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Fender Ritchie Blackmore Stratocaster Electric Guitar
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A signature model designed by one of the pioneers of hard rock.

Acclaimed guitarist Ritchie Blackmore has been creating memorable guitar riffs for decades. His deft phrasing, fleet-fingered picking, and unmistakable tone have helped make the phrase "guitar solo" a household term. The Fender Ritchie Blackmore Signature Stratocaster is based on his favorite '70s model and has a maple neck with a graduated scalloped rosewood fretboard, Seymour Duncan Quarter Pound Flat pickups, and '70s-style "F" tuners. Just like Richie's Strat, the guitar's middle pickup has been replaced with a non-working dummy pickup. Deluxe gig bag included.

Fender Ritchie Blackmore Stratocaster Electric Guitar Features:

  • Model Name: Ritchie Blackmore Stratocaster
    Series: Artist Series
    Body: Alder
    Neck: Maple, U-shaped, (gloss polyurethane finish)
    Fingerboard: Graduated scalloped, rosewood, 7.25" radius (184 mm)
    No. of Frets: 21 vintage-style frets

    Neck: 1 Seymour Duncan Quarter Pound Flat SSL-4 single-coil Strat pickup
    Middle: 1 non-active "dummy" pickup
    Bridge: 1 reverse-wound/reverse-polarity Seymour Duncan Quarter Pound Flat SSL-4 single-coil Strat pickup

    Controls: Master Volume, Tone 1. (neck pickup), Tone 2. (bridge pickup)

    Pickup Switching — 3 Position Blade:

    Position 1: Bridge Pickup
    Position 2: Bridge and Neck Pickups
    Position 3: Neck Pickup

    Bridge: Vintage-style synchronized tremolo
    Machine heads: Fender/Schaller vintage-style tuners
    Hardware: Chrome
    Pickguard: 3-ply white
    Scale Length: 25-1/2" (648mm)
    Width at Nut: 1.650" (42mm)

    Unique Features:
    Graduated scalloped rosewood fretboard
    Ritchie Blackmore signature on front of headstock
    Flush-mounted Dunlop Straplocks
    Large '70s-style headstock
    '70s-style decal
    Bullet truss rod adjustment nut
    3-bolt neck plate with Micro-Tilt neck adjustment,
    Pearloid dot position inlays,
    Black plastic knobs, pickup covers, tremolo and switch tips, synthetic bone nut

    Strings: Fender Super Bullets 3250L, nickel plated steel, (.009 to .042), P/N 073-3250-003
    Includes a deluxe gig bag

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  • Nice guitar.

    As reviewed by STEPHEN BERG on 3/16/2013

    I have been playing about 35 years, from the age of 15. Blackmore has always been an idol form me, and a chance to town a bit of the Blackmore vibe was irresistable. I am not sure about the person who said the guitar was "horrible," except that coming right out of the box, the factory setup was terrible. But what guitar comes out of the box in perfect playing condition. Word of warning, the guitar will need setup. Also, everything I have read has said the nut is set too high, and that was the case with mind. I took the guitar to my guitar tech and had the nut filed down and the intonation and neck set. After that, WOW! The pickups are powerful and remind me of P90s. There are two. The middle pickup is a dummy pickup, as Blackmore only uses the neck and bridge positions. Expect some of the normal single coil "buzz" when distorting your signal. The real surprise is the middle position with the bridge and neck pickup. It is noice cancelling, and very smooth. In fact, this guitar sounds wonderful clean, and tends to sound best through natural distortions. The neck is why I bought the guitar, as the partial scallop allows you to move fast and furiously on the upper strings, while the lower E A D strings for the most part are unscalloped, which keeps barre chords better in tune. The tremolo is a standard type. As I don't use tremelo at all, I had the bridge set flat. The guitar comes with straplocks, and Fender does not send along the hardware to allow you to attach a strap. I whined and complained to the dealer, who let me have a set for free. The overall workmanship is really good. When I took it in for the setup, I was told that the fretwork was extremely well done, and it was well constructed. The frets are a little rough, but as far as height and level, they need no adjusting. Overall, I am extremely please. Again, remember you will have to have the guitar set up. Whatever "factory set up" is, it is pretty bad. And remember, the guitar was made in Mexico, shipped to California, and then sent to you, eigher delivered to your door or bought at a store, so it will need work, usually a 35 to 40 dollar investment. Once the guitar is setup, however, it plays extrememly well.

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  • horrible

    As reviewed by this sucks on 4/27/2009

    i bought this and was expecting a good guitar. what i got was quality worse than a squier. it sounds horrible, and it never stays in tune. DO NOT BUY THIS!!!!!!!

    16 of 93 people found this review helpful.
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  • Really nice

    As reviewed by Oneal Lane on 7/1/2009

    This is a real nice MIM guitar. Finish and craftsmanship is excellent, and some of the best for MIM. Bear in mind this is a "signature guitar", made to Blackmore's habits. The fretboard is scalloped and there are only the bridge and neck pickups, as thats all he uses and the middle pickup is removed just like Ritchie's long time favorite guitar. Take a look before you buy and see if its what you want. Find one in the store, I think you will be pleased as I was. A lot of people gripe about new guitars without giving them time to settle in to "use" and "climate".

    23 of 24 people found this review helpful.
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