Jimi Hendrix Fender Strat Sells at Auction for £237,000
Jimi Hendrix cherished Fender Stratocaster has
sold for just under a quarter of a million this past weekend.
The black and white Strat is the same guitar which Jimi 'burnt'
on stage at the Monterey International Pop Festival back in
Hendrix famously poured lighter fluid over the instrument before
striking a match and setting fire to the instrument. The image of a
Hendrix knelt down with a guitar engulfed in flames in-front of him
has become one of the most iconic rock images in history.
However, Hendrix was said to have been so fond of the Fender
that he couldn't destroy it, and switched the guitars seconds
The guitar then fell into the hands of James 'Tappy' Wright, who
was a manager at Hendrix's label home, Anim Limited.
The guitar was given a pre-sale estimate of £120,00 but sold for
nearly double that amount after going under the hammer.
Mr Wright explained the story behind the 'stunt,' he said:
"The Who went on before Hendrix and Townshend smashed his
guitar up and put the neck into the amp.
"Jimi was annoyed at this and asked for some lighter fuel.
He just wanted to outdo Pete Townshend.
"He played the black guitar for most of the act and then
right at the end he swapped it for a repaired one that he set fire
"At the time the black Fender was his favourite guitar and
he didn't want to ruin it."
Mr Owen added:
"Hendrix only burnt two guitars in his career; the one at
the Astoria and the one at Monterey.
"He used the black Fender for three quarters of the concert
and he swapped it at the last minute.
"People who were there would have known of the swap and
Hendrix fans may well be aware but it is not widely
The Black and White Fender Strat which belonged to Hendrix sold
for £237,000 at London's Fame Bureau.