Paul Davids removes Jimi Hendrix Monterey Strat video until a panel of “independent industry experts” can verify the guitar's authenticity

Paul Davids
(Image credit: Paul Davids / YouTube)

YouTuber Paul Davids has issued a statement explaining why he recently took down a video featuring what he believed to be the black Fender Stratocaster Jimi Hendrix played during his iconic set at 1967's Monterey Pop Festival.

Following the initial publishing of the video back in December, some viewers expressed concerns that the guitar was in fact not the same instrument Hendrix played in 1967, citing the fact it was removed from sale at Heritage Auctions, and had some visual discrepancies.

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Sam Roche

Sam was Staff Writer at from 2019 to 2023, and also created content for Total Guitar, Guitarist and Guitar Player. He has well over 15 years of guitar playing under his belt, as well as a degree in Music Technology (Mixing and Mastering). He's a metalhead through and through, but has a thorough appreciation for all genres of music. In his spare time, Sam creates point-of-view guitar lesson videos on YouTube under the name Sightline Guitar.