In this business, the helter-skelter rush towards Xmas and the New Year is closely followed by a trip (although not for all of us...grr!) to that Amercial: the Anaheim Convention Center to be precise. Yep, NAMM is almost upon us.
Amongst the literally hundreds of news releases we´ve received are a gaggle of top (and not so top) products from your favourite brands and companies. However, a story we´ve picked up concerns the soon-to-be-officially-announced brace of new Iron Maiden signature models: the Fender Dave Murray Strat, Steve Harris Precision bass, and Jackson Adrian Smith Signature.
We´ve managed to unearth some half-official shots (which are below), although we´re yet to receive word as to the spec of the instruments. What´s for sure is that they´ll appear in our NAMM round-up in the magazine, with a much closer look soon after.
So, here´s the Dave Murray Strat. We reckon it´ll be very similar to that that´s been HST-57DM model that´s been available in Japan for a while now...hope so.
The Jackson Adrian Smith is based on the MIDI´d-up version he used for most of the Somewhere In Time/Seventh Son... album 'n tour rotations, and you´ll recognise the option on the right from the thievery that took place in Greece a while back: the guitar has since been returned, we hear.
Shot taken from the brand new Jackson catalogue...
And here, for completion's sake, is a shot of the old Steve Harris IM bass. All we know of the newbie is that it too will be finished in metallic blue and it´s bound to also offer a Badass bridge and a brace of Seymour Duncan Quarterpounders.
What about the Janick Gers model, we hear you ask. Um, we´ll get back to you on that one...
More info, once it appears, from Fender... (opens in new tab)