Atom Heart Mother
Settings and setups

Effects, guitars and amps Settings and setups

Keep in mind that all effect settings and setups are based on pictures and video from a certain date and/or interviews and 3rd hand transcriptions that are subject to interpretation. David often make adjustments and may not even be consequent in how he’s using the equipment. This feature should therefore only be used as a guideline for your own setup and not as a gospel. It’s also wise to acknowledge that technique, place and time, studio trickery and who knows what plays a role in David’s tones in addition to the equipment.

Fuzz Face
– v 70%, fuzz 100%
Note: David would roll down the guitar volume knob to create overdrive sounds for rhythm parts.

Binson echo
– 310ms (“repeat” mode) with variable feedback and volume.

Atom Heart Mother
studio
Stratocaster, bridge pickup (unless otherwise noted)
– rhythm/intro; clean signal
– slide solo; mild Fuzz Face
– solo/”funky part” (neck pickup); mild Fuzz Face

live (BBC London, UK July 16. 1970)
Stratocaster, bridge pickup (unless otherwise noted)
– rhythm/intro; mild Fuzz Face with echo
– slide solo (neck pickup); mild Fuzz Face with echo
– solo/”funky part”; Fuzz Face with echo

Notes about Atom Heart Mother
Pink Floyd did a number shows with a complete brass orchestra and choir. On the US leg of the tour, Atom was performed with just the four piece band. On the intro, David played a picking progression based on the chords and did mostly the same stuff as on the album version. He also played the violin melody (just after the intro).

If
studio
Stratocaster, neck pickup
Acoustic nylon string guitar
– rhythm; acoustic guitar (played by Waters)
– slide solo; Fuzz Face

live (BBC London, UK July 16. 1970)
Stratocaster, bridge pickup
Acoustic nylon string guitar
– rhythm; acoustic guitar (played by Waters)
– slide solo; Fuzz Face

Summer ’68
studio
Acoustic steel string guitar

live
– no known live performance

Fat Old Sun
studio
Stratocaster, bridge pickup
Acoustic steel string guitar
– rhythm; acoustic guitar fed through a harmonizer (?) or ADT
– slide; clean signal
– solo; Fuzz

live (BBC London, UK July 16. 1970)
Stratocaster, bridge pickup
– rhythm; clean signal
– solo; mild Fuzz Face and delay
Note: Gilmour performed Fat Old Sun with a Stratocaster as opposed to the acoustic album version. The mid section of the song was extended with a long jazz inspired jam.

Alan’s Psychedelic Breakfast
studio
Stratocaster
Acoustic steel string guitar
(part 1; Rise and Shine)
– solo/picking (bridge pickup): clean signal through a Leslie
(part 2; Sunny Side Up)
– rhythm; acoustic guitars
– slide (neck pickup); clean signal
(part 3; Morning Glory)
– rhythm/melody (bridge pickup); mild Fuzz Face

live (Sheffield, UK, December 22. 1970)
The song was only performed a couple of times. During the middle section, the band sat down and their roadies served them tea. The rest of the song is basically as on the album, but part 1 is extended into a slow blues number.