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Jimi Hendrix Lost Guitar Found - And Up For Auction!

Published: Thu September 04, 2008  News Feed

The guitar Jimi Hendrix famously burnt on stage before burning his own hands has been found - in a garage.

The guitar is a 1965 Fender Stratocaster, Serial No 109657.

The owner, Tony Garland was Jimi's PR officer and picked up the guitar after the fire. Its now up for auction and could fetch up to half a million pounds.

Jimi Hendrix came to England in 1966 after being discovered by Chas Chandler at the cafe Wha in New York. With him that night was the young press oficer, Tony Garland.

While Chas stayed in New York doing deals Tony returned to England and in September 1966 met Jimi and Chas at Heathrow and persuaded the immigration officials to let this young 'songwriter' in to collect some royalties. After helping audition the band that became the Jimi Hendrix experience Tony Garland became general office manager for the Anim group.

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Hendrix played the Finsbury Astoria on the Walker brothers tour on 31st March 1967 and he and Chas decided that on that opening night of the tour Jimi should do something spectacular with his act. Tony went and bought some lighter fluid and the the rest is history. Jimi was reprimanded and then packaged off to hospital Tony and Chas went to Legends and celebrated.

When Hendrix did the same trick at the Monterey festival in America, later that year, that was it - it became an iconic moment in the history of rock'n'roll and cemented Hendrix's reputation on both sides of the Atlantic.

Jimi Hendrix at the Monterey festival

The Finsbury Astoria  guitar came back to the office and then when the management changed their offices it ended up at Noel Redding's house, after that Tony took it and other office items to his own flat and then to his parents and ultimately his Nephew's house where it remained until 2007.

Now, the guitar - known as the FAB (Finsbury Astoria Burnt) - is up for auction by Fame Bureau. This is the chance for a lucky (and very, very, very rich) bidder to win the first guitar Hendrix ever set on fire...

The guitar comes with a signed and witnessed letter from Tony Garland, a DVD of the Fame Bureau interview with him and guitar experts and journalists from Guitar and Bass magazine, the ceremonial re-stringing of the guitar and photos of Tony and Jimi together in London.

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