The Fender Custom Shop rarely disappoints when it comes to NAMM, and this year has proven to be no exception.
Today, the Custom Shop announced the George Harrison "Rocky" Stratocaster, a far-out, exacting replica of one of the Beatle's all-time favorite, most oft-used guitars.
First acquired for Harrison by Beatles roadie Mal Evans during the 1965 sessions for Help!, "Rocky" was originally a '61 Strat with a Sonic Blue finish. In 1967 however, Harrison decided to give the guitar a psychedelic uplift.
“During ’67, everybody started painting everything, and I decided to paint it," Harrison once said when discussing the guitar in an interview. "I got some Day-Glo paint, which was quite a new invention in them days, and just sat up late one night and did it.”
Harrison would go on to use the guitar for the remainder of The Beatles', and his own, career, further marking the guitar as his own by painting “Bebopalula” on the upper body, “Go Cat Go” on the pickguard and “Rocky” on the headstock in 1969.
Fender Master Builder Paul Waller examined the original in exacting detail and recreated the body, neck - which features a rare asymmetrical “C” profile - pickups, wiring and even Harrison’s famous paint job to the letter.
The Fender George Harrison "Rocky" Stratocaster is set for an April release. Its price has yet to be announced.
Keep an eye on fendercustomshop.com for more info.