In 1962 David met Syd Barrett at Cambridge Technical College. Same year he joined his first band called “Jokers Wild” with whom he recorded an album, but only fifty copies of were made. In August 1965 David, Syd and couple of other guys went traveling around Europe, occasionally performing in small pubs. David eventually returned to France in 1967 and formed another band initially named “Flowers”, but soon renamed to “Bullitt”.They were not particularly successful, and kept playing mostly covers of at the time popular songs.
Pink Floyd was formed in 1965, but David didn’t join the band until 1967 as a fifth member next to Syd Barrett, Nick Mason, Roger Waters, and Richard Wright. In addition to his work with Pink Floyd, David has worked as a producer for various artist, and has enjoyed a successful career as a solo artist. He has been also actively involved in several charities during his career for which hes been rewarded with Order of the British Empire.
Rolling Stone magazine ranked David number 14 on their list of the greatest guitarists of all time.This has been David’s main guitar for the most part of his early career. He bought it at Manny’s guitar store in New York in May 1970 during Pink Floyd’s North American tour, because he needed a new guitar after his old one was stolen along with the rest of Pink Floyd’s rig just couple of weeks earlier.
This guitar has gone through many modifications. First and foremost, it wasn’t even originally black but it was repainted at the Manny’s from it’s original sunburst finish. In the 70s David fitted a rosewood neck on it from one of his guitars, which he kept on up until 1978 when it was replaced with Charvel maple neck with a Fender logo.