Richie Blackmore Tribute Stratocaster

Richie Blackmore Tribute Stratocaster

NAMM 2013

For more than 40 years now, Blackmore's famously forceful G minor blues riff in the 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.


NAMM 2013 This wasn’t just any old relic’d black Stratocaster at the Fender Custom Shop booth, this was the new and limited for 2013 Ritchie Blackmore Strat.

This is the guitar that pays tribute to the man that wrote one of the quintessential Rock riffs, the simple yet melodic primer that all blooming guitarists like to pick up in their early days. The Blackmore Strat is a reproduction of the 1968 Stratocaster that Blackmore wrote Smoke On The Water with, and it’s build of a hand selected alder body with a urethane finish, custom “U” shaped maple neck with a 7.25″ radius, 21 medium jumbo frets, custom ’68 Strat pickups handwound by Abby Ybarra, 3-way pickup switch, and a vintage bridge with a special 1/4″ tremolo arm just like Blackmore’s.