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SOLD – 2022 The George Harrison Rocky Stratocaster

Collectors item for Fender and Beatles fans. A replica of George Harrison’s Rocky Stratocaster.

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In 1967 George Harrison used Day-Glo paints and nail polish to transform his 1961 Sonic Blue Stratocaster into a psychedelic work of art known as “Rocky.” To honor this legendary guitar, Fender is releasing the George Harrison Rocky Stratocaster, featuring an alder body hand-painted with exact replicas of Harrison’s brushstrokes.

Capturing every artistic detail, this model is loaded with a trio of vintage-style ’60s Stratocaster pickups that sing with the dynamic, crystalline tone that recalls Fender’s golden age and a Mid-’60s “C”-shaped maple neck for a classic feel. Meticulously crafted, the George Harrison Rocky Stratocaster is a fitting tribute to the magic it created in the hands of one of rock’s greatest artists.

Only 1.000 were made! It comes in a brown tolex case and with extra case candy! A George Harrison guitar Strap and a tinbox with George Harrison guitar picks! Can’t us enough exclamation point!

Send me a message if you’re interested! This guitar will be shipped from The Netherlands, so if you live in the EU there will be no taxes! If you live outside the European Union, please drop me a message. This way we can figure out what shipment and taxes will be.

History of “Rocky”
In the late 1950s and early ’60s, Stratocaster guitars were almost impossible to find in England, so the fact that George Harrison actually added one to his arsenal when the Beatles were single-handedly changing the face of music was special.

As the story goes, Harrison sent roadie Mal Evans to purchase a pair of Strats in 1965, and Evans came back with two Sonic Blue models. It was George’s first Stratocaster — and it quickly became a useful tool. In the ensuing years, the Strat saw more prominent use on the game-changing 1965 album Rubber Soul — check out the ringing solo on “Nowhere Man” — and subsequent smashes Revolver, The White Album, Get Back, and Abbey Road.

Sometime between the 1967 Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band sessions and the June 25 live global telecast of “All You Need is Love,” Harrison’s beloved Stratocaster morphed into what the world now knows as “Rocky.”

In a fit of inspiration, he grabbed a brush and some Day-Glo paint to give the instrument a multicolored psychedelic makeover. Instead of the iconic Sonic Blue finish, its top and headstock were now adorned with bright red, green, yellow and orange accents, making it truly stand out on stage.

Harrison even painted “Bebopalula” on the upper body, “Go Cat Go” on the pickguard and Rocky on the headstock in December of 1969.

Towards the end of the decade, he began using Rocky to play slide guitar, creating a signature sound that spanned his storied solo career. The slide technique that he developed on Rocky was most notably used across his landmark 1987 album, Cloud Nine.

Specs
Body – Alder
Body Finish – Gloss Urethane
Bridge – 6-Saddle Vintage-Style Synchronized Tremolo with Bent Steel Saddles
Pickups – Vintage-Style ’60s Single-Coil Strat®
Color – Hand Painted Rocky Artwork Over Sonic Blue
Control Knobs – Hand Painted over Aged White
Controls – Master Volume, Tone 1. (Neck Pickup), Tone 2. (Middle Pickup)
Fingerboard – Slab Rosewood
Fingerboard Radius – 7.25″ (184.1 mm)
Fret Size – Vintage-Style
Hardware Finish – Chrome
Neck Finish – Gloss Urethane
Neck Material – Maple
Neck Shape – ’60s “C”
Number of Frets – 21
Nut Material – Bone
Nut Width – 1.650″ (42 mm)
Pickguard – Hand Painted Rocky Artwork over 3-Ply Mint Green
Pickup Switching – 5-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Middle Pickup, Position 3. Middle Pickup, Position 4. Middle and Neck Pickup, Position 5. Neck Pickup
Position Inlays – Aged White Dot
Truss Rods – Vintage-Style Butt Adjust
Tuning Machines – Fender® Vintage-Style
Country Of Origin – Mexico

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