The Famous Zappa/Hendrix Burnt Guitar

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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?

Frank Zappa:

“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.”

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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.”

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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.

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Comments

  1. BlueFlame says:

    There's no evidence Hendrix burned a guitar at the Miami concert, as far as can be established he only did it twice, at the Astoria in Finsbury Park March 67 and at Monterey June 67.

    1. MARCELO ROJAS says:

      exactly hendrix DOESN'T BURN HIS GUITAR IN MIAMI POP,YOU STATE THE TRUTH

  2. BlueFlame says:

    (btw most Hendrix aficionados are fairly confident that the so-called "Miami" Strat is actually the one Jimi lit up at the Astoria (especially given H's part in the dealings), at least based on all the evidence available to date, making the one sold at auction a couple years ago as the Finsbury guitar of somewhat dubious origin.

    fwiw Howard 'H' Parker, who also did some writing and playing of his own, disappeared at sea in the mid-70s or so.)

  3. Gettat2d@gmail.com says:

    Look at scratch patterns the magazine, the pictures, and the dude playing it……three different guitars I call BS

  4. Anonymous says:

    what the fuck are you guys talking about this is frankk zappas son he is famous and is known very well by people like paul reed smith and steve vai and many other famous musician for not only beeing a great musician but for owning this guitar  im 100 percent possitive he wouldnt be selling a fake jimi hendrix burnt satratocaster.

  5. tonykobulik says:

    this is defiantly the real deal this is zappas son he had to change some parts to make the guitar usable.

  6. modelconsumer@yahoo. says:

    Just because Frank Zappa and his son believe it's a Hendrix burnt guitar doesn't mean it is.

  7. modelconsumer@yahoo. says:

    The other burnt guitar (sold for 280 000 pounds) isn't necessarily authentic either. From a forgers perspective it's perfect because it can't be proved or disproved. It's a religious relic from Rock god so people are always going to want it. In my opinion if they're authentic they belong in a museums so everyone can see them but I doubt that'll happen.

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