QUO-ING, GOING, GONE!
Rocker sells Scots guitar after 50yrs (bid whatever you want)
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.
Hammer goes Down, Down: On stage with Status Quo
Customised: Rossi and Telecaster