On May 1st in Poland, a musical world record of sorts which will gain entry in the Guinness Book of World Records was broken as more than 7,000 guitarists gathered at the Thanks Jimi Festival with a performance of Jimi Hendrix’s version of “Hey Joe,” reports Guitar World.
Every form of guitarist style, ranging from classical to acoustic and electric, performed the Hendrix cut, which has been one of the more high profile songs associated with the late guitarist, but was one of the few songs that he performed throughout his short career that he didn’t write. Billy Roberts penned the song in the mid 1960s and it passed through renditions by groups like The Leaves and The Standells before it found its way into Hendrix’s repertoire.
The record at the festival in Poland was originally set in 2009 at the same place and sported 6,346 fret folks, but this time in 2012 it was comprised of 7,273 guitarists, beating the 2009 record by almost 1,000 people.
You can see all the action at the festival below, which includes clips of performances of other Hendrix standards as well, and lots of musical noodling, by would be Hendrixians.