Jimi Hendrix’s estate sues music shop owner for $1m over star’s old guitar

Estate claim that the Acoustic Black Widow guitar was stolen

The estate of Jimi Hendrix is reportedly suing a music shop owner for the return of a guitar once owned by Hendrix himself.

As reported by The Arizona Daily Star, Experience Hendrix LLC, the company that runs Hendrix’s estate, has filed court documents against Harvey Moltz.

Moltz runs Rainbow Guitars in Tucson, Arizona and is in current possession of the Acoustic Black Widow guitar, which is valued at between $750,000 (£488,376) and $1 million (£650,000).


Hendrix’s estate are seeking damages as well as the return of the guitar.


Moltz claims to have bought the guitar in June 2014 from an individual who had purchased it from Sheldon Reynolds, the ex-husband of Hendrix’s adopted sister, Janie Hendrix.

However, the estate’s attorney, Ed McPherson, says Reynolds – a former member of the band Earth, Wind and Fire – stole the item.

“The guitar is priceless to our family,” Janie Hendrix said, according to The Associated Press. “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 belong”.

Moltz’s lawyer said in response: “My client purchased the guitar in good faith from a private seller, without knowledge of competing claims of ownership”.