The Hendrix/Zappa guitar is one of the most infamous guitars of all time. Jimi Hendrix burned this guitar at the 1968 Miami Pop Festival, Frank Zappa bought or was given the remains, and after Frank died his son Dweezil got it. It has been repaired to be playable, and Frank Zappa played it on his 1976 album “Zoot Allures“.
In a 1993 interview for Guitarist magazine Frank Zappa was asked about the guitar.
Q: How did you come to own your fire-damaged ex-Jimi Hendrix Strat?
“Well, there was this guy named Howard Parker – they called him ‘H’ – who was Hendrix’s roadie, gofer and general assistant. He stayed at our house for a couple of months in the late ’60s, and he had this guitar which Hendrix had given to him – I thought it was from the Miami concert. He gave it to me and we had it hanging on the wall as a decoration for years and years, and then I met some guys who were capable of putting guitars back together, so I had it done.”
“I’ve used it on a couple of tracks, although I can’t remember which ones off-hand. I haven’t played it all that often, because unless you’re in the right environment and you’re standing in exactly the right relationship to the amplifier, it likes to feed back all the time.”
Zappa’s son Dweezil found it in pieces under the stairs at his father’s studio, and set about putting it back together. “When I found it taken apart, in 1991, I told my dad I’d found the Hendrix guitar, and he said I should have it.”
Strat® for Sale, Asking Price: $1 Million
Dweezil, who is now an accomplished guitarist in his own right and owns the guitar, said in 2002, “Guitarists touch it and the hair on their arms stands up. It has sense of history.” He went on to say that he’d like to sell this charred piece of rock lore for the right price. “I think $1 million would be about right,”
In May 2002, Dweezil finally put the guitar up for auction in the U.S, hoping it would fetch a cool million dollars, but it failed to sell. It was put up for auction again in September of the same year, this time at the Cooper Owen auction house in London. Dweezil lowered the asking price to £450,000 (765,000 Euros), but once again the guitar failed to sell. The highest offer was a telephone bid of £300,000 (510,000 Euros), which was refused by Dweezil.