnny (which he is too humble to mention in that video) mentored him and took him under his wing. Being from Seattle, Hendrix didn't have much first hand experience with real Southern blues. Johnny Jones was one of the reasons Hendrix stayed around Nasville when he got out of the army at nearby Fort Campbell.
Johnny Jones was one of the best blues guitarists I have ever seen--jazzy and fluid but incredibly aggressive and powerful. He died in October.
Blazes - Thanks for the video.
Nashville Slim - Thank you for the info on Johnny Jones. It's easy to be skeptical. I'm glad you set that straight. I'm very familar with the Freddie King footage you refer to. I thought I knew most of the influential blues guys. I appreciate you making me aware of another.
its funny how people just assume that noone could have smoked Jimi in a guitar duel. I'm sure it happened alot, he was very young when he died...
I've heard stories of Jimi visiting Chicago in the mid-60's and getting scorched by Magic Sam, Otis Rush and Freddie King (but obviously Jimi learned alot from those experiences and thats part of what development as a bluesman is about)