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.
But this new Fender George Harrison Rocky Stratocaster does need a little introduction – and it sure deserves one.
Launched today, it arrives almost two years after the Dream Factory mega-bucks Rocky Stratocaster replica left the Fender Custom Shop, and offers regular players with serious-amateur/pro budgets the chance to get their hands on this instantly recognizable electric guitar.
Like the original, the Rocky Strat is based on a ’61 Sonic Blue Strat, the evidence of the factory finish found on the back of the guitar, and it too is finished in bright red, green and yellow swirl, with the words ‘bebopalula’ and ‘go cat go’ on the front.
Alder-bodied, it has a bolt-on maple neck that’s carved into a Mid-’60s “C” profile and topped with a slab rosewood fingerboard with a 7.25” radius, housing 21 vintage-style frets.
Fender has outfitted this production line Rocky Strat with a set of custom-finish Vintera ‘60s Stratocaster electric guitar pickups, with the trio of single-coils controlled via a five-position blade pickup selector, two tone controls and master volume.
It has a six-saddle synchronized vibrato unit with bent-steel saddles, and a set of vintage-style tuners. The pickguard and controls have been hand-painted to match the original’s Day-Glo paint and nail polish refin – as has the headstock.
On the rear of the headstock you’ll find a particularly nice touch, as Fender has applied a replica decal of the Grimwoods music store where Harrison originally purchased the instrument.
The Fender George Harrison Rocky Stratocaster ships in a brown hard-shell case lined with orange fur, and some custom guitar picks, and is priced $1,999 /£1,849.
Also released today is Fender’s George Harrison Capsule Collection, comprising a matching poly guitar strap, a signature leather strap, a signature guitar cable finished in a psychedelic woven jacket and available in 10’ and 18.6’ lengths, and a custom pick tin.
See Fender for more information.