Bjorn! Thanks for such an honest review! I too believe that its overpriced and you’d be better off with a ’57 reissue (simply because I have had so much fun modifying my guitar). You mentioned the push/pull pot to combine neck and bridge pups. I remember reading about that on your site and was recently looking for it but couldn’t find it. If it would not be too much of an inconvenience, could you point me in the right direction to some info on that pot? I would greatly appreciate it, Thanks Bjorn!
The mini toggle switch allows you to blend the neck and bridge pickups. Up/towards you is ”off” and down/away is ”on”. When the pickups are combined the bridge gets a fat hollow flavour much like the middle position on a Telecaster. I didn’t get to try how this sounded with distortions but it sounded pretty cool on stuff like Another Brick in the Wall (part 1). I once had a push/pull volume pot on my Strat that did the same job but I didn’t use it much and reinstalled the original pot.
There’s no doubt that this is a fine guitar. It’s quality all the way through and although I’ve only tried the NOS model you can tell that they’ve put a lot of effort into making sure that all the details and features are correct. It looks like David’s and I would imagine it feels like he’s too. I enjoyed it as much acoustically as pluged in, which is a very good sign. I didn’t like C-shaped neck and the middle pickup, while the SSL-5 totally blew my mind!
I’m sure many of you wonder how the David Gilmour Signature Stratocaster is compared to mine. Well, mine is an ordinary Japanese model modified to death with a numerous fret jobs and all sorts of trail and errors. You can’t compare the two but what I can say is that I’m very pleased with mine and feel that it’s much more ”me” than the Gilmour guitar… but I guess that’s why David prefers his guitars and not mine!
Unfortunately this guitar won’t make you sound like David and I’ve seen some reviews where people are disapointed but that’s just stupid. I don’t think you can be disapointed over a guitar like this. That only means that your expecations are too high and this guitar isn’t for you. Try a US Standard or a Les Paul! But is it worth the 3.500$ or so price tag? If I never knew who David Gilmour was, would I then feel any difference between this guitar and a US Vintage ’57 reissue? Probably not.