The black strat that Jimi purchased in October 1968 must have been an exceptional instrument, because Jimi kept it with for for the rest of his career. It has serial number 222625, and was kept for 30 years by Jimi's late girlfriend Monika Danneman. She took the last photographs of Jimi in the garden of her London flat the day before he died, and Jimi is actually holding the black strat on the pictures.
It is a standard black 1968 Stratocaster with a rare maple fingerboard. It lacks the "skunk stripe" on the back, due to the fact that the metal rod in the neck is put in from the front, and the fingerboard is glued on afterwards. Normaly the way Fender makes a maple fingerboard is to make neck nad fingerboard in one piece, and to make a slot in the back of the neck to put the rod in, and to fill the groove with a darker wood. It is of course a so called CBS strat, witch refers to the overtaking of Fender by CBS in 1965, and the instruments made in the 20 year CBS-period 1965-1985.
The guitar was played at the Roayal Albert Hall concert of February 1969, Atlanta Festival, the Band of Gypsys concerts, and the Isle of Wight festival. It is now owned by German guitarist Uli Jon Roth of the Scorpions, who had a 20 year relationship with Monika Danneman ending with her death in 1996.