'Strat Masters' DVD

'Strat Masters' DVD

There’s a competition over at the Planet Rock website right now to win a copy of the ‘Strat Masters’ DVD. Good question, too.

The closing date is Sunday 13 April. Good luck if you decide to enter.

This competition is open to UK residents only, but the DVD can be purchased from this website, if you want it that badly.

Not far off three hours in duration, the film was produced by director, Michael Bayley Hughes, and former Guitarist magazine contributor, Bob Hewitt.

David does not contribute to the double-disc set, but you may be interested to see exclusive factory footage of Fender’s facilities in the USA and Japan, as well as Seymour Duncan taking you on a guided tour around the Santa Barbara facility where “the world’s greatest guitar pickups are made.”

Click here to see a preview.

It’s a Region-Free disc, designed to play on any modern PAL and/or NTSC DVD player, so it should play anywhere, but please check your equipment before you order.

There’s no update on the David Gilmour Signature Strat, by the way. Sorry about that. When there is one, it will be here, so please continue to be patient.

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'.

66 thoughts on “'Strat Masters' DVD”

  1. Looks like a great DVD. I’ve entered the comp and will buy it if unsuccessful. Can’t help think it’ll be lacking without the input of the greatest Strat player of all time though!! At least Hank is in there.

    Hope you all had a good weekend

    Paul

  2. Bloggers may be interested to know about two unusual performances of ‘Atom Heart Mother’ at the Cadogan Hall, London in June being organised by composer Ron Geesin who wrote the piece with Pink Floyd. Click my name for details.

    Looks like tickets are selling pretty fast.

    Tom from NE Scotland

  3. Hi Fed and all

    I am in the local library, so you can guess where i am up to with regards to web access. We’re finally in our new temp home for the next 6 months.

    Great to see the blog going well.

    I got crunched at a junction on my new triumph 2 days ago and the cheeky bugger drove off, left me there twisted forks but only a sore thumb.

    Speak soon

    Damian.

    [Glad you’re OK, Damian. – FEd]

  4. A bit weird they ask a DG-related question, without including one of his (or Pink Floyd’s) songs.

  5. [David does not contribute to the double-disc set.]

    Oh! So, the DVD shouldn’t be called ‘Strat Masters’ !!! Bon, ok, je sais, ce n’est pas drôle…

    Michèle

  6. Hmm, inside the Fender shop would be nice to see!!

    I love my Strat, it looks just like David’s.

    Hope to hear some news on the signature one soon, my feeling is it will be out the same time as the Gdansk live CD. I HOPE!

    Cheers FEd
    Adrian

  7. Kind of ironic here, the cover shown above states:

    “An Access All Areas Pass to the legends that play the Stratocaster guitar”

    …yet Gilmour is not on the DVD. Or is it that he doesn’t appear on the disc but he is mentioned in passing?

    Anyway, looks like it could be an interesting item to view maybe once.

    Thanks.

    Andrew

  8. Looks good. The perfect prezzie for my guitar-playing mate. Thanks for the tip-off.

  9. I just e-mailed one of the Fender employees and he said that they have no plans to make a David Gilmour Strat.

    [That’s interesting… – FEd]

  10. [I just e-mailed one of the Fender employees and he said that they have no plans to make a David Gilmour Strat. – John]

    Actually what else would you expect them to say? In fact, you can’t assume that all the employees know exactly what the company is planning. And even if he did, he can’t say anything until it is officially announced and so far nothing has been officially announced in either direction. Some discussion has been presented here on the Blog from the official source. The Black Strat book made some mentions of the exploration of building the guitar.

    I think, and this is just my opinion based on some of the stuff I have read on this topic, that there is a disagreement between Fender and DG about what this guitar should be. DG wants to put out a player’s guitar and not a collectible. Fender wants to make a killing in profits. And so we have a standstill.

    So I just take it as it comes. If it is meant to happen it will happen.

    Thanks.

    Andrew

  11. I really can’t figure out why they would set it up like David’s original with the odd string gauge. When i buy mine the first thing i will have to do is get it set for my string gauge, to go out and buy Boomers all the time is a bit unfair on people who get 2 nights to a set of strings…

    Climbing down from the soap box now, fed.

  12. Hello FED, good writeup by Andrew on the DG Strat, and likely correct on the Fender profits. After all they are a business.

    Anyway before FED gets carried away on school’s out for summer, we’d like to hear/see him chant; Hello, Hooray, let the show begin, I’ve been ready. Thanks Andrew on some jive.

  13. About the Gilmour Strat…a lot of crackpots on these sites so if you dont believe what I’m about to say that is ok…anyway, here goes.

    The Gilmour Strat is dead in the water based on my best friend who works for Fender guitars in Nashville. He said the quality is sub par and Gilmour wasnt happy w/ it. There is no release date on that one at all.

    My friends offices are at a famous warehouse district that all of the big bands do final rehearsals at. Robert Plant and Alison Krause have an office next to my friend’s and they are using it as a lounge. Anyway, Plant walked in his office about an hour ago looking at the acoustic guitars in the room and my friend said they were going through playing them together and trying to find the right one…he did and asked my friend to bring it to the rehearsal space which is right down the hall…

  14. …Plant says ‘thanks Jason…i appreciate all of your help’..my friend is the biggest Zeppelin/Page fan and he was shaking when i talked to him.

    There you have it. An update on the Strat and on Robert Plant…maybe this time Plant will say to my friend ‘what do you think of that Jason?” right before ‘whole lotta love’ instead of to Gilmour like at the O2 arena.

    That guitar wont be out anytime soon from what he said! Fortunately, Robert Plant, Alison Krause and T-Bone Burnett will be out!! If you haven’t seen that ‘crossroads’ show with them doing ‘black dog’ and ‘when the levee breaks’ then find it and see it. very cool.

    [You’ve been saying this for quite some time now, Blake. When there is something to say about the David Gilmour Strat – and that will be when David decides, nobody else – there will be an update, I’m sure. Until then, believe whatever you want to believe. (I hope your best friend doesn’t mind you spreading these things. It doesn’t make Fender look too good. – FEd]

  15. Thank you FEd for this information, however if David isn’t featured on it, (what the ….?) I think I’ll pass.

    Just curious…was this David’s decision?..was he overlooked?..I’m confused..

    [Join the club, my friend. – FEd]

  16. It’s so idiotic not to mention David at all in Strat Masters. Maybe he decided to opt out? Who knows? Should be an interesting tour package though.

    I like Michele’s comment, good one.

    [I didn’t say that David isn’t mentioned… I would be very surprised if he isn’t, but I haven’t seen the film, so can’t say with any certainty. – FEd]

  17. Thanks for the preview of the documentary; if I am not mistaken, David Gilmour owns the first Strat 0001, is that correct?!

    Hope to make the chat this morning…

    [You noticed that, too? David owns the one with the 0001 serial number. Maybe Blake’s best friend can tell us something about that? – FEd]

  18. [that there is a disagreement between Fender and DG about what this guitar should be. DG wants to put out a player’s guitar and not a collectible. Fender wants to make a killing in profits. And so we have a standstill. – Andrew]

    Andrew, I think you may have hit the nail on the head here.

    Although maybe it’s wrong for us to second guess David’s thoughts, but you can’t help but do that sometimes.

  19. Talking of Fender:

    I recently upgraded my guitar. I had my heart set on a highway 1 Strat, i eventually tried a few out & guess what, i did not get on with it at all, it just did not feel right. So i tried a U.S Strat, very nice, too expensive for me & then a Classic Player 50’s Strat (Mexican) & ended up ordering the latter. it just felt & sounded pretty good to me, apart from that, it suited my budget. It took nearly 3 months to appear but it was well worth the wait but i am really happy with it.

    Even if i was to wait for David’s Sig Strat there would be no telling i would get on with it (how very dare i say my name in the same breath as Mr Gilmour). it’s perfect for David but may not be for me, that’s my excuse anyway!!

    P.S. score for tonight 0-0 …or Liverpool get a dodgy pen!

    [Do we get dodgy penalties? I hadn’t noticed. – FEd]

  20. Barbara:

    Truce? Neither of us will “win” this debate (over in “Those Easter Eggs” post), and meanwhile we’re hijacking a British musician’s blog to discuss American politics.

    I’m a teacher of inner-city kids who are under suspension from school, and my class sometimes has debates on different topics. I moderate those debates. And I often interject the following: “I don’t agree with what you say, but I’ll fight to the death for your right to say it.”

    You and I have different views, Barbara, but what’s happening in America affects us all. On both the Democratic and Republican fronts there are people who try to marginalize the other view. It kills the healthy discourse that is the cornerstone of democracy.

    Barbara, let’s agree to disagree here. Let’s live and let live. And if anyone ever infringes on your right to speak your mind, just let me know. I’ll be right over and will fight to the death for your right to say anything you want.

    [Well said, Dan. – FEd]

  21. the only weird thing about the concert was Brian May, who didn’t use a strat! 🙂

    very enjoyable show
    andy.

  22. Hope everyone had a good weekend and sorry I missed you all in the chat.

    It certainly does seem odd that the DVD doesn’t include David. Are they saying that he isn’t a Strat Master? If so then why are Fender and David trying to make a Black Strat model?

  23. Congratulations to Bob Dylan on the Pulitzer Prize! (Click my name.)

    [Thanks for that, Mike. I hadn’t heard. Great news. – FEd]

  24. I can never seem to make the chat room before the password is given out, dang.

    Oh well, maybe next time.

  25. Fed…

    On the subject of Fender I’ve updated my “Fan” picture of my version of DG’s Black Strat (I’ve swapped the Genesis programmes for DG/PF stuff).

    […]

    For those interested it’s a 2004 Fender Squier Strat body with a 1984 Fender Squier II Strat maple neck, the pickguard was sprayed black and I’ve yet to shorten the tremelo arm…

    With regard to the DVD – it’s a shame that DG isn’t featured especially as he has won numerous Fender Strat related polls, he owns the 001 serial numbered Strat and his guitar tech has written a book about one… nevertheless I’ll keep an eye out for the DVD.

    And here’s a tip for those of you living in New York, NY. There is a plan to introduce a congestion charge similar to that in London. All you need to do to save yourself an absolute fortune is to register your car as a taxi and you will only pay about $70 a year 🙂

    (You can do the same in London by the way.)

    [Thanks for that. – FEd]

  26. I bought this DVD 6 months ago, because I’m a huge Knopfler fan, and I’m a bit disappointed. People are only speaking most of the time and not playing.

    You’d better buy “The Stratocaster Chronicles” book, it is far better.

    [Thank you, Stephane, that’s good to know. All comments about this film are gratefully received, by the way. I don’t care if you buy it. It’s really not my intention to try to sell it to you. – FEd]

  27. Off topic…

    I just read that Bob Dylan ‘received an honorary Pulitzer Prize on Monday, cited for his “profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power.”‘

    And I heard on Classic 21 radio station: ‘Il est le premier artiste rock à être honoré par cette récompense attribuée depuis 1917 à des écrivains, des journalistes ou encore à des musiciens. Dans la catégorie musique, Dylan s’inscrit désormais aux côtés de Thelonious Monk, George Gershwin ou John Coltrane.’

    Wow! Bravo! But I wonder how he reacted to this news…

    Michèle

    [And I wonder if anyone understood his reaction. – FEd]

  28. I’m just really pleased with myself that there’s a question on guitars that I actually know the answer too.

    Does this make me a guitar geek?

  29. no dg? that’s just wrong.

    but after reading stephane’s post, maybe it’s good that he’s not included!

    fed, did you enjoy the beach boys?

    [I did, thank you for asking. I really did. It was a great show, and the youngsters in the band did the songs justice by not trying to show off. (£2.20 for a bottle of water that costs about 40p at Wilkinson’s is taking the Mick, though. Shame on you, Cardiff International Arena.) – FEd]

  30. Never mind the guitar, C’MON YOU REDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    [Finally, someone has his priorities right! Bring on the Arsenal. – FEd]

  31. I hope that one day we’ll be able to see him play again.

    Take Care,
    Thomas

  32. [I can never seem to make the chat room before the password is given out – Tracy]

    That’s because the password is “Cheese it! Here comes Tracy!”

  33. Fed,

    I didn’t really think that mentioning that Robert Plant is in Nashville rehearsing was a big deal. It was all over the news here in Music City. I just thought that it was pretty amazing that he walked in that office looking for a guitar. I mean, ROBERT PLANT sitting there, strumming away.

    He chose a GUILD Jumbo btw.

    [Good to know. – FEd]

  34. Sure, you are now singing “On the way to Moscow!”, right ? Bravo Les Rouges !!!

    Michèle

    [I’m looking forward to upsetting Chelsea (again) first. – FEd]

  35. Fender is making a sub-standard DG guitar?

    Bollocks!

    DG’s Black Strat was made by F-E-N-D-E-R! The Fender neck has been changed a few times, the Fender tremelo arm is shorter and it has a black Fender pickguard… What’s the problem?

    I’m sure that Phil Taylor is good but I doubt very much Fender can’t re-create a signature version of what he’s done…

    Maybe Fender can’t get the guitar to generate the 1.21 gigawatts of electricity to operate the flux capacitor or maybe it’s problems with the warp drive settings? Personally I think it’s always the tribophysical waveform macro kinetic extrapolator…

  36. This whole Black Strat thing is kind of disappointing. Why would Fender say that they’re not making one?

    FEd, you should talk with David and get us the real answer….please.

    Cheers

    [I have spoken to David and Phil (Taylor), and when David wants me to put any information out there, I will. Until then, I’m afraid there’s nothing to say. – FEd]

  37. I don’t claim to be an expert on the release date of the DG Strat either. There is no reason to instruct veronica from miami to inquire from me.

    Fed, i have just spent too many hours over the last 25 years following and researching Pink Floyd and GILMOUR in particular. i should have gone to medical school or something but instead I just get to contribute some interesting factoids to this site.

    hey, i’ll keep my comments and posts to myself from now on. i wouldnt want fender guitars, who i am very much a fan of, to look bad. (i just re-read my post and didn’t think that I made Fender look bad. I really just thought that it was something cool to talk about on a rock-n-roll site. it did really happen.)

    ‘hey those c-numb solos are awesome dude”! (how was that? i’ll keep it that flavor!)

    i’m sorry if i offended you…you kinda did me!

    Blake from Nashville
    Papparazzi of the ROCK GODS!!

    [You didn’t, and I didn’t mean to offend you, but you call them ‘interesting factoids’ whereas I call them ‘unhelpful rumours’. In any case, it’s a fair discussion, and I think everyone’s now curious as to whether or not this guitar will ever see the light of day. My point is: some might say that Fender’s employees should spend more time working on getting these guitars made to the artist’s exact requirements and less time gossiping about them. Not me, though. I wouldn’t waste my time. Too much time has already been wasted on Fender for my liking. – FEd]

  38. Sweet Jaysus, David’s boys took a beating, well sort of…bring on the Chelsea!!!!

    [Yes, sorry about that, David. – FEd]

  39. [And I wonder if anyone understood his reaction. – FEd]

    Thanks for making me laugh, FEd.

  40. I’ve pointed this out on this blog in the past but when Fender released the Andy Summers Telecaster with a price tag of $15,000 and they sell out their inventory, where do you think their heads are located?

    I’m not knocking Andy, in fact I think he is a great guitarist and he did make some interesting modifications to his main guitar BUT is it really worth $15K? Or are you really paying for the name of Fender Andy Summers?

    I am also not saying that a company or an artist shouldn’t make money.

    Thanks.

    Andrew

    [Oh, I hear you. – FEd]

  41. [Finally, someone has his priorities right! Bring on the Arsenal. – FEd]

    I feel your enthusiasm and good luck to you! Our Pro hockey league (NHL) playoffs start this week in North America and I’ll be consumed by it over the next month or so.

    Go Montreal Canadiens!!

  42. [Barbara, let’s agree to disagree here. Let’s live and let live. And if anyone ever infringes on your right to speak your mind, just let me know. I’ll be right over and will fight to the death for your right to say anything you want. – Dan]

    Truce!

    Thanks my friend and I too will be happy to do the same for you, as long as we don’t really hurt anyone. Ha, that is what started this whole thing anyway!

    Isn’t freedom a wonderful thing!

    What we need to settle our nerves is that live CD we are all waiting on. Hope it is soon.

    Happy to hear you enjoyed the Beach Boys Fed. Did any of them come out on stage with walkers, canes, or nurses to assit them?

    Have a good Wednesday Dan and all!

    Barbara

    [There wasn’t a walker, cane or nurse in sight. There was also a severe shortage of Hawaiian shirts, I thought. – FEd]

  43. [Do we get dodgy penalties? I hadn’t noticed. – FEd]

    I feel sick.

    Congratulations anyway (gritted teeth), just beat Chelski, that’s all i ask now.

    [I knew that comment would come back to haunt me. Hard luck, Graham. – FEd]

  44. Congrats on the win for your team FEd! I managed to escape from the pub I was in before it started 😉

    On the rumour front. I have it on good authority that Led Zeppelin were using some rather nice rehearsal rooms in London over the weekend 🙂

  45. Hi FEd,

    I was actually watching the last half of the footie last night and I must say I was “gunning for the gunners”, pun intended.

    But I have to admit I was impressed by Torres’s rabbit out of the hat kick. It would seem that after that Arsenal lost their confidence a bit.

    Have a good day. I bet you are pleased as punch.

    Best regards.

    Julie

    [Yep, you could say that. – FEd]

  46. funny the andy summers tele is brought up. great great guitar player, and what a guitar!

    but on the other hand I think the way the release of that guitar was handled maybe is one of the reasons DG wants his signature relase to go another direction.

    and right he is.

  47. […Maybe Fender can’t get the guitar to generate the 1.21 gigawatts of electricity to operate the flux capacitor or maybe it’s problems with the warp drive settings? – Rudders]

    Good heavens, Ruds! You’ve really taken this to the next level, eh?

    With all do respect, mate, there are a few million guitars out there labeled “Fender”. That sure doesn’t make them equal.

    Sure, you can paint a Squire black and it will look like the guitar in question. But that sure doesn’t make it play, or more importantly, sound like the genuine article.

    More than likely, the subtle details revolve around the pickups. David’s were cherry picked to deliver the desired tone. Mass producing a hand wound pickup with great consistency is not an easy thing to do.

    But like Andrew suggests, I don’t think it’s worth $15 G’s for it (these models have every body nick recreated, I’d rather flog mine myself, thank you very much).

    This also could be the sticking point for David. If he wants a player model instead of a relic. Fender would want the profit margins on the relic as David’s name will sell the product in a big way.

    What you need is for Fender to sell a set of Gilmour pups for your black Squire! That you can have for under $300 US.

    Mike

  48. [What you need is for Fender to sell a set of Gilmour pups for your black Squire! That you can have for under $300 US. – Jersey Mike]

    Well, EMG already did that and you can get them for about $300. Granted these are active pickups which means you need to mess around with 9 volt batteries but it is out there and available today.

    Thanks.

    Andrew

  49. [And I wonder if anyone understood his reaction. – FEd]

    He, he, nice comment FEd 😉

    Taki
    Bavaria

  50. You’re right fed…i shouldn’t have used the term factoid in terms of that DG Strat. It is true that what I’m posting is hear-say, and I’m not in your shoes as someone who has to suss through it all.

    Nate, I hope you are right about Zeppelin rehearsal, sort of anyway. (mixed feelings about the drums) …but Plant was in Nashville Monday and he’s still here.

    [I’ll be amused if the deal falls through after all the to’ing and fro’ing, believe me. – FEd]

  51. I wish they would do with the Gilmour strat the same as the Stevie Ray Vaughn #1…there’s one for $2,000 and then there is a $25,000 version with all of the measurements exact.

    You can make your own as well. ’57 reissue or not…use the EMG’s as the pickups instead of the Duncan’s. Cut the tremolo. I mean, that is all he does with the candy apple. That’s what I did 10 yrs ago. I put those Fender ball bearing tuners to lock it down some (I don’t have Phil). Looks like the black Strat and sounds like the candy apple.

    There you go…now you can go buy a DG HIWATT, which is where his sound is coming anyway…which is what I want so bad! And those hands. Can’t help you there!That black Strat with the knobs and toggles. He’s crazy with that thing on ‘Time’ on RTN. I love watching all of that. Would be awesome to have one though!

    Oh, and some EVIDENCE cables (expensive though) …just got 2 this week. They are pretty damn amazing.

  52. [Nah……..Go DEVILS!!! – Andrew]

    Without a doubt Andrew, Jersey are serious contenders to at least win the Eastern Conference championship. Good luck and happy playoffs!

    (BTW, did you know that David once owned and wore a Habs ‘jersey’ during concert(s)? It kind of says so in this sites FAQs..check it out.)

  53. Just to go off on a tangent for a minute. I thoroughly enjoyed Phil Taylor’s book, ‘The Black Strat’.

    One image which sticks fast in my mind and shocked me was that fact that at one point David took a loveley CBS headstock and tried to saw it into the shape of the fifties headstock and the next has never been seen since. I could visualise that.

    I am a huge fan of the seventies CBS big headstock. I sold my paisley Strat because I did not like look of the fifites headstock.

    Each to their own. ;D

    Best regards.

    Julie

  54. [Well, EMG already did that and you can get them for about $300. Granted these are active pickups which means you need to mess around with 9 volt batteries but it is out there and available today. – Andrew]

    That would be the cherry red Strat, mate. Different animal entirely. Trust me, I’ve had EMG-SA’s in my old Strat for almost 20 years. There is a reason David went back to the Black Strat and it has everything to do with the good ol’ fashioned pickups.

    Cheers!

  55. [That would be the cherry red Strat, mate. Different animal entirely. Trust me, I’ve had EMG-SA’s in my old Strat for almost 20 years. There is a reason David went back to the Black Strat and it has everything to do with the good ol’ fashioned pickups. – Jersey Mike]

    Hmmmm….seemed to be good enough for the MLOR and Division Bell tours. People on this site just rave on how good those shows were.

    The EMG-DG20 set up is more than just a couple of SAs, as it also includes the EXG Expander and SPC Presence Control. He may prefer the Black Strat pups in the long run but no one can deny that he still achieved “his sound” with the EMG set-up as well. Afterall, it is not just the guitar but also the amp, Cornish pedal board and let’s not forget about the hands.

    Thanks.

    Andrew

  56. [Personally I think it’s always the tribophysical waveform macro kinetic extrapolator… – Rudders]

    Rudders totally! I saw that the other day. I was at my friend’s house a couple days ago, (he’s a roofer), and he was using a sociopsychoattenuation micro kinetic unvolver! I was blown away!

    He patched that into his Symphony modded Algorhythmic Dynamicator then fed that to his QLossMetric Aqualizer Salient Mastererizer (w/ IBPN, UBPN, and EBPN settings) on his DAW which we monitored through outboard Analogmic V.U. Needlators. It couldn’t have been more amazing.

    Dare I say, it was awesome. 😉

    Oh yeah, GO SHARKS!!!!!!

  57. Really, at the end of the day you could have a replica of everything David has but you will never sound like him, won’t happen!

  58. [Really, at the end of the day you could have a replica of everything David has but you will never sound like him, won’t happen! – Paul Sexton]

    Precisely! We should all try to evolve along what sounds good to ourselves and stop trying so hard to to be someone else. Every artist must find his own medium.

    (FEd, you really could have closed the discussion on Paul’s comment)

    [But I’m enjoying it so much. – FEd]

  59. I agree w/ andrew about the emg’s. I love mine. And he did use that candy apple red strat on ‘shine on’ …possibly his sweetest tone!

    But yes Marcus, the tone is in his hands…and that HIWATT!

    Remember, ‘he could take a ukulele and make it sound like a Stradivarius.’

    Have a good weekend, fed…and everyone!

    [You, too. – FEd]

  60. Having been to the RAH on the last night and hearing David for myself, it all comes down to the individual. I’ve seen tribute acts do the Floyd set and no guitar player I have heard, including myself, comes close to what i heard at the RAH.

    It’s a shame that guitar players with originality are becoming a thing of the past, don’t get me wrong we have the Joe Bonamassas and the Derek Trucks of this world but who’s laying solo’s down like the ones David has?

  61. [Remember, ‘he could take a ukulele and make it sound like a Stradivarius.’ – Blake]

    THAT – I would love to see.

    Thanks.

    Andrew

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