Jimi Hendrix Stratocaster guitar to sell for £125,000



2015-06-26 11:06:34

Jimi Hendrix Stratocaster guitar to sell for £125,000

On the day that Jimi Hendrix would have turned 70 had he lived, his favourite black Fender Stratocaster guitar will be auctioned off in London.

During his 1967 tour, this was the guitar he played. At the Monterey festival, San Francisco, he was seen to douse it in lighter fluid, set fire to it, and smash it to pieces during a rendition of ‘Wild Thing’.

However, he loved his guitar so much that he secretly swapped it for another, cheaper model, prior to the anarchic stunt.

Hendrix (November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970) had just a four year mainstream exposure as a musician, yet is widely considered to be the greatest electric guitarist in history. He is also ranked among the most important musicians of the 20th century, and his popularity endures throughout music culture.

The memorable performance at which he set his guitar on fire was provoked by The Who’s Pete Townsend, who had smashed up his guitar on the same stage just prior to Jimi’s set.

Hendrix did not want to be accused of copying Townsend’s finale, so requested some lighter fluid to go one further.

At the time, Hendrix was widely known and popular in the UK, but relatively unknown in America. A photograph taken of the guitarist leaning over his burning instrument was chosen for the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, propelling him to rock n roll fame and legendary status.

Fame Bureau will sell the rescued favourite guitar, which Jimi went on to use throughout the rest of his US tour. They expect it to fetch up to £125,000.


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