Animals 1977

Effects, guitars and amps Settings and setups

Animals was partly written and rehearsed during the Dark Side of the Moon tour in 1974 and during recording sessions in 1976 after a year break from touring. David started his long relationship with Pete Cornish during the recording sessions and got his first Cornish pedal board and with it he used a Big Muff for the first time. His guitar collection also expanded around this time with the #0001 Stratocaster, the 1950s Gretsch Duo Jet and the 1955 Fender Esquire among others. Pink Floyd toured from January to July 1977 performing Animals and Wish You Were Here in their entirety.

Pete Cornish pedal board and additional effects recording sessions

Pedal board effects listed as in chain
Pete Cornish Tone pedal
Dallas Arbiter Fuzz Face (BC109)
Pete Cornish Custom Fuzz P-1
MXR Phase 100
Univox Uni-Vibe
Dunlop Cry Baby
MXR Dynacomp
(send/return for additional effects)
Pete Cornish volume pedal
(send/return for delays)
MXR Noise Gate/Line Driver

Additional units
Binson Echorec II
Heil Talk Box (Pigs recording sessions)
Colorsound Power Boost (Pigs and Sheep recording sessions)

Note: The board is dated Mach 1976 but its not documented whether it was finished for the recording sessions or not. It’s likely however that David either used both the board and single pedals or just single pedals for the sessions.

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The Pete Cornish pedal board pictured during the rehearsals at Olympia Exhibition Hall, London UK, January 1977. To left the Morley EVO-1 echo pedal and footswitch for Yamaha RA200 rotating speaker cabinet and on top an Electric Mistress and Big Muff connection via send & returns on the board.

Pete Cornish pedal board and additional effects 1977 live performances

Pedal board effects listed as in chain
Dallas Arbiter Fuzz Face (BC109)
Pete Cornish Custom Fuzz P-1
MXR Phase 100
Univox Uni-Vibe
Colorsound Power Boost
Cry Baby wah wah
MXR Dynacomp
(send/return for EH Big Muff and EH Electric Mistress)
Pete Cornish Tone pedal
Pete Cornish volume pedal
(send/return for delays)
MXR Noise Gate/Line Driver

Pedals added prior to the tour, lying ontop of the board, connected via send/return
Electro Harmonix Big Muff (“Ram’s Head”)
Electro Harmonix Electric Mistress

Additional units
Binson Echorec II
MXR Digital Delay System I
Morley EVO-1 Echo Volume
Conn Strobo tuners

Pete Cornish 1976 pedal board

David Animals pedal board dates from early 1976 and was used for most part of the recording sessions and the following tour. It is also likely taht David used single pedals for the recording sessions. The board was slightly modified and updated just prior to the tour with additional effects and routing and it also underwent an update in October 1977 after the tour. The board was later used on David’s debut solo album in 1978 and as the main stage board during the Wall tour in 1980-81. The board has two inputs for guitars (input is selected with an on/off selector pedal). The signal is then split, – into a Conn Strobo tuner and a master bypass. The signal travels through the effects and then to three outputs for amps, either in solo or combined.
- The PC Custom Fuzz P-1 is often listed as PC Big Muff and PC Fuzz.
- The Cry Baby wah wah has a custom made reverse switch to reverse the input/output connection for “seagull/Echoes” effects.
- The PC Custom Tone pedal was a modified Cry Baby chassis with a Fender Telecaster tone circuit.
See this feature for more on David’s Pete Cornish Animals pedal board.

(left) David pictured with the Black Strat now featuring a black DiMarzio FS-1 bridge pickup. (right) David with a Fender 1959 Fender Telecaster Custom fitted with a Stratocaster neck pickup. The guitar was only used on Dogs live performances tuned down one step (D G C F A D).

(left) David playing slides on the red Jedson lap steel. This was used on Shine On You Crady Diamond (part 6-9). (right) A close up of David's Animals rig with a Binson Echorec II on top of the Hiwatt DR103s and next to it a MXR Digital Delay System I, the Alembic F2-B preamp and one of two unknown EQ units.

Guitars and amps recording sessions

Fender Stratocaster “The Black Strat”
- 1969 black alder body with a black pickguard, ‘63 rosewood neck and Fender 1971 neck and middle pickups and a DiMarzio FS-1 bridge pickup.
Fender Telecaster Custom
- 1959 model with three colour sunburst alder body, rosewood neck and fitted with a custom Stratocaster neck pickup. Tuned down one step (D G C F A D) for Dogs.
Ovation Legend acoustic steel string guitar
- Dogs recording session, tuned down one step (D G C F A D).

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.
Yamaha RA-200 revolving speaker cabinet

Note: David employed a Telecaster for both Dogs and Sheep. Although the 1959 Fender Custom was used on the tour while performing Dogs David might also have used the ’55 Fender Eqsquire for the sessions. The guitar is also seen present at the rehearsals at the Olympia Exhibition Hall, London UK in January but apparently never brought on tour.

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David's corner of the Animals stage during the rehearsals at Olympia Exhibition Hall, London, UK January 1977. 1. Hiwatt DR103, 2. Marshall Super Lead, 3. Binson Echorec II, 4. Conn Strobo tuner, 5. the Black Strat, 6. 1955 Fender Esquire, 7. 1959 Fender Telecaster Custom, 8. Yamaha rotating speaker cabints and 9. WEM speaker cabinets.

Guitars and amps 1977 live performances

Fender Stratocaster “The Black Strat”
- 1969 black alder body with a black pickguard, ‘63 rosewood neck and Fender 1971 neck and middle pickups and a DiMarzio FS-1 bridge pickup.
Fender Telecaster Custom
- 1959 model with three colour sunburst alder body, rosewood neck and fitted with a custom Stratocaster neck pickup. Tuned down one step (D G C F A D) for Dogs.
Jedson lap steel (red)
- Shine on You Crazy Diamond 6-9 with open G tuning, D G D G B E.

2 Hiwatt DR103 All Purpose 100W heads
- with Mullard 4xEL34’s power tubes and 4xECC83’s pre-amp tubes.
Marshall late 60’s Super Lead Model 1959 100W head
- with 4xEL34 and 4xECC83 tubes.
2 Yamaha RA-200 revolving speaker cabinets
Alembic F-2B tube preamp
- Powering the Yamaha.
4 WEM Super Starfinder 200 cabinets
- with 4×12” Fane Crescendo speakers.

Further reading

See these in-depth features for more on David’s gear: Pete Cornish Animals Effects Board, Dallas Arbiter Fuzz Face, Big Muff, Electro Harmonix Electric Mistress, Binson Echorec, The Black Stratocaster, Telecasters, Slide Guitars, Alembic F-2B preamp, Yamaha RA-200 and Hiwatt amps & WEM cabinets.

Acknowledgements and credits
Animals (album 1977), “Echoes in the Gardens” (live recording Boston USA June 1975), “Animals Tour Debut” (live recording Dortmund Germany January 1977), “Welcome to the Machine” (live recording NY USA July 1977), Guitarist Magazine (“Relics” 1995), Guitar World Magazine (2006), Guitar World Magazine (1993), “In the Flesh” by Povey/Russell, thanks to Grace Hudecek, Richard Mahon, John Roscoe, Rafal Zychal and Pete Cornish for help with research. See feature for other references.