As I’m sure most of you have already seen and read, David Gilmour announced earlier this week that he will be selling or auctioning off over 120 guitars from his collection. The auction is expected to raise a lot of money for different charities supported by Gilmour.
Now, this came as a huge surprise to me and I’m sure to many of you. I’ve received lots of comments, messages and e-mails from you guys with links, questions and you’ve shared your opinion on the matter. This is surely something that has gained a lot of attention and emotions.
From me too. The first thing that I though was – is he retiring? My second thought was – is he sick?
My questions was answered shortly after by David in several statements and interviews. He is NOT planning on retiring yet and he is NOT sick.
He wants to sell these instruments now when there is an interest and when he can see that the funds goes into charities that he feels are important.
It might be hard to understand. These guitars and certainly a handful of them has been vital in creating some of the most iconic guitar sounds of all time. As he explain in one of the statements, these guitars has inspired him to write and create specific things that has become so meaningful to so many.
For us, as fans and guitarists, it’s hard to understand why he wants to sell any of these guitars but he doesn’t own them because of us. He doesn’t owe us anything and he doesn’t have to do something because we, the fans, feel a certain thing.
But of course it’s a bit sad. Many of his guitars, and obviously the Black Strat in particular, has been the holy grail in my Gilmour fandom and in many ways the centre piece of this site.
Just like pedals, guitars are tools you use to create or realise what you have in your mind. It’s the tools you use to create music and sounds. It’s simple as that. A guitar might have a sentimental value but it’s a tool.
David talks about how much these guitars has given him. All the inspiration and emotion but it’s time to move on and create something new – funds for the causes he believes in. In that sense, these guitars creates again but in a different way than before.
And keep in mind, this isn’t something new either. He did retire the Black Strat in 1983 when he gave it away to Hard Rock Café and bought brand new guitars from Fender, which has become almost equally iconic.
By chance, the Black Strat turned up again in 2005 and the Live 8 reunion but it could equally well have just faded into history.
Will it chance anything? He has made it clear that he’s not thinking about retiring yet, meaning that he doesn’t rule out a new album and, I guess, a new tour. When is obviously too early to tell but I don’t think you can expect someone who’s been making music and toured all their life just to retire because they’re getting older. It’s in their blood and in some form or another, David will continue to be active.
He won’t be selling the ’55 Fender “Workmate” Esquire and, as he said, he’ll probably continue to use a Relic of the Black Strat. Now, this might sound insane to some but why not? Those guitars are so well built that even he can’t feel the difference. If he can still get the job done, continue to be inspired and, get to sell the original guitar for a good cause then why not?
Again, an instrument is a tool for the artist. Artists move on and evolve. It’s the nature of the artist.
See the Christie’s auction site for more details on what guitars David are selling.
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