Obscured by Clouds 1972

Effects, guitars and amps Settings and setups

Obscured By Clouds was recorded in February and March 1972 and released in June the same year but being a movie soundtrack Pink Floyd never promoted it with a tour. Instead 1972 was dominated by Eclipse. The suite that in 1973 would be released as Dark Side of the Moon. David still had his pedals lying on the floor now with a UniVox UniVibe and Colorsound Powerboost added to the setup. He also experimented with different guitars and started modifying the Black Strat with different pickup configurations and a rosewood neck.

Effects recording sessions and live performances

Dallas Arbiter Fuzz Face (BC108)
Vox wah wah
Colorsound Power Boost
Univox Uni-Vibe
Binson Echorec II
DeArmond volume pedal

Note: Obscured by Clouds, When You’re In and Childhood’s End were performed throughout the first leg of the Dark Side of the Moon tour in 1973. See Dark Side of the Moon for a complete list of effects.

(left) David's pedals from the Obscured By Clouds recording session at Strawberry Studio, Chateau d'Herouville, Paris, France. David also used a Colorsound Powerboost for the sessions. (right) Throughout 1972 David used the sunburst Stratocaster, now with the original maple neck from the Black Strat, for slides on One of These Days. Notice the Black Strat leaning up against the amp rack.

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. The guitar was fitted with an XLR socket in addition to the jack for optimizing the signal to the fuzz pedal. The XLR/jack was selected with a custom mini switch installed on the guitar.
Fender Stratocaster
- 1971 model with black alder body, white pickguard, maple neck with a large headstock (bullet truss rod) and Fender pickups.
Acoustic steel string guitar

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 reported that David used both a Gibson J-45 and a Martin D-35 on the sessions although this is not confirmed. All slides were played on the Black Strat and/or the bullet truss rod rosewood neck Strat. He might also have employed a Leslie speaker cabinet for his guitar sounds but this isn’t documented.

(left) David pictured at the premiere of Eclipse/Dark Side of the Moon at Rainbow Theatre, London, UK February 17 1972 playing slides on the third black Strat, - a 1971 model with a bullet truss rod maple neck. Notice the Colorsound Powerboost lying on the floor together with a Dallas Arbiter BC108 Fuzz Face, Binson Echorec foot switch and a DeArmond volume pedal and UniVibe (out of picture). (right) David in Brighton, UK June 28 1972 with 2 Fender Twin Reverb 80w amps in the back. The Black Strat now featured the rosewood neck from the sunburst Strat.

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. The guitar was fitted with an XLR socket in addition to the jack for optimizing the signal to the fuzz pedal. The XLR/jack was selected with a custom mini switch installed on the guitar. The feature was removed after a short test in early ‘72. A 1963 rosewood neck replaced the stock maple neck in June 1972.
Fender Stratocaster
- 1971 model with black alder body, white pickguard, maple neck with a large headstock (bullet truss rod) and stock Fender pickups.
Custom double-neck Stratocaster
- This was a guitar David made from a mahogany piece and the necks from The Black Strat (maple) and the ‘63 sunburst Strat (rosewood) to be able to play both normal guitar and slide on the same instrument. The lower neck had higher action on the strings for slides. The guitar was used during the spring US tour in 1972 but later abandoned (Detroit, USA, April. 4. 1972).
Fender Stratocaster
- Sunburst 1959 body with a white pickguard and Fender pickups with the maple neck from The Black Strat after swapping it with the rosewood neck in June 1972. The guitar had an open Em tuning (E B E G B E) for One of These Days throughout the summer/autumn 1972 tour.

3 Hiwatt DR103 All Purpose 100W heads
- with Mullard 4xEL34’s power tubes and 4xECC83’s pre-amp tubes (one head was a spare).
4 WEM Super Starfinder 200 cabinets
- with 4×12” Fane Crescendo speakers with metal dust caps.
Leslie 147 rotating speaker cabinet
2 Fender Twin Reverb 80W (blackface) amplifiers
- Brighton, UK, June 28.-29. 1972.

Note: Obscured by Clouds, When You’re In and Childhood’s End were performed throughout the first leg of the Dark Side of the Moon tour in 1973. See Dark Side of the Moon for a complete list and pictures of guitars and amps.

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 and Hiwatt amps & WEM cabinets.

Acknowledgements and credits
Obscured by Clouds (album 1972), Rainbow Theatre London UK (live recording February 1972), “In the Flesh” by Povey/Russell, “The Black Strat – A History of David Gilmour’s black Fender Stratocaster” by Phil Taylor. See feature for other references.