|Effects, guitars and amps|
On an Island is Davidâ€™s third solo album and like the first album, it feature many references to his musical roots and inspirations. Itâ€™s an honest and laidback album allowing Davidâ€™s tone and playing to shine without too much trickery. The Black Strat is once again Davidâ€™s main guitar but he also using a wide range of different instruments including acoustic slide guitars and saxophone.
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
Pete Cornish Custom Stereo Chorus (modified Boss CE-2)
Digitech WH-1 Whammy pedal
E-Bow (A Pocket Full of Stones recording sessions)
Tremolo effect (Take a Breath recording sessions)
Ernie Ball volume pedals
MXR Digital Delay System model II
2x Digitech IPS 33B harmonizer
Peterson Conn Strobo tuner
Note: David is seen having several single stomp boxes laying around in the different studios while recording the album. It is likely that he used different effects or single pedals when required on the initial demo sessions and later recording sessions than what is listed above.
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 board was brought on a backup on the On an Island 2006 tour and later used for 2010 guest appearances.
Fender Stratocaster â€œThe Black Stratâ€
– 1969 black alder body with black pickguard, Fender 1983 â€˜57 reissue maple neck and Fender â€˜71 neck and bridge pickups and a Seymour Duncan custom SSL-1 bridge pickup.
Gibson Les Paul Gold Top
– 1956 model with Gibson P-90 pickups and Bigsby tremolo system.
Gretsch Duo Jet
– 1950â€™s model with Bigsby tremolo stystem.
– Take a Breath recording sessions.
Gibson early 1940â€™s EH-150 lap steel
Martin D-35 acoustic steel string guitar
Martin 1945 D-18 acoustic steel string guitar
Taylor Junior model acoustic steel string guitar
– This Heaven recording sessions.
Weissenborn acoustic slide guitar
– Open Em chord tuning (E B E G B E) for Then I Close My Eyes and Smile.
– Tuned as a guitar.
Hiwatt DR103 All Purpose 100W heads
– with Mullard 4xEL34â€™s power tubes and 4xECC83â€™s pre-amp tubes. Modified for linked normal and brilliance inputs.
Fender 1956 tweed Twin 40w combo
– 2x 12â€³ Eminence speakers and 4Ã—12AX7, 2xGT6L6 and 2Ã—5U4 (rectifier) tubes.
Hiwatt 1970â€™s SA212 50W combo
– 2x 12â€³ Fane Crescendo speakers and 2xEL34 and 4Ã—12AX7 tubes. Modified to allow a normal and brilliant input combination.
WEM Super Starfinder 200 cabinets
– with 4Ã—12â€ Fane Crescendo speakers.
Alessandro Bluetick 20w head with 2Ã—12â€³ cabinet
– Abbey Road recording sessions.
Marshall 1960s model head
David is also seen stacking a huge variety of guitars and amps for the sessions and might have used different setups on both the initial demo sessions and recording sessions than what is listed here.
David used Herco Flex 75, Dâ€™Andrea custom 354â€™s (white), Fender 354 (tortoise) and Fender 351 (medium) pics. All electric guitars were strung with GHS Boomers (custom set 0.10-0.48) and acoustics with Ernie Ball Lightwound strings. Davidâ€™s main setup for the sessions was a Fender Tweed micâ€™ed with a Shure SM57 slightly off center about 4″ away and a Coles 4040 ribbon straight at the center of the cone (The Shure was mixed slightly higher). All instruments were connected with Evidence Audio speaker cables.
Acknowledgements and credits
On an Island (album 2006), Remember That Night (concert film 2007), EMI EPK presentation, davidgilmour.com, demeteramps.com, tonefromheaven.com, Sound on Sound Magazine (2006) and â€œThe Black Strat â€“ A History of David Gilmourâ€™s black Fender Stratocasterâ€ by Phil Taylor. Thanks to Rafal Zychal, Martin Campbell, John Roscoe and Tony Farinella for help with research.