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Fender Custom Shop David Gilmour Signature Stratocaster Electric Guitar  Relic Black Over 3-Tone Sunburst

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Beautiful, powerful, unique, and as idiosyncratic as Gilmour's playing.

The David Gilmour Signature Series Stratocaster Guitar from the Fender Custom Shop has an alder body, black or black over three-color sunburst finish, a black pickguard, a one-piece straight-grain maple neck, custom pickups, and Gilmour's now-famous electronics and shortened vintage tremolo arm.

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 instrument, a detailed reproduction of the Black Strat-complete in its unmistakable look, sound, and feel.

The David Gilmour Signature Strat comes with a custom Fender guitar case, an Evidence high-end guitar cable and Gilmour's three-disc Live in Gdansk CD/DVD set.

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FEATURES
  • Body: Alder
  • Finish: Nitrocellulose lacquer
  • Neck: one-piece maple, reissue C-shaped, .790" to .870" taper
  • Fingerboard: Maple, 7.25" radius
  • Frets: 21, vintage
  • Scale Length: 25.5"
  • Nut: 1.675"
  • Hardware: Vintage
  • Tuning Keys: Vintage
  • Bridge: Vintage Stratocaster with Custom shortened vintage tremelo arm
  • Pickguard: .120" one-ply black acrylic pickguard (exclusive to Gilmour model)
Pickups
  • Neck: Custom Hand-Wound Fat '50s Strat
  • Middle: Custom Wound Strat
  • Bridge: Seymour Duncan SSL-5
  • Pickup Switching: Startocaster five-way switch with two-way toggle that adds activates
  • neck pickup to the middle and bridge positions
  • Controls: Standard Stratocaster
  • Volume, Tone, Tone arrangement
  • Strings: GHS David Gilmour Signature Boomer Strings
  • Unique Features: Special three-beveled vintage tremolo block, custom 
  • shortened vintage tremolo arm, two-way toggle activates 
  • neck pickup in the middle and bridge positions
  • Incuded Accessories
  • Case: Special center pocket black Tolex case with crushed
  • green lining, "David Gilmour" embroidered on interior
  • Evidence Audio guitar cable
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Fender Custom ShopDavid Gilmour Signature Stratocaster Electric Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 13 reviews)

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Pros

  • Fun to play (3)
  • Good pick up (3)

Cons

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(21 of 34 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Not Worth it

By AxeMan-Ar40y

from Boston, MA

Comments about Fender Custom Shop David Gilmour Signature Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

While a good sounding guitar, for the price its just not worth it. The neck is incredibly thin sounding and doesnt deliver the punch needed.The neck itself is great and was my favorite feature of this guitar, besides the SSL-5 bridge pickup. You are paying for dings and dents. To build a similar guitar would cost less than half. I suggest that if you aren't a collector that you save your money and get something more practical.

(17 of 24 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Custom Shop does it again!

By KTP5150

from Edmonton, Alberta

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Honest Investment
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Fender Custom Shop David Gilmour Signature Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

      Don't be taken by the price. Compared to other Custom Shop high end guitars, this stacks up. I have several Fender and Gibson Custom Shop as well as Ernie Ball guitars and I must say, all my years of playing my "go to" guitars, this immediately feels like your own... well done Fender, yet again. And remember folks, you get what you pay for so don't compare this guitar to "one your friend made" that's the same but a fraction the price.... Nope!!

      (15 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      The David has arrived!

      By Evel1-ntHGR

      from Fort Worth

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      Comments about Fender Custom Shop David Gilmour Signature Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

      I can not tell you how many times I debated this thing. I remember telling my girlfriend, after having an arsenal of guitars "that I am done and would NEVER buy another axe, unless Fender produced a Gilmour model." They did. I did much research, and having been a lifelong Pink Floyd (Syd Barrett) fan I though I knew it all, about this guitar. WOW, was I wrong. The price is a huge turn-off, and was the reason for the debate of should I/shouldn't I? However; I did, and I am VERY happy with it. The miniture toggle switch, which adds the extra pick-up into the mix, and DOES make a HUGE difference in sound. The bridge pick-up is a Seymour Duncan, this is the first Strat that I have ever owned, and/or played, where the sound is VERY obiviously different. If you watch/listne to the New Gilmour DVD, the sound that he has on there, well, that is what your little 5k dollar investment well give you. The guitar also plays very well! It is a little shocking to open up the case and see the condition that this thing is in (I purchased the Relic), but you have to remember that being said, this is (supposed to be) an exact replica of David's number one axe!!I would not hesitate recommending this guitar to anyone, even if you are not a Floyd fan, if you love Strats, you really owe it to yourself to check this out. You will be very impressed. In hindsight I could've very easily had settled for the NOS version, but, me being the Gilmour fan that I am, I had to get the Relic.Unless you live, eat, breathe, and sleep Floyd/Gilmour, definitely go with the NOS version.All of that being said, I am very happy with this guitar and my purchase!! I would also recommend that you read the accompanying Phil Taylor (David's Tech of 30 plus years), I walked away with a whole new respect for David and this guitar. Even though the price of this thing is so high, if you consdier Fender's Custom Shop, and their top of the line products, and the name on this axe, it is a good (and fair price). I also did get mine insured, which I also recommend doing...and above all else...please...be..."Careful With That Axe, Eugene!!'

      (13 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      My dream guitar

      By Jesse-ehSaQ

      from Los Angeles

      Comments about Fender Custom Shop David Gilmour Signature Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

      My teacher kept on telling me I wouldn't like this guitar because of the "small frets". Screw what he said. This is my dream guitar. felt so good using it.The neck the tone the body just felt right.I've never heard a strat that sounds this good. I just want to get money for it. If you are able to afford this guitar, do not hesitate to do so. You will be fully satisfied.

      (10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Black Velvet

      By PHIZZY

      from GJ Colorado

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      Comments about Fender Custom Shop David Gilmour Signature Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

      I bought this guitar with trepidations, usually a guitar made to model a superstars lacks true quality. But this guitar has real clarity and tone, a full bodied sound that has been a pleasure to hear each evening I play it. The neck accommodates the hand beautifully. The various pick-ups add so much varity, usable sounds that are bright and vivid when need be or mellow and moody when desired. I am so happy with this guitar that my other guitars are now collecting dust. There are definately Gilmourish tones to be found in the set-up. If quality and that famous Fender clarity is important to you don't miss out on this amazing achievment produced by the best in the business. I highly recommend investing in this musical masterpiece...I will be playing it until I kick the bucket!...Love it!

      (9 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Awesome

      By MusicMan-_KrT7

      from Ontario Canada

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      Comments about Fender Custom Shop David Gilmour Signature Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

      PINK FLOYD is all I have to say. This guitar is exactly the same guitar as the best guitarist ever David Gilmour played. If you like Pink Floyd and you want a Amazing guitar then you should deffinitly get this. It is worth the money

      (9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Fender WILL stand behind your purchase!!

      By Evel1-ntHGR

      from Fort Worth

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      Comments about Fender Custom Shop David Gilmour Signature Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

      I have a water damage issue, to the case, that is currently working. I can not tell you how pleased that I am with Fender!! These guys are really responsive, and are doing everything that they possibily can. Again, they are VERY responsive, and THAT, means a lot when you are considering an investment like this.Hope that helps if you are still debating.

      (9 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      The Black Strat is Here

      By TheSlipperman

      from Dallas, TX

      Comments about Fender Custom Shop David Gilmour Signature Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

      I have been waiting years for this guitar to be released and its finally here. Not only does this guitar look amazing but it plays like heaven. The neck is fast and smooth and the pickups will give you any pink floyd tone and more, I've only scratched the surface of the possibilities of the beauty. The case it comes with is also top notch having a custom stitched logo along with nearly two feet of storage space. The finish is also amazing, I myself got the NOS and could not be any happier. Sorry if this review is kind of brief and random but I honestly could not list all the great things abut this strat. Bottom line if you love pink floyd, music, and quality their is no better guitar.

      (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      My Black Strat makes me Breathe

      By Micheal

      from West Columbia, SC

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fantastic intonation
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Fender Custom Shop David Gilmour Signature Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

        Aside from the heritage of this instrument overall, Fender Custom Shop has really done a great job fulfilling the specifications of David Gilmour and his technicians in recreating this guitar. It gives any interested person a hint of what it feels like to play an instrument that has evolved over decades of trial and error into one of the most recognizable guitars ever used. The comfort of the neck is as if I had used this guitar for 30 years, it is balanced very well and it is so comfortable to just stand there and play without the effort that I've had to use with so many other guitars that have hung over my shoulders. I just feel so much more integrated with this axe. The intonation is beautiful, the harmonics are solid and non-wavering even over a period of time stressing the strings out doing glissando's, the tremolo is very comfortable and just feels so much more intrinsic when giving single notes or chords the life they need and the tone is so warm and rich that it just plain will make your blood flow with music.
        I have years of personal songs that are all begging to be 're-tooled' into new versions of themselves now.
        For me this instrument is a game changer in my own personal musical endeavor, even simply on a personal level and even if nobody ever heard the songs I've composed. I am not "star struck", but I vividly remember when two friends of mine and I sat and listened to "Dark Side of the Moon" when it was first released. As it played on the record player we were huddled in a little circle and were simply staring at each other wide-eyed and slack jawed at what we were hearing. Now, after 43 years, I am holding in my hands a wonderful reproduction of the end result of that seminal guitar that I heard then and started me on my own path of inner discovery, self expression and personal composition.
        It isn't just "the Black Strat".. I am really very grateful that David Gilmour agreed to allow his own personal axe to be copied for people like me.

        (7 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        AM I DREAMING!?!

        By Blythe

        from New York City

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        Comments about Fender Custom Shop David Gilmour Signature Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

        WOW! Is a good word to describe this babe. I've been playing for 10 years now... and I have NEVER seen anything like this guitar. The pick-ups are a dream. Also when I whamme with it I never feel better! All in all if your a pro and you need an ax... get this one baby!!!

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