Pickups In David Gilmour Strat



David Gilmour is recognized the world over for his revolutionary and incomparable sound which he has used to great effect both with Pink Floyd and as a solo artist. When you hear the tones coming out of his red Strat® you are hearing him play his signature EMG Pro Series system, the EMG-DG20. This set utilizes our ivory alnico loaded SA single coils, an EMG-EXG guitar expander for tonal girth and an EMG-SPC presence control to enhance the Strat earthiness, all prewired onto a custom 11-hole white pearl pickguard with white knobs. Drop it in and drop out of this plane of reality, you’re going for a ride.

First post. I’m about to get a Clapton Strat, which I prefer for several reasons, and I’m thinking of replacing the stock noiseless pickups with David Gilmour’s black strat’s:

Seymour Duncan SSL-5 (Bridge)
Fender Custom Shop ’69 (Middle)
Fender Custom Shop Fat ’50s (Neck)

Can I just get these and ask my tech to replace the pickups (while keeping the original Clapton circuitry)? As far as I know the mid-boost knob is operational all the time in the Clapton Strat and there’s a battery that runs the boost circuitry. I’m just thinking there may be compatibility issues related to a clash of active/passive pickup configurations. Is that the case?

If you happen to know if that would work, or how to make it work, please drop me a line.

How To Build David Gilmour Strat


The custom made routing jig/guide (clear Acrylic) used for precise routing of the small elongated hole in pickguard for the recessed mini toggle switch.  Using the rotary tool with the routing base attached the clear routing jig did not allow any lateral movement of the rotary tool, it only allowed for forward and backward movement required to create the slot.  The pickguard is held securely in place sandwiched in-between two pieces 3/16″ thick 7″ x 10″ acrylic sheets (free remnants at a local Tap Plastics) held tightly in place with four 6-32 mounting bolts which align with two of the perimeter pickguard mounting screw holes and two of the pickup mounting holes.  In both of the clear acrylic sheets there is a 3/4″ hole in the location where the slot is to be routed to allow access of the routing bit on the top side and clearance on bottom side.  The actual jig itself is made out of 1/2″ square acrylic bar stock and held in place on the top sheet of acrylic with “Acrylic Cement” which is a solvent type bonding agent that has the consistency of water and is a applied with a hypo-type applicator.  The bond that the acrylic cement produces becomes as strong as the acrylic itself for it literally fuses/melts the two pieces together.

This jig precisely aligned the rotary tool/router in the correct position and orientation for routing of the small elongated hole so when the mini toggle switch is mounted in the stainless steel recessed mounting bracket it would position the switch lever so it would protrude precisely centered through this small elongated hole.  It worked out great, when the toggle switch is flipped in either the up or down (on) position the toggle lever has approximately 0.030″ of clearance between all edges of the slot… Perfect!

Normally when the toggle switch is in the up position, towards the pickups it is in the OFF position, when it is down (ON) it selects or activates the neck pickup.  But of course this orientation of the switch can be which ever way is most comfortable and desirable for you and your particular playing style.

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David Gilmour Strat Left Handed




David Gilmour Signature Stratocaster caused an increasing interest with guitar players, especially when you consider that it’s built by a renowned guitar manufacturer such as Fender Custom Shop. It performs well both in studio and on stage, and will fit many different playing styles.

Fender Custom Shop went really far in carefully choosing David Gilmour Signature Stratocaster’s features. There’s little to be wished for, which makes David Gilmour Signature Stratocaster a full-featured guitar for a musician that plays a music style this instrument is primarily built for. If you decide to go for Fender Custom Shop’s David Gilmour Signature Stratocaster you will be happy with its, safe to say – rich features. A job well-done by David Gilmour Signature Stratocaster.

The sound of David Gilmour Signature Stratocaster is finer than other guitars in many ways. The reason for that lays in the fact that David Gilmour Signature Stratocaster plays extraordinarily well through mostly any kind of amplifier which means that the sound is versatile, adaptable to various music styles and genres. Fender Custom Shop’s David Gilmour Signature Stratocaster is easy to set up, and even easier to get used to its unique tone that easily becomes yours.

Fender Custom Shop did a good job. David Gilmour Signature Stratocaster is built well, the finish feels just right, the hardware is solid. While playing for a longer periods of time you can expect David Gilmour Signature Stratocaster to stay in tune and you will be pleased while playing, because the neck is extremely comfortable. You might find that over time metal parts will oxidize a bit, but that’s normal and nothing to worry about. Fender Custom Shop did a really good job with David Gilmour Signature Stratocaster guitar.

Playing live, David Gilmour Signature Stratocaster will perform well and will not let you down. It is fairly reliable instrument both in studio and on stage, and will be a long term companion, as it is built to last. Fender Custom Shop has made a solid instrument that you will be happy with, and can depend on right from the start. Needs no backup as it has proven to be built really well.

Fender David Gilmour Stratocaster

I had a chance to sit down and play one of these today. It’s not everyday I get to play a 5000 dollar strat.

I was really disappointed. The back of the neck was pretty slick but the fretboard was gummy and thick. The relic job was cheesy looking. It did have some nice guts to it, and sounded nice, but the playability was shizer.

I was tempted to steal the mini trem arm as it was the coolest part of the whole rig. They should just sell those, I’d buy one.

I’m surprised at the lackluster job fender’s custom shop did. I bet they did a much better job replicating SRV’s Lenny and number 01 when they did the limited run of those. Why are they so inconsistant?

David Gilmour Stratocaster History


Includes: Hardshell Case, Certificate of Authenticity, Case Candy, Evidence Audio High-End Guitar Cable, “The Black Strat” Hardcover Book, David Gilmour “Live In Gdansk” CD and DVD Package

David Gilmour’s Black Stratocaster is one of the most coveted instruments in Rock and Roll history. The guitar is responsible for the amazing tones heard on a number of Pink Floyd’s classic albums, such as Dark Side of the Moon and Animals, as well as a surge in sales of blacklight posters and an increased interest in the Wizard of Oz.

This Stratocaster was created by the Fender Custom Shop in collaboration with Gilmour and his guitar technician Phil Taylor to recreate replicas of the instrument Gilmour has played throughout his career. The finish is a black over 3-tone sunburst, which looks very cool in some spots around the edges of the body where you can see red under the black.

The electronics on this Strat are what really makes this guitar unique. The neck pickup is a custom wound Fat ’50s Strat single-coil, the middle is a custom wound single-coil Strat pickup, and the bridge is a Seymour Duncan SSL-5 single-coil Strat pickup. The pickup selector is a 5-way, and in between the Volume and Tone knob is a little notch that adds the neck pickup in the 1, 2 and 3 positions of the selector switch. This gives the tone a very unique sound that adds a bit of mids, it’s great for solos or coloring up your tone a bit.


  • Black over 3-Tone Sunburst Finish
  • Comfort Contoured Select Alder Body
  • 1-Piece Maple Neck
  • 1983 Thin-Shouldered “C” Neck Shape
  • .790” to .870” Neck Taper
  • Maple Fretboard
  • 25.5″ Scale Length
  • 1.675″ Nut Width
  • 7.25″ Fretboard Radius
  • 21 Vintage Style Frets
  • Custom Hand-Wound Fat ‘50s Single-Coil Strat® Neck Pickup
  • Custom-Wound Single-Coil Strat® Middle Pickup
  • Seymour Duncan SSL-5 Single-Coil Strat® Bridge Pickup
  • 5-Position Blade
  • Mini-Toggle (Adds Neck Pickup in Positions 1, 2 and 3
  • American Vintage Synchronized Tremolo with Custom Beveled Tremolo Block and Shortened Tremolo Arm
  • 1-Ply Beveled Black Acrylic Pickguard
  • Fender/Gotoh® Vintage Style Machine Heads
  • Nickel/Chrome Hardware


Fender Custom Shop David Gilmour

The David Gilmour Signature Series Stratocaster Guitar from the Fender Custom Shop has an alder body, black or black over three-color sunburst finish, a black pickguard, a one-piece straight-grain maple neck, custom pickups, and Gilmour’s now-famous electronics and shortened vintage tremolo arm.

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 instrument, a detailed reproduction of the Black Strat—complete in its unmistakable look, sound, and feel.

The David Gilmour Signature Strat comes with a custom Fender guitar case, an Evidence high-end guitar cable, Gilmour’s three-disc Live in Gdansk CD/DVD set, and Phil Taylor’s 2007 book about the guitar’s history, The Black Strat.

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David Gilmour Strat History


If you want a documented history of Rock’s most famous guitar then this is the book for you. However, I would not get it in Kindle format like I did. Get the real book so that you can use it as a marked reference instead of having to search all over your Kindle for whatever tidbit you are looking for. In addition, the drawings and spec sheets are difficult to view on the Kindle.

My first guitar was an electric guitar which I think I got in 7th grade. I kept it until I went away to college and then didn’t pick up a guitar again until decades later. That guitar was a piece of junk and a cheapie imitation of a Stratocaster, but it was the guitar that I first took lessons on, and is the guitar that I envisioned myself playing on rooftops all over Los Angeles with a couple of my childhood friends as throngs of Angelenos cheered us on. In reality, however, I was a horrible student, kept my instructor waiting, didn’t practice, etc., so my instructor quit on me.

Stratocasters, and Fenders in general, are trashed during the years the company was owned by CBS. Hence there is a cult following for pre-CBS Fenders. However, the book shows that Fender didn’t really become all that famous until these infamous CBS years. Those are the years when players like Jimi Hendrix, spawn of Yardbirds like Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, and other rockers started advertising their play of CBS produced Strats. Nevertheless, CBS did do some pretty stupid things with the Fenders. I think the anti-CBS culture is more of an anti-corporation pyschosis. After all, the CBS years were also the years of the hippies and other anti-establishment wackoism. The book also included some history of the Telecaster, which I think is really the unsung hero of the Fender product line.

Not sure I will ever get an electric guitar again but over the last few years I have picked up the guitar this time concentrating on Spanish Classical and Flamenco, hence nylon string acoustic guitars. However, if I ever want to enact those rooftop playing dreams of my youth, I guess I will just have to buy a Fender.

This was a good book for the history sake of it. I recommend it, but not in Kindle format.

David Gilmour Signature Series Stratocaster Guitar


The guitar will be a Signature model of David’s beloved black Stratocaster. This means that the guitar will not be a detailed replica with all the scratches and wounds but it will have the same specs, the 57 neck, the neck/bridge combo pickup switch (at least we hope) and the custom Seymour Duncan pickups. A Tribute model is expected next year.

Originally the guitar had a white pickguard and a late 60′s maple neck with the big headstock. In 1974, David replaced the white pickguard with a black and the black Strat was “born”. Over the years it’s gone through countless changes and the Fender model will be based on the current version, seen on during On an Island tour. Read more about the history of this guitar.

So, will it be worth it? Will you run your shoes off to get one? Well, you decide… Here are some tips on how to make your very own Gilmour replica Strat.

– The body of a black Fender Classic Series 70′s Strat
– The V-shaped ’57 reissue neck of a Fender Classic Series 50′s Strat
– 8 hole 1-ply black pickguard
– Vintage S Model bridge kit from Callaham Guitars (including a shortened tremolo arm)
– A push/pull volume pot or a toggle switch for combining the bridge and neck pickups
– A set up Fender Custom 54 pickups or contact the Seymour Duncan Custom Shop for a replica set of David’s pickups
– A custom Jimi Hendrix replica strap from Jeri Hart Designs to top it off…

David Gilmour Relic Stratocaster

Now aspiring David Gilmours everywhere can own a piece of the legend. Fender’s new David Gilmour Signature Series Stratocaster was carefully modeled after the original Black Strat. As usual with Fender Signature models, there will be a high-end, so-close-it’s-a-forgery Relic version of the instrument and a more affordable N.O.S. (New Old Stock) version.

The Strat was nothing special when Gilmour purchased it at Manny’s Music in New York in 1970, just an off-the-shelf late- Sixties Stratocaster. Gilmour bought it in a hurry to replace a Strat that had been stolen during a Pink Floyd U.S. tour. The guitar originally had a Sunburst finish, but it had been oversprayed with black paint at the factory as a custom finish. The Relic version of the Gilmour Signature Strat reproduces even this detail—the alder body features black lacquer sprayed over a three-color Sunburst finish. The N.O.S. version has simply a black nitrocellulose lacquer finish sprayed on an alder body.

Because the guitar was neither rare nor collectible when Gilmour bought it, he made it his “bodge-up guitar”—the instrument he’d experiment on by changing pickups and necks and drilling holes to add bits of circuitry that were later discarded. “The guitar was never treated with any reverence at all. It was just a working tool,” says longtime Gilmour guitar tech Phil Taylor, who worked closely with Fender to create the David Gilmour Signature Series Stratocaster. But because it was also a working tool, it was the guitar most likely to be in Gilmour’s hands when Pink Floyd were making history. The Black Strat first went into service on Pink Floyd’s 1970 album Atom Heart Mother and remained in heavy use throughout the group’s Seventies heyday. It is the guitar Gilmour played on the classic Floyd instrumental “Echoes” and for two of the three solos in “Money.” And this is the guitar that played what many fans regard as Gilmour’s greatest solo ever, the one in “Comfortably Numb.”