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Fender Custom Shop Announces David Gilmour Strat

After years of anticipation, the David Gilmour Strat will officially hit stores on September 22.

Scottsdale, Arizona (July 29, 2008) -- David Gilmour and the Fender Custom Shop are extremely proud to announce the highly anticipated release of one of the most iconic musical instruments of the past 50 years -- the David Gilmour Signature Series Stratocaster guitar. Based on Gilmour’s famous “Black Strat” guitar, the instrument will be available at select Fender retailers worldwide beginning Sept. 22, 2008.

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A cornerstone of Pink Floyd’s incomparably revolutionary sound, Gilmour’s Black Strat is featured extensively on The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals, The Wall and his critically acclaimed 2006 solo effort, On An Island. The Fender Custom Shop worked hand-in-hand with Gilmour and his longtime guitar technician, Phil Taylor, to create this signature model, a detailed reproduction of the Black Strat -- complete in its unmistakable look, sound and feel.

Gilmour bought the original instrument in May 1970 from Manny’s Music in New York. The guitar’s first Pink Floyd recorded appearance came on the group’s fifth album, Atom Heart Mother. It subsequently became Gilmour’s main guitar for live performances and studio work.

The new reproduction -- the David Gilmour Signature Series Stratocaster guitar -- features an alder body, black over three-color sunburst finish, a black pickguard, a one-piece straight-grain maple neck, custom pickups and Gilmour’s now-infamous electronics and shortened vintage tremolo arm. Beautiful, powerful, unique and as idiosyncratic as Gilmour’s playing, the guitar will be produced by the Fender Custom Shop in N.O.S. (new old stock) and Relic versions.

The David Gilmour Signature Series Stratocaster guitar comes with a custom case, an Evidence high-end guitar cable, Gilmour’s three-disc Live in Gdansk CD/DVD set and Taylor’s 2007 book about the guitar’s history, The Black Strat. The first 500 guitars sold in either finish option will include a limited edition, signed copy of The Black Strat book, autographed by Phil Taylor.


Model Number015-0068-806015-0069-806
Colors(806) Black,
(Nitrocellulose Lacquer Finish)
(806) Black over 3-Color Sunburst,
(Nitrocellulose Lacquer Finish)
BodyComfort Contoured Select Alder
Neck1-Piece Maple, 1983 Thin-Shouldered “C” Shape, (.790” to .870” Taper),
(”Thin-Skin” Dark Tint Nitrocellulose Lacquer Finish)
FingerboardMaple, 7.25” Radius (184mm)
Frets21 Vintage Style Frets
Pickups1 Custom Shop Fat ‘50s Single-Coil Strat Pickup, (Neck),
1 Custom Shop ‘69 Single-Coil Strat Pickup (Middle)
1 Seymour Duncan SSL-5 Single-Coil Strat® Pickup (Bridge)
ControlsMaster Volume,
Tone 1. (Neck Pickup),
Tone 2. (Middle Pickup)
Pickup Switching5-Position Blade:
Position 1. Bridge Pickup
Position 2. Bridge and Middle Pickup
Position 3. Middle Pickup
Position 4. Middle and Neck Pickup
Position 5. Neck Pickup

1 Mini-Toggle (Adds Neck Pickup in Positions 1, 2 and 3.)
BridgeAmerican Vintage Synchronized Tremolo with Custom Beveled Tremolo Block and Shortened Tremolo Arm
Machine HeadsFender/Gotoh Vintage Style Tuning Machines
Pickguard1-Ply .120” Beveled Black Acrylic, (11 Hole)
Scale25.5” (648 mm)
Width at Nut1.675” (42.5 mm)
Shared Unique FeaturesThin-Shouldered “C” Neck Shape Duplicated from David’s 1983 U.S. Vintage ‘57 Strat® Neck
Custom Shortened Tremolo Arm
Custom Beveled Tremolo Block
Black Dot Position Inlays (Narrow Spacing)
Differing Unique FeaturesWhite Tremolo Back Cover
Aged White Plastic Parts
Built as if bought new in its respective year and brought forward in time.
No Back Tremolo Cover Plate
Aged White Pickup Covers
Aged Parchment Control Knobs Covers
A Cosmetically Aged Faithful Re-creation of David’s Infamous “Black Strat”
StringsGHS, DG Boomers, Nickel Plated Steel,
Gauges: (.010, .012, .016, .028, .038, .048)
AccessoriesEvidence Audio™ High-End Guitar Cable, Custom Leather Strap, GHS® DG Boomers Strings, DG Pick, David Gilmour’s Three Disc “Live In Gdansk” CD and DVD Package, a Copy of Phil Taylor’s “The Black Strat” Book, Polishing Cloth and the Certificate of Authenticity
CaseDeluxe Black Hardshell Case with Green Crushed Velvet Lining and with “David Gilmour” and Custom Shop Logo Embroidered on the Lid Interior

For more information:
Fender Custom Shop