Wish You Were Here 1975

Effects, guitars and amps Settings and setups

Most of Wish You Were Here were written and rehearsed during the Dark Side of the Moon tour in 1974-75. Released in September Pink Floyd never toured to promote the album until the Animals tour in 1977 when it was performed in its entirety. For the recording sessions David used more or less the same rig he’d been touring with on the Dark Side tour. His playing and tone on the album is subtle and much more blues oriented than his earlier work. See Dark Side of the Moon for 1974-75 and Animals for 1977 setups.

Effects recording sessions

Dallas Arbiter Fuzz Face (BC108)
Colorsound Power Boost
MXR Phase 90
Binson Echorec II

Note: The list above is only the effects that are heard on the album. It’s not documented whether David used his 1973-75 pedal board for the sessions or single pedals – probably both. See Dark Side of the Moon for a complete list of the pedalboard setup.

David and Phil Taylor in Abbey Road's Studio 1 recording guitars for Shine On You Crazy Diamond. A Fender Dual Showman, Hiwatt DR103 and WEM speaker cabinet and a Leslie 147 was employed for the session. On top of the Fender is a Binson Echorec II.

Guitars and amps recording sessions

Fender Stratocaster “The Black Strat”
- 1969 black alder body with a black pickguard, ‘63 rosewood neck and Fender 1971 pickups.
Fender 1000 twin neck pedal steel
- Shine on You Crazy Diamond 6-9 and Wish You Were Here recording sessions.
Martin D-35 acoustic guitar
Acoustic 12-string guitar
- Wish You Were Here recording sessions

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.
Fender Dual Showman 100W head
Fender Dual Showman speaker cabinet
- with 2x 15″ JBL speakers.
Leslie 147 rotating speaker cabinet

Note: It is also reported that David used Fender Twin Reverbs during the sessions although this is not confirmed.

Further reading

See these in-depth features for more on David’s gear: Dallas Arbiter Fuzz Face, Binson Echorec, The Black Stratocaster, Slide Guitars, Alembic F-2B preamp and Hiwatt amps & WEM cabinets.

Acknowledgements and credits
Wish You Were Here (album 1975), “British Winter Tour ‘74″ (live recording UK November 1974), “Echoes in the Gardens” (live recording Boston USA June 1975), Guitarist Magazine (January 1995), Guitarist Magazine (“Relics” 1995), Guitar World Magazine (2006), “In the Flesh” by Povey/Russell, “The Black Strat – A History of David Gilmour’s black Fender Stratocaster” by Phil Taylor. Thanks to Grace Hudecek for help with research. See feature for other references.