Hendrix Guitar Might Fetch 900K at Auction but Some Question Authenticity

Hendrix GuitarWhenever instruments of the possible magnitude of the guitar pictured on the right go on the market, there is always a flurry of activity. The people with big bucks can’t wait to get their hands on it, while others seem to come out of the woodwork  investigating the authenticity of the piece in question. That’s actually probably a good thing though. In fact,  back in 2014, someone tried selling a guitar that was supposedly owned by the late Andrew Wood of Seattle legends Mother Love Bone. Once the real owner found out about the guitar, a virtual swarm of hornets was unleashed on the seller and he was forced to take it off the market.

So this week have a rare instrument indeed. And a complicated issue as well.

Pictured is what is reported to be Jimi Hendrix’s 1964 Fender Stratocaster. The auction states that it is the last remaining legitimate Jimi Hendrix-owned guitar out there. A 1964 Fender Stratocaster used by Jimi Hendrix between 1967-1968, given to his brother Leon Hendrix in Seattle, 12th February 1968. There are few guitar players that have had their gear held to such heights as Jimi’s has been. Many guitarists have long worshiped the gear  he walked on (and set on fire) both figuratively and literally. There are many books and websites dedicated solely to document what type of guitars he played and people have spent decades chronicling them in every form and fashion you can image.  And some of these people REALLY know their stuff, so if you are going to sell a Hendrix guitar, you need to get it right. These sites can likely tell you every single gig they were played at and what songs they were used for, because Jimi liked to rotate his stock throughout the shows. You’ll find a few of these sites below but there are several others.

Click HERE view the extensive list of guitars owned by Jimi Hendrix

Another list of stage-used Jimi Hendrix guitars can be found HERE

One thing we aren’t seeing on these comprehensive lists of Hendrix axes however is a R/H Fender Sunburst ’64 Strat. There is an undated Sunburst Fender Strat on the first list but it is a left-handed guitar and the guitar in the auction is clearly right-handed. Of course that doesn’t mean it wasn’t actually Jimi’s Strat but if he did use it in ’67-’68 there surely has to be some photos of it in his hands somewhere. Right? Hendrix guitar 2The auction site has this image as the only one showing Jimi with the guitar that is up for sale. DISCLAIMER: They don’t actually say it is the guitar at the auction but this photo was from the auction site, so it is assumed this is the guitar.  A quick search of the image shows that it is indeed from March 2, 1967 during the infamous London Marquee Club TV recording for the  German TV show Beat Club. Jimi is vividly shown brandishing a Sunburst Strat but is this proof enough to spend well over half a million dollars and maybe close to a cool million on a guitar?

Certainly the guitar has plenty of value even IF Jimi did just buy it and gift it to his brother but it certainly wouldn’t nab anywhere near the auction estimates.

Like we stated earlier though, none of that stuff means conclusively it wasn’t a gig-used Jimi guitar and looking back to 2012, the younger Hendrix published an intimate biography of his brother titled Jimi Hendrix: A Brother’s Story. In that book he talks of a much-coveted 1964 Sunburst Strat that Jimi gave him. He also says that he’d been offer a million dollars for it but turned it down. So the guitar certainly does have the Hendrix connection. But the question remains, was it part of Jimi’s collection or a gift?

Leon Hendrix tells this story about how he acquired the guitar from his famous brother,  ‘”’When Jimi came back home to Seattle with his band for the first time in 1968 we all met him at the airport and the same night he played at the Center Arena. A lot of the family was backstage and we were waiting for them to go to their seats so we could smoke some weed and have a few minutes to ourselves. We talked about how Dad and aunt Delores and all our cousins were doing, about girls, and touring, stuff like that, that’s when the picture of Jimi trying on my glasses was taken. He asked me if I was gonna get a band together. I had forgotten I had told him I was thinking about it over the phone and I was kinda shy about it which made him laugh. He had at least three guitars that were ready to go on stage, one of them he was warming up on, and there was another in an open case on the floor. He asked me if I had a guitar and I said no, so he said take that one over there pointing to the one in the open case. It’s funny, at the time, I almost didn’t take it, I said I dunno man, or something like that. He said “Go ahead and take it, you don’t have to learn to play it now if you don’t want to, but I want you to have it.” I’ve always remembered that part because it made me feel like I couldn’t say no, that was Jimi.”

The auction site claims the guitar has been used by Leon Hendrix since then and states the guitar is completely playable (set up right-handed). Included in the auction is the original guitar case Jimi was using to tour with. Auction estimates state that guitar may bring in 594K – 892K

Auctioneer Ted Owen tells the Mirror: “Jimi’s brother Leon has decided to let it go – it is a real one off opportunity for dedicated Hendrix fans. Due to legal wrangles Leon has never received a penny from Jimi’s estate even though he is the only surviving blood relative. Leon is getting on a bit and is not in the best of health – that’s why he’s decided to sell now. We are getting interest from fans in the States, all over Europe and as far away as New Zealand and China. The website is getting 2,500 hits a day with quite a few wealthy fans registering to bid.”

List of Jimi Hendrix guitars by Rikigo

No. Make of Guitar Year Colour Neck
1 Larson Stahl 1900’s Blonde Rosewood
2 Gibson Les Paul 56043 1955 Black Rosewood
3 Danelectro 1956 Red Rosewood
4 Fender Strat left handed 1957 Blonde
5 Supro Ozark 1957 White Rosewood
6 Hofner Club 40 1959 White Rosewood
7 Fender Stratocaster 1959 Black Maple
8 Fender Stratocaster 1959 Fiesta Red Maple
9 Fender Stratocaster 1959 White Rosewood
10 Fender Stratocaster 1959 Fiesta Red Maple
11 Dobro Electric 12-string 1960 Mahogany Rosewood
12 Zemaitis 12-string acoustic 1960 Blonde Rosewood
13 Fender Stratocaster 72961 1960–61 Sunburst Rosewood
14 Kay 1961 White Rosewood
15 Epiphone Wilshire 1961 Cherry Rosewood
16 Eko 1961-62
17 Ibanez Japanese 1830 1962
18 Epiphone Coronet 1963 Black Rosewood
19 Fender Stratocaster L08573 1963 White
20 Fender Stratocaster L09784 1963 White Rosewood
21 Fender Duo Sonic 1964 White Rosewood
22 Fender Duo Sonic 1964 Sunburst Rosewood
23 Fender Stratocaster 1964 White Rosewood
24 Fender Stratocaster 1964 Fiesta Red Rosewood
25 Fender Strat/Neck L45185 1964 White Rosewood
26 Fender Stratocaster 1964 Black Rosewood
27 Fender Stratocaster 1965 White Rosewood
28 Fender Jazzmaster 1965 Sunburst Rosewood
29 Fender Stratocaster 1965 Sunburst Rosewood
30 Fender Stratocaster L68025 1965 Sunburst
31 Fender Stratocaster L89024 1965 White
32 Fender Stratocaster 1965 Fiesta Red Rosewood
33 Fender Stratocaster 1965 Sunburst Rosewood
34 Fender Stratocaster 1965 Fiesta Red Rosewood
35 Fender Stratocaster 1965 M/Blue Rosewood
36 Fender Stratocaster 1965 Black Rosewood
37 Fender Stratocaster 1965 Black Rosewood
38 Fender Stratocaster 1965 Fiesta Red Rosewood
39 Fender Stratocaster 1965 White Rosewood
40 Fender Jazz Bass 116544 1965 Sunburst Rosewood
41 Guild SF-V Starfire 1966 Red Rosewood deluxe
42 Fender Stratocaster 1967 Blue Rosewood
43 Gretsch Corvette 1967 Cherry Red Rosewood
44 Hagstrom 8-string Bass 723006 1967 Cherry Red Rosewood
45 Hagstrom 8-string Bass 723070 1967 Cherry Red Rosewood
46 Fender Stratocaster 1967 White Rosewood
47 Fender Jaguar 1967 Blue Rosewood
48 Epiphione Cortez 1967 Sunburst Rosewood
49 Vox Teardrop 1967 White Rosewood
50 Fender Stratocaster 1967 Sunburst Rosewood
51 Fender Strat Neck 1967 Rosewood
52 Fender Stratocaster 213078 1967
53 Fender Jazzmaster 1968 Sunburst Rosewood
54 Goya 1968 Painted Rosewood
55 Fender Stratocaster 1968 Sunburst Rosewood
56 Fender Stratocaster 1968 Sunburst Rosewood
57 Fender Stratocaster 240981 1968 White Maple
58 Fender Stratocaster 40281 1968 Sunburst Maple
59 Martin D-45 Acoustic 239387 1968 Blonde Rosewood
60 Gibson ES-335 847084 1968 Sunburst Rosewood
61 Fender Mustang L45185 1968 Red Rosewood
62 Fender Stratocaster 285705 1968 Black Maple
63 Fender Stratocaster 244458 1968 Sunburst
64 Fender Stratocaster 240981 1968 White
65 Fender Stratocaster 638519 1968 Red Rosewood
66 Gibson J-200 acoustic 1968 Sunburst Rosewood
67 Fender Stratocaster 1968 White Rosewood
68 Black Widow 1968 Black Rosewood
69 Fender Stratocaster 222625 1968 Black Maple
70 Gibson SG Custom 1968 White Rosewood type 2
71 Fender Stratocaster 1968 White Maple
72 Rickenbacker 330 or 360 6-string 1969
73 Gibson Flying V 932594 1969 Sunburst Rosewood
74 Gibson SG Custom 899617 1969 White Rosewood
75 Fender Stratocaster 274200 1970 Sunburst Maple
76 Gibson Flying V 849467 1970 Black Rosewood
77 Washburn A33191 Undated Rosewood
78 Gibson J160 acoustic Undated
79 Epiphone Ft-79 acoustic 62262 Undated
80 Fender Strocaster L/H L-38705 Undated Sunburst
81 Gibson Flying V Undated Cherry Red Rosewood
82 Epihone Casino 8508423 Undated
83 Gibson Les Paul 1042 Undated
84 Gibson SG Undated Red Rosewood
85 Gibson SG Custom Undated Cherry Red Rosewood
86 Gibson Les Paul Custom Undated Black Rosewood
87 Gibson Les Paul Special Undated Blonde Rosewood

  Here’s a guitar forum with plenty of Hendrix guitar talk going on right now and it always gets interesting when a legendary instrument goes on the auction block. And as you can see on the list above, no 1964 Sunburst Strat and that’s a hot topic at the forum. Jimi Hendrix video from March 2, 1967 – London Marquee Club Stay tuned for what will most definitely be an interesting week in the world of the late, great Jimi Hendrix.

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