Fender Custom Shop Paul Waller Masterbuilt LTD George Harrison "Rocky" Stratocaster (PRE-ORDER)

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With an illustrious history dating back to 1946, Fender has touched and transformed music worldwide and in nearly every genre: rock ‘n’ roll, country and western, jazz, rhythm and blues, and many others. Everyone from beginners and hobbyists to the world’s most acclaimed artists and performers have used Fender instruments and amps, in the process making the company not only a revered music industry name but also a cultural icon. It is our vision to continue championing THE SPIRIT OF ROCK-N-ROLL® throughout the world and our mission to exceed the expectations of music enthusiasts worldwide.

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Fender Custom Shop Paul Waller Masterbuilt LTD George Harrison "Rocky" Stratocaster, Rosewood Fingerboard, Multicolored Psychedelic Dayglo

Stratocaster® guitars were almost impossible to find in England in the late 1950s and early 1960s, so when George Harrison actually found one in a shop during the pre-fame early days of the Beatles, he meant to get it but was scooped by the guitarist for Rory Storm and the Hurricanes (whose drummer went by the stage name Ringo Starr).

A few dizzying years later, when the sessions for Beatles Help! album got underway in early 1965, Harrison had better luck—he and John Lennon sent roadie Mal Evans out to get one for each of them, and Evans soon returned with a matching pair of Sonic Blue Strat® guitars. Harrison’s guitar, serial number 83840, still bore a decal from a music store where it was purchased at one point—“Grimwoods; The music people; Maidstone and Whitstable”. Thus, Help! marks the first appearance of a Stratocaster in Beatles music; heard in the low drone throughout that album’s “Ticket to Ride” and in the solo for “You’re Going to Lose That Girl.” Near the end of 1965, both Strats were put to even more prominent use on groundbreaking album Rubber Soul, most notably on the ringing chordal solo in “Nowhere Man”, and again in mid-1966’s Revolver.

In 1967, sometime between the end of the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band sessions and the June 25 live worldwide telecast of “All You Need is Love”, Harrison took up paint and brush himself to give his Stratocaster a multicolored psychedelic dayglo paint job. It also appeared prominently in the “I Am the Walrus” segment of 1967’s Magical Mystery Tour film. The guitar remained a favorite of Harrison’s for the rest of the decade, and by December 1969 Harrison had painted “Bebopalula” on the upper body, “Go Cat Go” on the pickguard and “Rocky”—the guitar’s nickname—on the headstock.

The Custom Shop is now both honored and thrilled to introduce a faithful recreation of Harrison’s “Rocky” Stratocaster. Master Builder Paul Waller examined and measured the original in exacting detail— body, neck (with a rare asymmetrical “C” profile), pickups, wiring, and everything else right down to Harrison’s famous DIY paint job. Even the “Grimwoods” decal remains in place on the back of the headstock. With these features and more, it’s an amazing and meticulously crafted Custom Shop tribute to a truly magical guitar played and loved by one of rock’s greatest guitarists.

FEATURES

  • Model #: 9216070066
  • Body:2-Piece Select Alder
  • Finish: Nitrocellulose Lacquer
  • Neck: 5A Flame Maple with a 1960 Oval “C” Shape and 7.25” (184.1 mm) Radius
  • Frets: 21, Vintage
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Bridge: 6-Saddle Vintage-Style Synchronized Tremolo
  • Pickups: Abigail Ybarra Hand-Wound ‘60’s Strat
  • Wiring: Vintage
  • Controls: Master Volume, Tone 1. (Neck Pickup), Tone 2. (Middle Pickup)
  • Included: Deluxe Hardshell Case, Strap, Certificate of Authenticity

This Fender Custom Shop Paul Waller Masterbuilt LTD George Harrison "Rocky" Stratocaster comes with Fender's Factory Warranty and our 100% satisfaction guarantee!

"Each Fender guitar we sell is professionally set up and ready to play before they leave our store."

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