Fender Limited Edition George Harrison Rosewood Telecaster
This one I’m extremely excited about. Fender have announced they’ll be making 1000 Rosewood Telecasters, modelled on George Harrison’s ‘Let It Be’ era guitar. In recent years, we’ve only seen Custom Shop versions of this hallowed instrument. George Harrison is my all-time favourite guitar player (as I know he is many others’) and, ever since watching the famous rooftop Beatles gig as a child, I’ve lusted after a Fender Rosewood Telecaster. Now, they’re available at their most affordable price, albeit in limited numbers.
Despite recent CITES regulations, the George Harrison Telecaster is crafted pretty much, entirely from rosewood. It’s got a rosewood neck, topped with a laminated 9.5″ radius rosewood fretboard and a chambered rosewood body. Rosewood is a dense wood so without the chambering, it would be very heavy – it also means that the guitar resonates a bit more. Using rosewood for the body material means you get a unique sound – lots of clear, defined highs, and lows.
The George Harrison Rosewood Tele is fitted with ’64 Gray-Bottom Single Coil Tele pickups and wired up with your classic three-way selector switch. Other nice touches are the vintage ‘F’ stamped tuning pegs, a mid-60s C neck profile and an Om symbol on the neck plate – a lovely nod to Harrison’s massively spiritual side.
These are coming in in very limited numbers and they look set to be an incredible homage to the greatest guitar player of all time (…IMO).