I am offering a Fender Richie Sambora Signature Stratocaster from 1996, a signature model of the Bon Jovi guitarist made in Ensenada, Mexico with a solid poplar body, bolt-on maple neck with slim flat oval modern “C” neck profile, fine rosewood fingerboard with white dot inlays, hot HSS pickup constellation with a DiMarzio Custom PAF Pro humbucker at the bridge and two Fender Special Design single-coil pickups, tuning-stable Floyd Rose II Double Locking tremolo bridge and Fender Standard Cast/Sealed tuners in a radiant high-gloss black finish with a small Fender headstock including Sambora signature and shiny chrome hardware in excellent collector’s condition including black hardshell case and professional setup with 10-gauge Ernie Ball strings.
Whether as lead guitarist of Bon Jovi, as frontman of his eponymous solo project or as a legendary soloist – Richie Sambora shaped the rock scene like no other guitarist. He is one of the most famous guitarists of the 20th/21st century and, with his creative riffs, memorable songwriting (alongside Jon Bon Jovi) and tasteful solos, is one of the best-known rock guitarists of all time. He has been making history with his music for over four decades and, in addition to his impressive playing technique and unmistakable sound, it is above all the Fender Stratocaster that acts as a figurehead for this exceptional talent.
To pay tribute to this unique man and musician, in 1994 Fender launched a signature model built in Mexico in a special collaboration, which combined all the specs based on Richie’s hard rock Strats from the 80s. The result is an absolute premium high-end model and one of the best signature models from Fender Mexico ever.
The guitar comes with a versatile HSS pickup set, which, with the DiMarzio Custom PAF Pro humbucker at the bridge and the two Fender Special Design single coils, provides a great balance of bell-like, midrange-emphasized Strat sounds and brutally hot double-coil sounds.
A sound sample of the model (white version only) can be found at the end of the photo gallery above.
As a special extra, this signature Strat comes with a factory-installed high-quality Floyd Rose II Double Locking tremolo, which, in the style of the ’80s Superstrats, allows you to bend tones to the utmost without having to compromise on tuning stability.
With the slim “C”-shaped neck profile and the 42mm nut width, the guitar is also excellent to play.
Visually, this Strat also leaves a lasting impression: the black high-gloss finish with white plastic parts and the gleaming chrome hardware complement the dark rosewood fingerboard and the light maple neck elements perfectly. The small headstock including the Fender spaghetti logo and Sambora signature round off the overall picture.
In short, a super rare, detailed signature model that has nothing to hide from any American Fender model.
- Year of manufacture: 1996
- Origin: Ensenada, Mexico
- Series: Artist Series
- Body: Poplar, solid
- Neck: Maple with walnut skunk stripe, bolt-on
- Neck profile: Flat Oval Modern “C”
- Fingerboard: Rosewood with white dot inlays
- Fretboard radius: 9.5”
- Headstock: Small headstock with Fender Spaghetti logo and Richie Sambora signature
- Pickups: 1x DiMarzio Custom PAF Pro Humbucker (bridge), 2x Fender Special Design Singlecoils (middle, neck)
- Electronics: 5-way switch, 1x volume and 2x tone controls
- Bridge: Floyd Rose II Double Locking 2-Point Tremolo
- Tuners: Fender Standard Cast/Sealed Tuners
- Hardware: Chrome
- Finish: Black, high gloss
- Scale length: 648mm
- Nut: 42mm, Locking
- Frets: 21, Medium Jumbo
- Weight: 3,7kg
- Serial no.: MSN504030
- Incl. black hardshell case
This Richie Sambora Stratocaster was only built like this in the 1990s and is rare today:
This guitar is in excellent collector’s condition and technically flawless. Visually, there is only fine wear (see pictures). The frets are in superb condition.
I have set up the guitar with 10-gauge Ernie Ball strings (I have been a guitar teacher for many years) and will ship fully insured with DHL for 29.99€ within Germany or for 69.99€ within the EU. Shipping outside the EU possible – individual shipping costs on request.
Please look at all photos before buying and clarify any questions. Thank you! 🙂