Of all guitars, I think it is safe to venture that none are more iconic, nor burned into the public mind than the white Fender Stratocaster that Jimi Hendrix played at the Woodstock Music and Arts Festival in 1969. Jimi Hendrix and The Band of Gypsys took the stage at the Woodstock Music and Arts Festival at 9am on Monday, August 18th, 1969. They played for over two hours that morning to close out the entirety of the three days of music that had preceded them. Of course the undisputed highlight was Jimi Hendrix's indelible performance of "The Star-Spangled Banner". The image of Hendrix with his white Stratocaster in hand picking out the strands of America's national anthem has been burned into the minds of generations of people ever since and become to be regarded as a seminal moment of the 1960's. The iconic Fender Stratocaster used in Woodstock and Hendrix's primary association with Fender Strats during the peak of his stardom from 1966 to 1970 has made Fender Strats made in the years 1966 to 1970 (known as Hendrix era Strats) to be much sought after by collectors and players.
What I have in my collection is a 1969 Fender Stratocaster. This is also a favourite guitar of David Gilmour of the progressive rock band Pink Floyd. "Black Strat" is the nickname for a black Fender Stratocaster played by Gilmour. It appeared for the first time with Gilmour at the 1970 Bath Festival. He purchased the guitar, a 1969 model with a maple cap fingerboard and large headstock, in 1970 from Manny's in New York City to replace a similar guitar he bought there a few weeks earlier, which had been stolen. The Black Strat was originally a sunburst colour, but had been repainted black at Manny's. Since then, it has undergone numerous modifications and still exists today, being widely cited as his favorite guitar. He still uses it in the majority of his current performances.