Jimi was talking about the white Strat. Yes — that one. He'd played a black Fender Stratocaster throughout the concert, but for the last song, he'd swapped it for a 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 — which he threw out as peace offerings to an appreciative — and stunned — audience. This legendary 1967 Monterey Pop Festival performance was the American debut of the Jimi Hendrix Experience, and the world was on notice. The rock critics were blown away. "Jimi Hendrix breaks the world into interesting fragments. Then reassembles it. You hear with new ears, after being Experienced," read the back cover of their first album, released just five weeks before. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of this historic milestone, Fender created the limited-edition Jimi Hendrix Monterey Stratocaster.
Fender introduced the Stratocaster in 1954, but it was Jimi Hendrix who put the sleek, contoured solidbody on the map as the 6-string object of desire for generations of guitarists. It's been a half century since Jimi set the world on fire with his incendiary Monterey Pop performance. No one had ever seen — or heard — anything like this before. The showmanship was unprecedented — Jimi played the guitar with his teeth, behind his back, between his legs. Demolished during the fiery consummation of his set, Jimi's axe survived only on film and in photos. Until now. The Fender Jimi Hendrix Monterey Stratocaster celebrates this groundbreaking performance with a limited-edition guitar that replicates Jimi's sacrificial axe, right down to the hand-painted nail-polish artwork on the body and pickguard.
Fender spec'd the Jimi Hendrix Monterey Strat with period-correct appointments. Three single-coil Stratocaster pickups deliver classic Strat spank and sparkle, infused with gobs of sustain for soloing. The C-profile maple neck is capped with a vintage-spec 7.25"-radius pau ferro fingerboard with 21 vintage-style frets for a playing experience just like the original. The 6-screw vibrato bridge/tailpiece is ideal for deploying dive-bombs and other forms of sensory expression. Vintage-style tuning machines, strap buttons, whammy arm, and a dual-wing string tree complete the setup. To commemorate the historical significance of his Monterey performance, the Jimi Hendrix Monterey Stratocaster is emblazoned with a special etched Jimi Hendrix neck plate.
Jimi extended the vocabulary and range of the electric guitar into uncharted creative territory. If you ask any guitarist here at Music Experience (and there are quite a few), many will cite Mr. Hendrix as a major influence. The cultural impact of Jimi's music was monumental, extending well beyond the world of rock. "Mademoiselle Mabry," from the 1969 Miles Davis album Filles de Kilimanjaro, was a re-working of Jimi's "The Wind Cries Mary." The jazz trumpet legend had reportedly met with Jimi more than once, and it's tantalizing to think about the collaborations that might have taken place had not fate intervened. With his Monterey concert, Jimi Hendrix blazed his way onto the charts — and into the hearts and minds of musicians everywhere and for all time.
Jimi 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, we created the limited-edition Jimi Hendrix Monterey Stratocaster.
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. Hendrix hand-painted 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”.
“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. 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 been 50 years since Jimi 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, we created the limited-edition Jimi Hendrix Monterey Stratocaster.
The guitar's body art is an homage to Hendrix's hand-painted original, giving fans, players and collectors the chance to own a modern classic. This instrument features single-coil Stratocaster pickups that evoke the sound and style of classic Fender guitars from the ’60s. The '60's-style neck has a comfortable "C"-shaped profile, sculpted to impart a vintage-style playing feel. This model features a Fender vintage-style synchronized tremolo bridge with six saddles. The Monterey Stratocaster has a custom neck plate featuring an engraved image of Hendrix. The Monterey Stratocaster features Hendrix's signature on the rear of the headstock.
|Number of Strings||6|
|Body Finish||Gloss Polyurethane|
|Color||Monterey Pop Artwork|
|Neck Shape||C profile|
|Fingerboard Material||Pau Ferro|
|Fingerboard Inlay||Aged White Dots|
|Number of Frets||21, Vintage sized|
|Nut Material||Synthetic bone|
|Bridge/Tailpiece||6-saddle Vintage-style synchronized tremolo|
|Neck Pickup||Vintage-Style Strat Single-coil|
|Middle Pickup||Vintage-Style Strat Single-coil|
|Bridge Pickup||Vintage-Style Strat Single-coil|
|Controls||1 x master volume, 1 x tone (neck), 1 x tone (middle), 5-way blade pickup switch|
|Strings||Fender USA 250R (10-46)|
|Case Included||Gig bag|
|Manufacturer Part Number||0144953340|