John Mayer once turned down the Fender Rosewood Stratocaster meant for Jimi Hendrix – but had a replica built soon after

John Mayer
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It’s one of the most iconic Fender guitars on the planet, but despite its fame, not too many people know that George Harrison’s Rosewood Telecaster was actually made alongside a sibling Stratocaster. Two Stratocasters, to be precise, both of which were built in the late ‘60s as the Big F sought to break into new markets with a range of prototype instruments.

The first Stratocaster was originally intended for Jimi Hendrix. As the story goes, Philip Kubicki – who was also responsible for the rosewood Telecaster – was tasked with creating two rosewood Strats. While one was kept as a proof of concept, the other was made specifically for Hendrix.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer,

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.