Fender launches George Harrison Rocky Stratocaster, a replica of the Beatle’s iconic hand-painted Day-Glo Strat

Fender George Harrison Rocky Stratocaster
(Image credit: Fender)

George Harrison’s Rocky Stratocaster needs little introduction. Acquired in 1965, originally a 1961 Fender Stratocaster finished in cool Sonic Blue, it was rare enough for that era in England. 

Harrison pressed the Strat into action on the Beatles’ Rubber Soul, and would later apply applied a Day-Glo psychedelic multi-color design circa ’67, nickname the Strat Rocky, and use it on every Beatles album thereafter. Rocky acquired a fame of its own.

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Jonathan Horsley

Jonathan Horsley has been writing about guitars since 2005, playing them since 1990, and regularly contributes to publications including Guitar World, MusicRadar and Total Guitar. He uses Jazz III nylon picks, 10s during the week, 9s at the weekend, and shamefully still struggles with rhythm figure one of Van Halen’s Panama.