Well, Gilmourish.Com has never been a news site but it’s typical that when I take a couple of days off enjoying wonderful Copenhagen, DavidGilmour.Com announces the long awaited signature Stratocaster from Fender! Oh well, I guess you’ve all seen the details and decided about getting it or not but here’s a round up…
The David Gilmour “Black Strat” model will be launched on Monday 22nd September, to coincide with the Live in Gdansk album. The guitar is designed by Fender Custom Shop’s Mike Eldred and Todd Krause together with David and Phil and promises to be a faithful replica of David’s legendary guitar.
The price isn’t announced yet. However there will be two models. The “Relic”, which replicates David’s Black Strat as it is today with all the scratches, no backplate, aged pickup covers and knobs and of course all the mods. The second will be a NOS (new old stock) model, whith all the main features and the look. This will be the budget model… if one can use such a word.
The guitar features:
– Maple neck after David’s 1983 57V with Gotho tuners and nitro-cellulose finish.
– Alder body with late 60’s contours as the original.
– Custom pickups, neck and middle custom wound by Fender Custom Shop’s Abigail Ybarra and bridge pickup by Seymour Duncan all selected by David for the best tone.
– Mini toggle switch for neck + middle or neck + bridge pickups combo.
– Shortened tremolo arm as on David’s guitar.
The guitar is delivered in a custom G&G hard case with plush green interior and embroidered David Gilmour and Fender Custom Shop logos. The case also includes a copy of the 3-disc version of Live in Gdansk (see here for more details on the album release), deluxe Fender leather strap (doesn’t seem that they’re gonna offer replicates of David’s Hendrix Strap but you can get high quality ones here) and a David Gilmour plectrum. I’m also very pleased to read that the case will include a cable from Evidence Audio, the same brand David’s been using since 2005. A big congratulations to Gilmourish.Com friend Tony Farinella!
So, who’s in line for the guitar?