The Black Strat book is the first and only accurate and knowledgeable account of David Gilmour's favorite Stratocaster guitar. Written by Phil Taylor - David's personal guitar technician since 1974 - to coincide with the release of the long awaited and much requested Fender 'David Gilmour Signature Strat': an instrument replicating the look, set-up, sound and feel of DavidThe Black Strat book is the first and only accurate and knowledgeable account of David Gilmour's favorite Stratocaster guitar. Written by Phil Taylor - David's personal guitar technician since 1974 - to coincide with the release of the long awaited and much requested Fender 'David Gilmour Signature Strat': an instrument replicating the look, set-up, sound and feel of David's famous black guitar as it is today. The chronological story begins with David Gilmour joining Pink Floyd in early 1968, his guitar at that time, his subsequent instruments leading to the purchase of the Black Strat in 1970, and the other guitars that have come and gone. The book details all of the changes and modifications made to the Black Strat, its use on Pink Floyd tours and iconic albums, David's solo projects, and various guest appearances throughout the years....
|Title||:||Pink Floyd: The Black Strat: A History of David Gilmour's Black Fender Stratocaster|
|Number of Pages||:||158 Pages|
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Pink Floyd: The Black Strat: A History of David Gilmour's Black Fender Stratocaster Reviews
Get this book and achieve guitar-nerd nirvana. Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour describes it as "just a Strat I bought from Manny's in New York" but for Floyd fans it's gained such iconic status that it's referred to with capital letters: this is a book about The Black Strat. The level of detail included here about DG's guitar of choice for most of the past four decades could only be provided by the person who has been responsible for looking after it during almost all of that time, and that person is Phil Taylor. The Black Strat has come a long way from its original condition (it's now on its seventh neck) and every change is lovingly recorded here. For guitar players (and gear aficianados) like me, this is a gold mine of information; there are wiring diagrams, there are discussions of the many modifications that have been made (and in some cases reversed) over the years, you get full details of the strings fitted to it, and there's even a spec sheet detailing how to set up your Strat so that it plays the same way as DG's. But this book is also an insight into the history of one of the greatest rock bands of all time written by someone who was there while it happened. The writing, together with a prodigious quantity of quality graphics and archive photographs, does the band credit. Even if you can't play a note, if you're a Pink Floyd fan you'll find this book fascinating. In the interests of full disclosure, I should tell you that I was lucky enough to get a signed copy from Phil as a present, but I don't think that's biased my review of this book in any way :-)
An intricate look at David Gilmour's guitars over time. While the black strat is the main through-point, the book doesn't skimp on details for David's other guitars. I am not unfamiliar with Pink Floyd's gear (I am not a stranger to gilmourish.com), there were a number of details here that I might not have known, and it is quite interesting to learn about the modifications made to the guitar, as well as the sequence in which they were made (and often unmade). The story culminates in the release of a signature replica series, hence the featuring of the guitar that was copied (which also happens to have been used on the most iconic Pink Floyd recordings, as well). There are a great deal of pictures, as well, which are unfortunately presented out of order with the captions when read on the kindle. I will have to go through at another time to look through all of the pictures, which are hopefully in the correct sequence when viewed through the kindle app, rather than on my venerable kindle 2.0. Well worth the read if you are a Pink Floyd nut like myself.
This is an interesting book that is mostly pictures and some behind the scenes info centered around one guitar - David Gilmour's black stratocaster. Gilmour has owned many, many guitars, but this book focuses primarily upon his favorite instrument which he has used on and off in various tweaked states throughout his career with Pink Floyd and beyond. If you like Pink Floyd and/or electric guitars this will be a very interesting read. On the other hand, if you don't . . . this might not be the book for you.
If you want to watch deconstruction as it happens, surprisingly enough, this is a great book... By the end, you have to wonder why this guitar is revered at all--but somehow it is. Metaphysically speaking, it's not even clear that there is essentially a "black strat." Anyone not inclined to read this book will hardly find a good reason to within its pages. For those who are inclined (you know who you are), you're going to love it regardless of what you find or don't find within its pages.
This book should have been GREAT but instead it was just...kinda great...It's almost as if Taylor tried to appeal to too wide an audience when let's face it, the only people who were really going to read such a book were either die hard Floyd fans or guitar gear heads. By being a little too broad and not quiet "techy" enough, the book isn't as fulfilling as it could be...
Reading about Gilmour's Black Strat is like reading about Zues' lightening or Hades Pitch-Fork, in other word; the history of God's immortal instrument of magic!Great illustration!