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Fragment of Monterey Pop Stratocaster

Jimi Hendrix American

Not on view

This guitar fragment comes from the Stratocaster that Jimi Hendrix destroyed in a ritualized sacrifice at the Monterey Pop Festival on June 18, 1967. After playing the instrument, he dropped to his knees and squirted lighter fluid on it before setting it ablaze, picking it up, and smashing it. Following the Who to close out the festival, Hendrix was determined to outdo their high-octane set, which concluded with Pete Townshend and Keith Moon decimating their instruments.

Technical Description:
Chunk of lower treble bout of Fender Stratocaster, including jack, wiring, and part of control cavity, spray painted and painted with nail polish designs

Fragment of Monterey Pop Stratocaster, Fender, Wood, metal, nail polish

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