Ummagumma 1969

Effects, guitars and amps Settings and setups

The studio section of Ummagumma was recorded between January-June while the live portion of the album feature recordings from different venues in late April and early May on the very last leg of the Saucerful of Secrets tour. David’s rig for the studio sessions is identical to his Saucerful and More setups but he’s also experimenting with Leslie amps for the first time, multi layered guitars and backwards effects.

Effects recording sessions and live performances

Dallas Arbiter Fuzz Face (NKT275)
Cry Baby wah wah
Binson Echorec II

Note: David often switched back and forth between Vox and Cry Baby wah wahs as he also did up until 1977 where he settled with the Cry Baby. Footage from spring 1969 shows a Cry Baby in his setup.

Guitars and amps recording sessions

Fender Stratocaster
- 1966-67 all stock with a white ash body, white pickguard and a rosewood 4-bolt neck with a large headstock.
Fender Telecaster
- Natural brown body with maple neck and white pickguard.
Levin western acoustic steel string guitar

Selmer Stereomaster 100w head
- with 4x ECC83, 4x EL34, 2x GZ34 tubes.
Selmer 1×18” Goliath speaker cabinet
Leslie 147 speaker cabinet
- Narrow Way part III recording session.

Note: It’s not documented which guitars David used for the studio sessions. Although one can clearly hear a Stratocaster on the songs he might also have used the newly acquired naural brown Telecaster. There also no records of which amps he used but it’s fair to assume that he used his Selmer Stereomaster stacks and/or in-house amps at Abbey Road.

The Ummagumma album cover feature pictures of Pink Floyd's equipment shot around August/September 1969. On the image to the left is David natural brown Telecaster and his blonde Stratocaster. Behind Floyd's roadies Peter Watts and Alan Stiles you can spot two Sound City and two Hiwatt heads. The Sound Citys were most likely either Roger's or Rick's while the Hiwatts were newly purchased by David sometime in the summer months. (right) A detailed picture of the Hiwatts.

Guitars and amps live recordings

(Kent, UK April 26, Birmingham, UK April 27 and Machester, UK May 2. 1969)
Fender Stratocaster
- 1966-67 all stock with a white ash body, white pickguard and a rosewood 4-bolt neck with a large headstock.
Fender Telecaster
- Natural brown body with maple neck and white pickguard.

Selmer Stereomaster 100w head
- with 4x ECC83, 4x EL34, 2x GZ34 tubes.
Selmer 1×18” Goliath speaker cabinet

Miscellaneous equipment

The back of the Ummagumma album cover shows two Sound City L100 amp heads on top of two Hiwatt DR103 head (behind roadies Peter Watts and Alan Stiles). It’s been speculated whether the Sound Citys were used by David in a transition period between Selmer and Hiwatt. However there’s no footage supporting this and it’s more likely that these were either used as spares or in either Roger’s or Rick’s setups. The Hiwatts in the picture are most likely David’s that were purchased during the summer. The first commercially available Hiwatts emerged around March/April ’69 so David was together with Who and Jethro Tull among the very first to use these amps.

Further reading

See these in-depth features for more on David’s gear: Early Years 1968-69, Dallas Arbiter Fuzz Face, Binson Echorec, The White Stratocaster, Telecasters and Hiwatt amps & WEM cabinets.

Acknowledgements and credits
Ummagumma (album 1969), BBC Top Gear performances 1968-69, Sound Magazine (Guitar Heroes 1983), Binson.Com, VintageHofner.Co.Uk, WatkinsGuitars.Co.Uk, “Inside Out” Pink Floyd biography by Nick Mason, “In the Flesh” by Povey/Russell. See feature for other references.