Fender Custom Shop Ritchie Blackmore Tribute Stratocaster - Black No Longer Available

Solidbody Electric Guitar with Alder Body, Maple Neck/Fingerboard, Three Single-coil Pickups, and Hardshell Case - Black
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Ritchie Blackmore's Strat

The Fender Custom Shop Ritchie Blackmore Tribute Stratocaster solidbody electric guitar is a rock icon. Ritchie wrote Deep Purple's classic "Smoke On the Water" on his 1968 Strat, and the Custom Shop's luthiers have painstakingly re-created that legendary instrument for your heavy riffing pleasure. You get period-correct appointments, including a 2-piece alder body with a lightly worn finish, a luscious, beefy U-profile neck, and three custom '68 Abigail Ybarra hand-wound single-coil Strat pickups. Create your own rock history, with the Fender Custom Shop Ritchie Blackmore Tribute Stratocaster.

Fender Custom Shop Ritchie Blackmore Tribute Stratocaster Solidbody Electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • This axe has a whopper of a backstory
  • Period-correct appointments
  • Lightly aged finish and hardware for vintage vibe
This axe has a whopper of a backstory

The Fender Custom Shop Ritchie Blackmore Tribute Stratocaster has a backstory we know you'll find interesting. Ritchie wrote Deep Purple's classic "Smoke On the Water" on his 1968 Stratocaster. All double-stops a fourth apart, the G minor blues scale main riff (a favorite of budding guitarists), is ofter misinterpreted as consisting of barre chords. The lyrics tell the story of the December, 1971 evening that the Montreux Casino in Switzerland burned to the ground while the group watched from their hotel. It's a long saga that includes references to Frank Zappa, a flare gun, heroic deeds of the Montreux Jazz Festival director, and smoke on the waters of Lake Geneva. And fire in the sky. Let's just say that few guitars are infused with this much colorful history.

Period-correct appointments

Ritchie Blackmore's iconic Strat is a '68 - about three years into Fender's CBS era, and you'll appreciate that this Custom Shop re-creation sports the appropriate period-correct appointments. First - and most obvious - is the large '70s-style headstock with vintage-y Fender F-stamped Schaller tuners. The three Custom Shop single-coil pickups are hand-wound by Fender's winding legend Abigail Ybarra. And then there's the chunky U-profile maple neck and 7.25"-radius maple fingerboard with medium jumbo frets. Your fingers will fly.

Lightly aged finish and hardware for vintage vibe

As you can imagine, an actual 1968 Strat would show signs of wear, and the Fender Custom Shop Ritchie Blackmore Tribute Stratocaster sports a lightly aged finish and hardware for a distinctly vintage vibe. And three custom '68 single-coil Strat pickups - hand-wound by Fender's Abigail Ybarra - deliver vintage tones by the ton. The Fender Custom Shop Ritchie Blackmore Tribute Strat is sure to please even the pickiest of guitar lovers. That's you, right?

Fender Custom Shop Ritchie Blackmore Tribute Stratocaster Solidbody Electric Guitar Features:
  • Two-piece alder body with a lightly worn urethane finish
  • Custom U profile maple neck/fingerboard with 7.25" radius
  • Three custom '68 Abigail Ybarra hand-wound single-coil Strat pickups
  • Large '70s-style headstock with vintage-style Fender F-stamped Schaller tuners
  • Vintage Synchronized Trem with Richie's custom 1/4" arm
  • Hardshell case included

Make rock history with the Fender Custom Shop Ritchie Blackmore Tribute Strat!
NOTE: This product is available in the United States only - no international sales.

Tech Specs

Manufacturer Part Number 1558800806

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See also: Solidbody Guitars, Fender Custom Shop, Fender Custom Shop Solidbody Guitars