David Gilmour: Sorrow
Another riveting performance by Stratocaster Master David Gilmour. Also featuring Pino Palladino on bass.
Dave's tone is incredible. We think he's playing his favorite Japanese Strat in this clip.
David Gilmour Bio
David Jon Gilmour, CBE (born 6 March 1946) is an English rock musician and multi-instrumentalist who is best known as the lead guitarist, one of the lead singers and one of the main songwriters in the progressive rock band Pink Floyd. In addition to his work with Pink Floyd, Gilmour has worked as a producer for a variety of artists, and has enjoyed a successful career as a solo artist. Gilmour has been actively involved with many charities over the course of his career. In 2003, he was appointed CBE for services to music and philanthropy and was awarded with the Outstanding Contribution title at the 2008 Q Awards. Template:TOC limit
Gilmour was born in Cambridge, England. His father, Douglas Gilmour, was a senior lecturer in zoology at the University of Cambridge and his mother, Sylvia (née Wilson), was a teacher and film editor who raised her family at Grantchester Meadows, later immortalised by a Roger Waters song on Pink Floyd's Ummagumma. He has a younger brother who is also a musician.
Gilmour attended The Perse School on Hills Road, Cambridge, and met future Pink Floyd guitarist and vocalist Syd Barrett, along with bassist and vocalist Roger Waters who attended Cambridgeshire High School for Boys, also situated on Hills Road. He studied modern languages to A-Level, and along with Barrett, spent his lunchtime learning to play the guitar. They were not yet bandmates however, and Gilmour started playing in the band Joker's Wild in 1962. Gilmour left Joker's Wild in 1966 and busked around Spain and France with some friends. However, they were not very successful, living virtually a hand-to-mouth existence. In July 1992, Gilmour stated in an interview with Nicky Horne on BBC radio that he ended up being treated for malnutrition in a hospital. In 1967, they returned to England.
Gilmour was approached in late December 1967 by drummer Nick Mason, who asked if he would be interested in joining Pink Floyd, which he did in January 1968, making Pink Floyd briefly a five-piece band. He filled in for Syd Barrett's guitar parts when the frontman was unable to take a consistent part in Floyd's live performances. Syd Barrett "left" the group due to his erratic behaviour—commonly believed to have been caused by excessive use of LSD—when the band chose not to pick Barrett up one night for a gig; and Gilmour by default assumed the role of the band's lead guitarist. He took over most of the band's lead vocal duties with bassist Roger Waters and keyboard player Richard Wright also occasionally singing in Barrett's stead. However, after the back-to-back successes of The Dark Side of the Moon and then Wish You Were Here, Waters took more control over the band, writing much of Animals and The Wall by himself. Wright was fired during The Wall sessions and the relationship between Gilmour and Waters would further deteriorate during the making of The Wall film and the 1983 Pink Floyd album The Final Cut.
After recording Animals, Gilmour thought that his musical talents were being underused, and channeled his ideas into his self-titled first solo album (1978), which showcases his signature guitar style, as well as underscoring his songwriting skills. A tune written during the finishing stages of this album, but too late to be used, became "Comfortably Numb" on The Wall.
The negative atmosphere surrounding the creation of The Wall album and subsequent film, compounded by The Final CutTemplate:'s virtually being a Roger Waters solo album, led Gilmour to produce his second solo album About Face in 1984. He used it to express his feelings about a range of topics, from the murder of John Lennon, When he returned from touring, Gilmour played guitar with a range of artists, and also produced The Dream Academy, who had a top ten hit with "Life in a Northern Town".
In 1985, Waters declared that Pink Floyd was "a spent force creatively". However, in 1986, Gilmour and drummer Nick Mason issued a press release stating that Waters had quit the band and they intended to continue without him. Gilmour assumed full control of the group and produced A Momentary Lapse of Reason in 1987 with some contributions from Mason and Richard Wright. Wright officially rejoined the band after the release of the album for a lengthy world tour and helped create 1994's The Division Bell. Gilmour explained:
In 1986, Gilmour purchased the houseboat Astoria which is moored on the River Thames near Hampton Court, and transformed it into a recording studio. The majority of the two most recent Pink Floyd albums, as well as Gilmour's 2006 solo release On an Island, were recorded there.
On 2 July 2005, Gilmour played with Pink Floyd—including Roger Waters—at Live 8. The performance caused a temporary 1343% sales increase of Pink Floyd's album Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd. Gilmour donated all of his resulting profits to charities that reflect the goals of Live 8 saying:
Shortly after, he called upon all artists experiencing a surge in sales from Live 8 performances to donate the extra revenue to Live 8 fund-raising. After the Live 8 concert, Pink Floyd were offered £150 million to tour the United States, but the band turned down the offer.
On 3 February 2006, he announced in an interview with the Italian newspaper La Repubblica that Pink Floyd would most likely never tour or write material together again. He said:
On 20 February 2006, Gilmour commented again on Pink Floyd's future when he was interviewed by Billboard.com, stating, "Who knows? I have no plans at all to do that. My plans are to do my concerts and put my solo record out."
In December 2006, Gilmour released a tribute to Syd Barrett, who had died on 7 July of that year, in the form of his own version of Pink Floyd's first single "Arnold Layne".
Since their Live 8 appearance in 2005, Gilmour has repeatedly said that there will be no Pink Floyd reunion. With the death of Pink Floyd keyboardist Richard Wright in September 2008, another reunion of the core group members became impossible. Gilmour said of Wright
In May 2010 Roger Waters told the Associated Press that Gilmour "is completely disinterested in anything like [another reunion]. After Live 8, I could have probably gone for doing some more stuff, but he's not interested, so it is what it is." Template:Clear
Taking time off from Pink Floyd's schedule, Gilmour also took up various roles as a producer, sideman and even concert sound engineer for a wide variety of acts which included former bandmate Syd Barrett, Paul McCartney, Kate Bush, Grace Jones, Tom Jones, Elton John, Eric Clapton, B. B. King, Seal, Sam Brown, Jools Holland, Bob Dylan, Pete Townshend, The Who, Supertramp, Levon Helm, Robbie Robertson, Alan Parsons, and various charity groups among others.
In 1985, Gilmour was a member of Bryan Ferry's band. He played on Ferry's album Boys and Girls, as well as the song "Is Your Love Strong Enough" for the U.S. release of the Ridley Scott-Tom Cruise film Legend. A music video for the latter was created, incorporating Ferry and Gilmour into footage from the film (released as a bonus on the 2002 "Ultimate Edition" DVD release). Later that year, Gilmour played with Ferry at the London Live Aid concert; his first meeting with Ferry's keyboard player Jon Carin, later to tour with Pink Floyd.
David Gilmour also took part in a comedy skit titled "The Easy Guitar Book Sketch" with comedian Rowland Rivron and fellow British musicians Mark Knopfler, Lemmy from Motorhead, Mark King from Level 42, and Gary Moore. Guitar tech Phil Taylor explained in an interview that Knopfler used Gilmour's guitar rig and managed to sound like himself when performing in the skit.
He has also recorded four solo albums, all four of which charted in the U.S. Top 40 (2006's On an Island peaked at #6 in 2006, 2008's Live in Gdansk peaked at #26, his 1978 self-titled solo debut peaked at #29 in 1978 and 1984's About Face peaked at #32 in 1984).
In 1994, Gilmour played guitar for the video game Tuneland, along with the additional saxophonist for Pink Floyd, Scott Page.
In 2001 and 2002, he performed a small number of acoustic solo concerts in London and Paris, along with a small band and choir, which was documented on the In Concert release.
On 24 September 2004, Gilmour performed a three song set (tracks 28-30) at The Strat Pack concert at London's Wembley Arena, marking the 50th anniversary of the Fender Stratocaster guitar.
On 6 March 2006, his 60th birthday, he released his third solo album, On an Island, The album reached the top five in Germany and Sweden, and the top six in Billboard 200. Produced by Gilmour along with Phil Manzanera and Chris Thomas, the album features orchestrations by renowned Polish composer Zbigniew Preisner. The album features David Crosby and Graham Nash performing background vocals on the title track, Robert Wyatt on cornet and percussion, and Richard Wright on Hammond organ and vocals. Other contributors include Jools Holland, Phil Manzanera, Georgie Fame, Andy Newmark, B. J. Cole, Chris Stainton, Willie Wilson, Rado ‘Bob’ Klose on guitar and Leszek Możdżer on piano. The album also features Gilmour's debut with the saxophone.
Gilmour toured Europe, US and Canada from 10 March to 31 May 2006 to promote On an Island. There were 10 shows in the US and Canadian leg of the tour. Pink Floyd alumnus Richard Wright, and frequent Floyd collaborators Dick Parry, Guy Pratt and Jon Carin, also accompanied him on the tour. More shows took place in Europe from July to August in 2006.
In a press release to promote the tour, David Gilmour stated: Template:Cquote
On an Island reached number one on the UK charts. On 10 April 2006, the album was certified platinum in Canada, with sales of over 100,000 copies. The album also gave Gilmour his first US Top 10 album as a solo artist.
A video recording of a show from Gilmour's solo tour, entitled Remember That Night - Live At The Royal Albert Hall was released on 17 September 2007. The double DVD, directed by David Mallet, contains over five hours of footage, including an on-the-road documentary and guest appearances by David Bowie and Robert Wyatt. The two and a half hour concert features band members Richard Wright of Pink Floyd, Phil Manzanera of Roxy Music, Steve DiStanislao on drums, and various Pink Floyd regulars such as Dick Parry, Guy Pratt and Jon Carin. The 20-page booklet accompanying the DVD, features over 80 photos selected from studio recording and touring.
The final show of David Gilmour's On an Island tour took place at the Gdańsk Shipyard on 26 August 2006. The concert was held before a crowd of 50,000, and marked the twenty-sixth anniversary of the founding of the Solidarity trade union. The concert was notable for the inclusion of "A Great Day For Freedom" as part of the encore.
The show was recorded, resulting in a live album and DVD release: Live in Gdańsk. The concert was the only occasion on which Gilmour performed the tour material with an orchestra, using the 40-strong string section of the Polish Baltic Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Zbigniew Preisner, who was responsible for On An Island's orchestral arrangements.
On 25 May 2009, he participated in a concert at the Union Chapel in Islington, London. The concert was part of the 'Hidden Gigs' campaign against hidden homelessness, which is organised by Crisis, a UK-based national charity campaigning against homelessness. In the concert he collaborated with the Malian musicians Amadou and Mariam.
On 4 July 2009, he joined his friend Jeff Beck onstage at the Royal Albert Hall. David and Jeff traded solos on Jerusalem and closed the show with Hi Ho Silver Lining.
On 11 July 2010, Gilmour gave a performance for the charity Hoping Foundation with Roger Waters in Oxfordshire, England. Also performing were Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Nick Cage and Tom Jones. The performance was presented by Jemima Khan and Nigella Lawson. According to onlookers, it seemed clear that Gilmour and Waters had ended the their long-running feud and seemed to be the best of friends, laughing and joking together along with their respective partners. Waters subsequently confirmed via his Facebook page that Gilmour would play Comfortably Numb with him during one of his shows on his upcoming The Wall Live tour - Gilmour performed the guitar solo on 12 May 2011 at the O2 Arena, London and, with Nick Mason, played with the rest of the band playing 'Outside The Wall' at the conclusion of the show.
Gilmour is featured on the 2010 album "Metallic Spheres" by The Orb.
Gilmour is best known for his lead guitar work. Gilmour's solo style is often characterised by blues-influenced phrasing, expressive note bends and sustain. In 2005, Gilmour was rated the 82nd greatest guitarist by Rolling Stone. In January 2007, Guitar World readers voted Gilmour's solos, "Comfortably Numb", "Time" and "Money" into the top 100 Greatest Guitar Solos ("Comfortably Numb" was voted the 4th, "Time" was voted the 21st and "Money" was voted the 62nd greatest solo of all time).
In his early career with Pink Floyd, Gilmour played a multitude of Fender Stratocasters. One of his popular guitar solos ("Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2") was played on a Gibson Les Paul Gold Top guitar equipped with Bigsby tremolo bar and P-90 pick-ups. In 1996, Gilmour was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Pink Floyd. Gilmour's solo on "Comfortably Numb" was voted as one of the greatest guitar solos of all time in several polls by listeners and critics.
Although mainly known for his guitar work, Gilmour is also a proficient multi-instrumentalist. He also plays bass guitar (which he did on some Pink Floyd tracks), keyboards, synthesizer, banjo, harmonica, drums (as heard on the Syd Barrett solo track "Dominoes",
Gilmour's first marriage was to American-born model and artist Virginia "Ginger" Hasenbein, on 7 July 1975. He had four children from this union, Alice (born 1976), Clare (born 1979), Sara (born 1983, a fashion model), and Matthew (born 1986). The children originally attended a Waldorf School, but Gilmour called their education there "horrific". In 1994, he married journalist Polly Samson, and the couple have four children, Charlie (Samson's son with Heathcote Williams whom Gilmour adopted), Joe, Gabriel and Romany. Charlie's voice can be heard on the telephone to Steve O'Rourke, at the end of "High Hopes" (The Division Bell).
Gilmour has been associated with various charity organisations. In May 2003, Gilmour sold his house in Little Venice to the ninth Earl Spencer and donated the proceeds worth £3.6 million to Crisis to help fund a housing project for the homeless. Apart from Crisis, other Charities to which Gilmour has lent support include Oxfam, the European Union Mental Health and Illness Association, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, The Lung Foundation, and Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy. He also donated £25,000 to the Save the Rhino foundation in exchange for Douglas Adams' name suggestion for the album that became The Division Bell.
Gilmour is also an experienced pilot and aviation enthusiast. Under the aegis of his company, Intrepid Aviation, he had amassed a collection of historical aircraft. He later decided to sell the company, which he had started as a hobby, feeling that it was becoming too commercial for him to handle. In a BBC interview, he stated: Template:Cquote
On 22 May 2008, Gilmour won the 2008 Ivor Novello Lifetime Contribution Award
On 11 November 2009, Gilmour received an honorary doctorate from the Anglia Ruskin University.
Main musical equipment
The following is a list of equipment Gilmour either has used on his solo or Pink Floyd records and tours.
- His main guitar, much modified over the years, is a (1969) 3-colour Sunburst Fender Stratocaster painted over with black as well with a black pickguard and white-coloured pick-up covers and knobs, currently with a vintage 1957 reissue "C shape" maple neck. This neck came from his guitar that he used on the About Face tour. It also includes a small toggle switch that combines the neck and bridge pick-ups (Note this guitar was for brief time fitted with a Kahler locking tremolo system, the system was subsequently un-installed and the removed wood filled with a replacement piece of timber and repainted to match as can be noted by close examination of the guitar behind its reinstalled Fender tremolo). This guitar has a Seymour Duncan SSL-1 bridge pick-up, and currently has a strap which once belonged to Jimi Hendrix.
- His main guitar for the post-Roger Waters era Pink Floyd tours in support of A Momentary Lapse of Reason, Delicate Sound of Thunder (dubbed "Another Lapse") and The Division Bell was a Candy Apple Red '57 reissue (made in 1984) fitted with a set of EMG SA active pick-ups with the two standard tone controls replaced with an EMG SPC mid boost control, and an EXG treble/bass expander (which cuts the mids while boosting bass and treble). On the On an Island tour it was used every night of the tour on "Shine On You Crazy Diamond".
- Gilmour is the owner of Strat #0001. However, this is not the first Stratocaster ever made, but the first to be given a serial number. It was last seen at the Strat Pack Concert in Wembley Arena in 2004. The Black Strat was finally brought out of retirement by David in 2005 and fitted with a new Charvel neck for the Pink Floyd reunion at the Live 8 concert. David subsequently used it again for his "On An Island" tour in 2006.
- Cream coloured '57 reissue. Used at 1984 solo tour and at the early parts of the 1987-1990 tour. In the 1994 tour it was used as spare guitar. Tim Renwick played it with David and the rest of Pink Floyd at their Live 8 set. This Strat was fitted with the same EMG set of pick-ups and tone circuits as the aforementioned Candy Apple Red '57 reissue and after its use at Live 8, the cream finished guitar's neck was transferred to David's main Black Strat.
- '57 Lake Placid Blue. (Serial number #0040). Used at The Wall sessions.
- Double-neck Stratocaster. Body was custom made by guitar builder Dick Knight, but the necks were Fender Strat necks. Used live (1970–72).
- Sunburst Stratocaster. '63 rosewood neck with '59 body. This guitar was given to David by Steve Marriott of Humble Pie and the Small Faces, and though David didn't like the guitar enough to use it very long, he preferred the neck to the original one on his black Strat and switched the two. The sunburst Strat was used as his spare and slide guitar in subsequent years (sporting the maple cap neck with a large headstock from the black Strat), and the rosewood neck remained on the black Strat until 1978.
- White with white pickguard. Used in the late 1960s. Received as a gift from the rest of the band. Stolen in equipment heist in 1970.
- Gilmour also used a Strat equipped with the Doug Wilkes 'Answer' sliding pick-up system on the 'Momentary Lapse of Reason' recording.
- Blonde body with white pickguard. Used on the On an Island tour.
- '52 Butterscotch Reissues with black pickguard. Used between 1987 and 1995. The first guitar was tuned in Dropped D rather than a standard tuning and was used for "Run Like Hell". The second served as a backup instrument and had a regular guitar tuning. Gilmour used this guitar for Astronomy Domine.
- '59 Custom Telecaster with sunburst ash body, white binding on the body, rosewood fingerboard, and a white pickguard. There was a Gibson Humbucker placed in the Neck position at a brief point but was removed before it was used on the Animals' recording sessions. Last seen on rehearsals during the On an Island tour.
- '61 Telecaster used during The Wall recording sessions. Also used live in post-Waters era for "Run Like Hell". Last seen on the Syd Barrett memory concert in 2007.
- 1960s brown-faded body. Used in the late 1960s.
- 1960s blonde ash body with white pickguard. His main guitar during his first year with Pink Floyd, which was lost by an airline company in 1968, and prompted Gilmour to buy the brown-faded Telecaster.
- Esquire '55 Sunburst body a.k.a. "The workmate Tele". Neck pick-up added. Used at the recording sessions for his first solo album, The Wall recording session and the following tour. Also seen when performing with Paul McCartney in the late 1990s.
- Steel guitars
- 1950s Fender 1000 twin neck pedal steel guitar. Used in the early 1970s, purchased from a pawn shop while Gilmour was in Seattle in 1970. Used during recording of "One of These Days" from "Meddle" and "Breathe" and "Great Gig in the Sky" from The Dark Side of the Moon.
- Fender Deluxe lap steel guitar. First time seen during The Division Bell tour in 1994.
- Fender Champ lap steel
- Bass guitars
- Fender Bass VI. Used during The Wall recording sessions.
- Fender Precision bass guitar
- Fender Jazz Bass. Used during The Wall recording sessions.
- A Doug Wilkes built Precision-style single pick-up bass, which was also used on the 'Momentary Lapse of Reason' sessions.
- Steel guitars
- A Gibson Les Paul Goldtop (P-90 pick-ups, Bigsby vibrato bridge). Used for the guitar solo on 'Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2.
- Gibson: EH150 Lap steel guitar,
- "Chet Atkins" classical guitar,
- J-200 Celebrity acoustic guitar
- Gretsch White Falcon
- Bill Lewis 24-fret Guitar. Used at Meddle and Dark Side of the Moon recording sessions.
- Takamine acoustic guitar.
- Martin acoustic guitars.
- Taylor acoustic guitars
- Taylor 312CE electro-acoustic
- Taylor 712CE electro-acoustic (used at Robert Wyatt's Meltdown Concert)
- Taylor K22 made from koa
- Taylor electro-acoustic nylon string. Used for the song "High Hopes" at the AOL Sessions
- Guild F-512 "antique burst" 12-string guitar.
- Jose Vilaplana nylon string guitar. Used for the song High Hopes in the "David Gilmour in Concert" DVD.
- Steinberger GL. His main guitar during A Momentary Lapse of Reason recording sessions.
- Charvel Fretless Fender Precision style bass guitar. Used during The Wall recording sessions.
- Music Man Fretless Stingray bass guitar. Used by Gilmour while running the house band at the 1991 Amnesty International concert, during Spinal Tap's performance on "Big Bottom". (All guitarists played bass on this song, and Gilmour played a solo.)
- Jedson lap steel guitars. One red (1977-tuned D-G-D-G-B-E for Shine On You Crazy Diamond, Parts 6-9, 1987-2006: Tuned E-B-E-G-B-E for High Hopes) and one blonde.
- ZB pedal steel guitar.
- Hiwatt (main) DR 103 heads into WEM Super Starfinder 200 4x12 cabinets loaded with Fane Crescendo speakers
- Fender '56 Tweed Twin amp (used for smaller concerts)
- Fender Twin Reverb combos
- Fender Twin Reverb II 1983 105 W heads
- Fender Bluesmaster
- Fender Blues Jr.
- Fender 1984 Super Champ 18W
- Fender Princeton Combo
- Mesa Boogie Mark II C+
- Alembic F2-B bass preamp
- Custom-built 'Doppola' rotating speakers (driven by the Hiwatt heads)
- Gallien/Krueger 250 ML combo amp
- Selmer Stereomaster 100 W
- Maestro Rover rotating speaker
- Leslie speaker 147 cabinet
- Marshall Late 60s super lead 100 W head
- Yamaha RA-200 revolving speaker cabinet
- Orange OR50 Early 70s w 4x12 cab
- Magnatone 280-A 50 W combo
- Alessandro Bluetick Coonhound High-End, 20 W Tube Amp
- Hiwatt SA212 combo
- Electro-Harmonix/Sovtek Big Muff "Civil War" model
- Electro-Harmonix Big Muff (early 1970s "Triangle" and "Ram's Head" versions)
- Electro-Harmonix Electric Mistress
- Electro-Harmonix Small Stone
- MXR Dyna Comp (pre-Dunlop 'Script' logo)
- MXR Phase 90 (Used for the "four-note" Syd riff on Shine On You Crazy Diamond Part II and Have a Cigar)
- MXR Phase 100 (Used live, early during the 1977 In The Flesh tour)
- MXR Noise Gate/Line Driver
- MXR Digital Delay System II
- Colorsound Power Boost
- Demeter COMP-1 Compulator
- Demeter TRM-1 Tremulator
- Analog Man Sun Face
- Chandler Tube Driver
- BK Butler Tube Driver
- BOSS CS-2 Compression Sustainer, GE-6 Graphic Equalizer, GE-7 Equalizer, HM-2 Heavy Metal, MZ-2 Digital Metalizer, SD-1 SUPER OverDrive, BD-2 Blues Driver, DD-2 Digital Delay, CE-2 Chorus, CE-3 Chorus
- T-Rex Replica
- TC Electronic Booster + Line Driver, Sustain + Parametric Equalizer, TC 2290 Dynamic Digital Delay
- Pro Co RAT
- Heil Talk box
- Dallas Arbiter Fuzz Face (first with NKT-275 transistors and then with BC-108 transistors)
- Ibanez Tube Screamer, Ibanez CP9 Compressor/Limiter, DE7 Delay/Echo
- Uni-Vox Univibe
- Vox Wah-wah pedal
- Morley EVO-1
- DeArmond volume pedal
- Dunlop Cry Baby Wah-wah pedal
- Binson Echorec PE 603, Echorec II, Echorec II Special
- DigiTech Whammy
- Ernie Ball VP JR.
- Pete Cornish all tube pedalboards and custom effects
- Pete Cornish Soft Sustain, Soft Sustain-2, P-1, P-2, G-2, ST-2, Line Driver, Linear Boost
- Pete Cornish Tape Echo Simulator (T.E.S), Custom Tube 6 Band EQ
- Pete Cornish custom volume pedal
- Pete Cornish custom vibrato pedal
- Lexicon PCM70
- Yamaha SPX90II
- Zoom multi-effects pedal
- DigiTech IPS-33B Super Harmony Machine
- Dynacord CLS-222
- Roland SDE 3000
- EMS Hi-Fli Prototype, Synthi-AKS, VCS3
- GHS Boomer strings in a custom gauge 10-12-16-28-38-48 on his Stratocasters
- GHS Boomer strings in a custom gauge 10.5-13-17-30-40-50 on his Gibson Les Paul Gold Top
- D'Andrea 354 plectrums (picks)
- Cross-stitched leather guitar strap used by Jimi Hendrix and bought for David by Polly Samson as a 60th birthday present
- Shaffer-Vega wireless system for The Wall concerts 1980-81 and his 1984 About Face tour
- Pete Cornish wireless system for the 1987-96 live Gilmour appearances
- Evidence Audio Cables
Fender Signature Stratocaster
In November 2006, Fender Custom Shop announced two reproductions of Gilmour's "Black" Strat for release on 22 September 2008. Gilmour's website states the release date was chosen to coincide with the release of his Live in Gdansk album. Both guitars are based on extensive measurements of the original instrument, each featuring varying degrees of wear. The most expensive is the David Gilmour Relic Stratocaster which features the closest copy of wear on the original guitar. A pristine copy of the guitar is also made, called the David Gilmour NOS Stratocaster. Both guitars feature:
- Vintage Style Frets
- Black Dot Position Inlays (Narrow Spacing)
- American Vintage Synchronized Tremolo with Custom Beveled Tremolo Block
- White Tremolo Back Cover
- Shortened Tremolo Arm
- Fender/Gotoh Vintage Style Tuning Machines
- Nickel/Chrome Hardware
- 1 Ply Beveled Black Acrylic Pickguard (11 Hole)
- Aged White Plastic Parts & Knobs
- One Master Volume Knob
- Two Tone Knobs (one for neck and the other for the bridge pick-up instead of standard neck and middle controls.)
- custom "neck on" switch to allow for turning on the neck and bridge pick-ups in combination
- Five Position Pickup Selector Switch
- Fender Custom Shop Fat '50 Neck Pickup & '69 Middle Pickup
- Seymour Duncan SSL-5 (or SSL-1 for more Vintage Style) Pickup
HIWATT Signature Amplifiers
- DG-103: Gilmour's earliest amp setup with Pink Floyd consisted of a Selmer 50-watt head with a 4x12 speaker cabinet. By 1970, he found his signature sound with a stack made of Hiwatt 100-watt heads with WEM 4x12 cabinets. The Hiwatt/WEM combination can be heard on Meddle and Dark Side of the Moon. This amp is designed to the same specifications as the one originally used by Dave Gilmour. It is based on the Hiwatt Custom 100 head but with special modifications as originally commissioned by Gilmour. A normal input, a brill input and also a special linked input where the gain of each channel can be dialled in to suit. Bass, Treble, Presence and Master volume controls. 4xEL34s, 4xECC83s. Original Partridge design transformers. 100W output.
- DG-504: Based on the Custom 50 head, but with special modifications as commissioned by Gilmour, the DG-504 adds a bit of modern sophistication to the classic performance amplifier. In addition to the Bass, Treble, Presence and Master Volume controls, the DG-504 uses a specially linked input system, where the gain of each channel can be altered. Built using Partridge transformers, 4 x ECC-83 tubes in the preamp section, 2 x EL-34 tubes in the power stage, it is rated at 50 watts output, with switchable 4, 8 & 16 ohms impedance. Internally there is point-to-point hand-wiring, turret tag boards (no printed circuits), and hand-laced wiring harnesses. The power and output transformers are manufactured by Partridge, the original 1970s supplier to the original design sheets. The components and wires are the modern available equivalents of the vintage components, 1-watt carbon resistors, and wound polyester capacitors being used throughout.
- DG-212: Available with the same features as the HIWATT Custom 50, but with internal linked-input system as specified by Gilmour. Dual 12" Fane speakers, two EL-34 tubes in the power stage, 4 x ECC-83 tubes in the preamp. Adjustable 4, 8 & 16 ohm output impedance.
David Gilmour does not actually use the "Signature" model Hiwatt amplifiers - in fact, he still uses the same Hiwatt heads he purchased in the 70s. After the Live8 performance, Hiwatt insinuated on their website that David Gilmour had used their new signature models for the show - this was disputed by Gilmour, and Hiwatt were forced to retract their statement; the David Gilmour model is now discontinued.
- A Saucerful of Secrets (1968)
- More (1969)
- Ummagumma (1969)
- Atom Heart Mother (1970)
- Meddle (1971)
- Obscured by Clouds (1972)
- The Dark Side of the Moon (1973)
- Wish You Were Here (1975)
- Animals (1977)
- The Wall (1979)
- The Final Cut (1983)
- A Momentary Lapse of Reason (1987)
- Delicate Sound of Thunder (1988)
- The Division Bell (1994)
- P•U•L•S•E (1995)
- For the full discography, see Pink Floyd discography.
|Year||Album details||Peak chart positions|| Certification|
|1978|| David Gilmour
|1984|| About Face
|2006|| On an Island
|2008|| Live in Gdańsk
- Fractals: The Colours of Infinity, Documentary (1994)
- "There's No Way Out of Here" (1978)
- "Blue Light" (March 1984)
- "Love on the Air" (May 1984)
- "On an Island" (6 March 2006)
- "Smile" (13 June 2006)
- "Arnold Layne" (Live) (26 December 2006)
- David Gilmour Live 1984 (VHS) – September 1984
- David Gilmour in Concert (DVD) – October 2002
- Remember That Night (DVD/BD) – September 2007
- Live in Gdańsk (DVD) – September 2008
Collaborations and work for other artists
|Year||Artist||Album / Work|
|1970||Syd Barrett||The Madcap Laughs|
|Ron Geesin and Roger Waters||"Give Birth to a Smile" on Music from the Body|
|1974||Unicorn||Blue Pine Trees (producer)|
|1975||Roy Harper||"The Game" from HQ|
|1976||Unicorn||Too Many Crooks (US title Unicorn 2, features the song "There's No Way Out of Here") (producer)|
|1978||Kate Bush||Executive producer for two tracks on The Kick Inside|
|Unicorn||One More Tomorrow (Harvest Records) (producer, shared with Muff Winwood)|
|1979||Wings||Back to the Egg|
|1980||Roy Harper||"Playing Games", "You (The Game Part II)", "Old Faces", "Short and Sweet" and "True Story" on The Unknown Soldier, credited to Harper/Gilmour.|
|1982||Kate Bush||Vocals on "Pull Out The Pin" in The Dreaming|
|1983||Atomic Rooster||Headline News|
|1984||Paul McCartney||No More Lonely Nights in Give My Regards to Broad Street|
|1985||Supertramp||"Brother Where You Bound"|
|Bryan Ferry||"Is Your Love Strong Enough?" in Legend|
|Bryan Ferry||Boys and Girls|
|Bryan Ferry||Live Aid (Played with Bryan Ferry's band)|
|Nick Mason and Rick Fenn||"Lie for a Lie" (vocals) in Profiles|
|Pete Townshend||"Give Blood" and "White City Fighting" in White City: A Novel "White City Fighting" credited to Townshend/Gilmour. Also performed live as Deep End.|
|Arcadia||So Red the Rose|
|The Dream Academy||Co-produced The Dream Academy|
|Roy Harper and Jimmy Page||"Hope" on Whatever Happened to Jugula?, credited to Harper/Gilmour.|
|1986||Berlin||Count Three & Pray|
|Liona Boyd||Electric guitar on "L'Enfant", "Sorceress" and "Persona" from Persona|
|Pete Townshend||lead guitar in Pete Townshend's Deep End Live!|
|1987||Dalbello||"Immaculate Eyes" in she|
|1988||Peter Cetera||"You Never Listen To Me" in One More Story|
|Sam Brown||Guitar on "This Feeling" and "I'll Be In Love" in Stop!|
|1989||Kate Bush||"Love and Anger" and "Rocket's Tail" in The Sensual World|
|Paul McCartney||"We Got Married" in Flowers in the Dirt|
|Rock Aid Armenia||Smoke on the Water in The Earthquake Album|
|Warren Zevon||Transverse City|
|1990||Roy Harper||"Once" in Once (w/Kate Bush on backing vocals)|
|Propaganda||"Only One Word" in 1234|
|Sam Brown||April Moon, vocals on "Troubled Soul"|
|Michael Kamen and David Sanborn||Concerto For Saxophone, guitar on "Sasha"|
|1991||All About Eve||"Are You Lonely" and "Wishing the Hours Away" in Touched by Jesus|
|Hale and Pace||Lead guitar on "The Stonk"|
|1992||Elton John||"Understanding Women", in The One|
|Mica Paris||I Put a Spell on You on Later With Jools Holland|
|1993||Paul Rodgers||"Standing Around Crying" in Muddy Water Blues: A Tribute to Muddy Waters|
|1994||Snowy White||"Love, Pain and Sorrow" in Goldtop: Groups & Sessions '74–'94|
|1995||Guy Pratt||Soundtrack to Hackers; according to Pratt on Twitter, features uncredited guitar performance by Gilmour.|
|1996||The Who||Quadrophenia (1996 Hyde Park concert)|
|1997||B. B. King||"Cryin' Won't Help You Babe" in Deuces Wild|
|1999||Paul McCartney||Run Devil Run|
|2001||The Triumph of Love soundtrack||Plays guitar over several chamber orchestra pieces|
|2003||Ringo Starr||Ringo Rama|
|2004||Alan Parsons and Simon Posford||"Return to Tunguska" in A Valid Path|
|2005||Various artists||"Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)"|
|2006||Chris Jagger||"It's Amazing (What People Throw Away)" and "Junkman", in Act of Faith|
|2009||Nick Laird-Clowes||"Mayday" documentary, 'A Time Comes' (Free download from nicklairdclowes.com )|
|2010||The Orb||Metallic Spheres, contributes guitars and vocals to the album, as well as co-writing every track. The album is released as "The Orb featuring David Gilmour"|
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