July 6, 2015 in Historic Fenders

Gilmour’s Strats Part 3 — Gilmour’s Red Stratocaster

blog_shineon_redstratAnother notable guitar in David Gilmour’s collection became his main instrument during the post-Roger Waters era of Pink Floyd – from the mid-1980s through the early 2000s. Gilmour purchased this candy apple red ’52 reissue in 1983 (along with two cream-colored models), and it can be found in his hands for promotional photos and live concerts during his solo period during the mid-1980s. This includes his acclaimed solo album About Face, the first post-Waters Pink Floyd album A Momentary Lapse of Reason, and the live albums Delicate Sound of Thunder and Pulse.

The guitar itself features a number of differences compared to Gilmour’s previous guitar preferences. In addition to finally selecting a maple fretboard and alder body, Gilmour also chose EMG-SA … Continue Reading

July 3, 2015 in Historic Fenders

Gilmour’s Strats Part 2 — Gilmour’s Black Stratocaster

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The most iconic of all of Gilmour’s guitars, this 1969 black “Frankenstrat” has become synonymous with him from the 1970’s to today. This is the guitar that Gilmour used on basically every Pink Floyd recording and tour from 1970 to 1983, and became his consistent and reliable workhorse during the meteoric rise that Pink Floyd experienced throughout the 1970’s, the 1980’s, and beyond. This Strat has a long history of use and abuse, and aside from the fact it was repainted before Gilmour acquired it, he’s changed the neck, pickups, and electronics of this guitar numerous times. He also appeared to have trouble deciding between using a rosewood or maple fretboard. … Continue Reading

June 10, 2015 in Historic Fenders

Gilmour’s Strats Part 1 — #0001 White Stratocaster

tumblr_lha3he6LvS1qhzsyio1_1280The most frequently discussed guitar in Gilmour’s collection is the treasured 1954 white Stratocaster #0001, a guitar he acquired during a North American tour in 1975. The instrument is surrounded with speculation as to whether it’s authentically Fender Stratocaster #0001. Several respected guitar experts have taken a closer look at #1, and a mix of reports have indicated that the stamping of the neck and body are the same year (1954), but from different months (June and September specifically), while other reports declare that the instrument is completely original and attempt to dismiss the controversy.

The interesting history of the guitar itself goes something like this – the guitar was originally a gift from … Continue Reading

June 10, 2015 in Historic Fenders

David Gilmour’s Strats – A 3-Part Series

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Historically, you can find plenty of guitar legends that use a main guitar for decades, only to abruptly switch to a different guitar at another point in their career. From Eric Clapton’s “Blackie” and “Brownie” to Stevie Ray Vaughan’s “No.1” and “Lenny” – it won’t take very long for you to find an extensive group of guitarists known for wielding a specific six-string, but then they make the switch to something else, even if it’s only for a single album or tour.

Look no further than Jimi Hendrix to find a player that constantly changed his main instrument throughout his career, although he primarily reached for various late 1960’s Stratocasters. It’s … Continue Reading

June 10, 2013 in Blog

The Mystery of the 0001 Stratocaster

stratgilmourAll great creations begin with a prototype. Iron Man’s armor began with the Mark I, all of the world’s airplanes can trace their roots to the Wright Brothers’ Flyer I, and all Fender Stratocasters started from the 0001 model. This incredibly valuable and sought after guitar currently resides in the hands of Pink Floyd guitar legend David Gilmour.

This famous guitar has been used by Gilmour in many stage performances. It was first seen in 1978 on the live promo clips filmed for his first solo album. It is also featured in Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2. The 0001 Stratocaster can also be heard on Paul McCartney’s Back to the Egg album and … Continue Reading