GHS strings

February, 2007: Jamming at David's Barn. Photo: Polly Samson.One for the guitarists out there, today.

As you may have seen from the ever-eager Latest News, GHS are putting out David Gilmour signature strings next month (only in the US and not before Thanksgiving).

David uses their ‘Boomers’ on his Fender Strats and Gibson Les Pauls.

The packs include the following string gauges, available for the first time in sets: 0.10, 0.12, 0.16, 0.28, 0.38, 0.48 (Stratocaster) and 0.10.5, 0.13, 0.17, 0.30, 0.40, 0.50 (Les Paul).

I’ll have a contest for you to win some just as soon as I get a few packs to give away.

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Author: FEd

Features Editor of David Gilmour’s official blog, The Blog (‘Features’ previously being its rather naff title), affectionately – or lazily – shortened to ‘FEd’.

106 thoughts on “GHS strings”

  1. This is great news,thanks for this Fed.I use myself the boomers in the classic 010 gauge,but I’m curious to try it.Expecially for the 012 one as’s interesting cause it’s a little more thin than the classic set.

    By the way,it’s all a matter of fingers at the end,and David is touched by grace when he plays!

    I’ll wait for that contest or an european release.

    Have a great week everyone,I will be away for work until sunday.have a great time!


  2. Hi Fed,

    thanks for letting us know the date. I hope that the stores will import them timely here in Germany…




    David proves to Guy that he can now play without looking at the book that has those little pictures with the dots on that show you where to put your fingers.

  4. Great news, and again two wonderful photos!

    While they should, I’m guessing Fender won’t be installing these on their David Gilmour Signature Guitar ? 🙂

    [Still waiting for the lowdown on the Strat. Hopfully we’ll have something soon. – Features Editor]

  5. Hello Fed!

    Very nice snapshot of David and Guy!

    2 days ago, Saturday, I got my blog prize. Thank you very much!

    Thank you for the information about the blu ray player. We will also upgrade our system to Full HD TV and we will consider this information.

    Our first blu ray DVD will be “Remember That Night” with Dolby True of course.

    Enjoy a beautiful week!

    With best wishes

    [The same to you, Ina. Thanks for letting us know that your prize reached you. – Features Editor]

  6. Caption:

    “Nothing beats the feel of a fresh set of Boomers!”

    Look forward to the competition FEd:-)

    Have a good week



    Recipe for ‘This Heaven’: A warm family, great music, Boomer Strings, a sustained C#, the smell of aged timber, with friends surrounding in an ancient barn…and a little terrier licking between your toes….

  8. Good info on the strings.

    I will be putting them on as soon as I can get my grubby little hands on them!

  9. Unlucky Liverpool!! Fed

    [Good game, wasn’t it? – Features Editor]

    Surely that should be Lucky Liverpool!

    I barely have fingers left to type but what a good advert for football (apart from Eboue who embarrases me with his antics, i apologise for him Liverpool fans)

  10. Only in the US? Is this just a limited run of strings, or will they be exported to other countries later? We need to know whether we have to order packs or boxes of them. 😉

    [That’s all I know for now, sorry. – Features Editor]

  11. Hi FEd,

    How was your weekend? I do hope it was pleasant.

    I love the photo! Very nice, indeed.

    I doubt if I will be getting any of the strings, seeing as I can barely strum 3 chords. Bending notes is not quite my forte’ if you know what I mean.

    Well, I’m off to my first day at work.

    Hope you have a great day.


  12. I’ll certainly try out a pack of these. I’m more eager to see the signature strat though! 😀

  13. Just wanted to let you know that I received the DVD. Thanks very much!

    It looks like I forgot to include my full name when I gave you my address (what a silly bunt I am). Full credit to Canada Post who let me have it after I showed them my driver’s licence. Good thing that I’m not imaginative enough to use a nom de plume.

    Liverpool’s fortunes seem inextricably linked to Gerrard – when he does well, they do well. I followed the game on the BBC website. He seemed in fine fettle yesterday. Beautiful goal.

    [Thanks for letting us know, Andrew. Glad you got it safely. – Features Editor]

  14. Apologies for an off topic comment:

    Apart from DG, Mark Knopfler is the most amazing Fender Strat players. However, sadly the two haven’t shared the stage together ever (except for a disjoint French and Saunders appearence). Any possibility of DG and Mark collaborating in future?

    And am wondering what David thinks of Mark’s playing style (basically, what one genius thinks of the other)?

    Dear editor: some input regarding above would be highly appreciated. 😉


    [Sorry, Ray. The day I start successfully reading minds is the day I start touring the world with a deck of cards, a crystal ball and some lackey to count the money. All I can say is that such a collaboration, as wonderful as it may be, isn’t being arranged right now. – Features Editor]

  15. [We’ll have a contest for you to win some just as soon as we get a few packs to give away.]

    Great news for all the guitarists here !


  16. CAPTION:

    “Ladies and gentlemen, of behalf of David this is called until we sleep”

    Guy takes charge as our hero takes his song title too literally…..

    Rgds Geoff Duffy ( Dublin )

  17. [David proves to Guy that he can now play without looking at the book that has those little pictures with the dots on that show you where to put your fingers.]

    The good old trial of Ralph McTell. LOL Nate.

    Rgds Geoff Duffy ( Dublin )

  18. CAPTION:

    Our heroes are really riding the gravy train as they agree to be the new Bisto kids.

    Rgds Geoff Duffy ( Dublin )

  19. Hello everybody,

    great news about the strings,everything’s going alright.I hope that I will be able to use them on the David black strat in a year…but I have to deserve it.

    Did you enjoy your weekend with some relaxation?

    My prize has arrived today,great way to start a week,thank you very much one fifteen and David.Thank you Fed.


    [You’re most welcome, Piero. – Features Editor]

  20. These strings will change the amount of tension on a trem as they’re not the standard gauge!

    May need to look into this!

    Great game it was, Fed.

  21. Fed…

    Sorry to pile on an additional question but will we find out what DG uses on his Telecaster? I’m assuming they are Boomers but just wondering what gauge they are… did I ever mention I have a Tele?… 🙂

    Caption Competition…

    David loved his footspa so much he had Pete Cornish integrate it into his pedal array…

    [Sorry, that was one for Phil Taylor’s Q&A. – Features Editor]

  22. I think Mary Wells said it best…

    “Nothing you can say,
    Can take me away,
    From my Guy.

    Nothing you could do,
    ’cause I’m stuck like glue,
    To my Guy.

    I’m sticking to my Guy,
    Like a stamp to a letter,
    Like birds of a feather,
    We, stick together,
    I can tell you from the start,
    I can’t be torn apart from my Guy…”

  23. Hi FEd

    GHS strings must be special because if they can survive David bending them, they can probably survive anything! I think the signature strings are headed for the top of the “strings charts,” especially with guitarists who have watched the many closeups of the master’s hands at work on RTN.

    My RTN moment of the day: Arnold Layne is a song reborn. The two performances on RTN show what a concise and powerful gem this catchy relic is. Just can’t get it out of my head. I think if either of the RTN performances of the song is released as a single, it would make major waves.

    Talking about Sunday’s game, exciting and a decent result – but the Reds look unconvincing as Prem title challengers. I hope I’m wrong.

    [I think you’re right. They’ve now missed two very good chances to beat both Arsenal and Chelsea, not to mention dropped points to teams they really ought to be able to beat with ease. If you listen very carefully, you might be able to hear the sound of my heart breaking. – Features Editor]

  24. Thanks for the news.

    I use Boomer 10s as well so I am curious as to the feel of the sig set. To me the lighter .12 on the B should lend itself to some nifty bending. Can’t wait!

  25. I can’t wait to put them on all my guitars.

    Hey, what ever happened to the Q/A with Phil Taylor?

    [It’s still coming, fear not. As we mentioned recently, Phil’s book has been delayed and, therefore, so has his website (the only place to get a copy of his book). As soon as things are back on track, we’ll have Phil’s answers to your questions. – Features Editor]

  26. Only in the US? But I’m sure that there are UK shops taking orders for them…

  27. Caption-

    David drifts off to sleep after another of Guy’s legendary stories!

    Sorry Guy!

  28. Caption:

    Mmmmm, yessss! Fender even duplicated the smell of my Black Strat.

    Aha, the secret to why the DG strat was delayed – guitar fragrence modelling is still in its infancy.

  29. The news about the strings is good news. I’ve been wanting a set of these for a while but always thought i would have to make my own with different packs and whatnot… now i don’t have to. that’s wonderful to hear.

  30. The packaging for these strings looks great! It`s just a real shame they will only be avaliable in the U.S. I just hope Jonathan is right and U.K dealers will take orders for them!

  31. [One for the guitarists out there, today]

    Hmmpff…I just KNEW those piano lessons were a waste of time!

  32. Hi FEd.

    Very nice new picture from the Barn!! How many Jams did they play?

    I´m sure that a lot of fans will agree with me when i say – i would love to watch more then 5 minutes of the Island Jam 2007!! But of course i´m glad to get a glimpse of it at all!!


    [We can only guess, Werner. – Features Editor]

  33. Hey Fed

    I just wanted to let you know my AMAZING prize came this morning.

    Thank you so much,I can get it mounted now along with dvd and tickets.

    Thank you once again and see you in chat tomorrow

    Take care Fed


    [You’re more than welcome, Melanie. Glad to hear that you like it so much. – Features Editor]

  34. Great set of Boomers, congratulations!

    This set of GHS strings wasn’t available (in one package) until now! Heavy gauge to bend, but great sustain. Can’t wait to experience them on the DG strat :-))


  35. Dear fed

    I would like to thank you for what you are doing toward David Gilmour’s fans.

    I have seen no other subscription-free artist’s site with so many give aways.


    [Thank you very much. (This is the way it should be, don’t you think?) – Features Editor]

  36. Hi, Fed

    Hope you had a good weekend. Great game, wasn’t it? (Arsenal supporter here 🙂 )

    This is way off topic, but here’s an interesting read about Mr. Gilmour’s flying skills…..

    Cool guy…..

  37. To Ray Ozzy:

    I’m a big fan of Mark Knopfler’s as well (though in my eyes/ears he still takes a backseat to the untouchable Mr. Gilmour).

    David HAS actually mentioned Mark a few times over the years. In fact, one of the very first interviews I ever read with David came from the January 1985 issue of Guitar for the Practicing Musician: “Mark Knopfler has a lovely, refreshing guitar style. He brought back something that seemed to have gone astray in guitar playing”.

    In that same article, David also voiced his fondness for my #2 player, the incomparable Jeff Beck: “I’m an enormous fan of Jeff Beck because he is not afraid to screw up. People who are tend to get boring.”

  38. It looks as though i may be able to get a VHS of David at Hammersmith in 1985 after all. During my search i came across this via google, its from this very blog in july last year after someone had asked if The Hammersmith show was on DVD and been told that it hadn’t:

    [Well,if that is the case,FEd,David should be notified that his VHS show has been transcribed to DVD and is being sold on both Ebay and and who knows where else.]

    [Yes, we all know about that. – Features Editor]

    There are clearly a lot of people who want an official DVD release so why isn’t it released? It would beat the bootleggers wouldn’t it, and satisfy lots of peoples wants.

    I’m thinking of starting a petition to send to EMI or someone but i’m not sure where to start it (the governments website has a place for starting petitions but i don’t think they’d be interested in it).

    Has anyone got any ideas where to start it, and who to send it to?

    [Isn’t that a bit like holding someone to ransom? “If you don’t release this, the bootleggers will…” And where do you draw the line? Gdansk? Venice? Vienne? The Wall concerts, perhaps? A DVD from each show that’s ever been recorded, no matter how bad the quality, in a very expensive box set? The point is, David is interested in what he’s doing now, not what he did in 1985. All the petitions in the world won’t change that, so nobody need throw such ideas around here, as they will be thrown straight back at you with a look of disdain. By the way, if it isn’t blindingly apparent from the above exchange, recording an old VHS to DVD and flogging it online makes it an illegal copy. If it’s not an official release, I’m not going to recommend that you waste your money on it. – Features Editor]

  39. [There are clearly a lot of people who want an official DVD release so why isn’t it released? It would beat the bootleggers wouldn’t it, and satisfy lots of peoples wants. – Thomas Robinson]

    Help! the second movie by The Beatles surely falls into this description no?

    Its been out of print for ages and it was just re-released this year. There are reasons, Tom and when the time is right for the person who created it to release it then and only then will the world see it.

  40. Sorry i didn’t mean it like that. I’ve read on EMIs own website in the past that they aren’t going to release a Delicate Sound of Thunder because they think that PULSE is enough for Pink Floyd fans. I also didn’t mean for it to sound like i was telling David to release them. And i certainly don’t agree with the bootleggers and i have no intention of buying bootlegged stuff (which is why i have spent a lot of time trying to track down an old VHS official release like i managed to with DSOT).

    I was perhaps a little hot-headed and foolish with what i had and i apologise if i offended anyone and i realise i probably was mistaken in saying what i did. It’s just i don’t understand why EMI are releasing a new Pink Floyd boxset that costs £145 and has no new versions or edits of any of the albums but have no interest in releasing DVDs of other concerts (even if they are just basic copies of the original release.) It is EMI that i don’t understand not David.

    I once again apologise and hope i have not offended anyone.


    [It’s a fair point. For what it’s worth, I don’t know why EMI are releasing yet another anniversary box set, but it seems to be the thing to do these days. I can’t see any reason other than making (more) money out of Pink Floyd, which I tire of as much as the next person (although, of course, nobody has to buy one if they think it’s a rip-off). However, at least it’s an official release. You can argue all you like – elsewhere, please – about the differences between profiting from illegal copying and, what some might consider, legalised robbery… But I probably shouldn’t. – Features Editor]

  41. I can’t wait for the strings. The local shop I go to import GHS, and we are on good terms, so I must get him to order a few for me.

    I must say that after reading how everyone got their prize, I’m starting to worry. I hate to imagine that the backstage pass is in some post office workers grubby hands, and not in mine. Hopefully it will show up sometime soon.

  42. I cant believe its only in the US, sh*te!!

    I use the boomers too though, great strings.

  43. Clearly this image is going to be the new advert for PG Tips.


    As Polly brews another pot of PG Tips, David closes his eyes and takes in the aroma. Mmmmmmmmmmm…..



  44. Dear Fed, I’m happy to tell you my prize is here!

    It’s a great thing,especially now…I’ve just returned to my home to pack my stuff and get ready to leave tomorrow,and go to play in a place that is 1500 km away,and it’s our first experience in the north Italy…this litho is something more than a prize for me.It’s a good wish.

    Thanks from heart to David,to One Fifteen and to you dear Fed for this.

    Once again,David,you moved me.

    Now,tell me I’m stupid!

    See you soon

    [Glad you like it, Emilio. – Features Editor]

  45. Fed… good to know we’ll get a nice set of GHS strings… however; though it may sound REALLY creepy… no one can send David’s fingers… nor his soul… and that’s what should be taken into account by most guitarists… a strings set won’t make you play like David… and it may even be a greater mistake to try to play just like David… each and every person should try to achieve the most out of your own musical experience and knowledge… at least that’s what I think…

    Just stopping by to say hi and see how everyone’s doing! BTW… if anyone wanted to know… I play 11’s they just sound crunchy and tasty on my Les Paul :o)!

    Shine on we crazy guitarits… 😛

  46. well, well…..(I’ve missed a few months of you folks)

    On the strings, I’m so glad about this. Years ago I bitched out one of the VP’s at GHS because you couldn’t get the set DG was using. In fact, some were not even the boomers according to him. So I had to mix and match as close as I could. At the time I was buying strings by the case…especially Estrings.

    Anyhow, I’m glad to see these sets coming out soon.

  47. Fed

    Over the weekend I was able to spend a bit more time watching RTN and looking through the extra stuff when I saw something extra special, and hey I’m aaaaaabsolutely sure David was referring to me.

    In the booklet on the 3rd page there is a photo with ‘thanks Charles David’ written on it. I know it sounds stupid, but it really did give me a smile. Thanks David.

    I’ve got a 13yo son who’s learning to play guitar and over the weekend he’s been trying to find the music to ‘Wish You Were Here’ so he can learn the song. I found this amazing as Dad’s music has always been called old fart’s music and of no interest to any of them. Now he has discovered differently.

    If he keeps this up I’ll have to buy him a DG Strat for Christmas Fed.


  48. FEd

    After reading Cumfortably Dumb’s link it got me thinking about the jet that landed in Gdansk (I think?). It’s identification number was D-COOL. Is it one of David’s own planes? I know he had an aviation company at one time but maybe he kept this one?

    Just an observation!


    [It’s more than that, Paul; it’s our best question yet. (Can’t answer it, though.) – Features Editor]

  49. Thank you so much for the info on the Blu-ray relase Fed. As always this site has proven to be utopia of much needed information.

    I’ve booked the week of the release off as Neil Young is in town playing Massey Hall here in Toronto. So its:

    Neil Monday
    Neil Tuesday
    David Wedneday in brilliant 1080p with True HD audio!
    Neil Thursday
    and what the heck David reprise Friday.

    This heaven…

    Robert from Toronto.

    [Sounds like a wonderful week, Robert. Enjoy it. – Features Editor]



  51. After looking at the above photo I couldn’t help, but think of the following caption, especially when Guy has such a grin on his face as well.

    ‘Ah, that felt good’


  52. I just got a little angry with Features Editor’s answer to Thomas Robinson.

    I dont like your negative tone mr: Features Editor. The reason for you being here and pink floyd,and David Gilmour,is because we,the fans make it possible,so please have a more nicer tone.

    Features Editor says:David is interested in what he’s doing now, not what he did in 1985.

    Thats okay but there are millions of fans that are interested in what he was doing in 1985,and remember the reason for david to be so popular is we,the fans,it is we that by his products,cds,dvds.

    David does not have to give us anything,but we wish that he did. We are also intrested in new stuff of course.

    Sometimes it sounds like DG is doing all by him self,does he not have a lot of people that can help him to decisions? give out stuff,cds,dvds for him? emi,sony?

    You can not blame people for wanting more,all that we can get with David Gilmour and pink floyd. Music for a lot of people is like drugs,we just want more and more,and if i may ask why is it or should it be so difficult to get all on dvd? We have the technology, its very easy,and it costs very little to get it on dvds. DG,Pink floyd,Emi,Sony have probably tons of stuff,recordings.

    Its okay for all you fans that live down in europe,you get to see David gilmour all the time,for us in North, the only way to see DG is on dvds and films,if you are not a millionaire.

    My idea,David Gilmour can digitalise his videos,recordings,and put it on a jukebox on his web site.

    [With the greatest respect, I’m interested in what Kenny Dalglish was doing in 1986, what Porsche were doing in 1963 and what Matthew Hopkins was doing in 1645, but who the hell am I to tell them that they should give it to me now? Wish, by all means, but don’t talk about petitions. If we were talking about your life’s work, would you tell your record company to just give it all away? Likewise, would you offer material that doesn’t excite, or interest, you anymore? If David did just that, I’m sure you’d have plenty to say about it. – Features Editor]

  53. Thanks for the find Buffalo Phil, I too am a big fan of both Mr. Beck and Mr. Knopfler. In fact I’ve seen Mr. Beck from the front row twice and I saw Mr. Knopfler when he toured with Mr. Clapton. I’ll have to find that interview.

    Now what do you think a show with these three guitar greats would be like. I know it will never happen but one can dream can’t one?

  54. I just finished burying my best buddy, my little dog Ely.

    He was killed tonight, and I’m gonna miss him for a real long time. He was a good little friend to me and sometimes I think he was the only one that understood me.


    [I’m so sorry to hear that, Melissa. – Features Editor]

  55. Interesting set up of the string gauges, light to very fat at the end. I’ll try them next to see how they feel.

    Caption: David says “Uumm, coffee.”

  56. Fed,

    The programme arrived today and is in great shape. Thank you so much, it’s very nice! I’ll have it framed and will display it prominently on the wall.

    Thank you for giving us the opportunity to win such nice prizes.


    [You’re very welcome, Wade. – Features Editor]

  57. Re message from Thomas Robinson at October 29, 2007 05:44 PM – VHS of David at Hammersmith in 1985

    [I’m thinking of starting a petition – Has anyone got any ideas where to start it]

    Please dont do this. Just be content with what we have.

    Why does anyone want to own everything? You might as well photocopy all the great paintings in the World and tape them to your “love-me” walls!

    Ian Pearson

  58. Another nice image captured at the perfect moment by Polly. Thank you.

    Coincidentally, it was just over the weekend my husband was mentioning about how he wished David Gilmour will put out his “guitar strings” in the market. The update on David Gilmour’s signature strings is sure a pleasant surprise. My husband has long been inspired by David Gilmour and has finally decided to learn to play guitar on his own recently – late is better than never, I supposed.

    Hope I can make the chat today.

    Good day all!

    p.s. I thoroughly enjoy reading all these captions, they are fun and very creative as usual.

  59. Bootlegs….an interesting issue.

    I agree with Fed. It would be cheap for publishing companies to make official releases of old stuff. And they probably would in the future as the “Pink Floyd” name and everything related is a cash-cow.

    But artists who want to save a bit of dignity don’t allow so many explicitly commercial products (if they can stop them, which is not always possible).

    Anyway I wanted to say something else. Once the law (at least in italy now I do not know if it is international) said that was illegal to get a PROFIT from these illegal copies (bootlegs or copies of DVDs etc.). Now the big companies succeded to make the word PROFIT change into ADVANTAGE. It is a subtle but clear difference. If I take an illegal copy of a dvd and I watch it I am having an advantage (not a profit). And copyrights for music are now 70 years (ABSURD if you think that art is for everybody).

    This copyright time should be linked to the time needed to produce and to recover costs. But Cd’s have a longer copyright than medicines. This clearly doesn’t make sense. As medicine’s are for everybody the same is for art. 70 years of revenues for a CD?!?!

    And I have people here who want official releases? So the companies make even more money without adding value?

    My point is: bootlegging is good as long as you don’t make people pay for that. People can share and have to share everything…..

  60. OFF TOPIC:

    I was driving home with my daughter along a country lane not far from where i live when a road i was turning into was blocked by a car, one of the occupants waved me down. I was in two minds if i should stop, but it could be an emergency so i drove a few yards further along the road.I unwound the passenger window a few inches so that one of the men from the “broken down” car could talk to me.

    He mumbled something but i could not understand him, so i got out but locked my daughter in the car. He went on to say that they had run out of petrol & where was the nearest garage. I told him where it was but was starting to feel uneasy about the whole situation now, he then went on to say that he had no money but would i accept some of his jewellery in exchange for money. I told him firmly no but he started taking rings off saying they were gold & i had to firmly say i had no money. My voice was raised & i saw the car that had supposedly run out of petrol drive away & the other man ran off after the car.

    Aparrently this is a common scam.I was not hurt, nothing happened to me but i cant help thinking if i was an older person, vulnerable, these people may not have taken no for an answer.

    I have contacted local police who were very interested & told me i had done the correct thing.

    However, from now on i will no longer stop for any vehicles even if its an old lady, pregnant woman, or old man needing help.

    What a sad state.

    [Very sad, Graham. Glad that you and your daughter are OK. – Features Editor]

  61. very nice to see the string news… made my day. gotta have the strings for the guitar right?

    are we allowed to comment on “oh by the way” here? if so, will any info be given out about it here? i have seen no mention of it on the official Floyd site…

    and now the big one… (sorry but its kinda long, but VERY MUCH WORTH READING!!) my idea on how you could make a huge difference to A LOT of people in need right now…

    Would you (David, or should i say Mr. Gilmour?) ever consider offering old/new demos and or outtakes here? He could offer a few as downloads (256k MP3 would be fine and also conserve your bandwidth) for a small fee to go to help out the victims of the California fires.

    i know im asking a lot, but i think it would be a great way to make some of us fans happy and raise money for a very worthy cause, while not causing him any real time away from the family.

    Im sure they would bring in a lot of money and make a lot of your fans day at the same time…
    we are not worried if it sounds perfect, in fact its the stuff that isnt just quite right that we enjoy the most.

    maybe you would consider offering a poll or something to see for yourself just how much interest this would get, you might just be suprised… we love your music and cant seem to get enough and right now there is a worthy cause that could really benifit from it.

    They say that there is over a Billion dollars in damage, and while my idea would not solve this, it would help out quite a lot.

    [Very good, Greg. Nice try. Updates on Pink Floyd will be at the two official Pink Floyd sites, not here. And I really don’t think it’s David’s place to re-build California. – Features Editor]

  62. [The Wall concerts, perhaps? A DVD from each show that’s ever been recorded, no matter how bad the quality, in a very expensive box set? – Features Editor]

    sorry, but that made me drool all over my keyboard. now its a mess… thanks a lot.

    [Then we’re equal, seeing as your last post made me throw up over mine. – Features Editor]

  63. [It’s just I don’t understand why EMI are releasing a new Pink Floyd box set that costs £145 and has no new versions or edits of any of the albums but have no interest in releasing DVDs of other concerts]

    EMI are getting their arses kicked in the overall CD sales spectrum. They have lost a lot of sales to legal downloading of music. I figure this is part of a desperation move by them to get what they see in their eyes as ‘sure sales’. The only people these days that are still buying CD’s in any quantity are old farts like me and discerning younger folks who like the quality of CD’s over downloads (not getting into the vinyl vs. CD debate). And old farts like the old bands like PF. And generally, we have the cash to buy the fancy box sets like this one.

    So IMHO, that is why we are seeing this particular set for sale. I will be passing on this one myself.

    Cheers, Howard

  64. RE: GHS strings only in the USA


    It should be easy to order these online from most parts of the world unless they are specifically restricted to export..which I can’t see

    Cheers, Howard

  65. Fed,

    I am a big fan of the Rave channel here in the states, and they are already showing little teaser ads with images of the wall and playing David’s music. The ad flashes November 22 but no other explaination. A really cool ad that I think will generate a lot of excitement.

    The best to all.

    [Thanks for letting us know, Fred. – Features Editor]

  66. [It’s a fair point. For what it’s worth, I don’t know why EMI are releasing yet another anniversary box set, but it seems to be the thing to do these days.]

    I remember hearing an interview a few years ago with Gene Simmons from KISS and he was asked why they were releasing another greatest hits collection from the band. Although he is one of the masters of self-marketing, he actually had an answer that made some sense.

    He said that he realizes that some of their fans will go out and buy every single item that comes out just because it is another item from them but the reason they actually released another one because they realize there are new fans out there too. So instead of having them try to find a collection from several years ago, they have a new collection readily available to them.

    Personally I believe the first statement more but it was an interesting attempt to explain the logic.



  67. Great news about the strings. I use GHS Boomers anyway, but to be able to use the exact gauges as the man himself will be awesome!

  68. [Then we’re equal, seeing as your last post made me throw up over mine. – Features Editor]

    Who is keeping track of all these wonderfully witty comments? We need to add this one to the catalog. Someday it will be released as a book called FEd’s Comebacks. Certainly destined to be a best seller.



    [I can see it now: 99p, in supermarket bargain bins everywhere. – Features Editor]

  69. [EMI are getting their arses kicked in the overall CD sales spectrum.]

    Probably, but who says that in their history they didn’t make outrageous profits from records? They were used to an easy world where a cheap product (most of the time with crap music) was raising money. Now they try to stretch the law, they claim legality to stop the world from changing and saying that a piece of plastic of the value of 10 cents is worth 20 Euros.

  70. [I found this amazing as Dad’s music has always been called old fart’s music and of no interest to any of them. Now he has discovered differently.]

    I’m only 16 but i like nearly every CD and LP my Dad has, thats how i got into Pink Floyd in the first place. Most kids though won’t even give most bands a chance simply because they are old – which seems really stupid to me, they’re missing out on a lot of great stuff.

    I’ve never used itunes or any other downloading site, i prefer vinyl to CDs and the only CDs of ‘modern bands’ that i have are the Gorillaz, other than that it’s all “old” stuff – i guess i don’t really fit into my generation that well.

  71. [I can see it now: 99p, in supermarket bargain bins everywhere. – Features Editor]

    But selling on ebay for up to 50 pounds each. O, and signed one for twice that amount.

    Hope you’re having a good day there FEd.



    [The same to you, mate. – Features Editor]

  72. [Someday it will be released as a book called FEd’s Comebacks. Certainly destined to be a best seller. – Andrew]

    And if I copy and paste them from the blog, that will make me look like a bootlegger ? Ohhhhhh !!! Noooooo !!!


    [You little roublarde, you… – Features Editor]

  73. [Then we’re equal, seeing as your last post made me throw up over mine. – Features Editor]

    not sure how to take that… but hey, at least you took the time to comment… LOL.

    oh well.

    do you ever get a headache from viewing the screen and reading all the posts?

    [Often. – Features Editor]

  74. Melissa – Very sorry to hear of your loss. I hope you can find some comfort in the following…

    The Rainbow Bridge

    Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

    When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.

    There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

    All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.

    The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

    They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

    You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

    Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together…

  75. since you seem talkative today, mind an interview?

    1. Since you seem willing to field a few box set questions, how much (if any) input did David have with the new set? Is it something that EMI just does and says “hey were doing this”. Who named the box set, the band or EMI?

    2. What is the most tiresome thing you have to deal with while working the blog?

    3. I have read Paul McCartney bought the rights to “Happy Birthday”. I have seen alot of pictures of David and Paul together and know they have done work together in the past. Was it a suprise that he blocked the usage of the song for the DVD and is this something that was kind of expected? how much did he want for use of the song?

    4. Does David still own a copy of Jokers Wild?

    ok so they are kinda random questions, i hope that you will be able to take the time to answer them, or a couple anyway.


    [Sorry, but I’ll pass (even the temptation to answer your second one). – Features Editor]

  76. [Was it a suprise that he blocked the usage of the song for the DVD]

    Did I miss something? Did that actually happen?

    [No. – Features Editor]

  77. [since you seem talkative today, mind an interview?]

    Oh how i wish i had a thick skin!!

  78. Mellisa, very sorry to hear about Ely. That little bug will be sorely missed, I know.


  79. [Sorry, but I’ll pass (even the temptation to answer your second one). – Features Editor]

    O my. This has been one of the most entertaining blog strings in a long time. I don’t know who is in rarer form, FEd or the bloggers.

    Thank you for the entertainment.


  80. [Did I miss something? Did that actually happen?]

    [No. – Features Editor]

    Whew…had it happened, I would have found him totally a-Paul-ing…

  81. [Whew…had it happened, I would have found him totally a-Paul-ing – Me]

    And the irony of The Beatles, “Birthday” would have been the aural equivalent of the second shooter on the knoll…

  82. [Does David still own a copy of Jokers Wild?]

    Dont know if David does but I have a vinyl single by them.

    Pete – Coventry

  83. I just saw Crosby & Nash perform in Portsmouth, NH — a tremendous show — and at one point on stage they cheerfully recounted their performances with David for On An Island.

    They also said that David liked their drummer so much, he nabbed the guy for himself!

  84. So I presume no DG GHS Boomers planned for acoustic guitars at this stage. Guess we can’t have everything, although some would demand it.

    Am I stirring the pot here?



  85. Hey Chris,

    Ah you DO have great musical taste! I’ve managed about 10 shows (I think) with Beck so far…a couple from the first row as well. Amazing! Knopfler only once, though I’ll hopefully be able to rectify that soon as I hear he’ll be touring next year behind his new album. That’ll be great!

    David collaborating with either one of those guys would be incredible. All three share a lot of tremendous qualities in their playing (moody, melodic, and incredibly soulful) while still retaining very uniquely individual styles/sounds. The results would be spell binding to say the very least!

  86. Now about those strings…

    Firstly, I have to agree with Emilio. Putting a monkey behind the wheel of a Ferrari does not make him a champion driver! It all comes down to the fingers.

    I used GHS Boomers for many many years. They always resisted breakage for me compared to other brands I had used. Based on that, I would recommend them.

    String gauges should really be about personal taste and preference. To that end, one can’t expect to get the results of any artists name applied to it. But, it’s all about trial and error! So try one on for size, but don’t let it dictate what is good for the individual.

    My main guitar is one I built myself. I set it up with heavier strings in mind. The gauges I use on that axe are 11, 14, 18, 28, 38, 50. If I were to throw the DG strings on it would put my tremelo block out of whack. Can’t have that!

    What I like about that set up is there is more tension for me to wrestle with as I have a tendency to overshoot my bends (although I may be daft, I apparently am not as deft as David!). The point is, it’s a personal thing based on every musicians hands. For string benders it’s sinew and bone versus steel. Every person’s a bit different.

    I will probably try a set on my old ’75 Strat, as I tend to prefer a lighter set up for change of pace. The DG set still has a big bottom end for stomping yer guts out on something like “Sorrow”!

    While I’m blathering on about strings, I will say I’ve recently switched to DR Tite-Fits on a recommendation. These babies significantly outlast any GHS Boomers I’ve used. No breakage and it puts up with my rather acidic sweat!

    Happy plunking!

  87. Melissa,

    I’m EXTREMELY sorry to hear about the loss of your little guy, Ely. I lost my close buddy earlier this year so I know how you feel.

    Just keep focusing on the happy life you gave him, Melissa. How would his life have been if he didn’t have you?

  88. [Well, FEd, Dalglish was almost surely putting one in the net somewhere in 1986!]

    Oh Yes!! and it was for the shirt, unlike the money grabbers of today!

  89. i know that it’s not related to this article…i’m one of the fans of David in Iran. i just wanna say that i’d watched the “remember that night”.

    it’s awesome…it took me high to the sky…very very good. everything was great… i really want it and i’ll wait till my uncle send it for me!:)

    just wanna thank u guys for making something really nice like this hope u keep on and never feel tired.

    [We’re very glad that you like it, Soheil. Thank you for your post. – Features Editor]

  90. Melissa, sorry to hear about you little mate, Ely. . . It’s been a bad year for many of us where dogs are concerned. . . Chin up!!!

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