Jimi Hendrix Caricature circa early 1967 at age 25, wearing the Royal Army Veterinary Corps dress jacket which was soon to become part of his trademark. Born in Seattle, Washington in 1942. In mid-1958, at age 15, Hendrix acquired his first acoustic guitar, for $5. He earnestly applied himself, playing the instrument for several hours daily, listening to blues artists such as Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Howlin' Wolf, and Robert Johnson.