David Gilmour Black Strat and His Red Strat by Ameen Jabbar
David Gilmour has made his Black Fender Stratocaster very Iconic through his signature melodic playing that makes our spine tingle every time we listen. His now famous Black Strat was used throughout his most successful career and used on albums such as Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here and The Wall. Over the years Gilmour changed parts of the guitar to look more appealing but more importantly changed parts to improve the sound. He wanted it to give off a nice bluesy clean crisp sound with great sustain and make the sound unique to him and his playing.
Around 1987 onwards with Pink Floyd, David Gilmour made use of a candle apple red coloured Fender Stratocaster in which he added EMG pickups to. This guitar was used In Gilmour's solo album, About Face in 1984, however, this was Gilmour's main guitar in the Pink Floyd era from 1987 and used in the Momentary Lapse of Reason and the Division Bell albums and also used on tours such as Delicate sounds of Thunder in 1989-90 and The Division Bell tour 1994-95. Gilmour also used the Red Strat on some of the songs on his latest work, On An Island tour with Shine On You Crazy Diamond being one of them in which he usually seems to use this guitar for.
Gilmour actually stated that he prefers the Black Strat over the Red Strat as the EMG pickups sound too much like humbuckers. This sounds very much like Gilmour because he is not a real fan of using too much dirty sound he likes a cleaner tone using only some distortion and likes to hear the sounds come out clear and concise.