The White Stratocaster

When David joined Pink Floyd in early 1968 he played a blonde Fender Telecaster. The guitar was used on the Saucerful of Secrets recording sessions and on several live and TV-shows during the spring of 1968. However the guitar got lost on the band’s visit to the States later that summer. Just prior to the US tour David received a mid 60’s white Fender Stratocaster as a gift from the band.

The white Stratocaster made its debut at the the free concert in Hyde Park, June 29 1968 and David brought it with him to his first US tour with the band some weeks later.

- (left) One early shot of the white Stratocaster at the L'antenne du Chapiteau du Kremlin-Bicêtre, Paris, France, October 31 '69. (right) David and the white Strat during the 1970 Atom Heart Mother tour.

The guitar can be dated to 1966-’67 when the first large headstock models appeared, but before the bullet truss rod. It has a Olympic white body with a white pickguard and rosewood neck. The pickups were stock Fender late 60’s. Unfortunatley the guitar got stolen along with the band’s equipment in May 1970.

Second white Stratocaster
Pink Floyd played at the St Tropez Music Festival in France, August 8. 1970, and David is seen with an second white Strat with a rosewood neck and the pickup covers were removed. This is the only known performance of this guitar and probably one of the very first modifications David did.