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Fender Ritchie Blackmore Stratocaster - Olympic White with Rosewood Fingerboard Reviews

4.0 stars based on 4 customer reviews
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  • Ingi Gunnlaugsson
    from Iceland February 4, 2015Music Background:
    hobby guitarist but daily a Dentist

    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..

  • Stephen Berg
    from Champlin,MN April 19, 2015

    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.

  • matthew DeRusso
    from troy, NY June 9, 2014Music Background:
    hobbyist

    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

  • Doug S
    from Cleveland,Ohio June 12, 2016Music 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.

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