David Gilmour and the Fender Custom Shop have announced the highly anticipated release of what they describe as one of the most iconic musical instruments of the past 50 yearsâ€”the David Gilmour Signature Series Stratocaster
guitar. Based on Gilmourâ€™s famous â€œBlack Stratâ€� guitar, the instrument will be available at select Fender retailers worldwide beginning Sept. 22, 2008.
Hereâ€™s all the details directly from the Fender press releaseâ€¦
A cornerstone of Pink Floydâ€™s incomparably revolutionary sound, Gilmourâ€™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, a detailed reproduction of the Black Stratâ€”complete in its unmistakable look, sound and feel.
Gilmour bought the original instrument in May 1970 from Mannyâ€™s Music in New York. The guitarâ€™s first Pink Floyd recorded appearance came on the groupâ€™s fifth album, Atom Heart Mother. It subsequently became Gilmourâ€™s main guitar for live performances and studio work.
The new reproductionâ€”the David Gilmour Signature Series Stratocaster guitarâ€”features an alder body, black over three-color sunburst finish, a black pickguard, a one-piece straight-grain maple neck, custom pickups and Gilmourâ€™s now-infamous electronics and shortened vintage tremolo arm. Beautiful, powerful, unique and as idiosyncratic as Gilmourâ€™s playing, the guitar will be produced by the Fender Custom Shop in N.O.S. (new old stock) and RelicÂ® versions.
The David Gilmour Signature Series Stratocaster guitar comes with a custom case, an Evidence high-end guitar cable, Gilmourâ€™s three-disc Live in Gdansk CD/DVD set and Taylorâ€™s 2007 book about the guitarâ€™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.
Pricing and Availability:
Available September 22nd