First Build - Dave Murray strat

The Norwegian Guy

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I have been thinking quite a bit of what my first build is going to be.
And before I buy some expensive body, I will try to build a less expensive guitar.

Thinking of my favourite band Iron Maiden, and one of my favourit guitarists, Dave Murray.
A white strat with a SSS config. SD Hot Rails in neck and middle, Cool Rails in bridge mounted on a white pearl pickguard.
non recessed Floyd Rose and a maple neck.

I guess this will work just fine for my project:

neck:
http://www.warmoth.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=38603{2}6{3}13{7}31{33}409

body:
http://www.warmoth.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=40865{8}118{12}194

And other parts as floyd, pups etc. etc. You know the drill!
 

NonsenseTele

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Why the cool rails in the bridge? it's more single-coil sound than humbucker, isn't??? Put a hot rails on bridge... think it's better
 

blue313

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The cool rails is more of a neck pickup, its going to be pretty bright in the bridge compared to the hot rails.
 

The Norwegian Guy

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Is it?
The guy in the local guitarstore told me that it was even more humbucking than the hotrails ???
But I guess I'll take your advices!

:eek:ccasion14:
 

NonsenseTele

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Blue313 said:
The cool rails is more of a neck pickup, its going to be pretty bright in the bridge compared to the hot rails.

Never played it, but I'm kind of guitar geek, and for the SD manual I had it wasn't that HB... But I lost it about 4 years ago, so I may be wrong, anyway, HB in single size, the Hot Raills is the hottest from SD... It's what I think you'll most enjoy!
 

blue313

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http://www.seymourduncan.com/products/electric/stratocaster/cutting-edge/cool_rails_for/
Created by popular demand, Cool Rails™ use the same twin coil design as our Hot Rails™, but are wound to produce a clearer, brighter, and more dynamic sound. Hotter and louder than both the Vintage Staggered (SSL-1) Hot Stack® (STK-S2) pickups, Cool Rails are for players who need a louder, punchier, and fatter single-coil sound.


http://www.seymourduncan.com/products/electric/stratocaster/cutting-edge/hot_rails_for_s/
One of the highest output and most popular pickups we make. The two thin blades, strong ceramic magnet and powerful coil windings give you the incredible sustain and a fat, full sound that's needed for playing heavier rock music.
 

DocNrock

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One of my Strats has a hot rails bridge and cool rails neck.  Great combo.  I also have a vintage rails in the middle just to round things out.
 

Fish Out of Water

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I seem to remember Dave Murray playing strats with full sized humbuckers in the bridge.  But I could be wrong, wouldn't be the first time.
 

NonsenseTele

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Fish said:
I seem to remember Dave Murray playing strats with full sized humbuckers in the bridge.  But I could be wrong, wouldn't be the first time.
Expect him to be 20+ guitars... He play with both full size humbucker and single-sized...
 

DocNrock

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For a while there Murray was playing a Strat with a hot rails bridge...don't know if he had hot rails or cool rails in the neck, however.  I think it was the hot rails neck in the neck.
 

Kostas

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The Norwegian Guy said:
Is it?
The guy in the local guitarstore told me that it was even more humbucking than the hotrails ???
But I guess I'll take your advices!

:eek:ccasion14:

Both versions of Hot Rails (bridge & neck) have more output than the Cool Rails pickups http://www.seymourduncan.com/comparetones

Just make a guitar you like. Dave Murray has a lot of guitars with a lot of pickups, a lot of amps, a lot of effects and a lot of money...

 

m4rk0

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His most famous guitar was the one he bought from Paul Kosoff (of Free)
I read an article on it a while ago, but can't find it back (it may have been in a magazine now I think of it)
anyway, it's a '57 strat and I believe that Fender built him a replica so he could retire the original..
 

NonsenseTele

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Marko said:
His most famous guitar was the one he bought from Paul Kosoff (of Free)
I read an article on it a while ago, but can't find it back (it may have been in a magazine now I think of it)
anyway, it's a '57 strat and I believe that Fender built him a replica so he could retire the original..

The black one with cream DiMarzio Superdistortion, if my memories are ok  :toothy12:
 
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