Fender Ritchie Blackmore Stratocaster - Olympic White with Rosewood Fingerboard

Solidbody Electric Guitar with Alder Body, Maple Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, and 3 Single-coil Pickups - Olympic White
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A Classic Rock Legend's Guitar - In Your Hands!

The Fender Ritchie Blackmore Stratocaster solidbody electric guitar brings you the sound and fury of a legendary player's favorite tonal weapon! Based on the guitarist's favorite '70s Strat, the Ritchie Blackmore Stratocaster includes a distinctive scalloped fingerboard, '70s-style "F" tuners, and Seymour Duncan Quarter Pound Flat SSL-4 single-coil pickups (complete with a "dummy" middle position pickup). You get a vintage-style 3-bolt maple neck with a rosewood fingerboard, a large headstock design, and flush-mounted straplocks on the Ritchie Blackmore Stratocaster.

Fender Ritchie Blackmore Stratocaster Solidbody Electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • Blackmore and Fender team up
  • Fantastic fingerboard
  • Pickups: two plus one
Blackmore and Fender team up

Legendary guitarist Ritchie Blackmore has been creating memorable guitar riffs for decades. His deft phrasing and unmistakable tone have helped make the phrase "guitar solo" a household term. Ritchie and Fender are now proud to introduce the Ritchie Blackmore Signature Strat. Based on his favorite '70s Stratocaster, this guitar features a maple neck with a graduated scalloped rosewood fretboard, Seymour Duncan Quarter Pound Flat pickups, and '70s style "F" tuners. A heavy-duty gig bag is also included.

Fantastic fingerboard

Ritchie Blackmore's great touch and style could make any instrument sing, but his preferred tool of choice is the Strat. This model's scalloped rosewood fingerboard lets you fret and bend effortlessly. The combination of components and Blackmore's touch create a memorable tone that's become entrenched in the classic rock canon.

Pickups: two plus one

Fender equipped the Ritchie Blackmore Strat with two high-output Seymour Duncan Quarter Pound SSL-4 single-coil pickups. Bigger than usual magnets give these pickups more than double the power of an ordinary single-coil! Though you'll see three pickups mounted in this guitar, the middle unit is inactive (just like Ritchie's!). A 3-way selector switch lets you navigate between the high-output pickups.

Fender Ritchie Blackmore Stratocaster Solidbody Electric Guitar Features:
  • Color: Olympic white
  • Body: Alder
  • Finish:Gloss polyester
  • Neck: Maple
  • Fingerboard: Graduated scalloped rosewood fretboard, 7.25" radius
  • Frets: 21, vintage frets
  • Scale length: 25.5"
  • Width at nut: 1.65"
  • Hardware Chrome
  • Tuning keys - Fender Vintage "F"-style tuning machines
  • Bridge: Vintage-style synchronized tremolo
  • Pickguard: 3-ply White
  • Pickups: Seymour DuncanQuarter Pound Flat SSL-4 (neck), SSL4 RW/RP (neck)
  • Pickup switching: 3-position blade
  • Controls - Master Volume, Tone 1 (Neck and Middle Pickups); Tone 2 (Bridge Pickup)
  • Strings - Fender Standard Tension Bullets nickel-plated steel (.009 through .042)
  • Included accessories: Deluxe gig bag, flush-mount Dunlop Straplocks

The Fender Ritchie Blackmore Stratocaster puts a classic tone tool at your command!NOTE: This product is available in the United States only - no international sales.

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Tech Specs

Body Type Solidbody
Body Shape Stratocaster
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 6
Body Material Alder
Body Finish Gloss polyester
Color Olympic White
Neck Material Maple, bolt-on
Neck Shape U
Fingerboard Material Rosewood, 7.25" radius
Fingerboard Inlay Pearloid dots
Number of Frets 21
Scale Length 25.5"
Nut Width 1.650"
Nut Material Synthetic Bone
Bridge/Tailpiece Synchronized tremolo
Tuners Vintage "F" style tuners
Number of Pickups 3
Neck Pickup Seymour Duncan Quarter Pound Flat SSL-4 single-coil
Middle Pickup Non-active dummy pickup
Bridge Pickup Seymour Duncan reverse wound/reverse polarity Quarter Pound Flat SSL-4 single-coil
Controls Master Volume, 2 x Tone, 3-way pickup selector
Strings Fender Standard Tension Bullets ST3250L, (.009-.042)
Case Included Gig bag
Manufacturer Part Number 0139010305

Customer Reviews

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fantstic instrument

As a lifelong fan of Ritchie Blackmore I had been looking for this guitar for a while. The professionalism at your company, the very detailed photos and helpful E-mails caught my attention. Everything was top service and the guitar plays and sounds great. Reminds me of the master Blackmore eveytime I pick it up. Thanks a lot Aaron at Sweetwater..
Music background: hobby guitarist but daily a Dentist

My Dream Guitar

I will have to say I did not buy this from Sweetwater, but that was because at the time I bought it, Sweetwater did not carry this guitar. Also, had I bought it from Sweetwater, some if the warranty and playability issues might never have happened. So, I am going to review the guitar itself. The guitar from the box was badly in need of setup. The issues I had with intonation and playability probably would have been avoided had the guitar gone through Sweetwater's 55 point quality check. On mine the nut was high, and on the low E the intonation screw had to be cut and the spring shortened to give me the length to get the intonation correct, After I got this set up with my normal tech, the guitar is fantastic. It took no time at all to get used to the partially scalloped neck, and the fretwork and cosmetics of the guitar are really well done., The pickups are single coil Seymour Duncan quarter pounders, so they are noisy if you put gain on them. The middle position does cancel the noise quite nicely, and is the wonderful surprise of this guitar.Wonderfully mellow when played clean, but nice bite when overdriven.I eventually changed out the pickups to Seymour Duncan which were stack humbuckers voiced to sound like single coil. That made the guitar playable in all pickup positions. But this is personal preference, and I liked the original pickups well enough to install them on my MIM stratocaster. Once properly set up, this guitar stays in tune wonderfully well. The scolloped fingerboard allows for very broad vibrato and bends. The neck feels very fast, and I like the gloss finish. I've had this guitar for two and a half years, and it has been completely trouble free. Minor points are that the strings seem a little close to the edge of the fingerboard, so you do have to make some adjustments in playing, but I got used to it very quickly and it became a total non factor,I am so glad to see that Sweetwater is not carrying this guitar. If you are a fan of Ritchie, you will love this guitar. If you are looking for a different scalloped neck option, this is very nice, as the partial scallop allows for a more normal feel. It's not just a metal guitar, it is a wonderful clean instrument. I like the two pickups in this, and don't even miss the middle one.

a very nice playing guitar

guitar was playable out of box but needed my own setup to get it to play like i want it to nut is a bit high on these also but can be fixed easy,sounds great and sweetwater did a great job on shipping will buy again PRS is next
Music background: hobbyist

Stratastic !!

I read horror stories about how bad these MIM strats were so I asked Sweetwater to have it set up properly. They did so and the guitar arrived within 48 hours of ordering. The guitar was set up from Sweetwater well enough so that I wouldn't think of returning it. It still needs to see my guitar tech and its going to need some work but Sweerwater did everything that I could have asked for. As for the guitar, the neck is why you buy it. Im not a huge Blackmore fan honestly but this neck is just sick with the gradual scallops. I wish it had a hardshell case and middle pick up. I also don't like the straplocks but thats just me. The bar is not great at keeping in tune. As previously stated the set up is not good stock but Sweetwater cleaned it up well enough for me to keep it. I give Sweetwater a 5.0 for their efforts but the guitar itself is a bit expensive for a MIM strat with no hardshell case, no middle pickup and shoddy setup work. The guitar itself is a 3. You buy this for the neck and bridge pickup.
Music background: Hobbyist
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