Wish You Were Here 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.

Dallas Arbiter Fuzz Face
– fuzz 100%, volume 70%

Cornish Fuzz P-1 (listed below as “Muff”, only used on 1977 performances)
– sustain 70%, tone 30-40%, volume 50-60%

Colorsound Power Boost
– (mild OD) treble 9:00, bass 12:00, volume 12:00 (o’clock)
– (heavy OD) treble 9:00, bass 12:00, volume 3:00 (o’clock)

MXR Dynacomp (only used on 1977 performances)
– output 2:00, sensitivity 10:00 (o’clock)

MXR Phase 90
– rate 11:00 (o’clock)

Electric Mistress (only used on 1977 performances)
– colour 10:00, range 10:00, rate 9:00 (o’clock)
Note: Live recordings reveals that David experimented with different settings, some more dominating that others. The one listed here seems to be the typical setting for the US shows (April – July 1977).

Delay
– time 310ms (1974-75)
– time 370ms (1977)
Note: This seems to be the typical time for the delays, normally with 5-6 repeats and volume at 30%. I have listed below where the feedback/repeats are increased.

Shine on You Crazy Diamond 1-5
studio
Stratocaster
– intro (neck pickup); clean signal with adjusted tone control
– Syd’s theme/sax solo (bridge pickup); clean signal with MXR Phase 90
– solo 2 (neck pickup); Colorsound mild boost
– solo 3 (bridge pickup); Colorsound heavy boost with MXR Phase 90
– rhythms (bridge pickup, 2 guitars paned left/right); Colorsound heavy boost

live
1974 -’75 (pre-release)
Stratocaster, neck pickup
– all parts; Colorsound mild boost with MXR Phase 90 and echo
Note: David did not play the intro solo on this early version.

1977 (post-release)
Stratocaster (neck pickup unless otherwise noted)
– intro solo; clean signal with Dynacomp
– Syd’s Theme; Dynacomp, Colorsound mild boost, Electric Mistress and delay (long feedback)
– clean solo; Dynacomp, Colorsound mild boost and delay
– heavy solo (bridge pickup); Muff, Colorsound mild boost and delay
– rhythms and middle solo; Dynacomp, Colorsound mild boost and delay
– outtro (sax solo); Dynacomp, Electric Mistress and delay
Note: Although the Yamaha rotating speaker was on for most songs, it’s a dominating effect while performing Shine On.

Welcome to the Machine
studio
Acoustic steel string guitar
Stratocaster, middle pickup (playing fill-ins with a clean sound)

live (1977 only)
Stratocaster, middle pickup
– rhythm; Dynacomp, Colorsound mild boost and Electric Mistress
Note: Roger played acoustic guitar on live performances.

Have a Cigar
studio
Stratocaster, bridge pickup
– rhythm/main riff; Colorsound heavy boost with MXR Phase 90
– solo/rhythm fills; Colorsound heavy boost with MXR Phase 90

live
1975 (pre-release)
Stratocaster, bridge pickup
– rhythm and solo; Colorsound heavy boost and echo

1977 (post-release)
– rhythms; Colorsound heavy boost and delay
Note: Snowy White did all leads on this 1977 version.

Wish You Were Here
studio
Acoustic 12-string guitar
Acoustic steel string guitar
Fender Stringmaster twin neck pedal steel

live (1977 only)
Stratocaster, neck pickup
– solos; Dynacomp and delay
Note: Snowy played an Ovation acoustic guitar.

Shine On You Crazy Diamond 6-9
studio
Stratocaster, bridge pickup
Fender Stringmaster twin neck pedal steel with open G tuning D G D G B E
– slide solo/intro; Fuzz Face
– rhythms during slide solo (2 guitars); Colorsound mild boost
– rhythm; Colorsound heavy boost
– Syd’s theme; clean signal
– rhythm/outtro jam; clean signal and MXR Phase 90

live
1974 -’75 (pre-release)
Stratocaster
Fender Stringmaster twin neck pedal steel with open G tuning D G D G B E (June 1974)
Jedson lap steel with open G tuning D G D G B E (winter 1974 and 1975 tour)
– slide solo/intro; Fuzz Face and echo
– rhythm (neck pickup); Colorsound mild boost with MXR Phase 90
– Syd’s theme (neck pickup); Colorsound mild boost with MXR Phase 90 and delay
– rhythm/outtro jam (bridge pickup); Colorsound heavy boost with MXR Phase 90

1977 (post-release)
Stratocaster (neck pickup unless otherwise noted)
Jedson lap steel with open G tuning D G D G B E
– slide solo; Muff and delay
– rhythms; Dynacomp, Colorsound mild boost and delay
– Syd’s Theme; Dynacomp, Colorsound mild boost, Electric Mistress and delay (long feedback)
– mid-section jam and outtro solo (middle pickup); Colorsound heavy boost and mild delay
Note: On the slide solo, David’s guitar is automated through a custom quadrophonic unit at the mixing console.