*The estate of Jimi Hendrix is suing a Tucson shop owner for a guitar once owned by the legendary guitarist.
Experience Hendrix LLC, the company that runs Hendrix’s estate, wants a Pima County Superior Court judge to order the guitar returned from Harvey Moltz, owner of Rainbow Guitars. According to the Oct. 2, complaint, the estate says Moltz is not the rightful owner of the Black Widow acoustic guitar, The Arizona Daily Star in Tucson reported Sunday.
Estate attorney Ed McPherson says the guitar is valued between $750,000 and $1 million. The lawsuit is also seeking damages.
Moltz says he bought the guitar in June 2014 from someone who purchased it from Sheldon Reynolds, ex-husband of Hendrix’s adopted sister, Janie Hendrix.
McPherson says Reynolds, a former member of Earth, Wind, and Fire, stole it.
“The guitar is priceless to our family,” said Janie, the CEO of Experience Hendrix. “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.”
Moltz’s lawyer Todd Jackson said, “My client purchased the guitar in good faith from a private seller, without knowledge of competing claims of ownership.”