M... Take a ! “With the fact that my main Strat has been played at every show over the last 15-20 years, it’s become almost effortless, but when Fender sent over the first prototype in 2012, it felt perfect. Future Publishing Limited Quay House, The Ambury, However, he has since swapped the central pickup for a JB Jr, a change in preference that’s reflected on this new guitar. Entire contents Copyright © Musician's Friend Inc. Musician's Friend is a registered trademark of Musician's Friend, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Needless to say, it proved popular, albeit with a pretty specific slice of the guitar-buying public, and it went some way to slaking the thirst left somewhat unquenched by Fender’s 2001 be-mirrored Iron Maiden Strat and tantalising glimpses of the Japan-only HST-57DM Murray Tribute model. It has a set of vintage tuners, a C-shape neck profile with a super-comfy compound radius fingerboard, and is augmenting by a tidy Original Floyd Rose double- locking vibrato to cater for Dave's more extravagant moments on the whammy bar. Time is running out for the US retail giant. “Fender approached us in 2011 about issuing a signature model based on my main tobacco Stratocaster, and we agreed straight away that it would be a fantastic idea. (Middle Pickup), 5-Position Blade: Position 1. Given that he plays lead guitar in Iron Maiden, the world's biggest heavy metal act, Dave Murray is a relatively unassuming chap. We genuinely like this guitar. What R&D was done? The guitar isn’t suited only to metal, of course, but such is the kick from the two Hot Rails that you may find it a challenge to achieve a tone just at the point of break-up that’s suitably subtle for, say, Texas blues: there’s always that ceramic edge close by. Please try again later - we are experiencing technical difficulties. Neck Pickup, Floyd Rose® FRT-O1000 Double Locking 2-Point Tremolo, Fender® USA 250L Nickel Plated Steel (.009-.042 Gauges), PN 0730250403. Although a Dave Murray Strat has been sporadically available via Fender Japan for a while now (the HST-57DM), this new US-built model - based on Murray's original guitar that, in turn, was previously owned by Paul Kossoff - is on sale across the globe. Whether they like it or not, just about every player of any stature has one guitar with which they’re most strongly associated. The October 2020 issue of Guitar Magazine is out now! Middle Pickup, Position 4. Seymour Duncan's Hot Rails for Strat humbuckers are one of the Californian company's highest- output models, and while they're certainly super-hot and punchy, there's a wealth of tone when seated in the Strat's alder body. Bridge and Middle Pickup, Position 3. Like the other two guitars in this series, the Dave Murray Strat harks back to the instruments used by the respective members of Iron Maiden on 1987's Somewhere In Time tour. “I saw it advertised in Melody Maker, and I went down and checked it out. I got the serial numbers to make sure that it was his guitar. Our favourite new electric and acoustic guitar announcements, releases and rumours of the past month. “I think we retired the old black Strat back in 1988, as I started playing ESP during the Seventh Son… tour, before coming back to Fender, and yes I still have it.”, Tell us something about the Fenders you use on stage, “We have three Stratocasters in total, that have all the same design as the main tobacco Strat, one in cream and another in black, except those two guitars both have maple necks.