From humble origins to international stardom, to the weird circumstances around his death, Jimi Hendrix was never just a guitarist. He was THE guitarist and it wasn't just a Fender Strat with Marshall Amps. He played all sorts of guitars such as the Epiphone Wilshire with its Mini Humbuckers
His soulful music and flamboyant attitude literally transformed the way music fans saw the guitar, putting a spotlight on the instrument and on the performers that has never been stronger before.
Although many remember him for his contribution to the world of electric guitar, Jimi Hendrix was also an incredible singer and extraordinary songwriter, delivering eternal classics such as "Little Wing"; "Voodoo Chile", "Foxy Lady" and more, a true bridge between the psychedelic years (late 60s) and the early hard rock explosions (which eventually had its big boom in England with artists such as Led Zeppelin).
His vocal cords were as expressive as his guitar playing, not unlike legendary blues performers such as John Lee Hooker, Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters and more. The peculiar thing about Hendrix's approach was that he was able to contaminate his blues background with his love for rock n roll, folk and contemporary music (a great example is his version of songs penned by folk master Bob Dylan, "All along the watchtower, Like a rolling stone or "Hey Joe", originally by The Leaves and The Byrds...)
The iconic Seattle - born musician took the best out of the pure, uncompromising blues-tradition, and introduces a whole set of new possibilities to the way electric guitar way played. He loaded his upside-down Fender Stratocaster (He was a left-handed player) with innovative effects, such as overdriven guitar tones, fuzz and expression pedals, to even developing new, personal playing techniques, that helped him shape a truly recognizable sound.
Surprisingly Jim Dunlop still makes the 1969-70 Dallas Arbiter Fuzz Face with BC108 transistor. And if you pardon the blatant affiliate link which will make me some cash if you buy after following the link...
Also there is a nice demo here although he is legally not allowed to play exact Hendrix riffs so it's just Hendrix style.
Hendrix shook the world of music in such a powerful and groundbreaking way that all the tricks up his sleeve have gone on to become a real staple in rock music...although no one has quite matched the master yet