A custom designed left-handed 1967 Cherry Red Guild Starfire V that Jimi Hendrix played at the Wreck Bar within the Castaways Hotel, in Sunny Isles Beach, FL on May 19, after the Miami Pop Festival. Serial #EL-1778.
Guitar is in good condition. It has been covered in various psychedelic stickers, which were on the guitar when Hendrix played it.
The first day of the Miami Pop Festival had been a success. An estimated 25,000 people attended the festival, which was promoted by Richard O'Barry and Michael Lang, who would eventually become famous for being the promoter of Woodstock in 1969. The event took place at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, Florida, just north of Miami. The Jimi Hendrix Experience, comprised of Hendrix, Noel Redding, and Mitch Mitchell, had been one of the headliners and they had played for thousands. They were supported by the Mothers of Invention, Arthur Brown, Blue Cheer and John Lee Hooker.
The party and performances were meant to continue outdoors on the second day, Saturday, May 19th. Unfortunately, because of a torrential thunderstorm, the outdoor festivities were cancelled. This rainy day was ultimately the inspiration for Hendrix's song "Rainy Day, Dream Away," which he began to write during the drive from the venue back to the hotel. Since the outdoor venue was rained out, the performers gathered in the Castaways Hotel to take refuge from the rain. That night, they ended up having a jam session together in the hotel's Wreck Bar.
This impromptu jam session of some of the greatest musicians of the time, where Hendrix played with Frank Zappa, Arthur Brown, and others, would have been a wild experience for anyone in the bar. Open until 5am, The Wreck was always a celebrity hotspot, having hosted groups such as The Beatles and The Monkees. The subterranean bar was decorated like a sunken galleon, with ropes, nets, and chains dangling from the ceiling and wooden planking covering the walls. Porthole windows provided an underwater view into the hotel pool, while inside, bikini-wearing go-go dancers dubbed "Wreckettes" danced on the tables under kaleidoscopic lights. Amidst all of this, these incredible musicians, brought together into the bar due to a chance storm, played together.
Al Hendrix, Jimi's father, ended up with possession of Jimi's guitars after his death. As he inventoried them, he also signed them, as can be seen on the body of this guitar.
Included in this lot is a picture of Hendrix playing this guitar in the Wreck Bar after the Miami Pop Festival.
The proceeds from the auction of this guitar will go to the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Foundation. This foundation has supported various education, social services, arts and health care organizations around the world: for instance, the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago.