Ritchie Blackmore Shows Off His Favorite Guitars — Video

by Guitar World Staff
Posted Apr 21, 2015 at 3:15pm

In the video below, former Deep Purple and Rainbow guitarist Ritchie Blackmore—who now plies his trade with Blackmore’s Night—shows off and discusses several of his guitars.

The video also features his wife, Candice Night, another key figure in Blackmore’s Night.

The clip includes instruments Blackmore used during his Deep Purple and Rainbow days, including his main Fender Strat, which he says he’s played for the past 30-plus years.

He also discusses scalloping his fretboards, a process that takes him three days to achieve, and shares a story about a luthier who undid his scalloping handiwork by replaning the fretboard to make it flat again. Enjoy!


Add a Comment
0 Comments

Similar Guitar News

Ritchie Blackmore, David Gilmour, Brian May and Others Play "Smoke on the Water" in 1989 — Video (7/13/2015)
It was 26 years ago this week that one of the greatest guitar hero gatherings of all time got under way. The occasion was a remake of the 1972 Deep Purple hit “Smoke on the Water” that featured some of the biggest players in rock, including Ritc...
Ritchie Blackmore Rumored for Monsters of Rock—Watch Him Shred at 2015 Show (10/23/2015)
Ritchie Blackmore will make his return to rock at the 2016 Monsters of Rock Festival in Bietigheim-Bissingen, Germany, according to multiple sources. The festival takes place June 18, 2016. The show will mark the first rock performance by the le...
Ritchie Blackmore Confirms His Return to Rock with Four European Shows in 2016 (9/9/2015)
Here's a bit of good news for fans of Ritchie Blackmore and his old bands, Deep Purple and Rainbow. The guitarist has announced he will play four rock-focused shows in Europe in 2016. As any good Blackmore fan knows, he moved away from rock abou...
Deep Respect: Ritchie Blackmore's Musical Tribute to Jon Lord, "Carry On...Jon" (6/8/2015)
Blackmore's Night released their latest studio album, Dancer and the Moon (Frontiers Records), two years, right around this time of year. Among the album's highlights is an instrumental track called "Carry On...Jon," which Blackmore's Night guit...
'The Ritchie Blackmore Story' Coming to DVD and Blu-Ray in November (9/11/2015)
On November 6, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release The Ritchie Blackmore Story on DVD, Blu-ray, digital formats and a deluxe 2DVD+2CD edition. In this documentary, the former Deep Purpler and Rainbow guitarist has granted fans extraordinary ac...
Deep Purple's Ritchie Blackmore Talks "Highway Star" Guitar Solo — Covers by John Petrucci, Joe Satriani and More (4/13/2015)
“Highway Star” is but one highlight of Machine Head, Deep Purple’s greatest triumph. Ironically, it almost never came to be. In early 1972, shortly after retreating to Montreaux, Switzerland, to record, the British band was beset by a wealth of ...
100 Greatest Guitar Solos: No. 15 "Highway Star" (Ritchie Blackmore) (4/13/2015)
“Highway Star” is but one highlight of Machine Head, Deep Purple’s greatest triumph. Ironically, it almost never came to be. In early 1972, shortly after retreating to Montreaux, Switzerland, to record, the British band was beset by a wealth of ...
Deep Purple's Ian Gillian Has No Desire to Reunite with Ritchie Blackmore (8/1/2013)
Deep Purple released a successful album earlier this summer. So did Ritchie Blackmore's band, Blackmore's Night. But is there a chance these guys will get together and release a Deep Purple album with Blackmore? According to Deep Purple singer I...
Greatest Guitar Solos of All Time Readers Poll: Round 2 — "Highway Star" (Ritchie Blackmore) Vs. "Little Wing" (Jimi Hendrix) (7/17/2013)
A few years ago, the editors of Guitar World magazine compiled what we feel is the ultimate guide to the 100 Greatest Guitar Solos of All Time. The list, which has been quoted by countless artists, websites and publications around the world, sta...
Hear "Carry On...Jon," Ritchie Blackmore's Instrumental Tribute to Deep Purple's Jon Lord (6/16/2013)
Blackmore's Night released their new studio album, Dancer and the Moon, June 11 through Frontiers Records. Among the album's highlights is an instrumental track called "Carry On...Jon," which Ritchie Blackmore wrote as a tribute to his former De...
Greatest Guitar Solos of All Time Readers Poll: Round 1 — "Highway Star" (Ritchie Blackmore) Vs. "Shock Me" (Ace Frehley) (6/12/2013)
A few years ago, the editors of Guitar World magazine compiled what we feel is the ultimate guide to the 100 Greatest Guitar Solos of All Time. The list, which has been quoted by countless artists, websites and publications around the world, sta...
40 Years After "Smoke on the Water," Fender Custom Shop Introduces Ritchie Blackmore Tribute Strat (5/9/2013)
The Fender Custom Shop is paying tribute to the "anvil" used to forge one of the greatest guitar riffs in rock history, the one from Deep Purple's "Smoke on the Water," with its limited-edition Fender Custom Shop Ritchie Blackmore Tribute Strato...
Video: Ritchie Blackmore and Deep Purple Perform in New York in 1973 (4/28/2013)
With Deep Purple's new studio album, Now What?!, waiting in the wings for its April 30 North American release, we thought we'd glance back at the classic Mark II lineup of the band — the legendary Ritchie Blackmore (guitar), Roger Glover (bass),...
Heaven & Earth's Stuart Smith on Ritchie Blackmore, Richie Sambora and new album, Dig (3/22/2013)
Read more about Heaven & Earth's Stuart Smith on Ritchie Blackmore, Richie Sambora and new album, Dig at MusicRadar.com "The first Heaven & Earth album was really a solo effort with everybody I knew playing on it," says guitarist Stuart ...
NAMM 2013: Fender launches Ritchie Blackmore Tribute Strat (1/23/2013)
Read more about NAMM 2013: Fender launches Ritchie Blackmore Tribute Strat at MusicRadar.com NAMM 2013: Fender is giving guitarists the world over the chance to recreate one of the most famous riffs of all time on a guitar that's a gnat's wing a...