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NAMM 2013: Fender releases Ritchie Blackmore tribute Strat

Jory Mackay
NAMM 2013: Fender releases Ritchie Blackmore tribute Strat

Fender's Custom Shop is releasing a limited-run of tribute guitars based on the Stratocaster that spawned Smoke of the Water.

The Fender Custom Shop Ritchie Blackmore Tribute 1969 Stratocaster Light Relic guitar is limited to 2013 production and is a meticulously crafted replica of the all-black Fender Stratocaster Blackmore played with Deep Purple in the early '70s.

The tribute guitar features a lightly worn black urethane finished two-piece alder body; a '69 'U'-shape maple neck with a 7.25" radius, medium jumbo frets, Micarta nut and Schaller tuners, custom '69 Strat pickups hand-wound by legendary pickup winder Abigail Ybarra, a vintage synchronised tremelo complete with Ritchie's custom 1/4" arm, and three-way switching.

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In addition, each Blackmore guitar includes an exclusive 'Tribute' decal on the back of the headstock, four-bolt neck plate with 'F' and serial number, certificate and Black Tolex case with orange lining and a 'Fender Amp' logo.

Tags: Fender , stratocaster , fender custom shop , NAMM 2013 , Ritchie Blackmore

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