Now here’s a real beauty. The Fender Custom Shop is introducing a replica of Richtie Blackmore’s black Fender Stratocaster, the instrument on which he gave birth to Deep Purple’s legendary Smoke on the Water riff. This 2013 limited edition guitar is reportedly as close as it gets to the original used by Blackmore during the early 70s and specifically on Purple’s best selling album Machine Head. The Fender Custom Shop Ritchie Blackmore Tribute Stratocaster features a lightly worn urethane finished two piece alder body, a 7.25” radius maple fingerboard on a ’69 U-shaped rounded neck and of course medium jumbo frets. Fender guru Abigail Ybarra took personally care of the ’69 custom make hand –wound pickups which are controlled via a three way switch. Other details of the Blackmore Tribune Strat include the typical ¼” tremolo arm (which I’m sure only Ritchie himself would manage to break), Schaller tuners and Micarta nut, rear headstock tribute decal and a certificate of authenticity.
For those of you who intend to visit the NAMM 2013, you might want to stop by the Fender ‘both’ and check out that baby. And when you’re done with that, please come back and share your comments with us here.
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