Today Fender announces the release of the George Harrison “Rocky” Stratocaster, the newest addition to the Fender Artist Signature line! The singer-songwriter and lead guitarist for the Beatles played a variety of iconic guitars throughout his career, but the most visually distinctive was his 1961 Sonic Blue Stratocaster, hand-painted in psychedelic Day-Glo colours and affectionately named “Rocky.”
The George Harrison “Rocky” Stratocaster features an alder body lovingly hand-painted with a replica of Harrison’s famous psychedelic brushstrokes. Every last detail is captured, from the artwork on the pickguard and plastic parts to a replica decal on the back of headstock from Grimstone’s – the original music store where the guitar was purchased.
Additionally, being released today is the George Harrison “Rocky” Capsule Collection featuring unique instrument accessories inspired by Harrison’s artwork. The collection features a woven instrument cable, two (2) different guitar straps (polyester and leather), and a collectible pick tin. These accessories feature a psychedelic multi-colour design and artwork inspired by the quirkier elements found on Harrison’s legendary instrument.
Fender has a long history of celebrating the impact of Harrison on music culture through the release of signature guitars celebrating different eras from the icon’s career from Fender, the Fender Custom Shop & Gretsch. In 2021, Fender Play – the complete online learning app for guitar, bass and ukulele, marked the 50th anniversary of Harrison’s solo album “All Things Must Pass” by releasing a collection of song lessons that help users learn to play Harrison-penned classics The collection is currently live in Fender Play and contains songs such as “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”, “Here Comes the Sun”, “I Me Mine” and many more.
It’s no secret that George Harrison’s impact and influence on popular music is unparalleled. Known for pushing musical boundaries and sonic experimentation, George’s inventive hooks and ground-breaking tones helped propel the Beatles into legendary status. Fender previously released a limited number of meticulous “Rocky” recreations via the Fender Custom Shop in 2020, but now this release gives fans from all backgrounds the opportunity to enjoy the sound and history behind this iconic guitar.