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On an Island is the third solo album by David Gilmour, best known as vocalist and lead guitarist for Pink Floyd. It was released in the United Kingdom on 6 March 2006, Gilmour's 60th birthday, and in the U.S. the following day. It is Gilmour's first new solo album in 22 years. The song "Castellorizon" received a Grammy Award nomination for best rock instrumental.

The album has achieved platinum status in Canada, selling over 100,000 copies in the first month of its release, and sold over 1.5 million copies worldwide.


Notable appearances include Robert Wyatt, Jools Holland, Georgie Fame, David Crosby and Graham Nash, as well as Pink Floyd keyboardist Richard Wright and a member of an early incarnation of Pink Floyd, Bob Klose. Guy Pratt, who has done studio work and toured with Pink Floyd, also appears. Chris Thomas and Roxy Music's Phil Manzanera assisted with production.

Much of the album was recorded in Gilmour's private studio aboard his houseboat Astoria. The track "Smile" was heard briefly in an unmastered form on the BBC2 show Three Men In A Boat which retraced a trip on the River Thames that passed the houseboat.

Orchestrations on the album were arranged by noted Polish film composer Zbigniew Preisner and conducted by Robert Ziegler

on features a single edit of the title track for his new album and is available for all to listen to. Single edits of "Take A Breath" and "This Heaven" were issued to coincide with the U.S. leg of the tour, while "Smile" was the second single in the UK.

Copies of the album initially purchased from Best Buy in the U.S. contained an exclusive bonus audio CD with the instrumental track Island Jam which was subsequently released on the CD single for "Smile" in Europe.

On an Island entered the UK charts at #1, giving Gilmour his first ever chart-topping album outside of Pink Floyd. It reached #1 on the European Chart, and #2 in Canada, Portugal and Iceland. It has also provided Gilmour with his first U.S. Top 10 album, reaching #6. The album has achieved platinum status in Canada and has sold over 1,000,000 copies worldwide.

The album also produced two minorly successful singles; the title track "On an Island" and "Smile", both peaking at #72 on the UK Singles Chart. "On An Island" also peaked at #27 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart

The album was re-released in November 2006 with a bonus DVD of live tracks and other material.

In 2009, it was chosen The Greatest Solo Album by a former band member by classic rock station Planet Rock.


Richard Wright, Phil Manzanera and Guy Pratt joined Gilmour on tour to promote the album. The tour also featured Dick Parry, who played saxophone on Pink Floyd songs "Money", "Shine On You Crazy Diamond", "Us and Them" and "Wearing the Inside Out" also he performed solo in "Then I close my eyes", and Jon Carin, who in 1980s and 1990s toured with Pink Floyd and helped in studio. Zbigniew Preisner conducted orchestra in concert in Gdansk. Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason joined for an encore of the London show. David Bowie made a guest appearance in London, performing vocals on Comfortably Numb and Arnold Layne, the latter subsequently released as a live single. David Crosby and Graham Nash also appeared on select dates, reprising their studio performance of "On An Island", as well as singing on three other songs.

The tour was documented by the release of a live DVD, Remember That Night recorded at the Royal Albert Hall in May 2006 and a live album, Live in Gdańsk a recording of the final show of the tour at the Gdańsk Shipyard, Poland in August 2006.


Set one:

#Speak to Me / Breathe In the Air

#Time / Breathe (Reprise)(At the beginning of the tour the above tracks were played during Set 2)

#On an Island (entire album)(At the beginning of the tour the On an Island album made up the entire first set)

All above tracks were present at every show.

Set two:

The second set featured a selection of these tracks:

#Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts I-V) (Always present in the set—occasionally performed with David Crosby and Graham Nash)

#Astronomy Domine (Added during the second European tour, after the UK tour.)

#Dark Globe (Performed during July & August, after the death of Syd Barrett.)

#Wot's... Uh the Deal?

#Wearing the Inside Out

#Fat Old Sun

#On the Turning Away (one-off, unrehearsed performance in Venice, Italy on 12 August 2006)


#Arnold Layne (was added at the end of the U.S. leg with Richard Wright on lead vocals although a performance at the Royal Albert Hall on 29 May 2006 featured David Bowie on vocals)

#Coming Back to Life

#High Hopes (Always present in the set)

#The Great Gig in the Sky (performed on 30th/31 May 2006 with Mica Paris and during the early European dates, but was dropped until the London dates.)

#Echoes (Always present in the set, always the show-closer before the encore.)


#Wish You Were Here (Always present in the set)

#A Great Day for Freedom (one off performance in Gdansk, Poland on 26 August 2006)

#Find the Cost of Freedom (only performed with David Crosby and Graham Nash)

#Comfortably Numb (Always present in the set. Always the final song of the shows. On 29 May 2006 at the Royal Albert Hall David Bowie sang lead vocals on the verses.)


comfortablynumb2.jpgthumbright150pxDavid Gilmour at Radio City Music Hall during his 'On an Island' tour on 4 April 2006

*David Gilmour - Guitars, vocals, cümbüş, alto saxophone on "Red Sky At Night"

*Richard Wright - Piano, Organ, Vocals

*Phil Manzanera - Guitars, vocals, Glass harmonica on "Shine On"

*Guy Pratt - Bass guitar, vocals, guitar on "Then I Close My Eyes", Glass harmonica on "Shine On"

*Jon Carin - Keyboards, vocals, lap steel guitar

*Dick Parry - Tenor and baritone saxophones, Keyboards, Glass harmonica on "Shine On"

*Steve DiStanislao - Drums, percussion, vocals


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Artist/Band Information

David Jon Gilmour, CBE (born 6 March 1946) is an English rock musician, best known as the lead guitarist, one of the lead singers and one of the main songwriters in the progressive rock band Pink Floyd. In addition to his work with Pink Floyd, Gilmour has worked as a producer for a variety of artists, and has enjoyed a successful career as a solo artist. Gilmour has been actively involved with many charities over the course of his career. In 2003, he was appointed CBE for services to music and philanthropy and was awarded with the Outstanding Contribution title at the 2008 Q Awards. Rolling Stone has described him as "one of rock's most distinctive guitarists".

Early life

Gilmour was born in Cambridge, England. His father, Douglas Gilmour, was a senior lecturer in zoology at the University of Cambridge and his mother, Sylvia (née Wilson), was a teacher and film editor who raised her family at Grantchester Meadows, later immortalised by a Roger Waters song on Pink Floyd's Ummagumma.Mike Watkinson, Pete Anderson, , pg. 18, Omnibus Press (2001) ISBN 0711988358 He has a younger brother who is also a musician.

Gilmour attended The Perse School on Hills Road, Cambridge, and met future Pink Floyd guitarist and vocalist Syd Barrett, along with bassist and vocalist Roger Waters who attended Cambridgeshire High School for Boys, also situated on Hills Road. He studied modern languages to A-Level, and along with Barrett, spent his lunchtime learning to play the guitar. They were not yet bandmates however, and Gilmour started playing in the band Joker's Wild in 1962. Gilmour left Joker's Wild in 1966 and busked around Spain and France with some friends. However, they were not very successful, living virtually a hand-to-mouth existence. In July 1992, Gilmour stated in an interview with Nicky Horne on BBC radio that he ended up being treated for malnutrition in a hospital. In 1967, they returned to England.

Pink Floyd

Gilmour was approached in late December 1967 by drummer Nick Mason, who asked if he would be interested in joining Pink Floyd, which he did in January 1968, making Pink Floyd briefly a five-piece band. He filled in for Syd Barrett's guitar parts when the frontman was unable to take a consistent part in Floyd's live performances. When Syd Barrett "left" the group (due to his erratic behaviour, commonly believed to have been caused by excessive use of LSD) the band chose not to pick Barrett up one night for a gig, and Gilmour by default assumed the role of the band's lead guitarist and took over most of the band's lead vocal duties with bassist Roger Waters and keyboard player Richard Wright also occasionally singing in Barrett's stead. However, after the back-to-back successes of The Dark Side of the Moon and then Wish You Were Here, Waters took more control over the band, writing most of Animals and The Wall by himself. Wright was fired during The Wall sessions and the relationship between Gilmour and Waters would further deteriorate during the making of The Wall film and the 1983 Pink Floyd album The Final Cut.

David Gilmour and stratocaster.jpgthumb220pxrightGilmour, in the early 1970s with Pink Floyd

After recording Animals, Gilmour thought that his musical influence had been underused, and channelled his ideas into his self-titled first solo album (1978), which showcases his signature guitar style, as well as underscoring his songwriting skills. A tune written during the finishing stages of this album, but too late to be used, became "Comfortably Numb" on The Wall.pp221-222 of A Saucerful Of Secrets: The Pink Floyd Odyssey.

The negative atmosphere surrounding the creation of The Wall album and subsequent film, compounded by The Final Cuts virtually being a Roger Waters solo album, led Gilmour to produce his second solo album About Face in 1984. He used it to express his feelings about a range of topics, from the murder of John Lennon, to his relationship with Waters. He has since admitted that he also used the album to distance himself from Pink Floyd. He toured Europe and the US along with support act The Television Personalities, who later disappeared from the line-up after revealing Syd Barrett's address on stage. Mason also made a guest appearance on the UK leg of the tour, which despite some cancellations eventually turned a profit. When he returned from touring, Gilmour played guitar with a range of artists, and also produced The Dream Academy, who had a top ten hit with "Life in a Northern Town".

In 1985, Waters declared that Pink Floyd was "a spent force creatively". However, in 1986, Gilmour and drummer Nick Mason issued a press release stating that Waters had quit the band and they intended to continue without him. Gilmour assumed full control of the group and produced A Momentary Lapse of Reason in 1987 with some contributions from Mason and Richard Wright. Wright officially rejoined the band after the release of the album for a lengthy world tour and helped create 1994's The Division Bell. Gilmour explained:

In 1986, Gilmour purchased the houseboat Astoria which is moored on the River Thames near Hampton Court, and transformed it into a recording studio. The majority of the two most recent Pink Floyd albums, as well as Gilmour's 2006 solo release On an Island, were recorded there.

David Gilmour - live 8 - edited.jpgthumbleftGilmour at Live 8 in July 2005

On 2 July 2005, Gilmour played with Pink Floyd—including Roger Waters—at Live 8. The performance caused a temporary 1343% sales increase of Pink Floyd's album Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd. Gilmour donated all of his resulting profits to charities that reflect the goals of Live 8 saying:

Shortly after, he called upon all artists experiencing a surge in sales from Live 8 performances to donate the extra revenue to Live 8 fund-raising. After the Live 8 concert, Pink Floyd were offered £150 million to tour the United States, but the band turned down the offer.

On 3 February 2006, he announced in an interview with the Italian newspaper La Repubblica that Pink Floyd would most likely never tour or write material together again. He said:

He said that by agreeing to Live 8, he had ensured the story of Floyd would not end on a sour note.

David Gilmour Crisis Gig 2009.jpgthumbuprightrightGilmour in 2009

On 20 February 2006, Gilmour commented again on Pink Floyd's future when he was interviewed by, stating, "Who knows? I have no plans at all to do that. My plans are to do my concerts and put my solo record out."

In December 2006, Gilmour released a tribute to Syd Barrett, who had died on 7 July of that year, in the form of his own version of Pink Floyd's first single "Arnold Layne". Recorded live at London's Royal Albert Hall, the CD single featured versions of the song performed by Pink Floyd's keyboard player (and Gilmour's band member) Richard Wright and special guest artist David Bowie. The single entered the UK Top 75 charts at number nineteen and remained steady for three weeks.

Since their Live 8 appearance in 2005, Gilmour has repeatedly said that there will be no Pink Floyd reunion. With the death of Pink Floyd keyboardist Richard Wright in September 2008, another reunion of the core group members became impossible. Gilmour said of Wright

In May 2010 Roger Waters told the Associated Press that Gilmour "is completely disinterested in anything like . After Live 8, I could have probably gone for doing some more stuff, but he's not interested, so it is what it is."

Other projects

David gilmour brussels 1984.jpgrightthumbGilmour performing in Brussels in 1984, on his About Face tour

Taking time off from Pink Floyd's schedule, Gilmour also took up various roles as a producer, sideman and even concert sound engineer for a wide variety of acts which included former bandmate Syd Barrett, Paul McCartney, Kate Bush, Grace Jones, Tom Jones, Elton John, Eric Clapton, B. B. King, Seal, Sam Brown, Jools Holland, Bob Dylan, Pete Townshend, The Who, Supertramp, Levon Helm, Robbie Robertson, Alan Parsons, and various charity groups among others.

In 1985, Gilmour was member of Bryan Ferry's band. He played on Ferry's album Boys and Girls, as well as the song "Is Your Love Strong Enough" for the U.S. release of the Ridley Scott-Tom Cruise film Legend. A music video for the latter was created, incorporating Ferry and Gilmour into footage from the film (released as a bonus on the 2002 "Ultimate Edition" DVD release). Later that year, Gilmour played with Ferry at the London Live Aid concert; his first meeting with Ferry's keyboard player Jon Carin, later to tour with Pink Floyd.

David Gilmour also took part in a comedy skit titled "The Easy Guitar Book Sketch" with comedian Rowland Rivron and fellow British musicians Mark Knopfler, Lemmy from Motorhead, Mark King from Level 42, and Gary Moore. Guitar tech Phil Taylor explained in an interview that Knopfler used Gilmour's guitar rig and managed to sound like himself when performing in the skit. - The Phil Taylor Interview

He has also recorded four solo albums, all four of which charted in the U.S. Top 40 (2006's On an Island peaked at #6 in 2006, 2008's Live in Gdansk peaked at #26, his 1978 self-titled solo debut peaked at #29 in 1978 and 1984's About Face peaked at #32 in 1984).

In 1994, Gilmour played guitar for the video game Tuneland, along with the additional saxophonist for Pink Floyd, Scott Page.

In 2001 and 2002, he held a small number of acoustic solo concerts in London and Paris, along with a small band and choir, which was documented on the In Concert release. In 2003, Rolling Stone included Gilmour in the list of hundred greatest guitarists of all time at number 82.

On 24 September 2004, Gilmour performed a three song set (tracks 28-30) at The Strat Pack concert at London's Wembley Arena, marking the 50th anniversary of the Fender Stratocaster guitar.

David gilmour frankfurt 2006.jpgrightthumbGilmour in performance, Frankfurt 2006

On 6 March 2006, his 60th birthday, he released his third solo album, On an Island, and a day later it was released in the US; it debuted at #1 in the UK charts. The album reached the top five in Germany and Sweden, and the top six in Billboard 200. Produced by Gilmour along with Phil Manzanera and Chris Thomas, the album features orchestrations by renowned Polish composer Zbigniew Preisner. The album features David Crosby and Graham Nash on harmonies on the title track, Robert Wyatt on cornet and percussion and Richard Wright on Hammond organ and vocals. Other contributors include Jools Holland, Phil Manzanera, Georgie Fame, Andy Newmark, B. J. Cole, Chris Stainton, Willie Wilson, Rado ‘Bob’ Klose on guitar and Leszek Możdżer on piano. The album also features Gilmour's debut with the saxophone.

Gilmour toured Europe, US and Canada from 10 March to 31 May 2006 to promote On an Island. There were 10 shows in the US and Canadian leg of the tour. Pink Floyd alumnus Richard Wright, and frequent Floyd collaborators Dick Parry, Guy Pratt and Jon Carin also accompanied him on the tour. More shows were held in Europe during from July through August in 2006.

In a press release to promote the tour, David Gilmour stated:

On an Island peaked the UK charts by reaching number one. On 10 April 2006, the album was certified platinum in Canada, with sales of over 100,000 copies. The album also gave Gilmour his first US Top 10 album as a solo artist.

A video recording of a show from Gilmour's solo tour, entitled Remember That Night - Live At The Royal Albert Hall was released on 17 September 2007. The double DVD, directed by David Mallet, contains over five hours of footage, including an on-the-road documentary and guest appearances by David Bowie and Robert Wyatt. The two and a half hour concert features band members Richard Wright of Pink Floyd, Phil Manzanera of Roxy Music, Steve DiStanislao on drums, and various Pink Floyd regulars such as Dick Parry, Guy Pratt and Jon Carin. The 20-page booklet accompanying the DVD, features over 80 photos selected from studio recording and touring. The album is now available on Hi-Definition Blu-ray Disc with Dolby TrueHD surround sound. As TrueHD is not a mandatory format for Blu-ray players, and the disc carries no other surround channel, some players will only play it in stereo.

The final show of David Gilmour's On an Island tour was held at the Gdańsk Shipyard on 26 August 2006. The concert was held before a crowd of 50,000, and marked the twenty-sixth anniversary of the founding of the Solidarity trade union. The concert was notable for the inclusion of "A Great Day For Freedom" as part of the encore.

The show was recorded, resulting in a live album and DVD release; Live in Gdańsk. The concert was the only occasion on which Gilmour performed the tour material with an orchestra, using the 40-strong string section of the Polish Baltic Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Zbigniew Preisner, who was responsible for On An Islands orchestral arrangements.

On 25 May 2009, he participated in a concert held at Union Chapel in Islington, London. The concert was of part of the 'Hidden Gigs' campaign against hidden homelessness that is organised by the Crisis, a UK-based national charity for people homelessness. There he appeared in a collaboration with the Malian musicians Amadou and Mariam.

On 4 July 2009, he joined his friend Jeff Beck onstage at the Royal Albert Hall. David and Jeff traded solos on Jerusalem and closed the show with Hi Ho Silver Lining.

In August 2009, he released an online single, Chicago - Change the World, on which he sang and played guitar, bass and keyboards, to promote awareness of the plight of Gary McKinnon. A re-titled cover of the Graham Nash song Chicago, it featured Chrissie Hynde and Bob Geldof, plus McKinnon himself. It was produced by long-time Pink Floyd collaborator Chris Thomas. A video was also posted on-line.

On 11 July 2010, Gilmour gave a performance for the charity Hoping Foundation with Roger Waters in Oxfordshire, England.http Also performing were Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Nick Cage and Tom Jones. The performance was presented by Jemima Khan and Nigella Lawson. According to onlookers, it seemed clear that Gilmour and Waters had ended the their long-running feud and seemed to be the best of friends, laughing and joking together along with their respective partners. Waters has confirmed via his Facebook page that Gilmour will play Comfortably Numb with him for one of his shows on his upcoming The Wall Live.

Gilmour has worked with The Orb for their forthcoming album "Metallic Spheres".

Musical style

Gilmour is best known for his lead guitar work. Gilmour's solo style is often characterised by blues-influenced phrasing, expressive note bends and sustain. In 2005, Gilmour was rated the 82nd greatest guitarist by Rolling Stone. In January 2007, Guitar World readers voted Gilmour's solos, "Comfortably Numb", "Time" and "Money" into the top 100 Greatest Guitar Solos ("Comfortably Numb" was voted the 4th greatest solo of all time, "Time" was voted the 21st greatest solo of all time and "Money" was voted the 62nd greatest solo of all time).

In his early career with Pink Floyd, Gilmour played a multitude of Fender Stratocasters. One of his popular guitar solos ("Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2") was played on a Gibson Les Paul Gold Top guitar equipped with Bigsby tremolo bar and P-90 pick-ups. In 1996, Gilmour was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Pink Floyd. Gilmour's solo on "Comfortably Numb" was voted as one of the greatest guitar solos of all time in several polls by listeners and critics./

Although mainly known for his guitar work, Gilmour is also a proficient multi-instrumentalist. He also plays bass guitar (which he did on some Pink Floyd tracks), keyboards, synthesizer, banjo, harmonica, drums (as heard on the Syd Barrett solo track "Dominoes", and other songs where he opted to play all the instruments) and lately, the saxophone.

Personal life

DavidGilmour12.jpgthumbleftuprightDavid Gilmour with his family (not seen) in 2005

Gilmour's first marriage was to American-born Virginia "Ginger" Hasenbein and he had four children from this union, Alice (born 1976), Clare (born 1979), Sara (born 1983), and Matthew (born 1986). The children originally attended a Waldorf School, but Gilmour called their education there "horrific". In 1994, he married Polly Samson, and the couple have four children, Charlie (Samson's son with Heathcote Williams), whom Gilmour adopted, Joe, Gabriel and Romany. Charlie's voice can be heard on the telephone to Steve O'Rourke, at the end of "High Hopes" (The Division Bell).

Gilmour has been associated with various charity organisations. In May 2003, Gilmour sold his house in Little Venice to the ninth Earl Spencer and donated the proceeds worth £3.6 million to Crisis to help fund a housing project for the homeless. Apart from Crisis, other Charities to which Gilmour has lent support include Oxfam, the European Union Mental Health and Illness Association, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, The Lung Foundation, and Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy. He also donated £25,000 to the Save the Rhino foundation in exchange for Douglas Adams' name suggestion for the album that became The Division Bell.

Apart from music, Gilmour is also an experienced pilot and aviation enthusiast. Under the aegis of his company, Intrepid Aviation, he had amassed a collection of historical aircraft. He later decided to sell the company, as his venture, which had started as a hobby, was becoming too commercial for him to handle. In an interview for the to BBC, he stated:

On 22 May 2008, Gilmour won the 2008 Ivor Novello Lifetime Contribution Award

Later, he was awarded for outstanding contribution for music by the Q Awards. He dedicated his award to his recently departed bandmate Richard Wright.

On 11 November 2009, Gilmour received an honorary doctorate from the Anglia Ruskin University.

Main musical equipment

David Gilmour- Lap sleel guitar (cropped).jpgthumbrightGilmour playing lap steel guitar with Pink Floyd, Festhalle, Frankfurt, Germany, 26 January 1977

The following is a list of equipment Gilmour either has used on his solo or Pink Floyd records and tours.




***His main guitar, much modified over the years, is a (1969) 3-colour Sunburst Fender Stratocaster painted over with black as well with a black pickguard and white-coloured pick-up covers and knobs, currently with a vintage 1957 reissue "C shape" maple neck. This neck came from his guitar that he used on the About Face tour. It also includes a small toggle switch that combines the neck and bridge pick-ups (Note this guitar was for brief time fitted with a Kahler locking tremolo system, the system was subsequently un-installed and the removed wood filled with a replacement piece of timber and repainted to match as can be noted by close examination of the guitar behind its reinstalled Fender tremolo). This guitar has a Seymour Duncan SSL-1 bridge pick-up, and currently has a strap which once belonged to Jimi Hendrix.

***His main guitar for the post-Roger Waters era Pink Floyd tours in support of A Momentary Lapse of Reason, Delicate Sound of Thunder (dubbed "Another Lapse") and The Division Bell was a Candy Apple Red '57 reissue (made in 1984) fitted with a set of EMG SA active pick-ups with the two standard tone controls replaced with an EMG SPC mid boost control, and an EXG treble/bass expander (which cuts the mids while boosting bass and treble). On the On an Island tour it was used every night of the tour on "Shine On You Crazy Diamond".

***Gilmour is the owner of Strat #0001. However, this is not the first Stratocaster ever made, but the first to be given a serial number. It was last seen at the Strat Pack Concert in Wembley Arena in 2004. The Black Strat was finally brought out of retirement by David in 2005 and fitted with a new Charvel neck for the Pink Floyd reunion at the Live 8 concert. David subsequently used it again for his "On An Island" tour in 2006.

***Cream coloured '57 reissue. Used at 1984 solo tour and at the early parts of the 1987-1990 tour. In the 1994 tour it was used as spare guitar. Tim Renwick played it with David and the rest of Pink Floyd at their Live 8 set. This Strat was fitted with the same EMG set of pick-ups and tone circuits as the aforementioned Candy Apple Red '57 reissue and after its use at Live 8, the cream finished guitar's neck was transferred to David's main Black Strat.

***'57 Lake Placid Blue. (Serial number #0040). Used at The Wall sessions.

***Double-neck Stratocaster. Body was custom made by guitar builder Dick Knight, but the necks were Fender Strat necks. Used live (1970–72).

***Sunburst Stratocaster. '63 rosewood neck with '59 body. This guitar was given to David by Steve Marriott of Humble Pie and the Small Faces, and though David didn't like the guitar enough to use it very long, he preferred the neck to the original one on his black Strat and switched the two. The sunburst Strat was used as his spare and slide guitar in subsequent years (sporting the maple cap neck with a large headstock from the black Strat), and the rosewood neck remained on the black Strat until 1978.

***White with white pickguard. Used in the late 1960s. Received as a gift from the rest of the band. Stolen in equipment heist in 1970.

***Gilmour also used a Strat equipped with the Doug Wilkes 'Answer' sliding pick-up system on the 'Momentary Lapse of Reason' recording.

***Doug Wilkes also built Gilmour a Precision-style single pick-up bass, which was also used on the 'Momentary Lapse of Reason' sessions.


***Blonde body with white pickguard. Used on the On an Island tour.

***'52 Butterscotch Reissues with black pickguard. Used between 1987 and 1995. The first guitar was tuned in Dropped D rather than a standard tuning and was used for "Run Like Hell". The second served as a backup instrument and had a regular guitar tuning. Gilmour used this guitar for Astronomy Domine.

***'59 Custom Telecaster with sunburst ash body, white binding on the body, rosewood fingerboard, and a white pickguard. There was a Gibson Humbucker placed in the Neck position at a brief point but was removed before it was used on the Animals' recording sessions. Last seen on rehearsals during the On an Island tour.

***'61 Telecaster used during The Wall recording sessions. Also used live in post-Waters era for "Run Like Hell". Last seen on the Syd Barrett memory concert in 2007.

***1960s brown-faded body. Used in the late 1960s.

***1960s blonde ash body with white pickguard. His main guitar during his first year with Pink Floyd, which was lost by an airline company in 1968, and prompted Gilmour to buy the brown-faded Telecaster.

**Esquire '55 Sunburst body a.k.a. "The workmate Tele". Neck pick-up added. Used at the recording sessions for his first solo album, The Wall recording session and the following tour. Also seen when performing with Paul McCartney in the late 1990s.

**Steel guitars

***1950's Fender 1000 twin neck pedal steel guitar. Used in the early 1970s, purchased from a pawn shop while Gilmour was in Seattle in 1970. Used during recording of "One of These Days" from "Meddle" and "Breathe" and "Great Gig in the Sky" from The Dark Side of the Moon.

***Fender Deluxe lap steel guitar. First time seen during The Division Bell tour in 1994.

***Fender Champ lap steel

**Bass guitars

***Fender Bass VI. Used during The Wall recording sessions.

***Fender Precision bass guitar

***Fender Jazz Bass. Used during The Wall recording sessions.


**A Gibson Les Paul Goldtop (P-90 pick-ups, Bigsby vibrato bridge). Used for the guitar solo on 'Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2.

**Gibson: EH150 Lap steel guitar,

**"Chet Atkins" classical guitar,

** J-200 Celebrity acoustic guitar Fitch, Vernon: The Pink Floyd Encyclopedia (3rd Edition) 2005



**Gretsch White Falcon

*Bill Lewis 24-fret Guitar. Used at Meddle and Dark Side of the Moon recording sessions.


**Ovation Legend 1619-4 steel string & high string guitars. Used during The Wall recording sessions.

**Ovation Legend 1613-4 nylon string guitar. Used during The Wall recording sessions.Fitch, Vernon and Mahon, Richard: Comfortably Numb. A history of The Wall. Pink Floyd 1978-1981 2006, p. 268

**Ovation Magnum bass guitar. Used during The Wall recording sessions.

*Takamine acoustic guitar.

*Martin acoustic guitars.

**Martin D-35.

**Martin D12-28 12-string acoustic guitar.

**Martin D-18 acoustic.

*Taylor acoustic guitars

**Taylor 312CE electro-acoustic

**Taylor 712CE electro-acoustic (used at Robert Wyatt's Meltdown Concert)

**Taylor K22 made from koa

**Taylor electro-acoustic nylon string. Used for the song "High Hopes" at the AOL Sessions

*Guild F-512 "antique burst" 12-string guitar.

*Jose Vilaplana nylon string guitar. Used for the song High Hopes in the "David Gilmour in Concert" DVD.

*Steinberger GL. His main guitar during A Momentary Lapse of Reason recording sessions.

*Charvel Fretless Fender Precision style bass guitar. Used during The Wall recording sessions.

*Music Man Fretless Stingray bass guitar. Used by Gilmour while running the house band at the 1991 Amnesty International concert, during Spinal Tap's performance on "Big Bottom". (All guitarists played bass on this song, and Gilmour played a solo.)

*Jedson lap steel guitars. One red (1977-tuned D-G-D-G-B-E for Shine On You Crazy Diamond, Parts 6-9, 1987-2006: Tuned E-B-E-G-B-E for High Hopes) and one blonde.

*ZB pedal steel guitar.


*Hiwatt (main) DR 103 heads into WEM Super Starfinder 200 4x12 cabinets loaded with Fane Crescendo speakers

*Fender '56 Tweed Twin amp (used for smaller concerts)

*Fender Twin Reverb combos

*Fender Twin Reverb II 1983 105 W heads

*Fender Bluesmaster

*Fender Blues Jr.

*Mesa Boogie Mark II C+

*Alembic F2-B bass preamp

*Custom-built 'Doppola' rotating speakers (driven by the Hiwatt heads)

*Gallien/Krueger 250 ML combo amp

*Selmer Stereomaster 100 W

*Maestro Rover rotating speaker

*Leslie speaker 147 cabinet

*Marshall Late 60s super lead 100 W head

*Yamaha RA-200 revolving speaker cabinet

*Orange OR50 Early 70s w 4x12 cab

*Magnatone 280-A 50 W combo

*Alessandro Bluetick Coonhound High-End, 20 W Tube Amp

*Hiwatt SA212 combo


*Electro-Harmonix/Sovtek Big Muff "Civil War" model

*Vintage Electro-Harmonix Big Muff (early 70's "Triangle" and "Ram's Head" versions)

*Electro-Harmonix Electric Mistress & Small Stone phaser

*MXR Dyna-Comp (pre-Dunlop 'Script' logo)

*MXR Phase 90 (Used for the "four note" Syd riff on Shine On Pts. I-V, also used on Have a Cigar)

*MXR Phase 100 (Used live, early during the 1977 In The Flesh tour)

*MXR Noise Gate/Line Driver

*MXR Digital Delay System II

*Colorsound Power Boost

*Demeter Compulator

*AnalogMan Sun Face

*Chandler Tube Driver

*BK Butler Tube Driver

*Boss CS-2 Compression Sustainer, GE-6 EQ Pedal, GE-7 EQ Pedal

*Boss Blues Driver

*T-Rex Replica Delay

*Boss MZ-2 Digital Metalizer, HM-2 Heavy Metal Distortion, SD-1 Overdrive, DD-2 Digital Delay, CE-2 Chorus, CE-3 Chorus

*TC Electronics Booster+ (Line Driver/Distortion), Electronic Sustain and Parametric Equalizer, TC-2290 Dynamic Digital Delay

*Pro Co RAT Distortion, RAT 2

*Heil Talk box

*Dallas Arbiter Fuzz Face (first with NKT-275 transistors and then with BC-108 transistors)

*Ibanez CP9 Compression Sustainer, Ibanez Tube Screamer, TS10 Tubescreamer

*Uni-Vox Univibe

*Vox Wah-Wah pedal

*Morley EVO-1

*DeArmond volume pedal

*Dunlop Cry Baby Wah-wah pedal

*Binson Echorec II, Echorec PE 603

*Binson Echorec II Special.

*Digitech Whammy

*Ernie Ball Volume Pedal

*Pete Cornish all tube Pedal Boards and Custom effects

*Pete Cornish Soft Sustain, Soft Sustain 2, P-1, P-2, G-2, ST-2, Line Driver, Linear Boost

*Pete Cornish Tape Echo Simulator (T.E.S), Custom Tube 6 Band EQ

*Pete Cornish custom volume pedal

*Pete Cornish custom vibrato pedal


*Lexicon PCM70 Digital Effects Processor

*Yamaha SPX-90 II Digital Effects Processors

*Zoom multi effect

*DigiTech IPS-33B Super Harmony pitch shifter

*Dynacord CLS-222 Leslie simulator

*Roland SDE 3000 digital delay


*EMS Hi-Fli Prototype, Synthi-AKS, VCS3

*GHS Boomer strings in a custom gauge 10-12-16-28-38-48 on his Stratocasters

*GHS Boomer strings in a custom gauge 10.5-13-17-30-40-50 on his Gibson Les Paul Gold Top

*D'Andrea 354 plectrums (picks)

*Cross-stitched leather guitar strap used by Jimi Hendrix and bought for David by Polly Samson as a 60th birthday present

*Shaffer-Vega wireless system for The Wall concerts 1980-81 and his 1984 About Face tour

*Pete Cornish wireless system for the 1987-96 live Gilmour appearances

*Evidence Audio Cables

Fender Signature Stratocaster

In November 2006, Fender Custom Shop announced two reproductions of Gilmour's "Black" Strat for release on 22 September 2008. Gilmour's website states the release date was chosen to coincide with the release of his Live in Gdansk album. Both guitars are based on extensive measurements of the original instrument, each featuring varying degrees of wear. The most expensive will be the David Gilmour Relic Stratocaster which features the closest copy of wear on the original guitar. A pristine copy of the guitar will also be made, called the David Gilmour NOS Stratocaster. Both guitars feature:

* Vintage Style Frets

* Black Dot Position Inlays (Narrow Spacing)

* American Vintage Synchronized Tremolo with Custom Beveled Tremolo Block

* White Tremolo Back Cover

* Shortened Tremolo Arm

* Fender/Gotoh Vintage Style Tuning Machines

* Nickel/Chrome Hardware

* 1 Ply Beveled Black Acrylic Pickguard (11 Hole)

* Aged White Plastic Parts & Knobs

* One Master Volume Knob

* Two Tone Knobs (one for neck and the other for the bridge pick-up instead of standard neck and middle controls.)

* custom "neck on" switch to allow for turning on the neck and bridge pick-ups in combination

* Five Position Pickup Selector Switch

* Fender Custom Shop Fat '50 Neck Pickup & '69 Middle Pickup

* Seymour Duncan SSL-5 (or SSL-1 for more Vintage Style) Pickup

HIWATT Signature Amplifiers

* DG-103: Gilmour's earliest amp setup with Pink Floyd consisted of a Selmer 50-watt head with a 4x12 speaker cabinet. By 1970, he found his signature sound with a stack made of Hiwatt 100-watt heads with WEM 4x12 cabinets. The Hiwatt/WEM combination can be heard on Meddle and Dark Side of the Moon. This amp is designed to the same specifications as the one originally used by Dave Gilmour. It is based on the Hiwatt Custom 100 head but with special modifications as originally commissioned by Gilmour. A normal input, a brill input and also a special linked input where the gain of each channel can be dialled in to suit. Bass, Treble, Presence and Master volume controls. 4xEL34s, 4xECC83s. Original Partridge design transformers. 100W output.

* DG-504: Based on the Custom 50 head, but with special modifications as commissioned by Gilmour, the DG-504 adds a bit of modern sophistication to the classic performance amplifier. In addition to the Bass, Treble, Presence and Master Volume controls, the DG-504 uses a specially linked input system, where the gain of each channel can be altered. Built using Partridge transformers, 4 x ECC-83 tubes in the preamp section, 2 x EL-34 tubes in the power stage, it is rated at 50 watts output, with switchable 4, 8 & 16 ohms impedance. Internally there is point-to-point hand-wiring, turret tag boards (no printed circuits), and hand-laced wiring harnesses. The power and output transformers are manufactured by Partridge, the original 1970s supplier to the original design sheets. The components and wires are the modern available equivalents of the vintage components, 1-watt carbon resistors, and wound polyester capacitors being used throughout.

* DG-212: Available with the same features as the HIWATT Custom 50, but with internal linked-input system as specified by Gilmour. Dual 12" Fane speakers, two EL-34 tubes in the power stage, 4 x ECC-83 tubes in the preamp. Adjustable 4, 8 & 16 ohm output impedance.


Pink Floyd

*A Saucerful of Secrets – 29 June 1968.

*More – 27 July 1969.

*Ummagumma – 25 October 1969.

*Atom Heart Mother – 10 October 1970.

*Meddle – 30 October 1971.

*Obscured by Clouds – 3 June 1972.

*The Dark Side of the Moon – 17 March 1973.

*Wish You Were Here – 15 September 1975.

*Animals – 23 January 1977.

*The Wall – 30 November 1979.

*The Final Cut – 21 March 1983.

*A Momentary Lapse of Reason – 8 September 1987.

*Delicate Sound of Thunder – 22 November 1988.

*The Division Bell – 30 March 1994.

*P•U•L•S•E – 29 May 1995.

:For the full discography, see Pink Floyd discography.




*Fractals: The Colours of Infinity, Documentary - 1994


*"There's No Way Out of Here", 1978

*"Blue Light", March, 1984

*"Love on the Air", May, 1984

*"On an Island", 6 March 2006

*"Smile", 13 June 2006

*"Arnold Layne" (Live) 26 December 2006


*David Gilmour Live 1984 (VHS) – September 1984

*David Gilmour in Concert (DVD) – October 2002

*Remember That Night (DVD/BD) – September 2007

*Live in Gdańsk (DVD) – September 2008

Collaborations and work for other artists




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