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1995 Fender Ritchie Blackmore Stratocaster ST72-145RB Olympic White, Japan MIJ Fujigen


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Up for sale, a 1995 Fender Ritchie Blackmore signature Stratocaster model ST72-145RB in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. Not to be confused with the more common Fender Mexico iteration of this model, this particular Blackmore is an upscale Fender Japan model produced at the famed Fujigen factory, particularly rare and offering the incredible attention to detail and the premium fit and finish work for which Fender Japan is known.

A British guitar player who cut his teeth on Joe Meek sessions before joining Deep Purple and eventually founding the heavy metal genre-bending band Rainbow, Ritchie Blackmore is a guitar pioneer in every respect, and his signature model Strat reflects the need for easy playability and powerful sounds much meatier than one typically expects from a Strat. With an alder body and pair of Seymour Duncan Quarter Pound SSL-4 pickups (the middle "pickup" is not part of the circuit and mounted flush with the pickguard and out of the pick path), the Blackmore is a stripped down, elegant Fender Japan offering. With more than twice the power of a traditional Stratocaster single coil, the Quarter Pound SSL-4 has a fat, punchy tone with plenty of top end sparkle. The hand-polished, large diameter alnico V magnets are matched with a more powerful coil winding to deliver sparkly midrange harmonics, great sustain, and big, full chords. This Strat weighs 7lbs 7oz, setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings and low action.

The maple neck is capped with a graduated scalloped rosewood fretboard, and the neck profile is a slender C shape with round shoulders that frets easily in every position, measuring .785" deep at the 1st fret and .930" at the 12th. The scalloping is graduated in the sense that it's less pronounced at the nut, with deeper valleys between the frets as you move up the fretboard. The original slender frets show light uniform wear on frets 1-3, extending exclusively beneath the plain strings to fret 7, with virtually no wear further up the fretboard. The scale length is 25 1/2“, and the nut measures 1 5/8" in width. The headstock is fitted with original Schaller-made Fender "F" tuners that turn very smoothly. The "Made in Japan" text and N-prefix serial are present just above the three-bolt F neck plate.

All of the electronics function as intended, with a three-way pickup selector switch (Bridge, Bridge+Neck, Neck), Master Volume knob, and individual Tone knobs for each Seymour Duncan single coil. The chrome hardware shows a speckling of surface rust on the bridge and neck plate, with more concentrated patina on the pickup poles, none of which affects functionality in the slightest. Plastics include the three-ply white pickguard paired with black knobs and pickup covers. The gloss finish shows some aging of the clear coat, particularly on the body contours, with a few requisite scuffs in the clear coat of the gloss. The neck profile sports a flawless smooth gloss finish.

A gigbag is included.