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Fender Custom Shop David Gilmour Signature Stratocaster Relic Electric Guitar (SN:R90248)

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You are looking at a Fender Custom Shop David Gilmour Signature Stratocaster Relic Electric Guitar, serial number R90248. This is the actual guitar you will receive should you decide to purchase. (7 lbs, 12.3 oz.)

Although Gilmour's Black Strat wasn't his only one (He also used his Red Strat and 0001 Strat), his Black Strat has definitely gotten the most love and affection from David, and today it still serves as his front running instrument. In 1970, after his guitar was stolen, Gilmour went and picked up another Strat similar to the one he had purchased a few weeks prior to the incident and wound up with a '69  Stratocaster which initially had a sunburst finish, but was repainted in a black finish at the music shop in which the guitar was purchased. David's Black Strat made its way to the stage with Pink Floyd at the 1970 Bath Festival and soon became the backbone of Pink Floyd's notable and distinctive sound, widely featured on a number of Floyd's greatest albums including The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals and The Wall.

Even though Gilmour's Black Strat endured several modifications over the years (from alternating between different pickups, updating hardware, switching between necks with rosewood and maple, and for a very short-lived period an XLR connector was even installed for hum canceling purposes when using his high-gain Fuzz), in the end though, David decided to stick with original neck and middle pickups with a higher output Seymour Duncan in the bridge. This Strat stood with pride at the Hard Rock Cafe in Dallas for a almost 20 years until 2005 when Gilmour picked his old pal back up again for his reunion tour with Pink Floyd and on his solo tour, On an Island, a year later.

Thanks to the close collaboration with Gilmour himself and his longtime guitar technician, Phil Taylor, the skilled luthiers at the Fender Custom Shop were able to flawlessly recreate Gilmour's most momentous instrument in every detail for the David Gilmour Signature Stratocaster Relic—with the instantly recognizable tone, looks, and feel of Gilmour's coveted Black Strat.

The select alder body is finished in a Black over Sunburst nitro lacquer relic finish, giving this Strat the authentic look of a well-played workhorse that's been in the hands of one of rock's most legendary guitarists. Although David alternated back and fourth between rosewood and maple fingerboards, the neck on the David Gilmour Signature Stratocaster reflects his most recent neck change from the early '80s (which is still featured on the guitar today); a one-piece maple neck, carved into a tapered, '83 Thin-Shouldered "C" profile, housing 21 vintage-style frets and black dot inlays.

The David Gilmour Signature Strat sports a set of custom pickups representative of the current pickup configuration of the Black Strat, including a Custom Shop Fat '50s single-coil Strat pickup in the neck with a custom-wound single-coil Strat pickup in the middle position, emulating the classic tone of the original vintage middle and neck pickups, with a hotter Seymour Duncan single-coil SSL-5 in the bridge position, the child of the SSL1C pickup featured in David's Black Strat. Before the early '80s, you basically had two choices for greater output and a hotter tone—either swap your single-coil for a humbucker or settle on a lower output single-coil. Upon Gilmour's request, Seymour Duncan designed and created a single-coil pickup (the SSL1C), capable of delivering searing hot leads while remaining faithful to a true single-coil design. The pickups are routed through a versatile 5-way switch, a master volume control, and dual tone controls.

The nickel/chrome hardware on the David Gilmour Signature Stratocaster is an incredibly accurate replication of the current hardware, including an American Vintage Synchronized Tremolo with custom beveled tremolo block and a custom shortened vintage trem arm, a serialized 4-bolt neck plate, a set of vintage-style tuning machines, lightly aged white pickup covers/control knobs, and a single-ply black pickguard.

The Fender Custom Shop David Gilmour Signature Stratocaster comes complete with a hardshell case, a Certificate of Authenticity, an Evidence Audio high-end guitar cable, a custom leather strap, a set of GHS DG Boomers, and David Gilmour's three disc "Live in Gdansk" CD/DVD package.

Get your Fender Custom Shop David Gilmour Signature Stratocaster Relic Electric Guitar from Sam Ash Direct today. With over nine decades of experience in the music retail business, Sam Ash is dedicated to helping every player and collector find the distinctive instrument that they've been longing for. And remember, your purchase is protected by the security of our 45/60 day return/price protection policy.

Things You Will Get:

  • Electric Guitar
  • Hardshell Case
  • Guitar Cable
  • Custom Leather Strap
  • GHS DG Boomers Strings
  • David Gilmour's Three Disc "Live In Gdansk" CD/DVD Package


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Number Of Frets 21
Scale Length 25.5"
Nut Width 1.675"
Neck Shape 1983 Thin-Shouldered "C" (.790" to .870" Taper)
Fingerboard Radius 7.25"
Body Style Stratocaster®
Neck Type Bolt On
Neck Wood Maple
Fingerboard Maple
Body Wood Select Alder
Pickup Configuration S-S-S
Bridge Pickup Seymour Duncan® SSL-5 Single-Coil Strat
Neck Pickup Custom Shop Fat '50s Single-Coil Strat
Middle Pickup Custom-Wound Single-Coil Strat
Bridge Type American Vintage Synchronized Tremolo with Custom Beveled Tremolo Block and Shortened Tremolo Arm
Tuning Machines Vintage Style
Orientation Right-Handed
Case/Bag Included Yes
Case Type Hardshell Case
Weight 7 lbs, 12.3 oz.
Series Custom Artist
Model David Gilmour Signature Stratocaster® Relic®, Maple Fingerboard, Black over 3-Color Sunburst
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Warranty Info:

Fender warrants this Fender or Squier electric guitar or bass to be free from defects in materials and workmanship for two (2) years from the date of original purchase, subject to limitations set forth herein ("Limited Warranty"). This Limited Warranty applies only to the original retail purchaser when this instrument is purchased from an Authorized Fender Dealer and is subject to the limitations set forth herein. IMPORTANT: PLEASE RETAIN YOUR ORIGINAL SALES RECEIPT, AS IT IS YOUR PROOF OF PURCHASE VALIDATING THIS LIMITED WARRANTY.

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