Guitar riff remembered
It was the 40th anniversary of Deep Purple’s classic masterpiece Smoke On The Water, last month.
It was also the ruby anniversary of what is believed to be the most popular and played guitar riff of all time.… Dah dah DAAH, dah dah da DAAH, dah dah DAAH, dah dah.
Earlier this year, Fender®, the American guitar builder, meticulously crafted a tribute to the instrument on which Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore played the riff, launching a million aspiring guitarists. To this day, one can walk into any local music store and see guitarists of all ages wrestling with the timeless riff.
Limited to a production of 2013 units, the commemorative Fender Custom Shop Ritchie Blackmore Tribute Stratocaster® guitar is an exact replica of the black Strat® guitar Blackmore played with Deep Purple in the early ’70s, including the recording of the album ‘Machine Head’ and the band’s greatest hit single
Smoke on the Water which was released on album in 1972 and as a single in May 1973.
It reached No.4 on the Billboard pop singles chart in the US and propelled ‘Machine Head’ into the Top 10 worldwide. The song has appeared on countless “greatest” lists over the past 40 years, including Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Songs of All Time,” VH1’s “40 Greatest Metal Songs” and Q’s “100 Greatest Guitar Tracks.”
Deep Purple, once listed by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s loudest, the band has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide. More recently, the band was nominated for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductio
The Fender Custom Shop Ritchie Blackmore Tribute Stratocaster is based on his 1968 Strat® and has a two-piece alder body with a lightly worn black urethane finish, a ’68 “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.n earlier this year.
Other distinctive features include three-way pickup switching, Schaller® tuners, Micarta nut, four-bolt neck plate with the serial number and the stylized Fender “F,” and a vintage-style synchronized tremolo equipped with Blackmore’s distinctive custom ¼” arm. Each instrument also includes an exclusive rear-headstock tribute decal, certificate of authenticity and orange-line black textured vinyl case with a “Fender Amp” logo.