Fender to launch new Stratocaster based on David Gilmour’s famous Pink Floyd ‘Black Strat’


Guitar manufacturer Fender has set a September 22 launch date for the long-awaited David Gilmour Signature Stratocaster which is based on the star’s iconic ‘Black Strat’ that helped to create Pink Floyd’s revolutionary sound.


Gilmour bought his original Stratocaster in 1970 and used it on the classic albums The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here and The Wall.


Fender has reportedly worked very closely with Gilmour and Phil Taylor to make sure that the Signature model is the closest thing to Gilmour’s own much-customised guitar – but “at an affordable price” (although the manufacturer’s suggested retail price has not yet been confirmed).


The Signature Stratocaster – which will not be a limited edition – is said to have the same maple neck, deep black pickguard, shortened tremolo arm and custom electronics as Gilmour’s original.


The launch of the guitar is timed to coincide with the release of David Gilmour‘s three-disc live album Live In Gdansk which was recorded during his 2007 solo world tour. The set includes a live double CD, plus a DVD of the concert.


Purchasers of the Gilmour Signature Stratocaster will find a free copy of Live In Gdansk stuffed into the centre pocket of the black case which comes with the guitar.


The hardback edition of Phil Taylor’s book The Black Strat: A History of David Gilmour’s Black Fender Stratocaster will also be published on September 22 – with a signed softback copy of the book also to be found inside the guitar case.


According to Fender, the final version of the new Stratocaster was not approved until Gilmour was happy that all of the elements combined to make a sound that was as close as possible to his own guitar.


“I told Fender that it was just an ordinary Strat that I bought,” said Gilmour, “but I must say they’ve done a great job of recreating it.”


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