This may be the best opportunity for guitar players to replicate that legendary sound that Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour coaxed out of his 1970 Fender Stratocaster on some of the groups’s most successful albums. Fender is preparing to release a version of the “Black Strat” on September 22, and planning to use that simple, descriptive name to for the new guitar.
In addition to its appearance being identical to Gilmour’s copy, the new “Signature Model” will also feature the same maple neck, black pick guard, shortened tremolo arm and custom electronics as Gilmour’s original.
The new axe will also be accompanied by a custom black case featuring a center pocket, plush green lining and “Fender Custom Shop David Gilmour Model” embroidery.
In addition, buyers will receive a book about the guitar by David Gilmour’s guitar technician Phil Taylor, an authentic set of strings, the same cable Gilmour himself uses, a deluxe Fender guitar strap and a David Gilmour guitar pick.
This guitar is Fender’s best effort to produce a copy of the guitar that was used on Pink Floyd albums The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here and The Wall, and if history is any indication, Fender will do a fine job of cloning a famous instrument that many a Pink Floyd fan would be thrilled to own.
So what does Gilmour himself think of the new instrument? “I told Fender that it was just an ordinary Strat that I bought, but I must say they’ve done a great job of recreating it,” he says.
The September 22 release will coincide with the release of Gilmour’s new triple live album entitled Live In Gdansk, which was recorded last year during his solo world tour.