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David Gilmour - His guitars and his music - The official appreciation thread

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The Black Stratocaster

Hank Marvin inspired and influenced a whole British generation with his Stratocaster. Growing up in the 60s it was always David Gilmour’s dream to own a Strat. Now, some 40 years later, David and his legendary Black Strat inspires new generations of guitarists. Along with David’s unique tone and style the guitar is featured on some of the best selling albums of all time and has become the very icon of Floyd’s and David’s music. Here’s the story of David’s Black Strat.


- David and the Black Strat pictured in Venice, Italy, August 2006.

The Black Strat – original specs:
- Fender 1968-69 alder body with black finish painted over the original sunburst finish.
- Fender late 60’s maple neck with large headstock and 21 frets.
- Fender late 60’s single coil pickups.
- Fender F-style tuning machines.
- 3-ply white pickguard.
- 3-way pickup selector.
- Fender synchronized tremolo bridge with normal size arm.

The Black Strat – current specs:
- Fender 1969 alder body with black finish repainted over the original sunburst finish.
- Fender 1983 ‘57 reissue C shape maple neck with maple 7.25″ radius fingerboard and 21 vintage style frets.
- Fender/Gotho vintage style tuning machines.
- 1-ply .120” beveled black acrylic, 11 hole pickguard.
- Fender neck and middle pickups dated 1971 (installed the whole pickguard assembly from a ‘71 bullet truss rod Strat in June 1973) and a Seymour Duncan custom wound SSL-1C bridge pickup (installed late 1979).
- Fender synchronized tremolo bridge (the original bridge re-fitted in 1997).
- 5-way pickup selector (replacing the original 3-way in 1985).
- Custom mini-toggle switch on the pickguard for neck/bridge combo.
- Shortened tremolo arm to 4.25″.

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There’s always been a lot of stories and rumours about the Black Strat. In Phil Taylor’s book “The Black Strat – A History of David Gilmour’s black Fender Stratocaster”, one of the biggest rumours is finally verified: the Black Strat is the one used on Live at Pompeii. The Black Strat was David’s second Black Stratocaster. The first was also bought at Manny’s in New York on Floyd’s tour in the States in April-May 1970. However, this guitar got stolen on the same tour and David made a trip back to Manny’s on their way home to London and bought what is now his legendary Black Stratocaster. The guitar made it’s live debut at the Bath festival in June 1970.

During Pink Floyd’s mid summer rehearsals at King’s Cross in London in 1974 David replaces the original white pickguard with a black 1-ply. The guitar has gone through many changes both before and after:

October 1971 – Live at Pompeii
Volume knob replaced with a silver knob with a rubber band for easier action. This was taken off right after the film shooting in Pompeii, which results in a small continuety error when the original white volume knob is back on the additional filming later that autumn.


- The Black Strat is indeed the one used on Live at Pompeii – here pictured at the second filming sessions in Paris, France, December 1971.

Early 1972
David drills a hole in the side of the Strat to install an XLR input to eliminate noise from Fuzz Face. He soon removed the socket and sometime later filled the whole with wood and painted it black. Also at this time, the stock F tuners were replaced with Kluson tuners for better action.

During the early months of 1972 David refitted the silver volume knob back on the guitar and installed a mini pickup switch similar to the current switch. Both the volume knob and switch was taken out later in the spring.

June 1972
The original maple neck is replaced by a Fender 1963 rosewood neck. The neck was taken off a 1959 (body) sunburst Strat David had been using on/off since mid 1970. The Black Strat maple neck was now fitted onto the sunburst Strat. The rosewood neck features on Dark Side (album and tour), WYWH (album and tour), Animals (album and tour) and David’s 1978 solo album and live promo clips.

Summer 1972
David reinstalls the mini pickup switch.


- David pictured during the soundcheck for the Roland Petit ballett performance in Paris, France, January 1973. The Black Strat featured a humbucker for a very brief time in early 1973 but was soon taken out. At this point the guitar also featured the 1963 rosewood neck.

January 1973
A Gibson PAF humbucker is custom fitted into the Black Strat placed between the bridge and middle pickup. The mini pickup selector switch now switched on/off the humbucker.

June 1973
David installs the whole bridge assembly from his 1972 bullett truss rod Strat now giving the Black Strat its original look and sound. The neck and middle pickups are still in the Strat today.

Summer 1974
An 1-ply .120” beveled black acrylic, 11 hole pickguard replaces the white. The pickguard is in the Strat today.

Early 1976
David installs a DiMarzio FS-1 bridge pickup with black cover. The pickup is featured on Animals (album and tour, David’s 1978 solo album and live promo clips and The Wall (album only).

Late summer 1978 (post solo album)
The rosewood neck is replaced by a custom Grover Jackson/Charvel maple neck with a Fender logo. The rosewood neck was fitted back onto the sunburst Strat. A new mini pickup selector switch was also added, which is still in the Strat today.


- A shot from the Animals tour in 1977 with the black DiMarzio FS-1 bridge pickup (left). During the Wall era the guitar had a Charvel maple neck (right).


- A close up of David’s Black Strat from a 2006 promo sessions. Notice the additional pickup switch. This was added sometime during the recording of David’s first solo album in ‘78 combining the neck and bridge pickups. Notice the filled in space just behind the bridge where the bigger Kahler system used to be.

Late 1979 (post Wall recording sessions)
A custom wound Seymour Duncan SSL1C bridge pickup replaces the DiMarzio FS-1. The pickup is first used on the The Wall tour in 1980 and remains in the Strat today. The SSL1C is the forerunner to current SSL5.

Spring 1982
Just prior to the Final Cut recording session, the Black Strat is fitted with a new custum Charvel maple neck with 22 frets, Fender logo and Kluson tuners. The neck was also featured on About Face (album and tour).

Medio 1983
A Kahler tremolo bridge with locking tuners is fitted onto the guitar. Its big size demanded that a piece of the body needed to be removed. The new tremolo system was first used on the About Face recording sessions in autumn 1983 and was also featured on the following 1984 tour.

Early 1984
David starts using shortened tremolo arms – about 4.25″.


- A closeup of the Kahler tremolo system fitted on the guitar for the About Face tour in ‘84.

1985
The original 3-way pickup selector is replaced by a 5-way.

August 1986 – May 1997
The guitar is lended to Hard Rock Cafe where it hangs unprotected at an restaurant in Dallas, Texas. When getting it back upon request in May 1997, the guitar had some of the paint scratched off with many bumps and dings. The volume and lower tone knobs were also missing.

Guitar technician Charlie Chandler refitted the original Fender tremolo bridge and filled the whole from the Kahler system. A new ‘57 reissue maple neck replaced the Charvel.

Early 2003
David is seen using the Black Strat on the Classic Albums – Dark Side of the Moon DVD. The guitar features a ‘57 reissue maple neck with an “original body contour” decal on the headstock.

October 2003 – July 2005
The Black Strat is featured in the Interstellar Exhibition in Paris, France (October 2003 – January 2004) – an exhibition displaying most of Pink Floyd’s gear over the years. The Black Strat is now seen with a second ‘57 reissue maple neck without the “original body contour” decal on the headstock.

After nearly a decade after it’s last stage performance The Black Strat made its trumphant return Pink Floyd’s reunion at the Live 8 concert July 2. 2005. The Black Strat still featured the ‘57 reissue neck without the “original body contour” decal on the headstock.


- Details of the necks between 1997-2006

Note: The fact that there’s a different neck between 1997-2005 is not documented in “The Black Strat – A History of David Gilmour’s black Fender Stratocaster” by Phil Taylor but pictures from the events clearly shows that there was indeed two different necks. With the current neck fitted in late 2005, this makes it indeed three ‘57 reissue necks – 7 necks in total since 1970.

Late summer 2005 – present
The Black Strat is fitted with the C-shaped maple neck from David’s cream coloured 1983 ‘57 reissue Strats – used on the About Face tour 1984 and early Momentary tour 1987. This is new neck was featured on the latter part of the On an Island recording sessions and the 2006 tour and it’s now the current neck.

General modifications
The guitar has a lot of features that have been done over the years to improve the sound quality and to eliminate as much noise as possible, – The ground is re-wired to improve the shielding and a copper foil is covering the backside of the pickguard. The volume and tone knobs are connected directly to the output jack to cut down on bad connections. To help the guitar stay in tune, the two outer screws on the bridge plate are tightened all the way down while the four middle screws are left just off the plate. David mostly use three springs for the tremolo.

Recordings and releases with the Black Strat
- Atom Heart Mother (1970)
- Meddle (1971)
- Pink Floyd Live at Pompeii (1971)
- Obscured by Clouds (1972)
- Dark Side of the Moon (1973)
- Wish You Were Here (1975)
- Animals (1977)
- David Gilmour (1978)
- The Wall (1979)
- The Final Cut (1982)
- About Face (1984)
- David Gilmour Live at Hammersmith Odeon (1984)
- On an Island (2006)
- Remember that Night (2006/07)
- Live in Gdansk (2006/08)
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Press release for the David Gilmour Signature Series Stratocaster in 2008

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David Gilmour and the Fender Custom Shop has announced the highly anticipated release of one of the most iconic musical instruments of the past 50 years—the David Gilmour Signature Series Stratocaster guitar, based on Gilmour's famous "Black Strat" guitar.

A cornerstone of Pink Floyd's incomparably revolutionary sound, Gilmour's Black Strat is featured extensively on The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals, The Wall and his critically acclaimed 2006 solo effort, On An Island. The Fender Custom Shop worked hand-in-hand with Gilmour and his longtime guitar technician, Phil Taylor, to create this signature model, a detailed reproduction of the Black Strat—complete in its unmistakable look, sound and feel.


Gilmour bought the original instrument in May 1970 from Manny's Music in New York. The guitar's first Pink Floyd recorded appearance came on the group's fifth album, Atom Heart Mother. It subsequently became Gilmour's main guitar for live performances and studio work.

The new reproduction—the David Gilmour Signature Series Stratocaster guitar—features an alder body, black over three-color sunburst finish, a black pickguard, a one-piece straight-grain maple neck, custom pickups and Gilmour's now-infamous electronics and shortened vintage tremolo arm. Beautiful, powerful, unique and as idiosyncratic as Gilmour's playing, the guitar will be produced by the Fender Custom Shop in N.O.S. (new old stock) and Relic versions.

The David Gilmour Signature Series Stratocaster guitar comes with a custom case, an Evidence high-end guitar cable, Gilmour's three-disc Live in Gdansk CD/DVD set and Taylor's 2007 book about the guitar's history, The Black Strat. The first 500 guitars sold in either finish option will include a limited edition, signed copy of The Black Strat book, autographed by Phil Taylor.


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The black strat in its early form (or maybe not, these videos are dated April 29 )
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Great info! I love his tone on Animals, who knew it was from a DiMarzio!
One of my favourite Floyd albums, them DiMarzios sure has some great fat tone!
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this is it for sure
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Gibson Les Pauls

David’s always been associated with the Stratocaster but over the years many of his guitar parts are recorded with different guitars like Telecasters, slides and Les Pauls. In this article we’ll look at David’s Gibson Les Paul guitars.

In an interview with Guitarist Magazine (June 1986) David reveals that “I still can’t get used to a Gibson [Les Paul]. A Strat was always what I wanted, and I’ve used the tremolo arm since I saw Hank Marvin using it”. Still, David has done some classic solos on Les Pauls among them Another Brick in the Wall (part 2). A Les Paul was also featured on This Heaven from David’s 2006 solo album On An Island.

Gibson Les Paul TV Special
David began collection guitars around 1970 when he bought two guitars at a pawn shop in Seattle, USA in early October that year. One of them was the Fender 1000 twin neck pedal steel used on Meddle and Dark Side of the Moon. The other was a Gibson Les Paul TV. David used it on some of the remaining shows on the US tour but never since.


- David’s first collectable, a Gibson Les Paul TV.

Based on the few pictures available of David and the TV it seems like an late 50s/early 60s double cutaway version with a beige/blonde finish. The body and neck is a solid piece of mahogany and the neck has a rosewood fretboard. The guitar feature two Gibson P-90 pickups with black cover and a “wrap around” tailpiece.

Gibson Les Paul Custom “Black Beauty”
Over the years David’s been seen with a Les Paul Custom or “Black Beauty” on a couple of occasions. 1986 David told Guitarist Magazine how he started collecting guitars “I’ve always had one or two pieces, but I started with a Gibson TV model [described above - Bjorn] and then a 3 pickup Black Beauty Les Paul (…)”. The Black Beauty is first seen on a picture of David in his studio around 1972. It’s once again spotted hanging on a wall in his home around 1986 (Guitarist Magazine photo shoot).


David pictured in his home studio around 1972-73. A Les Paul Custom Black Beauty can be seen lying to the right in the picture. Note also the sunburst Strat now with the original maple neck from the Black Strat. (right) The Custom Black Beauty pictured in David’s home in 1986 with many of his collectables. Note the Pete Cornish board on the floor (Wall studio board).

David is also seen playing a similar looking Les Paul during Pink Floyd’s impromptu jam session at the Annabel’s Night Club in Copenhagen, Denmark, 31 July 1988 but it’s unlikely that this is the same guitar as David probably borrowed a guitar from the house band.

The Black Beauty is the nick name of an all black Custom model with a mahogany body (with binding) and neck and ebony fretboard. David’s model featured three humbucker pickups and a “tune-o-matic” bridge. It’s not known when the guitar was made but since all Les Paul were discontinued between 1963-68 it’s probably a late 50s model (also given that it has 3 pickups, which were first introduced in the late 50s).

Gibson 1955 Les Paul Goldtop
David’s perhaps most famous Les Paul is his 1955 Goldtop. This was used to record several guitar parts on The Wall and most notably the solo on Another Brick in the Wall (part 2). David would also use the guitar on the The Wall tour in 1980-81 while performing Happiest Days of Our Lives, occasionally the Another Brick 2 solo switching from the Black Strat used on the rhythm parts, One of My Turns and Last Few Bricks.


- David pictured during the latter part of the Wall tour with the 1955 Goldtop.

The ‘55 Goldtop was also used throughout the 80s and 90s – on a couple of tracks on Momentary Lapse of Reason, among these Round and Around and Poles Apart and A Great Day For Freedom from Division Bell.

The guitar was displayed at the 2003-04 Interstellar Exhibition in it’s original case among David’s Wall pedal boards and other guitars. It was last seen used on the Island Blues jam that were filmed in David’s barn and released as a teaser for On An Island December 23 2005.

The Les Paul Goldtop has a bronze metallic finish mahogany body with a maple top and binding. The neck is mahogany with an ebony fretboard and binding. David’s 1955 model feature a “wrap around” tailpiece and two P-90 pickups with white covers.

Gibson 1956 Les Paul Goldtop
David’s second Les Paul Goldtop is more or less identical to the 1955 model with the exception of a Bigsby bridge with tremolo. Originally the guitar came with a “tune-o-matic” bridge, which Gibson introduced with the 1956 models. It’s not known when Gilmour got this guitar and whether the Bigsby was custom fitted before or after he got it.


- David and his 1956 Goldtop featuring the Bigsby tremolo bridge in Royal Albert Hall, London, UK, 30 May 2006.

The ‘56 was used on several songs on On An Island – notably the first part of the first solo on the title track and This Heaven. David also used the guitar on the 2006 tour while performing This Heaven. It was last seen at the special performance of Island Jam at the Odeon cinema theatre in London, UK, in September 2007 for the premiere of the Remember That Night DVD release.






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I never get tired of this clip, or Gilmours tone

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The black strat in its early form (or maybe not, these videos are dated April 29 )YouTube - Pink Floyd - Green Is The Colour (KQED Tv 1970)
YouTube - Pink Floyd - Careful with that Axe, Eugene
Not sure either, but guess it fits with the large headstock being there and late april '70 ... would make it the black Strat, i think.

Cool to see the rosewood board in that second vid you posted, haven't seen so many clips of that.

Never saw 'Green Is The Colour' before, great stuff 'Careful With . . .' one of my favourite.

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Not sure either, but guess it fits with the large headstock being there and late april '70 ... would make it the black Strat, i think.

Kind of cool to see the rosewood neck in that second vid you posted, haven't seen so many clips of that.

Never saw 'Green Is The Colour' before, great stuff 'Careful With . . .' one of my favourite.
oh you know what, I didnt watch them before posting, I forgot it was a rosewood board, I think it isnt the black strat then. If I recall correctly he got the black/maple strat at the end of the tour after he had his other guitars stolen
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Great to see some Pompeii stuff here I seen that film over and over again, never tired of it! What they play there is like epic imo, and also the visual side of it is really really special, beautiful and kind of haunting at the same time.

I remember seeing it the first times and amongst other things thinking "wow man, that gotta be the biggest gear that any band has ever had and will ever have" - later you learned otherwise of course - the whole magic of that time and where they were then musically is quite special for sure, very cool movie.
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oh you know what, I didnt watch them before posting, I forgot it was a rosewood board, I think it isnt the black strat then. If I recall correctly he got the black/maple strat at the end of the tour after he had his other guitars stolen
I got it mixed up for some reason, thinking about the 'Careful With...' vid you posted as being from '72. The rosewood neck should first be on in around June '72, so seems it's not the Black Strat there
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The Red Stratocaster

David has always been associated with the Stratocaster and there’s always been two – the black and the red. His main guitar for over two decades the red defined the post-Waters era and holds a special place in many fans’ hearts. It’s also an interesting guitar in terms of Fender’s history.


- David at Royal Albert Hall in May 2006 with his 1983 ‘57 reissue Stratocaster performing Shine On You Crazy Diamond.

Just prior to David’s upcoming 1984 About Face tour, he and Phil Taylor went to Fender’s London Warehouse and bough a bunch of new Strats because David didn’t want to travel with his old instruments that were beginning to rise in value (International Musician August 1984). Different sources says different numbers but it seems that they bought about six guitars. These included one fiesta red 1983 ‘62 reissue with white pickguard and a rosewood neck, two cream colored 1983 ‘57 reissues with maple neck and white pickguard (listed as Vintage White in the catalogue) and a couple of candy apple red 1983 ‘57 reissues with white pickguard and maple necks. They also managed to get their hands on an additional candy apple red in a secondhand store in Chandlers, UK. The guitar had once belonged to Mick Ralphs, which played rhythm guitar on David’s 1984 About Face tour (Guitarist 1995). It’s interesting to note though, that the red ’57s was never used on the About Face tour, just the ‘62 and cream ‘57.

Fender 1982-84 American Vintage Reissue series
Fender were beginning to realize that the 70’s had been a disastrous decade for the company. CBS had made them cut corners and costs and as a result, players started using copies from the growing number of new companies, rather than an original Fender. In 1982 Fender had sorted out their business and reissued two Strat models – the 1957 and 1962 made at the Fullerton plant in California (Fender and CBS parted in 1985). This was the forerunner to the Custom Shop series but although a major step in the right direction neither of the guitars were true replicas of the originals. They were more hybrids based on the most popular features from each decade and some additional upgrades. According to Fender’s project manager at the time Dan Smith, the reason why they chose the 57 rather than a 54 or 56 was because they though 57 was a cool year all together with all that was happening in music and culture.


- An early shot of the red Strat (left) without the EMG pickups from one of the About Face promo pictures. The pickups were first seen at the Live Aid show in July 1985.

Body and neck
Although the series were released in 1982 Fender only offered a sunburst finish and David’s red and cream colored ‘57 are 1983 models. The red body is alder, while the cream or blonde is ash – both with nitrocellulose finish. The guitar feature a 1-ply eight hole white pickguard, a 3-way pickup selector (it’s not known whether David has replaced his with a 5-way) and a vintage style synchronized tremolo bridge (with David’s custom 4.25″ tremolo arm). Unlike the original 57, these reissues has a C-shaped maple neck. The reason for this was that Fender didn’t have a Standard Series at the time and wanted a reissue that was comfortable to play even for the new generation of 1980s shredders. All guitars has a V infront of the serial number indicating “vintage reissue” – note that Phil Taylor is referring to David’s ‘57 reissue necks as V57 and not the C-shape they actually have.


- The red Strat pictured at the 2004 Interstellar Exhibition in Paris. Notice the EMG pickups (left) and the #1 sticker perhaps indicating that this was David’s main red of the 2-3 he owned.

Pickups
The ‘57 vintage reissue featured vintage style staggered single coil pickups loosely based on the 1954-57 tone. David is seen with the red Strat and it’s original pickups on some About Face photo-shoots but it seems that he never used the guitar on stage until his guest performance with Bryan Ferry’s band at Live Aid in July 1985. By now, he’d fitted the guitar with active EMG pickups. These are now branded as DG20 but they’re actually one of the first single coils EMG released in 1979. The EMGs feature a EXP control boosting treble and bass and a SPC control boosting the midrange for a humbuckerish tone. Both controls replaces the tone controls. The pickups are still in David’s red and cream 1983 ‘57 reissue Strats. David is also seen playing a red Strat with it’s original pickups during the Barn Jams recorded in early 2007 (studio mixing room footage). It’s not known whether this is one of the original 1983 guitar now refitted with original pickups.

Although David preferred the cream ‘57 reissue at first, the candy apple red soon became his main Strat during the early leg of the Momentary Lapse of Reason tour in 1987. It was used for the rest of the tour that ended in 1990 and was again used in Division Bell (album and tour) in 1994. During the latter part of 1980s and throughout the 90’s David did a lot of guest appearances with other artists and bands both on stage and albums and the red Strat always accompanied him being an extremely versatile guitar with the EMG pickups. The guitar was also featured on David’s 2006 solo album (On An Island) and tour although by now the old Black Strat had made it’s return and reclaimed the position as David’s favorite axe. At the end of the tour the red was only used for Shine On You Crazy Diamond.
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Although David is mostly associated with the Stratocaster, he has always been a big fan of Telecasters. His very first “Floyd” guitar was a Telecaster and over the years, David has recorded and performed numerous songs with this classic guitar.


Early 60’s blonde Telecaster
One of the first pictures of David using a Telecaster is a shot from spring 1967 with the band Bullitt (later to reunite on David’s first solo album in 1978). David is seen with a blonde early 1960’s Fender with an ash body, white pickguard and rosewood neck. David told Guitarist in July 1995 how he got the guitar “(…) my parents gave me a Telecaster for my 21st birthday, which was when I was living and working in France.” This is the same guitar David brought with him when joining Pink Floyd in January 1968 and continued to use throughout the spring until an airline company lost the guitar on the band’s tour in the US in July.



- David pictured with the blonde Fender Telecaster in medio 1967 with his last band before joining Floyd, Bullitt (left) and an early concert appearance with Pink Floyd in Amsterdam, May 31. 1968 (right).


On David’s first TV appearance with Pink Floyd on the Bouton Rouge show (French TV), February 20. 1968, a second Telecaster, identical to the main guitar, is seen leaning up against David’s amp. This was Syd’s guitar that David borrowed for a while until Syd claimed it back during the Saucerful of Secrets recording sessions later that spring.


Brown Telecaster
The back of the Ummagumma album cover features a Fender Telecaster that appears to be a late 1950’s model with a natural brown body and maple neck. Like several of David’s Teles, the “lipstick” cover was taken off the neck pickup. The guitar is later seen in Paris, France, September 12. 1970 and in Lyon, France, June 12. 1971. David bought this after his white Telecaster got lost during the band’s visit to the US in July 1968 and luckily it was the only instrument that didn’t get stolen in May 1970.



- David pictured at the Fete de l’Humanite, Paris, France 12. September 1970 with the natural brown Telecaster. This was Floyd’s biggest show ever with over 500.000 people.


1959 Custom Telecaster
When Pink Floyd headed out on their British Winter Tour in November 1974, they premiered a new song, “You Gotta Be Crazy”, which of course later was released as “Dogs” on Animals in 1977. David performed the song using a 1959 Fender Custom Telecaster with a three colour brown sunburst alder body with binding, a white 3-ply pickguard and a D-shaped neck with rosewood fingerboard. At this point the guitar featured a Gibson PAF neck humbucker pickup, making it look and sound like the Deluxe Telecasters introduced in the early 70’s. It is not known whether David installed the pickup himself or if it was done by a previous owner.


The Telecaster featured on Animals, notably Dogs, but it’s also reported that most of Sheep was recorded with it too. David also used the guitar for Dogs on the following Animals 1977 tour. Now the humbucker was replaced by a Stratocaster pickup (David Gilmour, Guitar Player January 2009).


The 1959 Custom was seen displayed at the Interstellar Exhibition in Paris, France in 2004 and it also made a brief cameo at the rehearsals for the Albert Hall shows in May 2006 at Bray Studios, London, May 18-19. In a Q&A with Phil Taylor on David’s web site (Dec 2007), Phil states the following regarding the event: “I took it to rehearsals to see how it compared to the recently acquired Tele [blonde 1950's Custom Shop as described below - Bjorn] that we had got in the USA, with a view to David using it or carrying it as a spare. The brownburst Tele had a problem with the bridge pickup not working – a replacement pickup was quickly put in, but it did not sound as good. I took a 52V Tele as a spare on the next leg of the tour instead.”



- The 1959 Custom Telecaster. Notice the different neck pickups, – Gibson PAF humbucker (left) and a single coil (right).



- A closeup of the 1959 Custom taken at the Interstellar Exhibition in Paris, France, 2004.


There’s been a lot of confusion whether this is two different guitars or simply the same guitar with different neck pickups. Some pictures suggests that the one used in 1974-‘75 has a brown tobacco sunburst body and the one used in 1977 has a cherry sunburst body. But pictures tend to lie, especially when they’re badly compressed or when stage lights colour the instruments. Details in the wood reveal that it’s indeed the same guitar. The sunburst is most likely a yellow to brown and black. The paint technique used by Fender up to around 1964 consisted of staining the yellow colour into the alder wood, making it slightly darker and much more transparent than guitars made after 1964. This may also be the reason why the guitar appear to have a red tint.


1955 Esquire
David’s 1955 Esquire originally belonged to Seymour Duncan who gave/sold it to David around 1975-76. It already had its worn exterior, which led David to name it “The Workmate” after the Black and Decker work bench (Phil Taylor Q&A, davidgilmour.com, Dec 2007). An Esquire differs from the Telecasters in that they don’t have the neck pickup, but Gilmour’s guitar has a custom fitted neck pickup, made and installed by Seymour Duncan (who then worked at Fender). The guitar feature a maple D-shaped neck with the familiar silver “spaghetti” peghead logo with black trim and an ash body with a three colour sunburst. The finish is rare as Fender only made a very small batch of these in 1955 and didn’t really “officially” introduce the finish until 1959.



- A closeup of the 1955 Esquire taken at the Interstellar Exhibition in Paris, France, 2004.


The guitar is first seen during rehearsals in January ‘77 at the Olympia Exhibition Hall, London, UK. However it was not used on the following Animals tour. The guitar made it’s “debut” on a couple of tracks on David’s first solo album in 1978, most notably “No Way” (also featured on the live promo clip of the song).


The guitar was again used on several tracks on The Wall, including Young Lust and Run Like Hell. David also brought the guitar with him on tour and used it while performing Run Like Hell (with the low E string tuned down to D, which was also done on the studio version).


In 1984, David used it on “Blue Light” for his second solo album About Face. The guitar was also featured on the promo clip for the song.



- A rockstar and his abused guitar… The 1955 Esquire on the About Face album cover.


The ’55 Esquire has always been one of Gilmour’s most cherished and valuable pieces in his huge collection and it was rarely seen used after the About Face era. David did however use it on Paul McCartney’s rock n roll album, Run Devil Run in 1999 and on the concert at the legendary Cavern Club (released on DVD). The guitar was last seen at the Interstellar Exhibition in Paris, France 2004.


1952 reissue Telecaster
Pink Floyd once again toured the world 1987-90 and David used a new 1952 Fender Telecaster reissue for Run Like Hell. A second guitar was also brought on for the Division Bell tour in 1994, for Astronomy Dominé (as Run Like Hell needed a special tuning of the low E down to D).


The guitar was also brought on as a spare on the summer outdoor tour in 2006 but never used.



- David with the 1952 reissue Telecaster used on Run Like Hell in 1994 (and 1987-90). He also had a second one for Astronomy Dominé.


Custom Shop Telecaster
David used a blonde Custom Shop 1950’s Telecaster with a maple neck on his latest tour in 2006. According to Phil Taylor, the guitar was ordered from Fender via telephone during a soundcheck in Oakland because David decided on playing Arnold Layne.



- David pictured at the Abbey Road studios performing Astronomy Domine with his 50’s Custom Shop Telecaster.


The guitar was used on the remainder of the tour, including the Royal Albert Hall shows, for Arnold Layne and Fat Old Sun. The guitar was also used for Astronomy Domine at Abbey Road studios later that year. The guitar was given to David’s son Charlie for christmas in 2006.
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