Hey Brian, where you goin’ with that guitar in your hand?
An Acoustic Black Widow guitar, which allegedly went to James ‘Al’ Hendrix – Jimi Hendrix’s dad – when Jimi died in 1970, has suddenly re-surfaced.
On 1995, James Hendrix had formed the Experience Hendrix, LLC – the company managing Jimi’s legacy, owned by members of the Hendrix family. Jimi’s Acoustic Black Widow guitar was given to this company, and allegedly was in its possession till June 2014.
According to a lawsuit filed by Experience Hendrix, Julien’s Auctions contacted the company on June 2014 to authenticate a Black Widow guitar that a person by the name of Brian Patterson was attempting to sell as a Hendrix treasure. Julien’s Auctions, a Beverly Hills based auctions house, specializes in stars memorabilia, and thus was a natural choice for Patterson to handle this guitar.
Experience Hendrix representatatives claim they are the rightful owner of this guitar, and are demanding that Patterson hand over the guitar immediately, and also pay them least $750 in damages. Hendrix attorneys say that Patterson has probably gotten the guitar from a guy who somehow got it after divorcing Jimi’s adopted sister, Janie Hendrix. When James Hendrix died on 2014, his will left the control of the family company to Janie and her cousin, Robert Hendrix.