LONDON (Reuters) - A charred guitar set alight on stage by rocklegend Jimi Hendrix could become the most expensive guitar ever soldwhen it goes under the hammer in London next month, auctioneers said onTuesday.
The 1963 Fender Stratocaster is being offered for sale by the son ofrock guitarist Frank Zappa.
One of Hendrix's roadies had given it to Zappa, who used it on hisown 1976 album "Zoot Allures" after making it again playable. His sonDweezil became owner of the instrument upon his father's death.
London auction house Cooper Owen said the instrument was expected tofetch between $534,000 to $610,000, which would make it the mostexpensive guitar ever sold.
"You really get quite a sense of history from the guitar,particularly knowing that two of world's greatest guitar virtuosos haveplayed the same instrument. It is very cool," Ted Owen, co-founder ofCooper Owen, told Reuters.
Frank and Dweezil Zappa had restored the guitar, putting a new neckand electrical gear on the body of the instrument, which still bearsthe scars of flames from one of Hendrix's flamboyant stage shows.
Dweezil told the Cooper Owen Web site: "Just by looking at theguitar you can sense the history behind the music. It's veryinspiring."
Owen said Dweezil was selling the guitar to help fund therefurbishment of his father's recording studio.
The auction house said it was not clear whether the guitar wasdamaged during a festival in Miami in 1968 or during a gig at London in1967.
The auction of rock and roll memorabilia is on September 24 inLondon.