Southport, United Kingdom (PressExposure) October 29, 2008 -- David Gilmour's famous 'Black Strat' Fender Stratocaster, is now released as a 'Signature Model' by Fender on September 22nd 2008 out to the public.
Work on this guitar has now been ongoing for around 2 years now. The Fender 'Black Strat' Signature Model has been created by the combined input of David Gilmour, Fender Custom Shop's Mike Eldred and Todd Krause, plus that of David's long-standing guitar technician Phil Taylor. They tried very hard to create a final product that is tailored to the highest possible standards and yet still be affordable to both fans and guitar players.
The development work involved an extensive testing procedure, including various different combinations of wood, pick-ups and paint to find a close facsimile of the original 'Black Strat's sound and look.
This is what will be included in the package:
A set of GHS Gilmour signature strings Evidence Audio guitar cable both used by Gilmour in studio and on stage Deluxe guitar strap Guitar Plectrum
A comment made by David Gilmour:
"I told Fender that it was just an ordinary Strat that I bought at Manny's, but I must say they've done a great job of recreating it".
There shall be two models the NOS version and the Relic Version with Gilmour's wear and tear on the guitar. The prices seem to be under or around Â£2,300 ($4000) for the NOS version and around Â£2699 $5000) for the Relic model. In my opinion Fender seems to be overcharging for a customized guitar but there are some begging Pink Floyd fans out there that are prepared to pay those prices for what has to be said a terrific replica guitar!
Alternatively, you could build your own and save yourself a lot of money. You could actually get very close to looking like the real thing without much effort. You could do this by purchasing a Fender American Vintage 57 reissue Stratocaster, priced around Â£999 ($1500) or a Fender 50's Vintage classic Stratocaster priced around Â£349 ($600+) a lesser quality guitar and then replace the white pick guard with a black 57 pick guard. You could then change the original sized tremolo arm to a shorter tremolo arm. You will then be very close to Gilmour's black Strat.
You also want to change the Pickups to match David Gilmour's tone. All you have to do is purchase two Fender Custom 69 single coil pickups and one Seymour Duncan bridge pickup and then bob's your uncle!