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Fender Custom Shop Ritchie Blackmore Tribute Stratocaster  Black 

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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 t...Read More

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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.

  • 2-piece alder body with a lightly worn Black urethane finish
  • "U"-shaped maple neck
  • 7.25"-radius maple fingerboard with medium jumbo frets
  • Custom '68 Stratocaster pickups hand-wound by Fender legend Abigail Ybarra
  • 3-way pickup switching
  • Schaller tuners
  • Four-bolt neck plate stamped with serial number and stylized Fender "F"
  • Vintage-style synchronized tremolo equipped with Blackmore's distinctive custom ¼" trem arm

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Ritchie Blackmore Tribute Stratocaster

  • Body
    Body Material: Select Alder
    Body Shape: Stratocaster
    Body Finish: Urethane
    Neck Shape: Custom œU
    Number of Frets: 21
    Fret Size: Medium Jumbo
    Position Inlays: Black Dot
    Fingerboard: Maple
    Fingerboard Radius: 7.25" (184.1mm)
    Neck Material: Plain-Grain Maple
    Neck Finish: Urethane
    Nut Width: 1.625" (41.3mm)
    Scale Length: 25.5" (648mm)
    Headstock: Large '70s Style
    Neck Plate: 4-Bolt "F" Stamped
    Pickup Configuration: SSS
    Bridge Pickup: Custom '68 Hand-Wound Single-Coil Strat
    Middle Pickup: Custom '68 Hand-Wound Single-Coil Strat
    Neck Pickup: Custom '68 Hand-wound Single-Coil Strat
    Pickup Switching: 3-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Middle Pickup, Position 3. Neck Pickup
    Controls: Master Volume, Tone 1. (Neck Pickup), Tone 2. (Bridge/Middle Pickup)
    Hardware Finish: Chrome
    Bridge: 6-Saddle American Vintage Synchronized Tremolo
    Tuning Machines: Fender® Vintage "F" Stamped
    Tremolo Arm Handle: Custom 1/4" Tremolo Arm
    Pickguard: 3-Ply Parchment

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  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics


    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts

    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..

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