Meddle 1971

Effects, guitars and amps Settings and setups

David’s classic 3 heads, 4 cabs and a Leslie setup dates from early 1971. He also replaces the germanium fuzz with the much more aggressive silicon transistor based Fuzz Face, which contributes in taking Pink Floyd in a heavier direction and away from the psychedelic Barrett era. Pink Floyd tour exstensively throughout the year and visits Japan and Australia in August.

Effects recording sessions and live performances

Dallas Arbiter Fuzz Face (NKT275)
Dallas Arbiter Fuzz Face (BC108)
Vox wah wah
Binson Echorec II
Binson Echorec PE 603
DeArmond volume pedal

Note: David switches from germanium to silicon Fuzz Face pedals in early 1971 although he is seen on several shows carrying both. A DeArmond volume/tone pedal is employed to tame the much more aggressive silicon fuzz. David is also seen using a Binson PE 603 Echorec in addition to the Binson II during mid summer European tour.

Guitars and amps recording sessions

Fender Stratocaster “The Black Strat”
- 1969 all stock with a black alder body, white pickguard and a maple neck with a large headstock.
Fender 1000 twin neck pedal steel
- One of These Days recording sessions.
Bill Lewis custom guitar
- 1970 custom mahogany body and 24-frets neck (Echoes recording session).
Acoustic steel string guitar
- It’s not documented what steel string David used on the Meddle sessions but most likely a Gibson J-45 as on Atom Heart Mother.

Hiwatt DR103 All Purpose 100W heads
- with Mullard 4xEL34’s power tubes and 4xECC83’s pre-amp tubes.
WEM Super Starfinder 200 cabinets
- with 4×12” Fane Crescendo speakers with metal dust caps.

Note: It’s also likely that David used whatever amps that were available at Abbey Road (possibly Fender Twins).

(left) David in Lyon, France June 12 1971 and his complete setup: Fender natural brown Telecaster, 3 heads Hiwatt DR103 stack with a HH 100w solid state amp on top and the Binson II echo unit. To the right of the rack is a Leslie 147 with a EMS VCS 3 synth on top. Notice the Black Strat lying on the floor in front of the Leslie. (right) David pictured with the Black Strat in Sydney, Australia August 15 1971. Pedals on the floor: 1. Vox wah wah, 2. Dallas Arbiter BC108 Fuzz Face, 3. DeArmond volume pedal, 4. Binson Echorec footswitch.

Guitars and amps live performances

Fender Stratocaster “The Black Strat”
- 1969 all stock with a black alder body, white pickguard and a maple neck with a large headstock.
Fender Telecaster
- Natural brown body with maple neck and white pickguard.

3 Hiwatt DR103 All Purpose 100W heads
- with Mullard 4xEL34’s power tubes and 4xECC83’s pre-amp tubes (one head was a spare).
HH Electronic IC-100 100W solid state head
Leslie 147 rotating speaker cabinet
4 WEM Super Starfinder 200 cabinets
- with 4×12” Fane Crescendo speakers with metal dust caps.

Note: David featured one (sometimes two) HH Electronic IC-100 heads in his rig throughout 1971. This might have been an early version of the classic Alembic preamp setup driving the Leslie cabinet in the rig.

Further reading

See these in-depth features for more on David’s gear: The Early Years 1970-72, Dallas Arbiter Fuzz Face, Binson Echorec, The Black Stratocaster, The Bill Lewis Guitar, Telecasters and Hiwatt amps & WEM cabinets.

Acknowledgements and credits
Meddle (album 1971), Live at Pompeii (concert film 1971), “Atom Heart Mother Goes on the Road” (BBC live recording UK 1970-71), “In the Flesh” by Povey/Russell. See feature for other references.