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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... Click To Read More About This Product

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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.

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
  • Pickups:
  • 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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FenderRitchie Blackmore Stratocaster Electric Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 14 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (1)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (4)
  • Good feel (4)
  • Good tone (4)
  • Solid electronics (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (4)
  • Recording (3)
  • Rock concerts (3)
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5.0

Great BUY

By rockndave57

from Anaheim,CA

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming

    Comments about Fender Ritchie Blackmore Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

    I play it on my days off and for an hour . It has great tone and sounds great playing.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    The Sleeper of the Decade !!

    By John

    from Beaumont,CA

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Fender Ritchie Blackmore Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

      This Blackmore Stratocaster is definitely the sleeper of the decade! If you were ever mildly interested in the infamous "scalloped neck", this guitar is definitely worth checking out. This style of neck is used by Ritchie Blackmore and Yngwie Malmsteen, and Fender has put out two great signature models, one for each respectively. I wanted to share some insight with the Fender Ritchie Blackmore model I recently purchased.
      I was very apprehensive about a guitar like this, as the word "scalloped neck" was intimidating. However, this neck is efficiently scalloped only where it counts, as the lower frets seem like there is none, while the scallop gradually increases up to the higher registers. The neck is super easy to adjust to, and offers the best of both worlds; effortless open chord playing, and all out shredding.
      The electronics is also unique but straight forward, featuring only two high-output Seymore Duncan pickups, and a three position pickup slide switch. The switching is virtually Gibson, position one= lead pickup, middle= both pickups, position three= neck pickup. This combination gives the guitar a welcomed alternative to the typical Stratocaster voicings, as it can sound smoky for blues (neck pickup), scream all out rock (bridge pickup), and even evoke country with both pickups.
      Although, I am extremely satisfied and have purchased many fine instruments and accessories at Musiciansfriend, I unfortunately did not purchase this guitar there. However, I wanted to alert potential Musicianfriends' customers, this guitar offers so much more than just a scalloped neck, as it is so versatile, literally two guitars in one – A Fender Stratocaster with the feel and electronics of a Gibson

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      SD Quarter Pound Pickups Rock

      By phat68tony

      from NW Louisiana

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Seymour Duncan 14 Lb Pu
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

      • Needed A Lot Of Set Up
      • Needed Fine Tuning

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Fender Ritchie Blackmore Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

      The first thing that blew me away when I plugged this guitar in to my Blackstar amp was the hot sound of the seymour duncan quarter pound pickups. Those imo are the main thing that make this guitar what it is. Again, it needed alot of setup work and fine tuning by my local guitar tech including lowering the strings, etc. The biggest challenge of this guitar is changing the way you play with the scalloped frets - the strings will bend alot more than on a regular fretboard, making the guitar sound out of tune if you press or bend too far. A different mind set to play - but worth it in the end imo

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Guitar

      By Killer

      from Baton Rouge ,La

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone
      • Love The Neck I

      Cons

      • Had To Send The First One
      • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts

      Comments about Fender Ritchie Blackmore Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

      This is a great guitar! The neck feels great and the tone sounds so hot! The only issue I had was that I had to return the first one as it had a crack in the body by the body/neck connection. I got a no hassle replacement and I've been rocking ever since! I've never missed the middle pickup. My friend who is a GREAT player loves it! When we jam he always wants to play it over his SRV Strat and Les Paul.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Pretty rad, definately check this one out;

      By Eric Wright

      from Ocala, Florida

      Comments about Fender Ritchie Blackmore Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

      I have to admit that the looks of this axe really caught my eye just seductively lounging on the rack, ( Not to mention the fact that it was the only strat in the entire store!) There was also another guitar I tried and possibly may have bought but as soon as I tried out this strat, I never looked back. Right away the neck felt like it was the perfect size, not too bulky, or too thin, just right. If there ever was a one-size fits all neck this would be a close contender. The scalloped frets took just a few seconds to adjust to but it is really great for doing fast daredevil licks and riffing with ease. The frets were well constructed with even lengths and no sharp ends. I plugged it into a Blackstar HT-5r head & cab (which I also later bought, a match made in heaven) and the tone was IMMACULATELY MASSIVE. (Thank you seymour duncan!) The tone shines playing chimey cleans strats are known for, while retaining heavy overdrive/crunch, or anywhere in between. All the pickups sing without being harsh or overly bright. It stays pretty well in tune just fine despite what any troll tells you even without a Floyd Rose Tremelo bar. A versatile one, this! The only thing that bothered me is that the top and bottom strings were set a little too close to the end of the neck and would sometimes veer off if you did rapid pull-offs, but with the right set-up that can be fixed. Other than that, I was sold. So just for the sound, neck ,and value alone, all-around 5/5. Party on! - Wabba

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Nice guitar.

      By STEPHEN BERG

      from Champlin, MN

      Comments about Fender Ritchie Blackmore Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

      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.

      (10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Lots of Fun - Recommended

      By Ron-2cBLO

      from Virginia

      Comments about Fender Ritchie Blackmore Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

      I bought brand new in 1997 the Blackmore strat. I have 14 years of use on it so I would say I'm qualified to rate it. Blackmore is without question in the top five of all rock guitarists in rock n roll history. I'm a huge fan of Purple and Rainbow so when this came out I had to have it.The guitar is awesome but not perfect. The sound is a 10! The seymour duncan pickups are very hot and I get great harminics and a true blackmore tone. I had to adjust the PUPs higher and get a set up....after that the guitar sounded incredible. The scalloped fret board is very well done and verye asy to play and get used to. Well done!I had two qulaity problems. The neck pick up 2 times had to be re-screwed because the spring popped out. A bigger problem is one time when bending a piece of the frets came up which needed a repair. Both issues were not very expensive.The fit and finish is very good, but not american built quality.Overall, a bit pricey for a japanese strat and now mexican strat. However the guitar is very well done and it plays fantastics. Although the fit and finish is not up to the american standard, the sounds you get from this guitar is....it is a very hot guitar.Message to fender -- Make an American made Blackmore strat and keep it in the $2000 range.Bottom-line: Recommended strongly...a great guitar.

      (10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Insult to Mr. Blackmore

      By GuitarFever73

      from East coast

      Comments about Fender Ritchie Blackmore Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

      I purchased this guitar as Im a long time Blackmore fan from Deep Purple to Rainbow to Blackmore's Night, I wish Fender would have done more research before they did this model as this is not the first time they had put this model out and its just like the one that was in 1997 Fender Japan. I just cant stand when Fender puts out a Tribute signature guitar and on some models they do a great job like the new DAVE Murray strat, but then like this model it looks like Fender just wanted to make money off Ritchie's name instead of building a guitar to pay him tribute. Back way back when When Ritchie was in DEEP Purple his guitar tech John "DAWK" STILLWELL did all the mods to Ritchie's Strats. He did the Progressive Scalloping as to how Ritchie wanted it, And removed the stock vintage frets with a Gibson size Medium Jumbo fret, he built a custom made tone circuit called the MTC, to work with each of the different pickups Ritchie used through the years, from Stock Fender strat single coils to the original Lace Sensor Gold pickups.I really feel Fender could have done alot better on this guitar. But I think they were just looking to make money period. I had my Blackmore Modified to the specs of John Dawk Stillwell's mods and now this is truly what a Tribute the man in black .

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Finally

      By Frank James

      from Massachusetts

      Comments about Fender Ritchie Blackmore Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

      This guitar is great. Love the tone and scalloped neck. Only problem is that Fender was shipping a bad batch in late '09 and I went through 5 different guitars to get a good one. To the credit of Musicians Friend, all the returns were hassle free and return shipping was covered. Now I've got a great guitar and the highest respect for Musicians Friend. They earned a loyal customer.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A very good deal

      By Woody-vY4rf

      from USA

      Comments about Fender Ritchie Blackmore Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

      This stratocaster delivers in terms of value, quality, and plyability. Those who have never played a scalloped neck would be pleased. it is easy to get used to,with no difficulty or difference in playability. All the things said about tone, sustain, bends etc. are present in this scalloped neck guitar. The pickups also contribute to the sound. if you are a lead, shred or solo guitar player, you will notice a difference whan you play this guitar. A good value for the money.

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