David Gilmour: “The Stratocaster enhances the personality of the person playing it”

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As he gears up to sell 120 of his guitars - including the legendary Black Strat - David Gilmour has given a new interview to auction house Christie’s (opens in new tab), where he discusses his life in guitars.

Naturally, the Strat features heavily in conversation, with the Pink Floyd hero citing it as perhaps the most expressive electric of them all.

People playing Fenders are more recognisably themselves than people playing some of the other well-known guitars

“The Stratocaster tends to enhance the personality of the person playing it,” Gilmour mused. “People playing Fenders are more recognisably themselves than people playing some of the other well-known guitars.”

Other highlights include the revelation that the Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2) solo didn’t feature a guitar amp at all…

“There was one guitar trader in New Jersey who had the 1955 Les Paul on his list. It was all gold - the back and the sides and the back of the neck, and it looked great. I bought it and had it sent to LA where we were working on The Wall album.

“Not long after it arrived I used it for the solo on Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2). We injected it straight through the desk and onto tape, not through any amplifier at all. I’ve always loved that guitar.”

For more from David Gilmour, pick up a copy of Guitarist issue 444 (opens in new tab), which features an interview with the man himself and in-depth coverage and photography of the guitars going under the hammer.

Michael Astley-Brown

Mike is Editor-in-Chief of GuitarWorld.com (opens in new tab), in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism, and has spent the past decade writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as a decade-and-a-half performing in bands of variable genre (and quality). In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe (opens in new tab).

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