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Fender Introduces George Harrison Rosewood Telecaster

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Today, Fender officially introduced its new limited-edition George Harrison Rosewood Telecaster (opens in new tab). This new Tele was inspired by the guitar Fender built specifically for Harrison—then a member of the Beatles—in 1968.

The guitar—the brainchild of Fender luthier Roger Rossmeisl and the finished product of Philip Kubicki—was the first all-rosewood guitar ever to be produced by Fender. Harrison used it while shooting the Beatles' final film, 1970's Let It Be, and he can be seen playing it during the band's legendary rooftop concert in January 1969.

This new edition is more accessible than the Fender Custom Shop’s George Harrison Tribute Rosewood Telecaster, which was released in 2016.

“The Rosewood Telecaster was exceptional due to its craftsmanship and venture into uncharted territory, serving as the prototype for future Fender electric guitars of its kind,” says Justin Norvell, SVP Fender Products.

“George Harrison showcased the uniqueness of the guitar through his talent and passion for music by using it in some of the most influential concerts and albums in music history. With the help of the Harrison Estate, we hope to encourage the next generation of players to explore music and draw inspiration from Harrison’s performance style on a guitar that represents artistic creativity.”

The body is chambered for reduced weight and increased resonance. Other features include a rosewood neck with a laminated 9.5” radius rosewood fingerboard and custom neck plate engraved with an "Om" symbol. Only 1,000 units will be available worldwide.

For more information about the George Harrison Rosewood Telecaster ($2,499.99), head here (opens in new tab).

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Damian is Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine. In past lives, he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor, and his non-Pulitzer-Prize-winning stories have appeared in Guitar Aficionado, Vintage Guitar, Total Guitar and countless other publications, including 13.7 metric tons of daily newspapers. He's written liner notes for major-label releases, including Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'The Complete Epic Recordings Collection' (Sony Legacy) and has interviewed everyone from Yngwie Malmsteen to Kevin Bacon (with a few memorable Eric Clapton and Ty Tabor chats thrown into the mix). Damian, a former member of Brooklyn's The Gas House Gorillas (opens in new tab), was the sole guitarist in Mister Neutron (opens in new tab), a trio that toured the U.S. and released three albums (opens in new tab) (one of which appears in the 2015 Disney film 'Tomorrowland' starring George Clooney and Britt Robertson). He's in two NYC-area bands and plays Teles with four-way switches, B-benders and semi-snazzy aftermarket pickups. He quotes Terry-Thomas twice daily.