Jimi Hendrix’s Estate Is Trying to Get One of His Guitars Back
Jimi Hendrix's estate wants one of his guitars back – but the current owner says he had no idea there was a problem with the instrument when he bought it.
Experience Hendrix LLC, the company that oversees Hendrix's legacy, filed a complaint this month asking a Pima County, Ariz., Superior Court judge to step in. Harvey Moltz, owner of a Tucson guitar shop, is arguing that he lawfully purchased the instrument – known as an Acoustic Black Widow – back in June 2014.
Ed McPherson, the Hendrix estate's attorney, says the instrument is worth between $750,000 and $1 million. But the family's concerns go beyond the financial, according to Janie Hendrix, Jimi’s adopted sister and CEO of Experience Hendrix.
“The guitar is priceless to our family,” Janie told the The Arizona Daily Star. “It is one of the few guitars that came home after Jimi passed away. We just want our guitar returned safely and back where it belongs.”
Prior to Moltz's acquisition, the instrument had apparently been bought from Sheldon Reynolds, Janie Hendrix's ex-husband and a member of Earth, Wind and Fire from 1987-2002. McPherson says Reynolds stole the guitar, according to the Daily Star.
“My client purchased the guitar in good faith from a private seller, without knowledge of competing claims of ownership,” countered Todd Jackson, a Tucson-based attorney representing Moltz. Experience Hendrix's lawsuit is also seeking damages regarding this issue.
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