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Rory Gallagher: 1961 Fender Stratocaster - Miniature Guitar Replica (UK seller)

Rory Gallagher - 1961 Fender Stratocaster Miniature Guitar.

William Rory Gallagher was born in Ballyshannon Ireland on March 2nd 1948 and was brought up in Cork City. Up until his death on June 14th 1995 he would be regarded as one of the world's finest exponents of Blues Rock music. He was a man totally immersed in his beloved music and not at all interested in the trappings of fame and fortune.

It was in his native Cork in 1963 that Rory would find the 1961 Sunburst Fender Stratocaster that would become his best friend for the next 3 decades. The now iconic Strat, (reputed to be the first Statocaster in Ireland) was on sale in Crowley's Music, McCurtain Street and only by a sheer stroke of luck as another customer had ordered a red Strat and the Sunburst one was sent by mistake. The guitar cost the young Rory just under £100, which might seem like chicken feed these days but in the words of Rory's brother Donal, 'might as well have been a million pounds!'.

Although the Rory Gallagher Stratocaster started out life in 1961 as a standard 3 colour Sunburst, decades of gigging and nightly exposure to Rory's unusually acidic sweat had pretty soon stripped most of the finish down to the bare alder body giving the guitar that unique look that all guitar fans instantly recognise. As you would expect for an instrument that was so extensively gigged there wasn't too many of the original fittings surviving after a few years. The tuners were replaced by Gotoh and oddly one Sperzel units and only the middle pickup remained from the original set, with the bridge and neck units replaced by 60s hand wound replacements. All the electrics were replaced and upgraded with the original Fender 3-way pickup switch swapped for a new 5-way switch. This was something that Fender themselves didn't introduce until 1977 by which time most Strat players had already fitted after market switches to obtain those classic out of phase tones. The Rory Strat underwent numerous fret replacements and rebuilds to keep it in top gigging condition and it remained his number one guitar for both live and studio work right to the end of his life.

In 1997 two years after Rory's death his brother Donal took the precious Stratocaster to California and handed it over to Fender's Custom Shop design team. They pored over the guitar, dismantled it, and noted down every single unique detail with a view to producing a limited number of faithful reproductions. This resulted in an initial run of 40 'clones' for the European market. The demand would be such that many more Custom Shop Tribute editions would be produced in the following years.

This is an unlicensed, handmade miniature replica guitar. It is for display purposes only and cannot be played.

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