I have had one of the new Dave Murray Strats on order since February and yesterday went to pick it up; which also gave the the opportunity to grab a used Classic Vibe Tele in mint condition. I'll post photo shortly (this weekend is proving to be massively busy) so here are my initial thoughts. The new Dave Murray is a lot different to the original - gone are the dimarzio HSH configuration, nitro finish and standard term. Replacing them is a pair of hot rails and JB Junior. Trem is now an original floyd and the guitar has a rosewood board. It's 2 tone burst with a pearloid guard. The new model is Mexican made as opposed to US. I haven't had much opportunity to play test but the initial impressions are good - the compound radius make the neck very playable and the action is spot on with no hint of rattle. The hot rail in the bridge is as hot as Lord Flashheart's pants and cleans up (surprisingly) well. Equally the Neck rail is extremely fat sounding. The JB in the middle is a bit of a revelation (no pun intended) as it sounds great clean, thick without being muddy. There are also a couple of lucky cosmetic wins on the guitar - firstly the body (I believe 2 part) is seamlessly matched and secondly the back of the headstock has wonderful bit of birds eye going on - it's present all along the neck, but most visible on the headstock It's not all plain sailing though - somehow Fender have managed to put the wrong accessories pack in the box - it appears to be from a US Deluxe. The mismatch Allen keys are not a problem as I have others that fit, however Trem action will have to wait until it can sorted next week. My other gripe with it relates more to new guitars in general, the board is coated with quite a liberal dose of fretboard dye -this something all manufacturers are doing and they should all just stop it. Aside from making the board feel very dry, it is prone to marking during the playing off stage. I'd rather have a lighter board that doesn't leave black marks on your fingers! Now for the Classic Vibe - this was £199 of win! This guitar is utterly awesome - I'm very reluctant to say this, but it's better than my Baja tele - in every respect. It's the butterscotch blonde version and the finish is applied flawlessly - the neck tint is also top draw. Hardware and electrics feel solid and the pickups (which I think come from the same factory as Tonerider) sound very authentic (they're not particularly high output, but the bite is present by the bucket load). It's three part body comprising a 10%, 80%, 10% split - matched so well the pieces can only be seen end on. Medium Jumbo frets and 9.25 inch radius mack the guitar play like a modern guitar, yet somehow it still has that vintage look. All in all this guitar reminds me very much of a JV Tele a mate owned a few years back. Although this guitar is second hand, there is not a mark on it, anywhere! I'll add pictures to this thread as soon as I get some done. On a different note every time I go guitar shopping in Guildford I hit a problem - last time (when I bought my Chapman) the trip took 9 hours as a result of road closures. Yesterday went well - good progress there and back; until about 10 mies from home when I blew a tyre. Sorted this and got a replacement fitted, then discovered they had closed the bridge onto the island for "repairs" (workmen seemingly absent from worksite though!) which added a further delay. Just to compound the car problems I had to pop out a bit latter only to have a headlight but blow (both my bulbs came from Halfords and neither has lasted a year!). So good day for guitars, bad day for cars!