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So Buckethead...why do you think some guitarists give away
their guitars and some play the same guitar for their whole
career? I'm thinking Willie Nelson has been playing the same guitar
for the last 40-50 years. Manny a rock band guitarist has broken
the guitar they played the concert with in an angry fashion.
Are guitars like baseball bats...every player orders a quantity
knowing that they will break. How do you know you have a
true collectors item? Why would a guitar player making a living
decide a guitar is all of a sudden expendable? Is it a technologic thing?
Do you have any insight as to why Ritchie Blackmore would
want to let lose of the Stratocaster?

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Krink, other than David Gilmour, Ritchie Blackmore was the only guitar player that would go to Manny's in New York, and buy a guitar off the wall. His guitars were modified with certain pickups and the neck was scalloped. This was all done by John"Dawk" Stilwell, a tech for 25 years. He is the guru of amplifier mods, and helped give Blackmore his distinctive sound.

Anyways, Blackmore played the same Stratocaster for 25-30 years until it was ruined by the "overzealous fretman". The one I have was probably a back up guitar, but he played it quite a bit on the 1993 tour. What makes it an interesting guitar for me is, he played it for the final performance of Deep Purple in Helsinki in 1993. Blackmore explains a bit in the video below...



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So were you in the right place and time to procure it
or did you have to pull some strings? Please don't say you
bought it off E-Bay. What was the price?

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The Krink wrote:

So were you in the right place and time to procure it
or did you have to pull some strings? Please don't say you
bought it off E-Bay. What was the price?



Nope, no Ebay.  It came up on a website called Gbase.com

One of those sites that has all kinds of vintage stuff, at exorbitant prices. I was looking for a vintage Strat, and seen this 1974 Stratocaster. It said "owned by Ritchie Blackmore". I thought it was bullshit, so I spent about 30 days researching, and tracking down the owner. It happened to be John Stilwell, and still currently owns a bunch of his Marshall amps, guitars, and all kinds of shit from the "Rainbow" days.

To shorten this story, I was in New York anyways for a funeral, so we met at his shop on Long Island, gave me all the papers, pictures, videos, etc. to document the guitar. It will be worth far more when he is dead, but I paid $6K for it.  Sounds like a lot of money, but a brand new Les Paul will cost ya $3800-$4500 anyways. The one I have is already broken in, vintage, and a good conversation piece!

I'll make a video soon for You Tube so you can hear it.

 



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