David Gilmour Custom Shop

Fender Custom Shop David Gilmour Relic Stratocaster Electric Guitar with Deluxe Hardshell Case

David Gilmour and the Fender Custom Shop are extremely proud to release one of the most iconic and highly-anticipated musical instruments of the past fifty years, the Fender Custom Shop David Gilmour Signature Series Stratocaster, based on David’s famous “Black Strat” guitar.

A cornerstone of Pink Floyd’s revolutionary and incomparable sound, Gilmour’s Black Strat is featured extensively on “Dark Side of the Moon”, “Wish You Were Here”, “The Wall” and his critically-acclaimed 2006 solo effort, “On an Island”.

Featuring a Black over Three-color Sunburst Alder body with black pickguard, one-piece straight-grain maple neck, custom pickups, and David’s now-famous electronics and shortened vintage tremolo arm, the David Gilmour Signature Series Stratocaster is as beautiful, powerful and idiosyncratic as David’s playing.

Additionally, David’s signature guitarcomes with a custom case, Evidence Audio™ high-end guitar cable, David’s “Live in Gdansk” three-disc live CD and DVD package, and a copy of Phil Taylor’s “The Black Strat” book.

David Gilmour Custom Strat

Every component of our Black Strat Pickguard Assembly has been researched in detail to provide you with an assembly that is truly authentic from the correct pickup selections to the high quality craftsmanship in the detail of the recessed mini-toggle switch along with the unique all black custom Acrylic 1 Ply 0.120″ Rounded and Polished Edge pickguard.  We’ve yet to find a single manufacturer that takes the time required to custom fabricate this unique Acrylic pickguard with the rounded and polished perimeter edge which is most important to construct this pickguard assembly authentically and correctly, you’re just not going to find it anywhere else, guaranteed. We build each assembly with high quality parts such as Fender, Seymour Duncan, CTS potentiometers, CRL 5-way pickup selector switch along with Orange Drop tone capacitors.  We even offer you with a number of alternate customization options to the original design to even further enhance your particular pickguard assembly without compromising that great Gilmour tone.

With this item purchase you will receive a complete pickguard assembly with genuine Fender Custom Shop and Seymour Duncan pickups of your choosing with everything installed, wired and soldered in place, ready to drop in your favorite Strat body by simply connecting the audio and ground wires.  The pickup covers, knobs, switch tip, tremolo cover plate and tremolo arm tip can be selected as White, Parchment, Custom Aged Parchment, Aged White or even Black, and all are genuine Fender accessories.  We include our own custom manufactured Gilmour style 4-¼” tremolo arm along with a set of GHS Boomers David Gilmour Signature Series Strings, a Fender tremolo cover plate, a Switchcraft USA 1/4″ mono output jack and we also include all the mounting screws for the pickguard, tremolo cover plate and output jack plate.

We also offer the option to select from 15 alternate pickguards that differ from the authentic all black Acrylic 1 Ply 0.120″ pickguard with the rounded and polished edge. These alternate pickguard selections would be for those that want the awesome Gilmour tone, electronics and the unique pickup selection modifications but don’t want the same visual appearance.  This custom pickguard assembly no longer has to look like the famous Black Strat, it can now be assembled visually different and customized for your particular Strat styling’s and color theme but will still have the same awesome Gilmour tone.

Some of the unique features of this assembly is our own custom manufactured all Black 1 Ply 0.120″ Acrylic Pickguard with the Rounded and Polished Edge along with our implementation of the recessed mini-toggle switch. The recessed mini-toggle switch pickup selection modification is a unique feature with it’s stylish implementation that is synonymous with the Black Strat. For our recessed mini-toggle switch mounting bracket we have selected to use a sturdy piece of custom formed and polished 24 gauge 304 stainless steel that is strong, and by our unique design easily mountable underneath the volume and tone potentiometers with no attachment modifications to the pickguard required, this is the same style as what you will find on a Fender Custom Shop Gilmour Black Strat. With our pickguard assembly no modifications are required to your Strat body, it’s a “drop-in” unit that on average takes about 30-45 minutes to install.

A question we often receive is “what does this little recessed mini-toggle switch do?” The function of the recessed mini-toggle switch is to activate the neck pickup. By activating the mini-toggle switch with the 5-way selector switch in position 1 (bridge pickup) then you will have the bridge and neck pickups selected together, similar to a Telecaster.  By activating the mini-toggle switch when the 5-way selector switch is in position 2 (bridge and middle pickups) then you will have all three pickups selected at the same time. This gives you a total of 7 unique pickup selections.

Before we build each pickguard assembly we test every single component to verify they are within specified tolerances and that they operate correctly. After each pickguard assembly is built it is then fully tested as a complete unit to ensure correct operation, that way we know 100% for sure it will work perfectly when you install it in your guitar. Complete component and assembly testing results are provided with each pickguard assembly.

David Gilmour Custom Stratocaster


Fans have been asking if they’ll ever be able to get their hands on one, but I can now confirm that there will indeed be a David Gilmour custom Fender Stratocaster.

It’s the famous black Strat, as shown above, and we’re looking at it being in the shops in July 2008 (subject to change, naturally).

Although it’s premature to say so, there’s likely to be a competition to win one of these closer to the release of David’s ‘On an Island’ DVD next year (with details to follow, so please don’t bother asking for them). I’ll keep you posted.

That’s all I can say for now, as discussions are still taking place and details finalised, but I hope this news pleases those of you who have been enquiring about such a guitar for many years now.

I’ll leave you with some of Guy’s favourites to digest over the weekend.

David Gilmour Strat Custom Shop


It comes with everything it came with from the factory, custom shop certificate, all the case goodies. Here are the specs:

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. The first 500 guitars sold in either finish option will include a limited edition, signed copy of The Black Strat book, autographed by Phil Taylor.


Body: Alder
Finish: Nitrocellulose lacquer
Neck: one-piece maple, reissue C-shaped, .790″ to .870″ taper
Fingerboard: Maple, 7.25″ radius
Frets: 21, vintage
Scale Length: 25.5″
Nut: 1.675″
Hardware: Vintage
Tuning Keys: Vintage
Bridge: Vintage Stratocaster® with Custom shortened vintage tremelo arm
Pickguard: .120″ one-ply black acrylic pickguard (exclusive to Gilmour model)

Neck: Custom Hand-Wound Fat ’50s Strat®
Middle: Custom Wound Strat®
Bridge: Seymour Duncan® SSL-5

Pickup Switching: Startocaster® five-way switch with two-way toggle that adds activates
neck pickup to the middle and bridge positions
Controls: Standard Stratocaster®
Volume, Tone, Tone arrangement
Strings: GHS® David Gilmour Signature Set

Incuded Accessories:
Case: Special center pocket black tolex case with crushed
green lining, “David Gilmour” embroidered on interior

Accessories: Evidence Audio™ guitar cable
Unique Features: Special three-beveled vintage tremolo block, custom
shortened vintage tremolo arm. Two-way toggle activates
neck pickup in the middle and bridge positions.

I will be listing quite a few in the next few weeks, so please check my other auctions…

I buy, sell and trade from dealers and guitar friends all over the world, so I get these at a great price, and pass the savings on to you. (Mostly do this fund my own crazy guitar addiction). I am not a dealer, just a huge guitar fanatic.

I will ship to anywhere in the world. Paypal users must have a confirmed and verified address (and I will only ship to this address)… I ship UPS for USA and Canada shipping, Ups for international shipping.

Shipping will generally run about $200 for worldwide, but please contact me first for an exact shipping quote if you are buying from another country… Also, you the buyer are responsible for any taxes your country charges you on the shipment. They can be high, sometimes up to 30% or more depending on your country. Please email first with any questions pertaining to customs fees, and I will do my best to answer them for you, I ship overseas all the time, and have become pretty good at it ; ) .

Due to the overwhelming number of recent returns (for no real reason), I will no longer accept returns unless the item is not as described. All my guitars are mint in the box, unless otherwise noted. I can no longer accept returns for reasons such as “the neck is too thick for my small hands”, or “My dog just died and I have to pay for a funeral for him”. You would not believe the crazy excuses I get, not because the guitar is not exactly as described, but just because the buyer changed their minds. I am sorry to have to do this, but it is very time consuming, and gets pretty expensive in fees.

Thank you for your understanding.

Please ask any and all questions, you will love this beauty, and please check my other auctions for some more amazing and rare guitars.