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Fender Artist Series: Murray, Johnson, Blackmore

January 8, 2009 by  



Fender Artist Series, Murray, Johnson, Blackmore

As Gear-Vault previously received word on Fender’s Road Worn series, Fender is now boasting a few new Artist Series Strats for 2009, including the Dave Murray Stratocaster, Eric Johnson Stratocaster RW and Ritchie Blackmore Stratocaster.

Dave Murray Stratocaster

“Dave’s a very good guitarist, but he’s not the kind of guy who tries to outdo everybody. There’s enough scope in Iron Maiden’s music for all three guitarists to express themselves. The phrase ‘Let the music do the talking’ springs to mind when you talk about Dave. He’s always been able to express himself very well through the guitar”

“He’s got his own style and sound, and that’s a rare thing. Everyone who plays guitar wants to have that and he always has, even when he’d just started playing. We could plug into the same amp and he’d still sound like him. If you hear Dave playing, you know it’s Iron Maiden straight away” – Adrian Smith.

Guitarist Dave Murray of Iron Maiden, metal guitar hero and godfather has been playing Fender guitars since the mid ’70s. Dave recently joined forces with Fender to construct a signature model based on his legendary ’57 Stratocaster, which was previously owned by Paul Kossoff of the band Free.

The Dave Murray Stratocaster guitar features a supercharged HSH configuration—a DiMarzio PAF 36th Anniversary DP103 neck pickup, a DiMarzio Super Distortion DP100 bridge pickup and a Fender vintage-style middle pickup. Other features include a lacquer finish, and a flatter soft V-shaped neck with satin back. A vintage style tweed hardshell case is included.

Dave Murray Stratocaster Specs:

  • Colors (806) Black, (Nitrocellulose Lacquer Finish)
  • Body Comfort Contoured Alder Body
  • Neck 1-Piece Maple, Modified Soft “V” Shape, (Nitrocellulose Lacquer Finish with Satin Finish on Back)
  • Fingerboard Maple, 9.5” Radius (241 mm)
  • No. of Frets 21 Medium Jumbo Frets
  • Pickups Neck: Dimarzio PAF DP-103, Middle: Vintage Style Strat Single-Coil, Bridge: Dimarzio Super Distortion DP100
  • Controls Master Volume, Tone 1. (Neck Pickup), Tone 2. (Middle and Bridge Pickups)
  • Pickup Switching 3 Position Blade:
    Position 1: Full Bridge Humbucking Pickup,
    Position 2: Middle Pickup
    Position 3: Full Neck Humbucking Pickup
  • Bridge American Vintage Synchronized Tremolo
  • Machine Heads Fender/Gotoh Vintage Style Tuning Machines
  • Hardware Chrome
  • Pickguard 1-Ply White, (8 Hole)
  • Scale Length 25.5” (648 mm)
  • Width at Nut 1.650” (42 mm)
  • Unique Features Chrome Pickup Bezels (Mounted by Pickup Mounting Screws Only, Corner Screw Holes Empty Per Dave Murray’s Specifications), Modified Soft “V” Shape Maple Neck, Dave Murray Signature on Back of Headstock, Aged White Plastic Parts with Black Switch Tip, Black Dot Position Inlays, Vintage Styling, Synthetic Bone Nut Strings
  • Fender Standard Tension ST250R, Nickel Plated Steel, Gauges: (.010, .013, .017, .026, .036, .046)
  • Accessories Vintage Tweed Case, Vintage Style Strap, Cable
  • Introduced 1/2009

Eric Johnson Stratocaster RW

In the guitarworld, few musicians command the admiration and respect bestowed upon Eric Johnson. A man collectively recognized for not just his dazzling musicianship, but also his unique and incomparable tone, as well as defying categorization with his unorthodox blend of rock, blues, jazz and country.

There is no greater example of guitar hero Eric Johnson’s devotion to his art than his new Artist Series signature model Stratocaster guitar. With singular attention to detail, the new Eric Johnson Stratocaster RW features a two-piece alder body finished in thin-skin nitrocellulose lacquer, a quartersawn maple neck with bound round-laminated 12”-radius rosewood fretboard, a three-ply parchment pickguard, pickups voiced by Eric himself, staggered vintage-style tuners, a custom tremolo block, and four brand-new finish options, three of which (Lucerne Aqua Firemist, Tropical Turquoise and Medium Palomino Metallic) are exclusive to this model. A deluxe blonde hardshell case is included.

Eric Johnson Artist Series Specs:

  • Colors Dakota Red, Tropical Turquoise, Medium Palomino Metallic, Lucerne Aqua Firemist, (Thin-Skin Nitrocellulose Lacquer)
  • Body 2-Piece, Deep Contoured, ‘57 Style Lightweight Alder Body
  • Neck Quartersawn Maple, Soft “V” Shape, (Nitrocellulose Lacquer Finish)
  • Fingerboard Bound Round Laminated Rosewood, 12” Radius (305 mm)
  • No. of Frets 21 Highly Polished Medium Jumbo Frets
  • Pickups 3 Specially Voiced Eric Johnson Single-Coil Pickups with Countersunk Mounting Screws (Neck/Middle/Bridge)
  • Controls Master Volume, Tone 1. (Neck Pickup), Tone 2. (Bridge Pickup)
  • Pickup Switching 5-Position Blade:
    1. Bridge Pickup Position
    2. Bridge and Middle Pickup 3. Middle Pickup Position
    4. Middle and Neck Pickup Position
    5. Neck Pickup
  • Bridge American Vintage Synchronized Tremolo
  • Machine Heads Fender/Gotoh Staggered Vintage Style Tuning Machines
  • Hardware Nickel/Chrome
  • Pickguard 3-Ply Parchment, (8-Hole)
  • Scale 25.5” (648 mm)
  • Width at Nut 1.650” (42 mm)
  • Unique Features
    Extra Smooth Neck to Headstock Volute, Special Neckplate with Engraved EJ and Kokopelli, 1957 Style Body Cavities, Countersunk Holes in Pickguard for Pickup Mounting Screws, Pearloid Dot Inlay Position Markers, Height Staggered Vintage Style Tuners which Eliminate the Need for String Trees, Vintage Tremolo with Silver Painted Block and ‘57 Style String Recess (No Paint Between Base Plate and Block), 3-Ply 8-Hole Parchment Pickguard, 5 Tremolo Springs and No Back Tremolo Cover Plate
  • Strings Fender Super 250R, Nickel Plated Steel, Gauges: (.010, .013, .017, .026, .036, .046)
  • Accessories Deluxe Blonde Hardshell Case, Levy’s Woven Strap, 15’ Koil Kords Cable, “Ash Tray” Bridge Cover

Ritchie Blackmore Stratocaster

Legendary guitarist Ritchie Blackmore has been creating memorable guitar riffs for decades. His deft phrasing and unmistakable tone have helped make the phrase “guitar solo” a household term.

Blackmore and Fender are now proud to introduce the Ritchie Blackmore Signature Stratocaster guitar, based on his favorite ’70s model and featuring a maple neck with a graduated scalloped rosewood fingerboard, Seymour Duncan Quarter Pound Flat pickups, and ’70s-style “F” tuners. A deluxe gig bag is included.

Ritchie Blackmore Stratocaster Specs:

  • Colors Olympic White, (Polyester Finish)
  • Body Alder
  • Neck Maple, “U” Shape, (Gloss Polyurethane Finish)
  • Fingerboard Graduated Scalloped Rosewood, 7.25” Radius (184 mm)
    No. of Frets 21 Vintage Style Frets
  • Pickups 1 Seymour Duncan Quarter Pound Flat SSL-4 Single-Coil Strat Pickup (Neck), 1 Non-Active “Dummy” Pickup (Middle), 1 Reverse Wound/Reverse Polarity Seymour Duncan Quarter Pound Flat SSL-4 Single-Coil Strat Pickup (Bridge)
  • Controls Master Volume, Tone 1. (Neck and Middle Pickup), Tone 2. (Bridge Pickup)
  • Pickup Switching 3-Position Blade:
    Position 1. Bridge Pickup
    Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickup
    Position 3. Neck Pickup
  • Bridge Vintage Style Synchronized Tremolo
  • Machine Heads Fender/Schaller Vintage “F” Style Tuning Machines
  • Hardware Chrome
  • Pickguard 3-Ply white
  • Scale 25.5” (648 mm)
  • Width at Nut 1.650” (42 mm)
  • Unique Features Ritchie Blackmore Signature on Front of Headstock, Flush Mounted Dunlop Straplocks, Large ‘70s Style Headstock, ‘70s Style Decal, Bullet Truss Rod Adjustment Nut, 3-Bolt Neck Plate with Micro-Tilt™ Neck Adjustment, Pearloid Dot Position Inlays, Black Plastic Knobs, Pickup Covers, Tremolo and Switch Tips, Synthetic Bone Nut
  • Strings Fender Super Bullets 3250L, Nickel Plated Steel, (.009 to .042)
  • Accessories Deluxe Gig Bag

For more information visit Fender.com

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