GHS lottery

August 11 &12, 2006: Venice, Italy. Photo: Polly Samson.As you may know, GHS are putting out some David Gilmour signature strings – Boomers – for the Fender Stratocaster and Gibson Les Paul.

For the very first time, the following string gauges will be available 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).

They’ll be available in all good shops, starting in the States, but eventually worldwide, within the next week or two.

To win a set, just choose any one string gauge.

If you’d like a set of strings for a Strat, choose one from either: 10, 12, 16, 28, 38 or 48.

If you’d like a set of strings for a Les Paul, choose one from either: 10.5, 13, 17, 30, 40 or 50.

Simply match one of the two numbers selected by me, Lotto-style. Everybody with that number will then be entered into one of two prize draws, from which winners will be chosen purely at random.

Please get your number in by 1PM (UK) Thursday (that’s this Thursday, 29 November). Winners will be announced on Friday.

As usual, it’s strictly one entry per person only – no excuses, no entering on behalf of parents, siblings, friends or pets. And, if you’ve got a Strat and a Les Paul, I don’t care. Just toss a coin and choose one or the other, please.

The best of luck to all.

Here’s the latest instalment from Phil Taylor’s Q&A.

What gauge does David use on his electric guitars? (Frank Par)

Different strings on different electrics. GHS Boomers for Strats/Teles/Gretsches, 10, 12, 16, 28, 38, 48; and for Les Pauls, 10.5, 13, 17, 30, 40, 50. GHS are soon to release these two sets of “David Gilmour” strings.

Which strings do you use on lap steel guitars? (Emilio)

David currently uses D’Addario EHR360 half rounds on his electric lap steels.

Are the lap steel guitars tuned differently to normal EADGBE, or does David prefer to keep everything the same? (Emma)

They are different. His favourites are EBGEBE or EBG*EBE or EBGDBG.

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’.

177 thoughts on “GHS lottery”

  1. caption:

    “Dave soon realised that the audience wouldn’t buy his excuse of giving his last set of strings away!”


    er but if I don’t have a guitar is there one thrown in with the strings?

    just checking FE’d just checking 🙂

  2. The number I choose is 13.

    Since I don’t play guitar, the strings would be totally lost on me. They would become a gift to my brother who plays a Les Paul (among other instruments).

  3. Hi Fed,

    although the right answer should be 42, my number of choice is 48.

    Best regards,


  4. I don’t have an electric guitar so I won’t enter this competition but if you don’t want the packet that they come in, I’ll have that cos there’s a gorgeous pic of DARLING DAVID on the cover.

    Sad I missed chat today but hope everyone had a good time.

    I’ve been sorting out the money men and business plan with dad. We think we have some pretty hot intervestors. zippee kai aye!

    Good luck to everyone who enters competition. XXXXXX

    Love LYN

  5. In the immortal words of Ringo Starr…

    “You’re 16, you’re beautiful, and you’re mine”

    ( High Hopes )

    Thanks F*Ed.

  6. 16 is a nice round number.

    £4,000+, brilliant. The power of the pen.

    For those who were able to buy one of the signed proofs, well done and cherish it.

  7. My number is: 38

    Being a “Stratophistic & Gilmouristic” person, I must say: thanks Phil for writing and publishing the book “The Black Strat”!. This strat is a real “human” guitar, with a lot of charisma and character. Great to see and hear David on stage playing this axe!


  8. Hey Fed,hope you’re well?

    I’d like to pick number 16 please.

    Sorry I missed the chat today,I’m in the middle of helping my mum get her new house ready for xmas.

    I know this no excuse but what can I do,she has a chain around my leg,lol.

    Take care Fed,speak soon


    p.s- Congratulations on the excellent result from the auction,Mr Gilmour must be really pleased!

  9. 38

    that’s my age, so I guess it can finally bring me luck 😉

    cheers, fed, how are you?

    [Fine, thanks. You? – Features Editor]

  10. I am totally ignorant about guitars, guitar vocabulary, above all in English, so, I didn’t understand anything in most of the Phil’s Q&A, but I was curious enough to try to understand ‘EADGBE’ and that is what I found online :

    EADGBE Eat All Day Get Big Easy
    EADGBE Eat All Dead Gophers Before Easter
    EADGBE Eddie Ate Dynamite Good Bye Eddie
    EADGBE Elephants And Donkeys Grow Big Ears
    EADGBE Even Average Dogs Get Bones Eventually
    EADGBE Every Acid Dealer Gets Busted Eventually
    EADGBE Every Adult Dog Growls Barks Eats
    EADGBE Every Apple Does Go Bad Eventually

    LOL ! I still can’t decide which one is my favourite ! maybe the third one !


    [That reminds me of music lessons at school. All I remember is that ‘All Cows Eat Grass’, ‘Every Good Boy Deserves Football’, and that singing really badly in auditions means that you don’t get offered a place in the choir and, therefore, don’t have stay behind for an hour after school on Tuesdays. Who said that those lessons were a waste of time, time which would have been better spent on what are now known as the three ‘core’ subjects of English, Maths and Science? – Features Editor]

  11. Hi FEd,

    Haven’t had much time to write or join the chat room lately. I’ve been working long hours. I hope you’ll continue to send me invites to the lock-ins. I enjoy them a great deal. I’ll have to check your web schedule because I’m off Thursday 11/29.

    I’m sure we’re all aware of just how commercialized Christmas has become, and being in retail management I see it first-hand every day.

    Playing guitar and enjoying music is what keeps me grounded. Especially David’s music.

    There have been many great bands and artists to come out of his generation, but few if any in my opinion, are able to excite as well as touch an audience’s soul in David’s special way.

    Music is the one language we can all understand. It brings us together and exposes our true humnanity.

    Thanks to David and all of you at One Fifteen for providing us with this wonderful forum and for all the opportunities it offers us to share our thoughts and feelings with people from around the world.

    Happy Holidays to All,

    [Bless you for that. – Features Editor]

  12. FEd,

    Can I pass on my sincere, best wishes to Susan for her forthcoming operation this coming Thursday.

    I trust she will make a swift and full recovery, via the love and respect generated via the Irregulars community here at

    Love and peace, Susan.

  13. *Caption*

    You put your right foot in. You put your right foot out. You put your right foot in, and you shake it all about. You do the hokey pokey and you turn yourself around…that’s what it’s all about. Yee Haw. Now everybody…..

  14. I’ll go with…(drum roll please)


    Whew…that was a tough decision.

    Good luck to everyone!

  15. 10.5

    it’s a decimal # so you know, just makes sense.

    Can’t wait for it in super cold canada (Calgary Alberta if you need to know exactly were)

    Hi Fed

    [Hello. – Features Editor]

  16. That is one of my favorite pictures. Thanks Polly for all your hard work. You take such good pictures.

    That is awesome about the live cd, cant wait for that!!

    Hope everything is going good with you fed, getting that christmas shopping out of the way?

    My number is 48.

    [I most certainly have been getting it out of the way, Tracy. I’ve done brilliantly this year, if I may say so; I’m more or less done, apart from the wrapping of presents and the writing of cards. Next week: wrestling with the tree and getting tangled up in lights. Can’t wait. – Features Editor]

  17. Hello FED, Happy Wednesday!

    And the number I’m picking is 16. The G string rings a bell for some unknown reason.

  18. It was great news for me when you announced the GHS strings will be released…

    My number is 12… because I love the sound of THAT string 😛

  19. 48

    I definitely could use some new strings for my Strat. It’s due to have its strings changed, and what better to put on to it than the signature David Gilmour boomers!!!

  20. I’ll take Sweet 16.


    While playing, David turns around and says “They’re giving away free GHS Strings? 16, 16, 16!”

  21. Good morning!

    A string-lottery? Good idea!


    Maybe there’s a bigger chance to win a set of strings than to get Germany’s lotto-jackpot of €30 million tonight


  22. Hi,

    String Guage- 16.

    Nothing like a good “g” string bend on a Strat!

    Best regards.


  23. Honored to post on Mr. Gilmour’s site.


    (David, your 4/20/06 show in LA changed my life…thank you)

  24. That’s a ’17’ for me!

    However, a workshop “How to set-up your guitar with DG-strings” by Phil Taylor would be useful, haha.

    Fed, any bets for tonight’s game? Another 8-0 would do, I guess?


    [Not being greedy, I’d gladly settle for a 7-0 win. – Features Editor]

  25. Bit of a guitarist question here, what would be the best gauge to go for (string-wise), for a Les Paul?

    A kind of in-between?

    – James.

  26. G’day Fed and Blog people!

    Please help!

    My father thinks David is playing Comfortably Numb in the pic above. I think it’s Take A Breath. Please tell me I’m right otherwise I lose a tenner.


    [Beats me, but I’ll say it’s ‘Take A Breath’ if you give me a fiver… – Features Editor]

  27. Caption:-

    Guy laughs when David said, “I hope the rain doesn’t get into my Big Muff!”

    Paul 🙂

  28. I like the 10.5 number for my LP.

    Thanks for this great lottery!

    Manuel (Samadhi)

  29. Slightly Useful Information…

    When you put these Boomers on a guitar it is worth remembering that unless you are replacing a set exactly the same guage you’ll need to go through a set up routine.

    Check your intonation and action because of the two different guage sizes involved…

  30. Oh yeah, today’s photo (very cool) reminded me of something off topic: Do you know if Polly has ever considered putting together a DG photo book for publication?

    Ever since I was a wee Floyd fan, I’ve been continually frustrated over the lack of pictures available showing David actually playing. Regardless if it were Magazine articles, posters, or whatever, most photographers always seemed more intent on capturing the spectacle of Floyd (ie; distant stage shots) rather then the musicians themselves.

    This massive portfolio Polly’s created, showing David “up close and personal”, would be nice to share outside this wonderful site. Just a thought…

    (By the way, I absolutely LOVED the design inside the DVD booklet. The collection of photos/guitars/picks/etc is a spectacular sight)

  31. 16

    Woot, another competition. Looks like David will have to go on tour again to keep us in prizes.

  32. 10


    Anthony in UK

  33. Numero 13 like the back of my son’s Soccer Jersey…

    By the way both my kids soccer teams made it to first time coaching in playoffs..wish me luck.

    Renee B.

    [Good luck. – Features Editor]

  34. Guess I’ll run with 38

    Looking forward to these hitting the stores! Much easier than buying 3 sets of strings to make up a set. Way to go!


  35. 38

    Anything of David Gilmour is a treasure to us.

    Love to join the excitement or perhaps I might be lucky and may win myself a set. You never know…

    Good luck everyone!

  36. Hope you’re ok Fed!

    This is the time of year for coughs and colds so be careful 🙂

    Have you had your ‘flu jab yet?

    [Don’t worry about me. I don’t leave the house these days without my hat, gloves, ear muffs, surgical mask, anti-bacterial spray, pointy stick, photographic ID… – Features Editor]

  37. I wanted to say 38, but its my Birthday today so I gotta go with 28!!!

    [Happy Birthday, Kerry. – Features Editor]

  38. Dear Fed & fellow bloggers,

    I am sorry to say that my cancer has returned.

    Tomorrow I am going in for exploratory surgery and will also have another port-a-catheter installed for more chemo; along with removal of some cysts.

    You may recall that I have Ovarian Cancer, but have been in remission for about 8 months. (It was nice while it lasted!! LOL)

    Just to let you know, I may be gone for a while, so if I win the STRINGS, please save them, and I will send FEd my address as soon as I get home from the hospital!!

    So I’ll miss chat, too, as I don’t have a lap-top, but hopefully it’ll be a short stay in the hospital this time around, and I’ll be there next week.

    Take care everyone!! Oh! I finally got an MP3, so David & his music are coming along with me. I also bought a copy of OAI for my Dr to listen to in surgery!!! (He’s a PF fan, so you know I’m in good hands 🙂


    [Try and stay positive, Susan. All the best. – Features Editor]

  39. 48 for me in memory of those often forgotten lower notes….. 😉

    [There must be something wrong with your memory, as you’ve already chosen 38. – Features Editor]

  40. Just for fun …


    Snow’s on the ground, more snow in the forecast, and December is right around the corner — perfect for a bonfire, music, hot drinks and smiling friends:) If I could have my way, this would quickly be followed by an escape to a tropical island with cold drinks, hot sand, gorgeous blue ocean, and the music that nature provides. Of course I’d have some David Gilmour sounds mixed in for good measure!

    … in the meantime, snow’s on the ground, more snow in the forecast …

    Peace ‘n’ Love!
    Gabrielle (with High Hopes)

  41. 30 for me please F’ed.

    Hope you are well, and missing all the colds that seem to be flying round this area at least.

  42. I recently heard the RTN version of SOYCD on Q107 and thought that it would be great to have a live CD, so I’m thrilled by the news of the live CD. Not to mention the fact that it answers (for now) the question of “What’s next”.

    Also nice that the GHS strings will be available just in time for Christmas.

    My number is 48.

    Oh, if you’re interested in trying to save the whales, you can fill out a Greenpeace sponsored email to some Heads of State asking them to apply pressure to countries that are whaling (click my name). These majestic beasts do not deserve this fate. My family always goes out whale or dolphin watching on our vacations and I can’t believe anyone would want to kill them.

    P.S. I think I heard a collective sigh of relief from Reds fans today. 😉

    [Happy to sign, and sigh, Andrew. – Features Editor]

  43. I want them too! I don’t know which set I should choose and why, but 28 seems to me a nice number!

    Have a nice day


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