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A beautiful recreation of the '68 model on which "Smoke on the Water" was first played.
For more than 40 years now, Ritchie Blackmore's famously forceful G-minor blues riff in 1972 Deep Purple classic "Smoke on the Water" has served as the quintessential heavy rock guitar riff and a metal-melody primer for burgeoning rock guitarists everywhere. Its place in rock history is as solid as the stature of the guitarist who played it.
The Ritchie Blackmore Tribute Stratocaster takes you back in time and back to the shores of Switzerland's Lake Geneva, where the smoke from the burning Montreux Casino drifted over the waters on Dec. 4, 1971, as the building was destroyed. That night, the members of Deep Purple watched the "fire in the sky" from their hotel and drew inspiration for a timeless rock classic. Blackmore played the song's powerful double-stop riff on a black 1968 Stratocaster®, not knowing at the time that he was creating an archetypal guitar figure that would be eagerly imitated by legions of guitarists.
The Fender Custom Shop Ritchie Blackmore Tribute Stratocaster has a two-piece alder body with a lightly worn Black urethane finish, a "U"-shaped maple neck, 7.25"-radius maple fingerboard with medium jumbo frets, and custom '68 Stratocaster pickups hand wound by Fender legend Abigail Ybarra. Other distinctive features include three-way pickup switching, Schaller® tuners, four-bolt neck plate stamped with the serial number and the stylized Fender "F," and a vintage-style synchronized tremolo equipped with Blackmore's distinctive custom ¼" trem arm.
Each instrument also includes an exclusive tribute decal on the back of the headstock, certificate of authenticity and orange-lined black-textured vinyl case with the "Fender amp" logo.
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Ritchie Blackmore Tribute Stratocaster
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Comments about Fender Custom Shop Ritchie Blackmore Tribute Stratocaster:
I've been playing more or less proffesional since the early eighties using all kind of Fender and Squire Stratocaster. I have never had the pleasure to play an instrument of this calibre before. The craftsmanship and love for the building process of this instrument and the people involved in this makes one understand the skill behind this and the countless hours spent on creating something as beautiful as this. Ritchie Blackmore was a fantastic guitar player before using this one(at the time he used the Gibson 338)but everything came together forming the superstar of Deep Purple and Rainbow in many ways due to this amazing instrument..