This project is definitely one that exemplifies the pinnacle of my aspirations of a guitar player. Thinking back to some of my earliest childhood memories, I repeatedly 'borrowed' quarters from my parents to put into the jukebox at our favorite family restaurant to hear "Smoke on the Water" over and over again. This of course led me to eventually own the Machine Head album, which led me to Highway Star, Lazy, Space Truckin'... and then to all the other Purple albums. The 70's were an awesome time to grow up. Now, many years later, I am fortunate enough to know Ritchie Blackmore's guitar tech from the Rainbow/Purple years. He has sold me a set of pickups used by Ritchie from one of his strats that he smashed on stage in 1986. These pickups (along with a lot of other salvaged parts from smashed guitars) were in storage in the "Deep Purple" spare parts road case. Now, they're going to be the centerpiece of my Blackmore tribute strat, which is being built by William Raynaud at WR Guitars (thanks to those of you who recommended him). Here are the pickups and the story: Ritchie's tech told me that he accidentally dropped one of his strats, then ended up smashing it on the spot! These are original Lace hot golds from the mid-80s and came with proper documentation from Ritchie's tech of being used/abused by Ritchie Blackmore. It's actually an honor for me to have these pickups- used by one of my biggest influences. I'm going to have these installed in a WR Guitars custom made Blackmore Strat like Ritchie's pictured below. I will plan to have a beer with my new guitar, once it arrives and the pickups are installed! Build pics to follow!