Live at Wembley 1974

Effects, guitars and amps Settings and setups

The tour was named the British Winter Tour ’74 and Pink Floyd presented a brand new show – their biggest at that point. The band had moved up to superstardom with Dark Side of the Moon and was about to embark on what proved to be a highly successful tour throughout North-America.

The show recorded at Empire Pool, Wembley November 17 1974 portrays a band at its peak and David transforming from an obscure Hendrix impersinator to a guitar hero. His rig was simple but powerful and his playing equally so.

As with Live at Pompeii, this recording from Wembley is a great reference and testimonial on David’s mid 70s tones and particularly the use of a Leslie cabinet for the rotary tones.

Pedalboard and additional effects

Dallas Arbiter Fuzz Face (BC108)
Cry Baby wah wah
Colorsound Power Boost
MXR Phase 90 (outside the board routed with send/return)
DeArmond volume pedal

Dallas Arbiter Fuzz Face (for lap steel)
DeArmond volume pedal (for lap steel)

Binson Echorec II
Binson Echorec PE 603
Conn Strobo Tuners
EMS Synthi A (On the Run)

David Gilmour Wembley Stage Setup

– David’s stage setup during the 1974-75 tours. 1. EMS Synthi A (for On the Run) 2. Binson Echorec II (top) and Binson PE (bottom) 3. Hiwatt stack 4. The Black Strat 5. Pedal board (note the DeArmond volume pedal (left) and Cry Baby Wah Wah (right) on top. 6. Jedson lap steel (Shine On 6-9) 7. DeArmond volume pedal and Dallas Arbiter Fuzz Face (BC108)

Note: David got his first pedal board in early 1973. It featured the pedals listed above and judging by the few pictures that are available of the board it seems to have operated similar to the later Pete Cornish boards.

The board featured a Vox wah wah and UniVibe in 1973 but the Vox was later replaced by a Cry Baby and the Univibe was taken out/or broken and a new one was placed beside the board in 1974. A MXR Phase 90 was also connected with send/returns during summer 1974.

Pink Floyd played both Set the Controls and Echoes in 1973 so the Vox wah wah must have had some reverse switch (or the jacks were manually switched) as David used the wah wah effect on Controls and the reverse connection seagull effect on Echoes.

Guitars and amps

Fender Stratocaster “The Black Strat”
– 1969 black alder body with a black pickguard, a 1963 rosewood neck and 1971 Fender pickups.
Fender Telecaster Custom
– 1959 model with three colour sunburst alder body, rosewood neck and a Gibson PAF neck humbucker.
Jedson lap steel (blonde)
– Open G tuning (D G D G B E) for Shine On You Crazy Diamond. Standing behind Gilmour.
Jedson lap steel (red)
– Open G tuning (D G D G B E) for Great Gig in the Sky. Standing behind Wright’s rig so that Gilmour could play hammond during the heavier parts of the song.

David Gilmour Wembley 1974 Black Strat and Telecaster

– (left) David with the Black Strat tweaking the Binson Echorec. Note the blonde Jedson lap steel behind him. (right) David playing the 1959 Telecaster Custom during Dogs (picture from 1975).

David Gilmour Wembley 1974 slide guitars

– (left) The red Jedson lap steel was standing behind Rick’s Hammond so that David could play both slide and organ during Great Gig in the Sky. (right) David playing the blonde Jedson lap steel during SHine On You Crazy Diamond 6-9.

4 Hiwatt DR103 All Purpose 100W heads
– with Mullard 4xEL34 power tubes and 4xECC83 pre-amp tubes. Two main heads and one spare.
Alembic F-2B tube preamp
– Leslie preamp.
Leslie 147 speaker cabinet
4 WEM Super Starfinder 200 cabinets
– with 4×12″ Fane Crescendo speakers with metal dust caps.

Note: Phil Taylor bought new Hiwatt heads and WEM speaker cabs for David during the summer 1974 rehearsals. The WEM cabs now included new Fane Crescendo speakers without the metal dust caps.

Further reading

See these in-depth features for more on David’s gear: Dallas Arbiter Fuzz Face, Binson Echorec, The Black Stratocaster, Slide Guitars and Hiwatt amps & WEM cabinets.

Acknowledgements and credits
Dark Side of the Moon (album 1973), Dark Side of the Moon (Immersion box set 2011, Wembley 1974 live recordings), Wish You Were Here (Immersion box set 2011, Wembley 1974 live recordings), Guitarist Magazine (January 1995), Guitar World Magazine (1993), In the Flesh by Povey/Russell, The Black Strat – A History of David Gilmour’s black Fender Stratocaster by Phil Taylor.