Fender Custom Shop Rory Gallagher Tribute Stratocaster

Solidbody Electric Guitar with Alder Body, Maple Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, and 3 Custom Single-Coil Pickups - Worn 3-color Sunburst
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Fender Custom Shop Rory Gallagher Tribute Stratocaster
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A Tribute to Rory Gallagher

The Fender Custom Shop has been building dream guitars for the cream of the guitar crop for nearly 20 years. From faithful reproductions of classic axes of the past to fully tweaked customs built to an individual's personal specifications, few instruments command the level of respect afforded Fender Custom Shop models. There are degrees of Fender Custom Shop models: Stock Team-built and Team-built Custom. A select few instruments are handbuilt by the Master Luthiers, the same luthiers that build custom instruments for the likes of Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, and Merle Haggard. This is the Fender Custom Shop Rory Gallagher Tribute Stratocaster.

Fender Custom Shop designers met Donal Gallagher, brother of the late, great Rory Gallagher, in 1997 at Los Angeles International Airport and received a gig bag holding one of the most coveted guitars of all time-Rory's worn-to-the-wood 1961 Stratocaster guitar. Fender initially built 40 "clones" for the European market, and was subsequently besieged with requests for more.

The Rory Gallagher Tribute Stratocaster guitar is an exact replica of that revered instrument, right down to the extremely worn 3-Color Sunburst alder body, maple neck and rosewood fingerboard. Fender even included five Sperzel tuners and one Gotoh tuner, and they've replaced the 12th-fret dot marker with white plastic instead of the original clay. It also features three custom-wound '60s single-coil pickups, aged chrome hardware, 21 jumbo frets and a bone nut. This is Fender's homage to a true and truly missed master.

Fender Custom Shop Rory Gallagher Tribute Stratocaster Features:
  • Color: 3-color Sunburst, (Nitrocellulose Lacquer Finish)
  • Body: Select Alder
  • Neck: Maple, Early '60s "C" Shape, (Nitrocellulose Lacquer Finish)
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood, 9.5" Radius (241mm)
  • No. of Frets: 21 Medium Jumbo Frets
  • Pickups: 3 Custom '60s Single-Coil Strat Pickups
  • Controls: Master Volume, Tone (Neck), Tone (Middle)
  • Pickup Switching: 5-Position Blade
  • Bridge: American Vintage Synchronized Tremolo
  • Machine Heads: 5 Sperzel Die-Cast Machines with 1 Mis-matched Gotoh Tuner
  • Hardware: Nickel/Chrome
  • Pickguard: 3-Ply Mint Green
  • Scale Length: 25.5"
  • Width at Nut: 1.650"
  • Aged White Plastic Parts
  • Original Dot Spacing
  • Clay Dots with One Mis-matched White Plastic Dot at the 12th Fret
  • Slot-Head Mounting Screws in Selector Switch,
  • Heavily Worn and Distressed with Most of the Paint Missing,
  • Replicates the Wear Patterns of Rory's Original Guitar
  • Deluxe Brown Hardshell Case
  • Strap
  • Cable

Fender's Custom Shop pays homage to Rory Gallagher with this Tribute Stratocaster
NOTE: This product is available in the United States only - no international sales.

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Tech Specs

Body Type Solidbody
Body Shape Stratocaster
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 6
Body Material Alder
Body Finish Nitrocellulose lacquer
Color 3-color Sunburst
Neck Material Maple, bolt-on
Neck Shape Early '60s C
Fingerboard Material Rosewood, 9.5" radius
Fingerboard Inlay White dots
Number of Frets 21, Jumbo
Scale Length 25.5"
Nut Width 1.650"
Nut Material Synthetic bone
Bridge/Tailpiece Synchronized tremolo
Tuners Sperzel die-cast tuners with one mis-matched Gotoh tuner
Number of Pickups 3
Neck Pickup Custom Shop '60s single-coil
Middle Pickup Custom Shop '60s single-coil
Bridge Pickup Custom Shop '60s single-coil
Controls Master Volume, 2 x Tone, 5-way pickup selector
Strings Fender Super 250R, (.010-.046)
Case Included Hardshell
Manufacturer Part Number 0150080800

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My God ! iF you ever get a chance to play one of these grab it and hold on Up Until right now I have always thought my Custom Shop Clapton was the best Electric Guitar I ever played. The neck on this Rory Gallagher, which until today I thought the soft V neck on the Clapton was unsurpassed, is just fantastic in every way possible. The shape and the medium jumbo frets and the smooth as silk body of the neck it's just incredible. And the neck is thin.......yes but a 60's C Shape. I recieved it on Friday about 1pm, I honestly couldnt stop playing it all weekend (long weekend too because of Presidents day). After playing this it is hands down off the charts unequivicablyThe best guitar I have ever owned or played for that matter. The sound , feel, playability, speed and comfort. The custom shop Clapton is just superb. My SRV is a wonderful and beautiful strat. I played a friends incredible Robert Cray that was really something The Rory Gallagher is far and away the best of all of these. I can't believe it. It's just incredible and it really feels like its been played in since 1967. It's just a feeling I have never felt before on a guitar. Hey Jeff you helped me everyway possible along the way with this guitar. I am so glad I bought this!!
Music background: Playing over 50 years and love it.
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