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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


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.”

David Gilmour Stratocaster Guitar



In 2002, following a concert for Robert Wyatt’s Meltdown Festival, three semi acoustic concerts were performed by David Gilmour and friends at London’s Royal Festival Hall, with one critic remarking that a ‘reinvented rock god shines on as 21st century folk hero’.
In 2003, David donated the £3.6 million proceeds of the sale of his London house to Crisis, the charity for the homeless of which he is a vice-president.

Acclaim for David Gilmour as a guitarist came with his headline billing at the 2004 London Wembley concert celebrating 50 years of the Fender Stratocaster guitar. He was also voted ‘Best Fender Guitar Player Ever’ in a poll in Guitarist magazine, beating such greats as Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton.

In July 2005, Pink Floyd reunited with Roger Waters for a one-off performance at Live 8 in London’s Hyde Park, which was regarded by many as the highlight of an astonishing show.

On 6th March 2006, David released his third solo album, On An Island, which entered the UK Charts at Number One, subsequently hitting the top position in the pan-European Charts, as well as hitting multi-Platinum around the world, including countries as diverse as Canada and Poland.
On An Island was accompanied by tour dates in the US and Europe, performed by a stellar list of musicians including Pink Floyd’s Richard Wright, Roxy Music’s Phil Manzanera, and regular Floyd musicians Dick Parry, Guy Pratt, and Jon Carin.

Summer concerts in Europe included a one-off performance in front of 50,000 in Gdańsk’s historic dockyards, as a celebration of the 26th Anniversary of the Solidarity movement, which was founded there. For one time only, the performance featured a 40-piece orchestra conducted by noted Polish composer Zbigniew Preisner, who had written the orchestrations for the On An Island album. The concert was also filmed by director Gavin Elder.

The live show at London’s Royal Albert Hall was filmed in High Definition by award-winning director David Mallet for DVD release. Entitled Remember That Night – Live At The Royal Albert Hall, it was released in Europe on Monday 17th September 2007 and the following day in North America, immediately hitting the No. 1 spot in many countries around the globe.
Remember That Night was released in the high-definition Blu-ray format in November 2007.
In May 2008, David was awarded an ‘Ivor’ for Lifetime Achievement by the British Association of Composers and Songwriters.

In September 2008, Fender Guitars made available their David Gilmour Signature Black Strat model, in two versions. The ‘Relic’ model Fender Stratocaster™ replicates the wear on David’s own 30-year old, much-customised guitar, while the ‘New Old Stock’ model includes all the same custom parts but without the wear.

September also saw the release of Live In Gdańsk, David’s live album from the outdoor show with orchestra in the Gdańsk shipyards. Available as a 2-CD audio package, other formats include a DVD of nearly two hours of concert footage plus a documentary of the Gdańsk experience.

David Gilmour First Stratocaster


David Jon Gilmour, CBE was born on 6th March 1946 in Cambridge, England, the second child of Douglas Gilmour, a senior lecturer in Zoology at the University, and Sylvia, a teacher. Best known as guitarist, vocalist and writer with Pink Floyd, he is also renowned for his solo work and collaborations with other artists including Kate Bush, Paul McCartney,
and Pete Townshend.

David Gilmour and Roger ‘Syd’ Barrett met as children in Cambridge and later, whilst studying at the Cambridgeshire College of Arts and Technology, began playing guitar together. In 1965 they spent a summer hitchhiking and busking around the South of France before Syd joined Roger Waters, Nick Mason and Rick Wright to form Pink Floyd, and David continued playing with his own band Jokers Wild, subsequently touring Europe with Flowers, and later Bullitt.

David was asked to augment the Pink Floyd line up as the singer and guitarist in 1967, only for Syd to leave the group five gigs later.

David’s guitar playing and song writing became major factors of Pink Floyd’s worldwide success during the 1970s, including his distinctive vocals and guitar playing on The Dark Side Of The Moon, the third most successful album of all time.

As a side project, David released his first solo album David Gilmour in 1978. Featuring Rick Wills on bass and Willie Wilson on drums & percussion, the album charted in the UK and the US.

David’s second solo album About Face was released in 1984, again hitting the Top 20 in the UK.

David assumed control of Pink Floyd in 1985, after Roger Waters’ departure, creating the new Floyd album A Momentary Lapse of Reason with Nick Mason and Rick Wright. It was followed in 1994 by The Division Bell, which contained the instrumental Marooned, composed by David and Richard Wright, for which Pink Floyd won their sole Grammy Award. Both albums charted at number one on both sides of the Atlantic and were supported by sell-out world tours. A live album and video, P.U.L.S.E, followed in 1995. In 1996, Pink Floyd were inducted into the US Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, followed by the same honour in the UK in November 2005; in 2005, David Gilmour was made a CBE for services to music.

David Gilmour Nos Stratocaster

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.

David Gilmour Stratocaster Fender


David Gilmour and the Fender Custom Shop are extremely proud to release one of the most highly anticipated guitars ever – the David Gilmour Signature Series Stratocaster®. Gilmour’s famous “Black Strat®” guitar was a cornerstone of the Pink Floyd sound; 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 closely with Gilmour and his longtime guitar technician, Phil Taylor, to create his signature model, a reproduction of the Black Strat complete with its unmistakable look, sound and feel. Featuring a black nitrocellulose lacquer finish, alder body with black pickguard, one-piece maple neck, custom pickups, and Gilmour’s own distinctive electronics and shortened vintage tremolo arm, the David Gilmour Signature Series Stratocaster is as beautiful, powerful and individual as Gilmour’s playing.
Model Name: David Gilmour Signature Stratocaster®
Model Number: 0150068
Series: Artist
Body Material: Select Alder
Neck: 1983 Thin-Shouldered “C” Shape, (.790″ to .870″ Taper)
No. of Frets: 21
Fret Size: Vintage-Style Frets
Position Inlays: Black Dot
Fingerboard Radius: 7.25″ (18.41 cm)
Neck Material: Maple
Neck Finish: Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Width at Nut: 1.675″ (42.5 mm)
Scale Length: 25.5″ (64.8 cm)
Neck Plate: Serialized 4 Bolt Neckplate
Fingerboard and Color Options
Part Number Color Fingerboard
0150068806 Black Maple
0150069806 Black Maple
Pickup Configuration: S/S/S
Bridge Pickup: Seymour Duncan® SSL-5 Single-Coil Strat® Bridge Pickup
Middle Pickup: Custom-Wound Single-Coil Strat® Middle Pickup
Neck Pickup: Custom Shop Fat ’50s Strat® Pickup (Neck)
Pickup Switching: 5-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Middle Pickup, Position 3. Middle Pickup, Position 4. Middle and Neck Pickup, Position 5. Neck Pickup
Controls: Master Volume, Tone 1. (Neck Pickup), Tone 2. (Middle Pickup)
Hardware Finish: Nickel/Chrome
Bridge: American Vintage Synchronized Tremolo with Custom Beveled Tremolo Block and Shortened Tremolo Arm
Tuning Machine: Vintage Style Machine Heads
Nut: Synthetic Bone
Case: Deluxe Black Hardshell Case (Green Crushed Velvet Interior)
Accessories: Deluxe Black Hardshell Case, Evidence Audio™ High-End Guitar Cable, Custom Leather Strap, GHS® DG Boomers Strings, David Gilmour’s Three Disc “Live In Gdansk” CD and DVD Package, a Copy of Phil Taylor’s “The Black Strat” Book, Polishing Cloth and the Certificate of Authenticity
Unique Features:
Thin-Shouldered “C” Neck Shape Duplicated from David’s 1983 U.S. Vintage ’57 Strat® Neck, Custom Shortened Tremolo Arm, Custom Beveled Tremolo Block, No Back Tremolo Cover Plate, Black Dot Position Inlays (Narrow Spacing), Aged White Pickup Covers, Aged Parchment Control Knobs Covers, A Faithful Re-creation of David’s Infamous “Black Strat”, The First 500 Sold in Either Finish Option will Include a Limited Edition, Signed Copy of “The Black Strat” Book, Autographed by the Author, David’s Long-Standing Guitar Tech, Phil Taylor.


Fender David Gilmour Signature Stratocaster

Lo primero que llama la atención es que se comercializan dos modelos, un Relic y un N.O.S. (New Old Stock). Tanto Gilmour como Taylor han trabajado codo con codo con los técnicos de la Custom Shop en el diseño y prueba del instrumento para conseguir una copia realmente fiel. El cuerpo de aliso lleva una capa de laca negra por encima del degradado original Sunburst de 3 colores. El golpeador negro y las caperuzas blancas completan la aproximación estética de la Black Strat. Entrando en detalles funcionales, el puente Vintage monta una palanca de Vibrato de longitud reducida, idéntica a la que Gilmour ha usado siempre. Las pastillas central y de mástil han sido bobinadas a mano por los técnicos de Fender, y la single-coil en la posición del puente es una Seymour Duncan SSL5. Gracias a un switch situado cerca del potenciómetro de volumen, pasamos de 5 a 7 sonidos posibles con las 5 posiciones del selector, una modificación hecha por Gilmour / Taylor en 1978. El mástil de arce es de una sola pieza, acabado al aceite “Vintage Tint”, dotado de 21 trastes y marcadores “birdseye” en color negro. El logo de la pala (equipada con afinadores estilo Kluson Vintage) es del tipo “Spaghetti” y el relicado realizado sobre el diapasón incide progresivamente en los primeros 7 trastes. El desgaste del cuerpo, sin embargo, se muestra fiel al original, un trabajo contenido y muy específico. Como extra, esta maravilla viene acompañada de un estuche largo de piel forrado de terciopelo verde con la insignia de la Custom Shop. El fabricante norteamericano añade dos regalos al pack: un ejemplar del libro de Phil Taylor, una copia del triple CD/DVD ‘Live in Gdansk’, testimonio de la última gira del genial guitarrista británico y un cable jack Evidence Audio de alta gama.

David Gilmour Stratocaster Nos

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 50 years, the Fender Custom Shop David Gilmour Signature Series Stratocaster, based on David Gilmour’s famous “Black Strat” guitar.

A cornerstone of Pink Floyd’s revolutionary and incomparable sound, David 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 David Gilmour and his longtime guitar technician, Phil Taylor, to create his signature model, a reproduction of the Black Strat—complete with its unmistakable look, sound and feel. Featuring a Black nitrocellulose lacquer finish alder body with a black pickguard, one-piece maple neck, custom pickups, and David Gilmour’s now-famous electronics and shortened vintage tremolo arm, the David Gilmour Signature Series Stratocaster is as beautiful, powerful and idiosyncratic as David Gilmour’s playing. Additionally, David Gilmour’s signature guitar comes with a custom case, Evidence Audio™ high-end guitar cable, David Gilmour’s three-disc Live in Gdansk CD/DVD package, and a copy of Phil Taylor’s The Black Strat book.