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Paul joined Fender in 2003. He spent two years working closely with master arch-top craftsman Bob Benedetto, and became steeped in the many facets of building techniques from all the Custom Shop’s Master Builders. After an extensive seven-year apprenticeship, Waller became a Master Builder in 2010.
His Fender Custom Shop work includes bass guitars for U2’s Adam Clayton, a custom Thinline Telecaster for U2 vocalist Bono, Telecaster guitars for the Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards and co-work on a Stratocaster for fellow Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood, Stratocaster guitars for Buddy Guy, the Nile Rodgers “Hitmaker” Stratocaster, a custom double-neck Jazzmaster for Queens Of The Stone Age guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen, and The George Harrison Tribute Rosewood Telecaster.
MORE ABOUT THE GEORGE HARRISON TRIBUTE ROSEWOOD TELECASTER:
Master Builder Paul Waller closely examined Harrison’s unique original instrument to recreate this legendary guitar as accurately as possible. Appearing stock to a casual observer, subtle details set this guitar apart as both a prototype instrument and an exceptional Custom Shop creation. The sleek rosewood neck is fashioned from two pieces of rosewood capped with a rosewood fingerboard, just like Harrison’s original, instead of the traditional one-piece construction. The neck’s visible seam line adds to the character of the instrument, marking it as a unique creation. The nut is 1/8” wider than most vintage Telecasters for a unique advantage while playing; the wider string spacing makes it easier to finger chords that ring out loud and clear, with plenty of crisp articulation.
In a subtly distinctive aesthetic touch, the early-‘60s style “spaghetti” logo decal sits atop the finish, instead of the era’s typical “transition” logo underneath the finish. The decal is also placed closer to the nut than is traditional, resulting in a relocated string tree and slightly altered break angle behind the nut. The hardware is as historically accurate as possible; a vintage-style three-saddle bridge, 21 narrow jumbo frets, a bone nut and classic Fender “F”-stamped tuning machines are all present, just as on the original instrument.
Paul Waller’s world-class craftsmanship and attention to detail, subtle aesthetic touches and appointments and, of course, the hand wound “Abby” pickups all add up to make the George Harrison Tribute Rosewood Telecaster a once-in-a-lifetime tribute to a truly fabulous instrument that could only come from the Dream Factory—the Fender Custom Shop.