|Effects, guitars and amps|
David did a series of acoustic shows in 2001/2002 both in London and Paris. What started out as a charity event grew into a handful of solo shows that gained a lot of praise from both fans and media. Although an unusual setting for David the rig is very similar to what heâ€™d been using on the Division Bell and later On an Island sessions.
Pedal board effects listed as in chain
Pete Cornish G-2
Electro Harmonix Big Muff (â€œRamâ€™s Headâ€)
Pete Cornish SS-2
Chandler Tube Driver
Pete Cornish Tape Echo Simulator (T.E.S.)
Pete Cornish Custom Stereo Chorus (modified Boss CE-2)
Pete Cornish Custom Tube 6 Band EQ
Roland SDE 3000 digital delay
MXR Digital Delay System II (2001 only)
Boss CE-2 (for sound on sound effect)
Boss CS-2 (for sound on sound effect, 2002 only)
Ernie Ball volume pedal
Conn Strobo Tuner
The pedal board dates from 1999 and was requested by David to be used for future guest appearances etc. The board featured Cornish custom tube preamps between each effect to ensure minimum signal loss. It could also perform in both stereo and mono. Additionally the board was designed not to allow two distortion pedals to be engaged at once, only distortion+overdrive. The Boss CS2 was replaced by a Demeter Compulator in February 2004 and a send/return for the Digitech Whammy was added in September 2004. The board was later used on the 2004 Strat Pack Fender 50th Anniversary show, in 2005 on the Live 8 Pink Floyd reunion, 2005-06 On an Island recording sessions and 2010 guest appearances.
Taylor 712 CE acoustic steel string
– Rosewood body with a Fishman piezo system and an internally-mounted Sony ECM-66 microphone. The piezo signal is split and routed directly to the mixing board and to the Cornish board.
Martin D-28 acoustic steel string
– Fitted with a custom Seymour Duncan soundhole pickup fed into the Cornish board (only used on the 2002 shows).
Jose Vilaplana acoustic nylon string
Ovation Custom Legend 1619-4 acoustic steel string- With high strung unwound strings.
Gretsch Duo Jet
– 1950â€™s model with Bigsby tremolo stystem.
Gibson 1950â€™s EH150 lap steel
Fender 1950â€™s tweed Deluxe 12W combo
– 1x 12â€³ Jensen speaker and 2Ã—12AX7, 2xGT6V6 and 1Ã—5Y3 (rectifier) tubes. Only used on the 2001 show.
Fender 1956 tweed Twin 40w combo
– 2x 12â€³ Eminence speakers and 4Ã—12AX7, 2xGT6L6 and 2Ã—5U4 (rectifier) tubes. Only used on the 2002 shows.
AER acoustic amplifier
– stage monitor for acoustic guitars.
Fender Passport PA speakers with 250W mixer
– For â€œsound on soundâ€ effect on Shine On.
On the intro on Shine On David is simulating keyboard pad his guitar using a very long delay. The guitar signal travels through a volume pedal (a second pedal used only for the SOS effect) and then into Roland digital delay unit with long repeats at 1500ms (20sec sustained repeats). David strums a chord, lowers the volume pedal and plays a solo fed through the â€œnormalâ€ signal path, while the Sound on Sound pad (the strummed chord) is sustained by the long delay. The pattern is repeated for each chord.
Acknowledgements and credits
David Gilmour In Concert (concert film 2002), Guitar Player Magazine (2003), tonefromheaven.com. Thanks to Rafal Zychal and John Roscoe for help with research. See feature for other references.