Auctioned by Christie’s in New York, Gilmour raises record-breaking $21.5million for climate change charity
And that sentiment is the one and only scintilla of similarity between him and me. I have seven guitars. And as I’ve told my family, who complain of guitars all over the place, and that you can only play one at a time, there’s a sound reason and a story behind each one. I’m sure this is a stock answer to collectors of any persuasion. SMH.com
For instance, I might say I can’t get rid of that one, I bought it in London, it helped me through my Cromwell Gardens bedsit days. And it was made by a Dutch subsidiary of Martin Guitars. How rare is that? In truth, I’ve no idea, probably none. But it sounds good – the reason, not the instrument. It was all I could afford, but it harks back to a time and place.
Or I might say, what the hollow-body electric, get rid of that? I know I don’t plug it in anymore, but that’s not the point, knowing full well the contradiction. I still pick it up, and I remember when I did plug it in. I might go and do it now, but mostly, I don’t. And look at it, it’s a beautiful piece of craftsmanship, as indeed they all are.
The David Gilmour Guitar Collection, the largest and most comprehensive sale of guitars ever offered at auction, told the story of one of the world’s most influential guitarists. The 127 lots, which included iconic instruments played by Gilmour on Pink Floyd’s greatest tracks as well as his solo albums, totalled $21,490,750, with proceeds being donated to ClientEarth
David Gilmour recently shared a clip in which he discussed his iconic black Fender Stratocaster – possibly the most prominent guitar in the Pink Floyd catalog, the one used for such classic tracks as “Money,” “Shine on You Crazy Diamond,” and the iconic “Comfortably Numb” solo.(source: ultimate-guitar.com – to read the full article click here)
Ahead of the charity auction with Christie’s in NYC on June 20, David released three podcasts featuring conversations with Matt Everitt about the guitars. All three episodes are now available.15
As widely reported in the guitar sphere, the Black Strat is one of over 120 six-strings David is selling at an auction on June 20 at Christie’s in NYC.
Remembering how he bought the guitar around 1970 in Manny’s in New York, Gilmour said (transcribed by UG):
“It’s probably been on more Pink Floyd tracks than any other guitar. The neck’s changed a few times, as I used it as a sort of test bed for all sorts of things.
“It’s on ‘Money,’ it’s on ‘Comfortably Numb’ – the solos on ‘Comfortably Numb’ – it’s on ‘Shine on You Crazy Diamond.’ The four-note bit at the beginning of ‘Shine On’ fell out of that guitar one day, and it’s been on my last couple of solo albums. So it’s done the course.”
“I’ve found that if you pick up a guitar – an electric guitar – and strum it, and if it sounds great in the room although it’s not amplified, it’ll be great. You don’t even need to plug it into an amp to be pretty certain it’s a good ‘un.
“So I would usually try a few guitars and the one that just sat the nicest to me would be the one I’d pick.”