Jimi Hendrix has put the Fender Strat permanently in the minds of guitarists over the world with his magic performances and sound. At the Monterey festival in 1967, he played a black Fender Stratocaster throughout the
concert, but for the last song, he swapped it for this white one with hand-painted nail-polish artwork. As "Wild Thing" built to its feedback-frenzy climax, Jimi doused the guitar in lighter fluid, set it ablaze, and smashed it to pieces, saying: “I´m
going to sacrifice something that I really love”.
While only a shard of that now-famous piece of history exists today, Fender has painstakingly recreated Jimi’s Monterey Strat to celebrate
the 50th anniversary of the fiery milestone, right down to the nail-polish artwork that burned its way into the memories of fans around the world.
It’s amazing that a guitar that was played only
once would go on to be one of the most recognized in history, but that’s exactly the case with a one-of-a-kind Stratocaster that Jimi Hendrix sacrificed at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival.
a flowery design on this legendary Strat—in nail polish, no less—the night before he was to close out the inaugural event and brought it out for his final song, “Wild Thing”.
Hendrix took the world by storm with his incredible Monterey Pop Festival performance, which he concluded with the sacrificial burning of his now-iconic hand-painted Stratocaster. Destroyed during the fiery culmination of his set, this one-of-a-kind guitar
survived only in photos and film. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of this milestone in music history, Fender created the limited-edition Jimi Hendrix Monterey Stratocaster.
“This is for everyone,”
he said just before spraying something on the guitar. Jimi bent down to kiss the instrument and then tossed a lit match to elicit flames from the prone Strat. Like a disciple worshiping at an altar, Hendrix knelt before the blazing guitar as the audience stared
agape watching him smash it to pieces.