Fender pays homage to what is arguably the most famous Telecaster in musical history, George Harrison’s Rosewood Telecaster, with a limited-run series of 100 guitars. George Harrison’s 1968 Rosewood Fender Telecaster was used in the Let It Be movie, in the Abbey Road album recording, and in the Cream song Badge. It was also used in The Beatles’ memorable live roof-top performance at the Apple building in London. George gave the instrument to Delaney Bramlett as a gift, but the guitar eventually came back into the possession of Harrison’s family.
Created with and fully supported by the Harrison family, Master Builder Paul Waller was given access to George’s original guitar to examine, disassemble and reverse engineer for a truly accurate recreation. This was a challenging process since the original guitar had gone through a series of modifications over the years. Through a meticulous process, Fender was able to create the guitar as it was in its glory days, before any of these changes were made.
Documenting every detail step by step, Master Builder Paul Waller was able to re-create this guitar the right way – even closely matching the tight grain of the rosewood that was in the original.
The George Harrison Tribute Rosewood Telecaster features a very light version of the Custom Shop’s “Closet Classic” finish, to approximate the condition it would be in if someone had used it for a single recording session, and to play a single concert. The Harrison family felt that this would be the most genuine way to honor George, his fans and collectors.