Ritchie Blackmore gear guitars


Ritchie Blackmore guitar virtuoso from Deep Purple and Rainbow goes through his guitar collection in his home music room. Ritchie Blackmore has diversed from heavy metal rock guitar hero to folk acoustic genius. What ever style of Ritchie Blackmore you like, he's still a guitar legend. Here we go through some of Ritchie Blackmore's gear from his home collection.

The main guitar you;d expect from Ritchie Blackmore gear is a Fender Stratocaster and your not wrong. From his Deep Purple and Rainbow days, he's built up a collection of Fender Stratocasters, and as expected from his acoustic folk guitar playing he's got a huge collection of acoustic guitars as part of his gear collection aswell.

Ritchie Blackmore talks about his guitar gear, his original Fender Stratocaster he's been playing for over 30 years. The guitar has a large 70's style headstock, and the neck is scalloped, carved out by Ritchie Blackmore himself. This must be where Yngwie got the idea from. The guitar is white and cream, with its distinctive look of having black pickup covers. The neck was refretted and the tech flattened the scalloped neck, the neck which Ritchie had worked so hard to scallop himself to make it how he wanted, after he got it back he attempted to scallop it again. The neck now however is too thin for Ritchies liking and doesn't play it anymore, and now remains in Ritchie Blackmore's guitar gear collection as a museum piece. The guitar also has a metal straplock on the headstock which Ritchie put on to confuse and annoy people as a joke, it doesn't actually do anything, but in the old days everyone was trying to work out what special function it had(3:11 in video below).

The second guitar in this clip is another Fender Stratocaster with a Roland synthesizer pickup. The top 2 strings on this guitar are slacked and unusable so Ritchie can lift the action of the strings and play a Steel/bottle neck on it without getting any unwanted buzzing and noises.



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