|Effects, guitars and amps|
David Gilmour returned to the Roman Amphitheatre in Pompeii in July 2016 almost to the day 45 years after Pink Floyd filmed their legendary concert film at the same location. It’s a spectacular performance, with classic elements of a Pink Floyd show, a super tight band and David delivering some of his finest playing and tones.
Rattle That Lock saw David return to some of his classic guitars and effect pedals, including the Black Strat, ’55 Esquire “Workmate” and pedals like the Big Muff and Electric Mistress. As on previous tours, David experimented with new pedals throughout the tour and his rig saw many changes.
Top of rack – top row
Electro Harmonix “ram’s head” Big Muff
Lehle parallel L
Electro Harmonix 1976/77 Electric Mistress
1 Chandler Tube Driver
2 BK Butler Tube Drivers
Top of rack – bottom row
Effectrode PC-2A Compressor
Origin Effects Cali 76 Compact Compressor
Sovtek Civil War Big Muff
1 Boss GE-7 Equalizers
2 Source Audio Programmable EQ (one spare)
2 Providence Chrono Delays
2 Free The Tone Flight Time Digital Delays
– The Lehle parallel L mixer was assigned to the Electric Mistress controlling the volume.
– Each EQ unit was assigned to one Tube Driver respectively, with different settings.
– Each Tube Driver is set for different amounts of gain, providing clean boost, overdrive and distortion. David would also use the guitar volume control to adjust the amount of gain further.
- See the Rattle That Lock tour gear guide for more detailed information on the setup.
Skrydstrup SC1 Midi System Controller
Skrydstrup XT+ Module
– main pedalboard, controlling the pedals and rack units, with options for either single effect switching or multiple effect patches.
Digitech Whammy 5
Peterson Stomp Classic tuner
Pete Cornish line selector (main guitars/slides)
Ernie Ball volume pedal main
Ernie Ball volume pedal for slides
Effect rack (left)
Skrydstrup MR10 Loop System
MXR Digital Delay System model II
Univox/Shin-ei Uni-Vibe (custom rack unit)
Peterson Autostrobe 490 tuner
Effect rack (right)
Skrydstrup MR10 Loop System
Skrydstrup tuner splitter
Skrydstrup SC1 Interface
Skrydstrup Amp splitter / Interface
Fender Stratocaster “The Black Strat”
- 1969 black alder body with black pickguard, Fender 1983 ‘57 reissue maple neck and Fender ‘71 neck and middle 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.
Fender Esquire “Workmate”
- 1955 sunburst ash body with black pickguard and maple neck. Fitted with a custom Seymour Duncan neck pickup.
Jedson lap steel
- Red, fitted with an EMG-H pickup. Open Em chord tuning (E B E G B E) for One of these Days.
Fender Deluxe lap steel (blonde)
- Blonde, stock pickups. Open G chord tuning (D G D G B E) for Great Gig in the Sky and A Boat Lies Waiting. Also used for High Hopes with an open Em chord tuning (E B E G B E).
Gibson Western 1959 acoustic steel string guitar
- With a L.R. Baggs M1 active pickup.
Taylor NS74 acoustic nylon string guitar
2 Hiwatt Custom 50W heads
- With Mullard 2xEL34’s power tubes and 4xECC83’s pre-amp tubes. Modified for linked normal and brilliance inputs. David’s only using one head. The other is a spare.
Alessandro Bluetick 20w tube head
Alessandro Redbone Special 55w tube head
3 WEM Super Starfinder 200 cabinets
- with 4×12” Fane Crescendo metal dust cap speakers
David’s current stage setup is in mono – all effects fed right into each amp. Only one Hiwatt Custom 50 head (reportedly set at the edge of breakup to get more grit) and one of the Alessandro heads in combination. The Alessandro is also used alone for certain tones.
All pedals, racks and amps are connected with Evidence Audio Lyric HC cables. Guitars to pedalboard are connected with Evidence Audio Forte cables. David’s using a wide range of different picks, depending on guitars, including Herco Flex Nylon 75s 1.01mm. All WEM speaker cabinets are mic’ed with Shure KSM 32 mics slightly off centre of the cone.
See these in-depth features for more on David’s gear: The Black Stratocaster, Telecasters, Gibson Les Pauls, Slide Guitars, Hiwatt amps & WEM cabinets and Electric Mistress. See the Rattle That Lock 2015 gear guide for a detailed rundown of David’s recording setup.
Acknowledgements and credits
Official Rattle That Lock EPK, official David Gilmour live at Pompeii concert film and documentary, The Guardian (14 July 2016), Kit Rae’s David Gilmour tone building, and David Gilmour Gear Forum.