The Fender ‘Black Strat’ Signature Model has been created by the combined input of David Gilmour, Fender Custom Shop’s Mike Eldred and Todd Krause, plus that of David’s long-standing guitar technician Phil Taylor. They endeavoured to create a final product that is tailored to the highest possible standards and yet still be affordable to both fans and guitar players.
The development work involved an extensive testing procedure, including various different combinations of wood, pick-ups and paint to find a close facsimile of the original Black Strat’s sound and look.
The ‘Black Strat’, which features the same maple neck, black pickguard, shortened tremolo arm and custom electronics as the original, will come with a custom black case (made by G&G) with a centre pocket, plush green lining and ‘Fender Custom Shop David Gilmour Model’ embroidery.
Additionally, the case will include a copy of &lsquoThe Black Strat’, the book by David Gilmour’s guitar technician Phil Taylor which gives an insightful history into this legendary guitar, originally bought from Manny’s Music in New York in May 1970. It will also have a copy of the ‘Live At Gdansk’ CD and DVD set included as inspiration to it’s new owners!
To ensure guitar fans get the very best out of the ‘Black Strat’, a set of GHS David Gilmour Signature strings will also be included, and an ‘Evidence Audio’ guitar cable, both of these as used by David Gilmour on stage and in the studio. Finally, a deluxe Fender guitar strap and a ‘David Gilmour’ guitar plectrum will also be included to complete the package.
The ‘Black Strat’ has aroused such interest in guitar players searching for the perfect tone that there has sprung up a small industry in individuals creating their own, unauthorised, ‘Black Strat’ replicas for sale. However, the Fender David Gilmour Signature model is the only guitar that closely resembles the real thing.
David Gilmour said, “I told Fender that it was just an ordinary Strat that I bought at Manny’s, but I must say they’ve done a great job of recreating it”.