The Fender George Harrison Rocky Stratocaster has had another release, which follows on from the original Custom Shop 202 limited edition run. This model is now available for the first time for $1999.99 instead of over $20k. It surely is an eye-catching look, as it comes finished in DayGlo paints, mimicking the original ’60s Strat played by the Beatle.
Fender George Harrison Rocky Stratocaster
This all-new Fender George Harrison Rocky Stratocaster is based on the original guitar he wielded with the Beatles. The year is 1965. George Harrison and John Lennon send their roadie Mel Evans to get a Stratocaster for each of them. He returned with a pair of guitars in Sonic Blue. This original colour can still be seen on the back of the original guitar today. George called his 1961 Strat “Rocky” and used it for the first time on the Beatle’s Rubber Soul album.
In 1967, it was totally fashionable to paint all kinds of objects with bright psychedelic colours. So George decided to paint Rocky with fluorescent Dayglo paint, which was a brand new thing at the time. He played the guitar a lot, so you can hear it all over the following albums; Revolver, Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Magical Mystery Tour and the White Album.
Each one has an alder body, which according to the manufacturer has been lovingly painted by hand with a replica of Harrison’s famous psychedelic brushstrokes. Every little detail has been captured, from the artwork on the pickguard and the plastic parts to a simulated Grimwoods sticker on the back of the headstock – the name of the original music store where the guitar was purchased.
’60s Strat Tones
The pickups are a vintage-style trio of 1960s-style single-coils. That according to Fender, will ensure a dynamic, crystal clear tone reminiscent of the golden era of ’60s Strat tones. It has a C-shaped maple neck (mid-60s contour) with a rosewood fretboard with a 7.25′′ radius fitted with 21 vintage frets. Finally, the Rocky Strat has a correct synchronized tremolo and vintage-style Kluson style that completes the appearance and feel of a classic ’60s Fender instrument.
The new version is limited to only 1000 pieces worldwide. If you are really interested, you shouldn’t hand around too long to decide to buy one, as I think these will sell out quickly. For a Mexican-made instrument, they are pretty expensive, but guitar collectors will no doubt love them.
I have contacted Fender and they have confirmed to me that this release is indeed a limited run, as some dealers were stating to customers that it was a standard release. If you want one you may want to order them sooner rather than later.
MSRP – 1998 euros*.
Fender George Harrison Rocky Strat
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- DayGlo Rocky: Fender
- Rocky Rear: Fender
- Grimwoods: Fender