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The Fender Rosewood

George harrison rosewood telecaster 1968 guitar

George with his Rosewood Telecaster on the last day of filming and recording for the Let It Be film in early 1969.

The Fender Rosewood Telecaster was famously used by George Harrison during the Beatles Rooftop performance in January of 1969. George can be seen with the Tele throughout the original Let it Be film and in Peter Jackson's Get Back.

The guitar was given to George by Fender at the end of 1968. The manufacturer had decided to introduce solid-rosewood versions of its venerable Telecaster and Stratocaster, which the company planned to give to George Harrison (Telecaster) and Jimi Hendrix (Stratocaster) to provide publicity for the planned models.

Towards the end of 1969, George gave away his Rosewood Tele to Delaney Bramlett of Delaney & Bonnie. Delaney kept the instrument until he sold it at auction in 2003, two years after George's death. It fetched a staggering $434,750, bought by an intermediary for George's widow, Olivia Harrison.

It is used on the following songs: Get Back, Don't Let Me Down, Let it Be, I've Got a Feeling, Two of Us, Dig a Pony, The Long and Winding Road, Dig It, and Maggie Mae. He is rumored to have used it during the Abbey Road sessions, but that is unconfirmed. George Harrison called this guitar the worst guitar he had ever played. It was used for 2 Weeks in January 1969. Between January 15 and January 30 th. It was not used on Abbey Road. And on the Let it be he used his favourite guitar from 1957 untill he died: the Fender Stratocaster as well. He also used his Gibson Les Paul Lucy on the Let it be album. The solo on the song Let it be on the album is played with his Gibson Les Paul Lucy. It was not used on the Abbey Road album. See the Beatles book on their instruments.

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