April 9th 2014 | Posted in David's Gear Miscellaneous News | 23 Comments
Ben Watt, perhaps best known from 90s trip-hop duo Everything But The Girl, will release his new solo album, Hendra, on April 29 and joining him on the track The Levels, are none other than David Gilmour! Watt recently released a clip, featuring David, performing a stripped down version of the song.
According to Watt, he and David met by chance in London just recently: “We didn’t know each other. He invited me to hear his demos. I thought he was joking, but two days later he texted me and invited me down to his studio and we got on well. During my album, The Levels seemed like a perfect track for him. I rang him up and he loved the song and he did it the same weekend. Wish everything was that simple sometimes!”
The clip is filmed in David’s new recording studio located in Hove, just outside Brighton. The room is packed with some familiar amps and guitars and some new and interesting stuff as well. David’s playing the blonde Fender Deluxe lap steel into (it seems) the Alessandro Bluetick amp, using just a clean tone with delay. He’s also using a volume pedal (Ernie Ball?) for controlling the volume and creating swells.
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March 27th 2014 | Posted in Reviews | 38 Comments
Every once in a while a pedal pops up with a special appeal to us Gilmour nerds and with obvious references to a legendary overdrive pedal, I had to check out this one. Here’s my review of the Hermida Audio Dover Drive from Lovepedal.
Like many of you, I’m sure, I though “a Tube Driver clone? Do they dare? And without a tube?” Well, they asked for it. Using the familiar graphics known from the overdrive pedal that’s as synonymous with Gilmour as the Big Muff, is risky business.
The Dover Drive is housed in a MXR-sized’ish chassis, with true bypass switching and it runs on 9V battery or Boss-style power adapter. Controls are gain, volume and tone. Inside the pedal, there’s also a bias trim pot, allowing you to fine tune the gain stage.
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February 11th 2014 | Posted in Reviews | 48 Comments
The fuzz pedal appeared in the mid 60s and with it the whole pedal revolution started. The recent explosion of clones and boutique pedals has given the old fuzz pedal a renaissance and while some stick to the classic designs, others are exploring new ground. Here’s my review of the Effectrode Helios.
The term fuzz is often used to describe any noisy pedal but fuzz is a specific form of distortion or clipping. The tone is unmistakable and although it can appear crude and hard to tame it’s perhaps the most musical of all gain pedals. Learning the potential and secrets of the fuzz will open up a whole new world of sweet tones.
The Helios is housed in a TRex sized chassis with a stage ready bright led, controls for volume and fuzz/gain, true bypass switching and operating on 12v for maximum headroom. On top of the pedal sits a mini-toggle for switching between normal mode and “Fire” for super saturated fuzz.
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January 27th 2014 | Posted in Classic tone David's Gear | 33 Comments
Just when you think there’s nothing left in the vaults, a real surprise appears – the 1976 Animals demos! Described by Pink Floyd as a very hard album to record, Animals feature some of their best work and perhaps some of David’s finest solos. These newly surfaced demos gives us a glimpse of the process and the studio sessions.
It’s apparent that this isn’t really demos but rather “work in progress”. Most of the backing tracks are done – the drums, bass and acoustics – and even some of David’s and Rick’s guitar and keyboard parts are identical to the finished album versions. It’s also obvious that a lot of mixing and processing has already been done. From what I can gather, this is the very final stages of the initial recordings, right before they recorded the final vocals and overdubs and eventually mixed the album.
Animals was recorded between April and November 1976 in Pink Floyd’s new recording studio Britannia Row, located in Islington, north of central London. According to the source of this bootleg, the tapes dates from June 1976.
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December 22nd 2013 | Posted in Miscellaneous | 20 Comments
2013 is coming to an end and I just want to wish everyone all the best for next year and a merry christmas! I hope everyone will enjoy the holidays with family and friends, eat good food and relax from everyday’s hassle. Maybe Santa brings something nice too?
I also want to say thanks for all your support, for all your kind words and for joining in on the discussions and commenting on the posts. That’s what keeps this site alive! I’m also happy to see that the visitor statistics are growing steadily… even after 10 years running! Next year will see more cool reviews, updated gear guides (including the anticipated guides for delays and budget gear), tone tutorials and more! Stay tuned!
It also looks like we’ll get a new album from David next year. Nothing’s been officially announced but people from the Gilmour camp and contributing musicians are talking loud and spreading rumours. Let’s just cross our fingers and hope for both an album and tour! You’ll get to read all about the gear, tones etc etc HERE on Gilmourish.Com when it’s out there… if it happens :)
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December 17th 2013 | Posted in Big Muff Reviews | 38 Comments
The P19 from Skreddy Pedals is definitely one of the most talked about Big Muff clones out there. No wonder really as Marc Alhfs knows a thing or two about Big Muffs. I’ve had my eyes on one for some time and I finally got the chance to try it out. Here’s my review.
I did a review of the Pink Flesh a few years back. I wasn’t overly happy with it and found the pedal just a bit too wild for my taste. Still a lot of people loved it. So much in fact that when it was taken out of production the prices on Ebay skyrocketed.
It’s always been Skreddy’s philosophy to never produce a pedal longer than a few years. Part of the reason is that some of the pedals featured hard to get parts but it’s also because tone is constantly evolving. Once a new tone is discovered it’s time to move on. A refreshing way of doing business if you ask me.
Back in the early days of pedal making guitarists and engineers created effects and pedals based on a vision and an idea of what they considered to be the ultimate tone. This philosophy is very much the essence of the P19.
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December 1st 2013 | Posted in Classic tone David's Gear | 39 Comments
This November marks the 25th anniversary for Pink Floyd’s Delicate Sound of Thunder. Loved by some and hated by others the live album is a great testimonial of a strong comeback and David’s late 80s tones. Let’s dig into the history and sound of this album!
Delicate Sound of Thunder was recorded over five nights in August 1988 at Nassau Coliseum (NY, USA). The album was released on CD, LP and cassette (remember those?) November 22 1988. As live albums mostly go it was no huge success but rather a nice souvenir for the fans. The release also saw Pink Floyd’s first filmed (not counting Live at Pompeii) concert being released on VHS.
Abandoned live album
The initial plans were to release the live album and film a year earlier. In early November 1987, a show in Atlanta, USA was recorded and filmed but after seeing the result the band decided they needed more time to find their old form. It was a vice decision as the bootleg version of the show reveals a band that was clearly out of shape and sounded rather bad. Some of the songs however, ended up as official B-sides and single versions, including On the Turning Away and One Slip. Watch the concert here.
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