David Gilmour is pretty much my inspiration to play. Ever since I heard his music as a young teen. I only started playing a few years ago, but most of the songs I try to learn are floyd songs. I thank fender so much for making this gilmour strat relic. It looks great. it sounds unreal, and the custom shop did an unbelievable job with every detail of this stratocaster. If David Gilmour had final approval of a signature series after his black strat, is more than enough of a vouch for me.
Cant say I have the greatest things to say about fenders release of this strat. Was pushed off quite a few times and I actually saw it online at one of the music gear sites (Like 70 in stock) before I got mine that I pre-ordered from sam ash months before it was released.
But it was love at first site once mine actually arrived.
The Pink Floyd / David Gilmour songs I learned so so far are:
Mother (extended solo)
Time (complete song with solo)
Coming back to life (intro)
Comfortably Numb (Rythm and 1st solo)
Hey You (Solo)
Thin Ice (Rythm)
I will try to post all the pictures and video that I have of this guitar.
Here is me playing the mother extended solo
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.
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Let me first point out that it’s obviously impossible to give an objective view. I have tried to approach it as if I was buying a new guitar looking for the features I prefer. Hopefully not too blinded by the fact that this is indeed a David Gilmour Strat. I tested the guitar on a Marshall tube head with a Mesa 4×12” cabinet and a bunch of all the classic gilmourish pedals.
I couldn’t help but feel excited and my heart jumped when I entered the room and I saw the guitar hanging on the wall. Although I’ve tried my best to make my Strat look as close to David’s as possible there’s something about standing infront of the real deal… well almost. This is a beautiful guitar! It’s very light weight and the balance between the alder body and the maple neck is perfect and doesn’t tilt either way. The maple neck’s nitrocellulose finish was surprisingly dark and the deep black pickguard makes a nice contrast to the black body and the slightly aged pickup covers and control knobs. The alder body has a nice warm and tight tone and the guitar sounds incredible just playing it acoustically. Personally I prefer basswood for a bit more brightness and punch but alder will perhaps give you an overall more versatile and honest tone.
What I first noticed, after drooling over its exterior, was that the setup was spot on. The strings and pickups were nicely balanced and it felt very easy to play. It doesn’t really matter much as one would do one’s own adjustments but it’s always nice to just pick up a guitar and get that instant ”wow!” feeling. The second thing I noticed was that the neck’s finish is very sticky. I guess this is due to the nitrocellulose lacquer and this will be worn down eventually (I don’t have much experience with nitro) but I felt that it made the neck unnesseceraly slow and hard to play. I personally prefer V-shaped necks and to me the C-shaped 7.25” felt a bit like a baseball bat. The trem arm was surprisingly short and made me wonder why David would prefer this. The guitar’s owner and I agreed that its too short and I’d replace it with a 5 1/4”.
Fender David Gilmour Relic Stratocaster Tribute. This is a brand new, never played Fender Custom Shop David Gilmour Relic Stratocaster! The Fender Custom Shop worked hand-in-hand with David and his longstanding 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 lacquer over Three-color Sunburst alder body with a black pickguard, one-piece 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 guitar comes with a custom case, Evidence Audio™ high-end guitar cable, David’s three-disc Live in Gdansk CD/DVD package, and a copy of Phil Taylor’s The Black Strat book. These retail for over $4700, here is you chance to get one at a great deal!
There are a handful of guitars that have shaped the sound of rock music, and indeed the course of rock history, with their distinctive tones. David Gilmour’s legendary “Black Strat” ranks high among this select company of instruments. This was the ax that the Pink Floyd guitarist wielded on Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals and The Wall, and on all three of his solo studio albums. The guitar was also with him at London’s Hyde Park for Pink Floyd’s 2005 reunion at Live 8.
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.”