Fender Stratocaster

Hendrix’s Fender Stratocaster

Jimi Hendrix’s Fender Stratocaster that he played the Star Spangled Banner on at Woodstock in 1969 is sold for US$295,000 (approx. AUS$377,000) at auction. That’s one guitar, owned and played by a left-handed genius Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock, selling for the price (in 1990) of nearly 3 houses in Melbourne, or nearly 4 houses in Adelaide, and almost 5 in Hobart. FOR ONE GUITAR! That’s just a bit mental, isn’t it? These days who knows what the guitar is worth, but in 1993, co-founder of Microsoft, Paul Allen, bought it privately for $1.3 million. Some say it was closer to $2 million. Can’t help but think of what else could be done with that sort of money. As far as I know, the guitar is currently on display at the Museum Of Pop Culture in Seattle. But in 1990, a guitar selling for that kind of moolah? That was definitely an OMG moment.