Update December 31. – In Phil Taylor’s book about David’s black Strat (see review here) it appears that the guitar was displayed in Dallas, not Miami as suggested here. I have asked David Arroyo, who kindly contributed this picture, if the picture indeed was taken in Dallas and he replied that it might have been. Nevertheless the guitar on the picture, fits Phil’s description of how it looked after they had gotten it back in 1997.
A couple of days ago I was given this unique picture of David’s legedary Black Stratocaster hanging at the Hard Rock Cafe in Miami (Florida USA). The pic is taken (and kindly contributed) by David Arroyo in 1996. The guitar was given to the Hard Rock Cafe sometime in the late 80’s and it hang there till David took it back in 1997.
The guitar was hanging at eye level over a table with a sign saying “David Gilmour – Pink Floyd”. The guitar has the Charvel neck and the Kahler tremolo system used during the About Face era. What’s interesting is that the guitar was left unsecured without the glass cabinet often used at the Hard Rock Cafes, which leads me to wonder how many of the scratches we see on the guitar today dates from this periode. As you can see, it’s missing the volume knob and the lower tone knob.