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 meta... Click To Read More About This Product
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
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
Includes an orange-lined black textured vinyl case with the "Fender amp" logo
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 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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