On June 18, 1967 towards the end of his iconic Monterey Pop Festival performance, Jimi Hendrix announced to the crowd that he was going to “sacrifice something I love.” After he played a version of the song “Wild Thing” he then “sacrificed” what is now known as the “Monterey Strat.”
The now legendary “sacrifice” consisted of Jimi pouring a bottle of lighter fluid over it, bending over the guitar and kissing it on it’s neck and then setting the guitar on fire with a match.
He then then picked it up by the neck, waved it over his head and smashed it against the stage, breaking the body from the neck.
Before it was “sacrificed”, the “Monterey Strat” was originally a “transition” Fiesta Red 1965 Fender Stratocaster. (transition – meaning it was built under CBS control after Leo Fender sold his companies in 1965 to the Columbia Broadcasting System for $13 million)
Hendrix personally painted the guitar with the top half over-painted in white spray-can aerosol and with intricate drawings of vines, roses and love hearts adorning the scratchplate, upper horn area, and lower curve around the jack cup.
After Jimi “sacrificed” the guitar he threw it’s parts into the crowd and left the stage. A piece of the “Monterey Strat” is on display at the the Experience Music Project (EMP) in Seattle Washington.
We aren’t sure what happened to the rest of it…