Rocker sells Scots gui­tar after 50yrs (bid what­ever you want)

Scottish Daily Mail - - News - By Do­minique Hines

HE’S rocked all over the world with it.

But Fran­cis Rossi and his beloved green gui­tar are part­ing com­pany after more than 50 years to­gether.

The Sta­tus Quo rocker has put the much-trav­elled Tele­caster up for auction – and it was set to fetch a whop­ping £150,000 last night.

Rossi, 70, bought it second-hand in Glas­gow in 1968 for £75 and used it on vir­tu­ally ev­ery Sta­tus Quo sin­gle and al­bum from 1970 to 2015.

‘The green Tele served me ex­tremely well for al­most 50 years,’ he said. ‘I’m al­ways amazed when I look back and re­alise what a che­quered his­tory we had to­gether.’

The cus­tomised in­stru­ment also fea­tured in most of the band’s 6,000 live gigs, in­clud­ing their open­ing set at the Live Aid con­cert in 1985.

It was ex­pected to fetch be­tween £100,000 and £150,000 at Bon­ham’s auction house in Lon­don yes­ter­day – de­spite it not hav­ing worked for sev­eral years.

‘I sanded it down and painted it in green Ron­seal,’ Mr Rossi pre­vi­ously told To­tal Gui­tar mag­a­zine. ‘The purists can’t stand the fact it’s got dif­fer­ent pick-ups, bridge, frets, ma­chine heads, neck.

‘The only thing that’s orig­i­nal is the body, and even then I’ve taken the lac­quer off.’ Back in 2016, he said: ‘I’m heart­bro­ken that my Tele doesn’t work any more. We had a tun­ing is­sue.’

Sta­tus Quo re­cently put out their 33rd stu­dio al­bum, Back­bone, their first since the death of co-gui­tarist and singer Rick Parfitt in 2016.

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Cus­tomised: Rossi and Tele­caster

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