More 1969

Effects, guitars and amps Settings and setups

More was recorded in February 1969 while Pink Floyd were still touring and promoting A Saucerful of Secrets. David used the white Stratocaster and Selmer amps for the sessions and live performances, with the addition of a natural brown Telecaster of unknown origin.

Sometime in July or, more likely, August the Selmer amps were replaced by Hiwatt heads and WEM speaker cabinets starting a long lasting relationship. The period stretches from March to April and throughout the year overlapping the recording and release of Ummagumma.

Effects recording sessions and live performances

Dallas Arbiter Fuzz Face (NKT275)
Vox wah wah
Cry Baby wah wah
Binson Echorec II

Note: David often switched back and forth between Vox and Cry Baby wah wahs as he also did up until 1977 where he settled with the Cry Baby. 1968 performances shows a VOX while footage from Royal Festival Hall, London UK in April 1969 shows a Cry Baby.

Pink Floyd premiered The Man and the Journey at the Royal Festival Hall in London, UK April 14 1969. The suite was loosely based on the same topics as Dark Side of the Moon consisting of earlier material, songs from More and new instrumentals. The pictures above is from the newly emerged never released documentary of the rehearsals. David’s rig featured 1. natural brown Fender Telecaster, 2 Selmer Stereomaster amp (with a tape recorder on top playing sound effects), 3 Binson Echorec II, 4. Cry Baby wah wah and 5. Dallas Arbiter Fuzz Face. Picture to the right shows David with the Levin acoustic steel string guitar.

Guitars and amps recording sessions

Fender Stratocaster
– 1966-67 all stock with a white ash body, white pickguard and a rosewood 4-bolt neck with a large headstock.
Levin western acoustic steel string guitar
Acoustic nylon string guitar

Note: There’s no available footage or sources indicating which amps that were used for the More recording sessions. The sessions took place before David started using Hiwatts so it’s fair to assume that he either used the Selmer stack he used live or borrowed available in-house studio backline.

Pink Floyd performing Interstellar Overdrive with Frank Zappa at the Actuel Festival, Amougines, Belgium October 25 1969. This is one of the early shots of David with his new Hiwatt rig and Zappa is playing David\’s natural brown Telecaster.

Guitars and amps live performances 1969

Fender Stratocaster
– 1966-67 all stock with a white ash body, white pickguard and a rosewood 4-bolt neck with a large headstock.
Fender Telecaster
– Natural brown body with maple neck and white pickguard.
Levin western acoustic steel string guitar

Selmer Stereomaster 100w head
– with 4x ECC83, 4x EL34, 2x GZ34 tubes.
Selmer 1×18″ Goliath speaker cabinet
2 Hiwatt DR103 All Purpose 100W heads
– with Mullard 4xEL34 power tubes and 4xECC83 pre-amp tubes.
2 WEM Super Starfinder 200 cabinets
– with 4×12″ Fane Crescendo speakers with metal dust caps.

Note: The Hiwatts and WEM cabinets replaced the Selmer amps and cabs in July or August and was not used on the More recording sessions. The first commercially available Hiwatts emerged around March/April 1969 so David was together with Who and Jethro Tull among the very first to use these amps.

Further reading

See these in-depth features for more on David’s gear: Early Years 1968-69, Dallas Arbiter Fuzz Face, Binson Echorec, The White Stratocaster, Telecasters and Hiwatt amps & WEM cabinets.

Acknowledgements and credits
More (album 1969), Atom Heart Mother Goes on the Road BBC live recording UK, 1970-71, BBC Top Gear performances 1968-69, Sound Magazine (Guitar Heroes 1983), Binson.Com, VintageHofner.Co.Uk, WatkinsGuitars.Co.Uk, Inside Out Pink Floyd biography by Nick Mason, In the Flesh by Povey/Russell. See feature for other references.