NAMM 2015: Fender unveils Dave Murray California Series Strat

NAMM 2015: Longtime Fender fury Dave Murray of Iron Maiden has teamed up with Fender for a new signature model, dubbed the Dave Murray California Series Strat.

The new model sees Fender and Murray focus on emulating his onstage favourite with three singlecoil-sized humbuckers, including two Seymour Duncan Hot Rails and a JB Jr. This in contrast to the previous model's HSH configuration.

Aside from a Floyd Rose vibrato and nut and a suitably speedy compound radius fingerboard, the other features on the California Series Strat remain quite traditional and there's no coil-splitting electronic trickery etc.

Fender says the new guitar should hit retailers' shelves in mid-February. For more information, go to (opens in new tab).

Matt Parker

Matt is a freelance journalist who has spent the last decade interviewing musicians for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar,, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched (opens in new tab), which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.