Could this case have belonged to Ritcie Blackmore? Deep Purple

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  1. CB91710

    CB91710 No GAS shortage here Double Platinum Supporting Member

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    Stencils were a lot easier to get than band stickers in the 70s.
     
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    RussV Senior Stratmaster

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    Probably real. I once owned an old Hiwatt 4x12 cab with Bad Fingers name\logo on the back.
    Many years ago I also saw (and could have bought) one of Mitch Mitchell's drum cases. It had 'Hendrix Experience' stencilled on it. Kicked myself ever since!
     
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    workerunit Strat-Talk Member

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    Yes, especially a stoned, drunk and wired out roadie.

    As for the case, it would be easy to fake, but you never know.

    The real question is were you asked to pay extra for the case because of the stencils???
     
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    Anything's possible.

    On the other hand.

    I worked in a music store (technically, I was originally hired to demo and sell pianos and organs) and eventually took over the guitar end of things.
    We did all kinds of things (usually not particularly overt) to sell guitars. If we had a guitar sitting around for a long time, we'd give it the best setup in the shop and let someone "discover" it as the best playing guitar on the wall.

    Another thing we'd do is spray paint a logo or a band name on a case (or the back of a 4x12 cabinet) and then beat it up to make it look roadworn. We'd leave the case out where it would be half-hidden but easy enough to spot, and then field the inevitable questions on what guitar was associated with *that* case. Inevitably, gone in a week. Especially true if we left rusty strings on the guitar. We never actually said the case belonged to a famous player in a famous band, just that we took the guitar in on trade.

    There's one (or several) born every minute.
     
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    I remember a pawn shop in the mid '80s that had a double necked Rickenbacher with a case that read, GENESIS BAND. Could it be? I think not. But the RB case looks legit.
     
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    I think his greatest claim to fame was apparently being the shop assistant in Jim Marshall's store who sold a teenage Blackmore a used '61 ES-335.... as used on all the DP mk1 stuff and then up to and including 'Child In TIme' with mk2.


    PS. As for the OP's original question about the case I'd say it's perfectly possible.

    Back in '93 Ian Gillan threw dozens of them out...
     
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    Find Mike Eldred and send him the photos. When he was with Fender he was involved in the Blackmore Artist Series Strat project.
     
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    As an interesting sidetrack....both Mitch Mitchell and Ritchie Blackmore appeared in the 1963 British film Live it Up. At 18.05 we see a young Mitch and at 46.00 there's Ritchie playing his 335 when he was in the Outlaws. Steve Marriot is in it too.

     
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  9. SpeedKing

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    Those were the days!

    Recorded during the time Blackmore was doing session work for Joe Meek. I'm sure somewhere I've read the band were miffed as they had to really rush either to or back from a gig to get to the filming.

    You probably also know that that's MIck Underwood on the drums later of 'Gillan' fame (amongst many others) and Chas Hodges from Chas & Dave on the 12 string acoustic before he was widely associated with the piano.
     
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    Never knew this clip existed--That's really cool!
     
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    Without provenance it’s a lot of work to remove. I hate when they do that. Whoever.
     
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    Ultimately, this.
    You can talk to 20 techs that worked for DP, and 15 of them might tell you "Ya, that's how we tagged the cases, two names top and bottom, usually we'd flip one so you'd see it at any angle, but not always... that might be one of ours"

    But in the end, without provenance, it's a Fender HSC worth no more than any other early 70s Fender HSC.