NAMM 2013 - Fender Ritchie Blackmore Tribute Stratocaster

Fender Custom Shop introduces the 2013 limited edition Ritchie Blackmore Tribute Stratocaster, a tribute Deep Purple's iconic guitarist.

Fender Ritchie Blackmore Tribute Stratocaster

This guitar is based on the black 1968 Stratocaster that helped Ritchie create one of the most popular guitar riffs in rock history - "Smoke on the Water".

Like other Custom Shop replicas, the Ritchie Blackmore Tribute Stratocaster mimics the original guitar down to minute details. It gives fans and modern players a chance to own a close to original copy of the black Strat that Blackmore played with Deep Purple in the early ’70s. It is the instrument that helped shape Deep Purple's seminal album Machine Head and the band’s greatest hit single.

This guitar features a two-piece alder body with a lightly worn Black urethane finish along with relic details that faithfully reproduce the condition of Blackmore's original guitar.

Fender Ritchie Blackmore Tribute Stratocaster

It has a ’69 “U”-shaped maple neck topped with a 7.25”-radius maple fingerboard. Like the original, it has 21 medium jumbo frets, a micarta nut and a scale Length of 25.5". The neck is joined to the body via four-bolts, and features a special neck plate stamped with the serial number and the stylized Fender “F”.

The tribute guitar comes with a large '70s Style, and is equipped with Schaller tuners. The other end of the string is kept in tune and in place by a vintage-style synchronized tremolo, equipped with Blackmore's unique custom 1/4" trem arm.

The tone of the guitar is captured by custom ’69 Stratocaster pickups that were hand-wound by Fender's Abigail Ybarra. The pickups are controlled via a 3-way pickup selector, a volume knob and two tone knobs.

This special instrument is only to be produced within 2013, and each one comes with a rear-headstock tribute decal, certificate of authenticity and an orange-line black textured vinyl case with a “Fender Amp” logo.

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Fender Who do you think I am Donald Trump

What are you kidding me Fender, I Mean Ritchie is the Man but for 8 grand, I love Fenders and thing they build great guitars, I have a Blackmore Artist series and a YJM Artist Strat and a n original 1979 Strat but come on A Blackmore Custom Shop no graduated scalloping no John Dawk Stillwell MTC Tone Circuit installed, and you think Ritchie would have signed and numbered them I guess not, I think alot of people will save thier money and build 8 Strats just like this and save some money. I think the last custom shop they use to make was a dead on replica of Ritchies that came with the Gold Lace Sensors and Set neck and ROland Midi pickup Scalloped board, and that guitar was $4000.00 If I remember correct. I don't understand why Fender has to charge so dame much for a Signature guitar that really does not have all the specs Ritchie's had, when they can build a Dave Murray Iron Maiden Signature Artist series where that guitar is a Dead on replica for Murray's Strat, and you can get that guitar for 1700.00 oh well.

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