The DG Strat

The David Gilmour Signature Stratocaster, by FenderHere it is: the long-awaited Gilmour Signature Strat.

It has the same maple neck, black pickguard, shortened tremolo arm and custom electronics as the original and comes presented in a black case with centre pocket, snazzy green lining and Fender Custom Shop embroidery.

First, the good news.

It will be released on 22 September. That’s September this year.

Now, the bad news.

‘Live in Gdańsk’ will be pushed back a week for a same-date release.

However, the three-disc version (live double CD, plus concert DVD) will be stuffed into said centre pocket.

The hardback edition of Phil Taylor’s ‘The Black Strat: A History of David Gilmour’s Black Fender Stratocaster’ will also be released on 22 September, a signed, softback copy of which will also be found inside the guitar case.

A set of GHS strings will also be included, as well as an Evidence Audio cable, as used by David. You even get a deluxe Fender strap and a David Gilmour plectrum thrown in.

And, before you ask… No, I don’t know how much it will cost, but hope that a firm date and photo will be enough to deter the doubters.

Please click the image for a closer look and, if you think you can take it, see Latest News for more excitement.

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’.

151 thoughts on “The DG Strat”

  1. I was beginning to think it was never going to come out. I’ll be looking forward to the final details.

    Given that it’s obviously a Custom Shop model it’s going to be a while before one gets added to my guitar rack.


  2. Looks like a nice guitar, but it probably won’t be cheap. Is that Astoria?

    FEd, do you write the Latest News?

    [1. No, it won’t be cheap. 2. Yes, it sure is. 3. No, I don’t. – FEd]

  3. I thought it was imminent considering David played one at Atom Heart Mother last month.

    Nice photo taken on Astoria’s deck too. 🙂

  4. Hey FEd,

    great news! I liked the comment “Attention guitar obsessives: in a world where you can get a Fender Baja Tele or a Gibson SG Special, you don’t need the David Gilmour Signature Stratocaster.”

    If I can afford, I’ll take a ‘New Old Stock’…

    No problem to wait a week longer for the live album (I will be on vacation, off-line and near an island those days, so I’d had to wait anyway. 😉

    Again, thanks for the great news, FEd!!


  5. Great news Fed!

    I want one, but I am very concerned about the price – I really hope it sells for around $1,500 (U.S.) – around the same price of the regular Eric Clapton “blackie” model. I used to sell guitars for a living in a major U.S. retail store, so I am fairly well-versed in retail pricing…

    I am curious as to what Gilmour means as “affordable”!!!!

    Thanks, Fed!

  6. Ahhhhhhhh, scream……..

    Well, I never thought they (Fender that is) would pull it off. A real tribute to David that it should now sit within their Custom Shop series. I hope he’s as happy with it as I’m sure we will be when we get our mits on it!

    Nice picture of the guitar shot onboard Astoria (I think). Will it be sold from there FEd? Shall we have a pilgrimage to Astoria bloggers to collect our guitars? Just a thought. :-))

    Looking forward to September.


    [That’d be good. I wonder if the cases would float all the way over to the other side of the river. Could make a game of it. – FEd]

  7. Great news Fed, what a great package.

    I was a going to ask about the cost. I have a feeling it may well be still out of my reach however much David has influenced the pricing of this great guitar.

    Anyway I’m not sure my playing would do it justice.

  8. Welcome my son, welcome to the new DG sound machine.
    Where have you been? It’s alright we know where you’ve been.
    You’ve been in the Blog, filling in time,
    provided with toys and scouting for woyds.
    You’ll buy a guitar and punish your ma,
    Practice everyday you could end up a bright star.
    So welcome to the new DG sound machine.
    Welcome my son, welcome to the new custom Black Strat sound machine.
    What did you dream? It’s alright we told you what to dream.
    You dreamed of a big star, he played a mean guitar,
    He always raised the bar. He loved to jam in the barn.
    So welcome to the new DG sound machine.

    So start saving up all of your green for the new DG sound machine.

  9. Thank you for the news!

    You got me drooling all over the photo – not that I can play nor need one – but I want one! – although probably I will not be able to afford one. 🙂

    A beauty with nice set of add-ons!

  10. Judged by the background, this photo looks as if it was taken aboard the Astoria.

    Could that be true?

    [Absolutely true. – FEd]

  11. Damn! This is great indeed. I will be saving every penny for this one definitely.

  12. This is the best news by far… I have been waiting for this guitar for over 2 years now. I’ll buy it but I really hope it isn’t more than $2,000/-

    I’m a huge Gilmour fan… I’ve been playing his solos for over 10 years. I already bought extra Fender DG signature strings for the signature Strat.

    [You should take one pack back and ask for a refund. – FEd]

  13. The David Gilmour signature Strat + the three-disc version of ‘Live in Gdansk’ + Phil Taylor’s ‘The Black Strat’ book + a set of GHS strings + an audio cable + a Fender strap + a DG plectrum, all together in the case ?

    Wow! Can I suggest a big ‘Strat Party’ here, on the blog (+ in the chatroom) on 22 September, to celebrate?

    Champagne for everyone! Ok?


  14. Hi! I’ve been reading the blog for a while and finally decided to post. Hopefully I’ll do it often.

    It is surely a nice set, and a good move by Fender (let’s hope the price doesn’t push it back). I need to find out when I can see the guitar in my country, if ever, to give it, at least, a closer look.

    And just wait for another week for the album…well, I think I can do that. 😀

    From Argentina.

    [Nice to meet you, Agustín. Thank you for contributing. – FEd]

  15. Excellent stuff! I’d love to have one, but I think funding university might be slightly more important at this moment in time…

    Do you know if this set is to be produced for years to come FEd, or is this limited?

    [You know as much as I do, sorry. – FEd]

  16. Ah, a thing of beauty! If only I could get a little (well, a lot) more money on my student loan to afford one!

    Shame it’s pushing back the Gdansk release though – a little longer for me to wait – but I’m sure it’ll be worth me conquering my impatience!

    Hope everyone is enjoying the summer,


  17. I don’t know how to play guitar (yet) but this is definitely something I will be saving my money for. A big thanks to David for making sure it is of the hightest quality before releasing it to the masses.

    I know that the price listing hasn’t been released but I’m willing to bet that this I’m going to have to get at least up to $2,000 (U.S.) better start saving my spare change. 🙂

    Thank you very much indeed, good night to you.

  18. Wow, with all those “goodies” included, it could be enough to persuade someone like me, who can’t play guitar and wouldn’t know which end to blow, just to rush out and bid for one.

    Common sense will prevail. Don’t you just common sense?


    [Thank God for common sense, I say. There is some of it still out there. It’s like coal. – FEd]

  19. Hello everybody,

    maybe this guitar would help me to get over the worst days of my life.unfortunately my girlfriend’s mother died last night,still young,with that f….n’ cancer,and my aunt is seriously ill,not much luck,a awful week.Listening to David’s music is my only consolation and one of the few things that makes me feel better.I have to say thanks to David once again.

    Hope you’re all doing well,though.Last monday was my birthday,24 years old now,I’ll be waiting for “Live in Gdansk” to be released to buy my personal gift.

    Hope you’re well Fed! The guitar is wonderful,it will have great success all over the world!

    Have a nice weekend


    [I’m so sorry, Piero. My condolences. – FEd]

  20. The guitar looks very nice but I’ll have to learn to play my Squier Strat before even thinking about buying one of these. On saying that, with falling house prices in the UK hindering the last hurdle of our emigration to Canada, my Squier Strat might have to be sold anyway.

    Regarding the Live in Gdansk CD/DVD. Are there any plans to broadcast any of the concert footage on the TV to coincide with the release date (along the lines of what was done for the RTN release)?

    [Nothing’s confirmed, but I’d imagine that there will be something on TV (if only because, as you might have thought, it’s a well-used strategy and there’s not much originality around). – FEd]

  21. Doesn’t that picture look like the guitar is sat there on Astoria talking to David ?

    Of course David does make guitars talk. 🙂

    ash X

  22. My Guitar Center sales rep contacted Fender today to try and order one for me (the N.O.S. version)…and Fender told him that no contract has been finalized, and no info on this guitar is available….

    How can this be if this guitar is going to be out in less than 2 months?

    I am very concerned…..I want to order one ASAP!

    Thanks, Fed!

    [Welcome to my world. Fun, isn’t it? – FEd]

  23. Now that’s GREAT news, can’t wait for news on the pricing!

    Sniff, sniff… Is that a Black Strat giveaway contest I smell in the air Fed?

    [Well, at the risk of upsetting DG Management, I was told that there’d be one, but that was before EMI fell on its arse. – FEd]

  24. That is a thing of total beauty. **looks around to see if any thing(s) currently owned can be sold for the thing of total beauty**

    Of course I don’t play well enough to justify owning it. But now I’ll channel my inner consumerist and decide that doesn’t matter. It’s just so beautiful and what a great package of goodies with it. **sulking now**

  25. Beautiful! Just beautiful! Even the filled-in spot under the bridge, which I’m assuming is only on the “Relic” version.

    Any idea how many prototypes Fender made before David said “Yes, this is perfect!”?

    Bill C

    [One or two. – FEd]

  26. I was a doubter. I didn’t think we’d ever see this guitar.

    It looks and sounds very nice, but I’ll reserve judgement until I see the price tag.

    [Quite right, too. – FEd]

  27. Hello FEd.

    Very elegant looking guitar. Will there be a left handed model? I kind of doubt that but thought that I would ask.

    Happy almost Friday.

    [I don’t expect so, James. – FEd]

  28. [Of course I don’t play well enough to justify owning it. – Jill]

    Who cares as long as you have fun with it… It seems to be a good instrument (or DG wouldn’t give his name for it, IMHO) and would help you improve your skills. I recently bought a Strat VG and was suprised what progress I made, just by upgrading my guitar.

    It’s more fun with playing a fine instrument. 😀



  29. [Attention guitar obsessives: in a world where you can get a Fender Baja Tele or a Gibson SG Special, you don’t need the David Gilmour Signature Stratocaster. But if you want one, and are desperate to study the special features… – Latest News]

    LOL! I knew that couldn’t be our FEd!

    [You had to reach the end? Come on, Ben. – FEd]

  30. I wonder if that’s the same guitar David used at Cadogan Hall? Now wouldn’t that make a nice competition prize?

    As for the cases FEd, well yes, I guess they would float. Why not go the “whole hog” and play Pooh Sticks with their necks!

    Which makes me think….. I hope they don’t have all those extra dots on their fingerboard!!

    Best wishes to Piero.


    [I should hope that everyone’s learned how to count since ‘Remember That Night’. – FEd]

  31. The whole package looks really good…price tag will determine as to when I get mine, probably the NOS version..thanks again for the info Fed.

    Best wishes to Piero…chin up mate!!!!

  32. What bad manners I have…

    My best wishes to your girlfriend and you, Piero. Life can be really hard sometimes.


  33. Great news, the guitar looks great and the extras thrown in are a really nice touch.

  34. Ooooh, this is exciting news!! Just in time for my bday. This is a sign from the Floyd God.

    John, if you weren’t sure what to get me… 🙂

  35. [You had to reach the end? Come on, Ben. – FEd]

    The end of the news headline. LOL!

    My condolences to Piero and his girlfriend.

  36. Without wanting to interfere in the blog policy or anything like it, I just want to say, Fender custom shop doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going to be unaffordable. I only very recently purchased an Eric Johnson Signature Strat, custom shop. sold for 2000.-, euros that is. It’s a lot of cash, of course, but a perfect, most adorable instrument, and for that a reasonable price. Couldn’t be better, not for double the cash, not for any hardware or the care in the finish.

    I trust in David, if Fender pulled off that EJ signature model, I am certain they will manage a DG Strat for not more than 2000.- to 2700.- euros, 3000.- at the most.

    all the best, bernhard

  37. Me along many other guitar players have waited for this guitar a looong time, but no doubt it will be worth every day waiting!

    Last days have been difficult to me as my grandfather has been very sick, and today he finally passed away. David’s music, especially his latest album On an Island has helped me very much through the grieving process as a therapy.

    Thank you David, your music gives me strength! 🙂

    [I’m so sorry to hear about your grandfather, Thomas. My condolences to your family. – FEd]

  38. [Well, at the risk of upsetting DG Management, I was told that there’d be one, but that was before EMI fell on its arse. – FEd

    Keeping my fingers so crossed I’m having a hard time typing! I will most likely not be able to afford it so I’m keeping my hopes up!

  39. Wow. I would so love to own that guitar. But I’ve only been playing for about 7 months so its a tad above me.

    Maybe if I start saving now by the time I am a great guitarist I’ll be able to afford it.

    Nice extras thrown in too! Is there a limit on how many that will be made?


    [I don’t have an exact figure, but presumably Fender will see how the demand is and produce more accordingly. If such a detail ever comes to light, I’ll let you know. – FEd]

  40. It’s a thing of beauty, that’s for sure.

    If money was no object I’d have one … what the hell, if money was no object I’d have three, one for each yacht.

  41. As a guitarist for 31 years now I share the excitement with others in seeing David getting some recognition with a Signature Model. It’s also nice to read that David was particularly picky on the final product. Kudos to him for that!

    It’s doubtful that I’ll purchase one… I prefer Rosewood necks and have a Strat that I bought in 1995 that is just perfect for me… but it’s still a great day to see this guitar released!

  42. I would love one – but only because it would give me that extra delusion needed to make me think that I could make it sound like David does! Which my air Strat, serial #000000, does rather well. 🙂

    I can hear the polyphonic symphony (cacaphony?) of piggy banks being gleefully smashed open all around the DG blogosphere today. I think a number of Arthurs have just found their Excaliburs…

  43. This is making me wish I was a musician. If I was, I would be a guitar player and study David’s technique, and then I would take the “imitation is flattery” route to its extreme by getting this fine instrument.

    The “New Old Stock” version would be my preference, since it seems kind of silly to replicate the wear-and-tear of a specific guitar. After thirty-odd years of heavy use, my guitar would gather its OWN wear and tear!

  44. Yes finally!

    I’m glad that I know my local music stores guitar salesman. I only hope I can afford it.

    Thanks David for getting it to us this year.

  45. I’ll have to wait a little longer for my father’s day present, but who cares. It’s really nice to see all this happening in September and can you imagine all the reviews we’ll get on the blog.

    I hope the weather is fine on the other side of the world as it is wet and cold here (what we consider cold anyway).

    When I was in Indonesia last week I bought myself a miniature PF black Strat, and it looks pretty much like the photo which is good, but I would love to see my son playing a real one.

    Fed, I don’t suppose you know if they will be available over here in Australia?

    Have a good weekend everyone and let’s look forward to all the news next week.


    [I expect the usual bias towards North America and Europe will apply, but, if Fender want your money – and I’m sure they do – then they should be able to get one shipped to any part of the world. You might have to wait longer than the end of September, that’s all. – FEd]

  46. Well, if there is a name to this guitar it’s gotta be the Fender Astoria. Makes sense.

    Knowing myself, I’ll try one out at the music shop when released just to get a feel for it. Hope it does well.

    [Yes, please do try them out and let us know how they feel. – FEd]

  47. i would buy one but why when you can build one of your own for less than an american strat?

  48. [You should take one pack back and ask for a refund. – FEd]

    are you suggesting we should save every penny or is it something else?

    [No, just knowing that people will already have a set of strings, and maybe Phil Taylor’s book, it’s easy to imagine that some might not want more than they need. It would be easy to take the strings back. – FEd]

  49. Well, it certainly looks the dog’s… doo dah’s, and sounded great at Cadogan Hall (if this was the proto DG played).

    Don’t suppose it will be made for us lefthanders out here though, will it? (sob, sob)

  50. I just got home from the airport and figured I would check out what is going on since I was not accessing the internet for the last few days. Low and behold I come home to this. Very cool indeed. Certainly looking forward to more details.

    Do you think this would make a nice gift for my 20th wedding anniversary which comes up in October?? My luck I would just get a set of DG strings, lol.



  51. Dammit… I was already struggling to get enough money for the Deluxe version of Live in Gdansk… and now another temptation.

    And I just bought my Epiphone Les Paul in May. I hope it isn’t a limited edition cause that is definitely going to be my next guitar.

    As far as the Gdansk delay… I live in Mexico, so I’m used to getting stuff like this late, as a matter of fact I just got my Blu-ray copy of Remember That Night a couple days ago… after a YEAR!

    [Gosh, that’s a long wait. – FEd]

  52. 2 Grand Sterling I reckon for the cheaper NOS one !

    Though you would think the Relic version would be cheaper than the NOS model if there are bits worn and missing !

    FED – Got to be a few signed ones gonna be kicking around for a cheeky comp or two !

    [I hope so. – FEd]

  53. [FED – Got to be a few signed ones gonna be kicking around for a cheeky comp or two! – Timbo]

    Signed in black marker pen?

    [Great idea, Graham! – FEd]

  54. i can’t say how p*ssed off i am about the live album being put back a week all because of some guitar that most of us won’t be able to afford anyway.

  55. I was wondering if anyone knows….

    Does Fender make left hand versions of their guitar too with every new model that comes out? Or one should contact them to manufacture a special one for himself?

  56. [can’t say how p*ssed off i am about the live album being put back a week all because of some guitar that most of us won’t be able to afford anyway. – david]

    CHEER UP!!!!!!!!!!!

  57. [i can’t say how p*ssed off i am about the live album being put back a week… – david]

    Oh! yes! moaning all week can make it look very long, that’s for sure…


  58. Another thing that concerns me is the amount of goodies that are being thrown in…

    I have a feeling that these “goodies” are going to up the price of the guitar! Granted they are cool, but the “Live in Gdansk” album would probably add another $20-$30 dollars. The strap is another $40-$50. The book is also another $30.00, and these types of cables sell for about $75.00!

    All I just want the guitar at the cheapest price possible – these goodies could easily add an extra $100.00-$200.00 to the selling price of the guitar.

    I will be buying the “Live in Gdansk” deluxe edition, anyway, so now I will have 2 copies when I buy the guitar!

    Don’t get me wrong, I love extras and stuff like that, but I feel like this will only adversely affect the selling price of this guitar – I hope David realizes that…..

    Any thoughts, FED? Thanks!

    [Lots. I’m not going to lie, I feel the same way. At least the guitar, album and book (although the book that comes with the guitar will be the first edition, which has been on sale for a while now) will be released on the same day, so people shouldn’t feel that they’re being conned into buying multiple copies because they can’t wait for them all to be available together. (As long as they can get the guitar and its assorted extras in their part of the world without having to wait several weeks for it, that is.) That said, the hardback copy will have more pages, so some people might want that as well. And the three-disc version obviously doesn’t contain as much as the four- and five-disc sets… So yes, maybe fans are entitled to feel conned; I know that I would if I wanted this guitar. There will be a lot of surplus being flogged on eBay in October, I expect. – FEd]

  59. Trust me Fed, I don’t feel conned (it’s not like David is forcing me to buy this guitar) – I have been waiting for about 20 years to see this guitar finally being made.

    Now I am not a rich guy, I’m your average middle-class American, but with the way the economy is these days, $2,000 – $3,000 (what I expect the N.O.S. guitar to cost) – is a lot of money to spend on a luxury item for me. It’s just that I take my David Gilmour/Floyd/guitar playing VERY SERIOUSLY – and I must own this guitar! I just hope that it will cost $1,999.99 (U.S. dollars).

    Thanks for all your input, FED – greatly appreciated! I now have 2 major U.S. guitar stores on the lookout for this guitar for me – whoever contacts me first with the ordering info will get my business!

    I’m still very curious as to what Gilmour means as “affordable”….

    Thanks FED – you are a king among men….

    [You said it all in your opening line, Johnnie: no one has to buy it. I do hope it falls within your price range. – FEd]

  60. Well it’s certainly a good looking guitar, that’s for sure. I just wish I could afford one. I know that a price hasn’t been set yet but I know I won’t be able to afford it.

    It seems a bit odd to me that a release date has been confirmed but the price hasn’t. September isn’t that far away now so you’d have thought it would already have been agreed, but maybe the two parties can’t agree on what ‘reasonable’ price means. Let’s face it, if Fender had their way this guitar would probably be near the Eric Clapton custom guitar price range. It shows how thoughtful some musicians can be of their fans and how un-thoughtful others can be.

    As for the release date being pushed back so long we’ve known about the project for quite some time now so what difference does a week make when we’ve been waiting for months? So long as I can find it in the shops I don’t mind too much.

    Hope everyone has a good weekend and thanks for this morning’s chat Fed.

    [Thank you for popping in. – FEd]

  61. [can’t say how p*ssed off i am about the live album being put back a week all because of some guitar that most of us won’t be able to afford anyway. – david]

    I agree with this statement. But like FEd says, it’s better that the album and Black Strat come out at the same time because the fans won’t feel that they have to buy two copies of the album just because they don’t want to wait for the one that’s free with the guitar.

    I think guitar players would prefer to find a hardback book with new chapters than another copy of the one they’ve already got though.

    You’re very honest, FEd. You seem more sincere than what I was laughing about yesterday.

    [That’s probably because I’m a simple fan, I pay for things myself and don’t get a slice of the pie when such deals are being cut. – FEd]

  62. [David, go out and have a drink!! – Paul Sexton]

    … or stay in and still have one. 😀

    Have a nice weekend FEd and fellow bloggers!


  63. I just now took the liberty to call Fender myself, and not to my surprise, they know nothing about the new Gilmour guitar…

    The rep told me directly, that no contracts have been signed and that no ordering information is available.

    They are sure making it difficult for me to spend a few thousand dollars! What is going on?

  64. On second thought, I think I’ll get the “New Old Stock” model… Who wants a “replica” that’s been beaten-up by some guy on an assembly line… There is only “1” real Black Strat…

    Will the guitar motivate you to take up the “habit”, FEd??? You could probably get a pew pointers from, David… :^))

    [No, I’m with Tim (see above) on this one. – FEd]

  65. This is great news.

    Unfortunately I bought a black ’57 reissue this January so I’m not in the market for a Strat anymore.

    The Fender Custom shop is top notch and these guitars will be worth every penny. The Custom shop does do custom work as well, so you leftys out there can always have one built. I’m going to contact them about getting a black pickguard with the DG custom wound pickups.

    Here’s a bit from the Fender Custom Shop website:

    “Fender Custom Shop instruments have been crafted for and with the input of the world’s finest players—names like Clapton, Beck, Burton, Cray, Gilmour, Townshend and Vaughan, to name just a few. One could be yours.”

  66. Hi FED,

    I have a $500.00 dollar Mexican Strat and like the way it feels and is nice to play. However, an American Strat sells for over $2000.00 US I think. If I’m wrong someone will let me know.

    Anyway as for the price of David’s replica Strat; I’d say between $3000.00 – $3500.00 US.

    As for buying one, definitely.

    Have a great weekend everyone.

  67. Now, that is really great news FEd!

    …I just did upgrade my red Strat with a set of EMG DG-20 pups.

    … I am having a holiday in the Algarve (Portugal) and running out of money. 🙁

    I have to talk to my wife and start begging.

  68. Wow…..The Strat looks beautiful. I have new desktop wallpaper!

    Can’t wait to try it out (especially with the shorter trem arm, that sounds interesting!)

    No more sarnie van at work for me…I’ll be making my own lunch at home and saving the pennies for a while I reckon. I just hope Fender see sense and make it around (or under) a grand – or I’ll have to make my own (it will turn out a relic!). Can’t see it happening though with all those extras and the huge demand that they’re bound to have!

    Have a good weekend everyone – keep dreaming!


  69. Seriously, can anyone really get excited about a CD launch being delayed by a week?

    I mean, I’m as keen as the next man to hear it but I have this thing called “a life” that happens to me between meals.

  70. The guitar is beautiful. I love the fact of the custom pickups!!

    I hope to get one, maybe next year…

  71. What perfect timing to hear about this guitar. I swear, I felt this coming on. I have been looking for inspiration to get me back into playing the guitar.

    What is the bigger headline? The Chicago Cubs could break their 100 year world series drought, Obama could break the biggest glass ceiling in the world or David Gilmour is ‘giving’ us his ‘guitar’? I could not be happier. Who knows what the world will deliver, but I know that on the 23rd of Sept., and in the words of Wayne from ‘Wayne’s World’: “Oh yes, it will be mine.”

    Waiting a week longer, wippdee frickin’ doo (Dr. Evil). I have been dreaming of this day for 15 years ever since the ‘Delicate Sound of Thunder’ video showed David wailing away. Just watch David’s other DVD and pretend it was filmed in Poland for a week.

    Get inspired and learn to play. Playing his stuff is the next and biggest step to take. Be happy for people who dare to dream big.

    Thanks David. If you were any cooler, you’d be frozen. Schwing!

  72. I know a decent amount about his trusty red Strat and the custom electronics he uses in that model. Does anyone know how the electronics in the black Strat are customised?

    I’m very excited but I doubt I’ll be able to afford it right away.

    Thank You,

  73. I was hoping that this would be put off for a while, just to give me time to save up for it. It looks bloody lovely, though.

    The weekend just got better.


  74. I just bought a Fender Deluxe American Telecaster for about $1,300. But I don’t care, I’ll definitely be putting this one on eBay soon, and buying the DG replica.

    I was skeptical about the release of this guitar, but I’m very glad it’s being made.

  75. Now I just cannot wait to see this guitar in the guitar shops in Brum. I will have to have a jam and see how it feels.

    I will have to pray for a miracle to purchase the said guitar though. What with everything go up except my salary, I don’t know how I will be able to afford it.

    On a different note, Wales was absolutely fantastic. We are going again next year. I am contemplating learning the Welsh language too. We camped about 12 miles south of Aberystwyth by a beach.

    I like the Welsh folk music too.

    Anyway, I will dream about owning the the DG signature Strat and have a few jams on it but hey, I am satisfied with my Eugene the Second too.

    Hmmm, should I sell my self-restored to concourse standard 1955 Triumph Thunderbird motorbike to obtain the guitar or not?

    Have a lovely weekend everyone.

    Best regards.


    [Good to hear that you enjoyed, Julie. – FEd]

  76. Gotta have this guitar.

    Do you want me to wash your car Mr, or how about mow your lawn? I will do any odd jobs, gotta get the money together some how.

    Bet Fender are so happy they can hardly count.


  77. Well, I’m sure the DG Strat will cost between $2,100 and $3,000 given the fact that it is not a Signature Model, but a Custom Shop Artist Series. Basically, any hope of getting this bad-boy for less than $2,000 is a pipe-dream.

    It would just be awesome if an artist could thank his biggest fans by dictating a final selling price that’s fair for all involved.

    Fender should consider two things:

    1) The American economy is in the shitter.
    2) Only a DG fan would buy this.

    Now, there are a lot of fans out there, and a great many of them play, but how many can afford a luxury item such as this? Many players, like myself, have already built or modified a Strat to sound and/or look like this Strat.

    I am not a fan of Fender. I had an Eric Clapton Strat, and after about 8 years the “skunk-strip” started to peel out of the neck. Fender told me “tough-luck”.

    I will, however, try my damnedest to get one of these. Maybe I’ll sell my 85-year-old Gibson mandolin.

  78. I also hope that Fender doesn’t try to recoup the expense it’s put into this guitar. Delayed releases. Prototypes. R&D. It all adds up to a hefty price tag in the end.

    I sure hope David has the ability to put his foot down for all the fans who gave him the 40 years of fame that allowed a demand for a DG Strat in the first place.

    [Well said. Management doesn’t like it when I say things like that (because, of course, they like to think that their sterling efforts provided all the good stuff), so I’m glad that you did. – FEd]

  79. Well, that is a very nice axe but I bet it’s way too pricey for me.

    The Slash Les Paul is around $4500 USD so I bet this one is at least $2500-3000.

  80. My mate, who is a guitar boff, says it won’t be less than £2k. How many fans can afford that?

    I think it should be available without all the extras. That would bring the price down.

  81. [Well, at the risk of upsetting DG Management, I was told that there’d be one, but that was before EMI fell on its arse. – FEd]

    And I read that now the Rolling Stones have left EMI as well. That is just the latest of many other bands that departed the label. Hope they are treating David fairly or another great may move on.



  82. [I sure hope David has the ability to put his foot down for all the fans who gave him the 40 years of fame that allowed a demand for a DG Strat in the first place. – Randall]

    I am so tired of the complaints. Not enough tours, can’t wait for the music, we want the guitar now but at a price we want to set, we need new music..bla bla bla.

    Some of you need to step back. Those who could afford multiple concerts on the tour, trips to the European venues etc. Please think of those who could not see even one.

    From this blog we have learned of signature guitars that cost in the tens of thousands. David is trying to ensure that the fans will have a quality item that has his name on it. He does not fix the price.

    Also, to suggest that the fans ‘gave him 40 years of fame’? Does the musician have any part in this? You make it sound as if it is all the fans’ doing and that is just so far from it.


    [The music is, undoubtedly, the most important thing, Jan. By far. However, unless people like it enough to buy it and to support an artist and his art by continually buying, you don’t get a 40-year career out of it. I think that’s all Randall was saying. But good points. – FEd]

  83. SRVs signature #1 Strat copy cost $25,000 and EC’s Brownie copy (which he created by purchasing 5 Strats here in Nashville from Shobud geetars) was $25,000 and EC’s other Strat is $1500.

    There is your range people. A Strat regular relic is @ $2500 btw. My friend who works for Fender said the relic will be at least $4,000…who knows about the cheapie! Buy it or don’t.

    Saw a great concert here in Nashville about 9 days ago…Robert Plant with Alison Krause and T Bone Burnett. Oh my god, was it sick. Plant still has it…girlfriend was freaking and Krause sings like an angel, filled the whole auditorium …T Bone is just the coolest cat ever. ‘Battle of Evermore’ was one of the encores. The backing band was unbelievable and the fiddle was hooked up to a distortion pedal during the ‘Black Dog’ solo. TONE FROM HELL!

    What do you think about that Dave?

    Blake in Nashville

  84. Well, I hope there is a competition to win the guitar on this site. I’m sure David could use his influence to make that happen?!

    One thing… If there is a comp, then I hope whoever wins the guitar is someone who will treasure the guitar for life and not just some idiot who’ll flog it on eBay!

    Seems like a beautiful guitar, though not affordable for me at this point. Will get the album for sure… followed with a trip to Halfords for some black paint, a hacksaw and some sandpaper!

  85. I’ve been trying to get my hands on that black pickguard for years. Fender makes the black one with the white stripe along the edge and Gilmour’s is all solid black.

    I hope you can buy it separate because I already have a black Strat with a maple fretboard.

    I’m anxious to know how much one will cost.

  86. [My friend who works for Fender said the relic will be at least $4,000…who knows about the cheapie! Buy it or don’t… – Blake From Nashville]

    Hmmmm….is this the same Blake from Nashville who emphatically stressed a few months ago that the DG Strat is dead and will not be coming out??

    Guess you can’t listen to those rumors that brew around out there?



  87. Black 1-ply pickguards are regularly for sale on eBay and can be bought from guitar parts shops online for a reasonable amount. Just Google it and you’ll find somewhere.

    Not quite ready to repaint my Strat… In fact I like the colour (Midnight Wine), but I did want ‘that’ sound. I found Seymour Duncan SSL-1’s to be a good choice. I believe that’s what’s in the bridge position on David’s Strat, albeit a custom wound one.

  88. Chris,

    Just take a black permanent marker and go over the white strip…it works perfectly!

  89. Here is a photo (click my name) I have of the late and great Bo Diddley and me, on a visit to jam with us here in Folsom, California at the Historic Power House Pub. I had the honor of catering to the man himself for 2 days along with his famous “The Twang Machine”. Very cool experience indeed and the man had his arm in a cast but roared with awesome electric sounds that could transcend you.

    Bo Diddley’s trademark instrument was the rectangular-bodied Gretsch, nicknamed “The Twang Machine.” Although he had other similar-shaped guitars custom-made for him by other manufacturers, he fashioned this guitar himself around 1958 and wielded it in thousands of concerts over the years.

    I could not help but to recall that Pink Floyd and David Gilmour had been influenced by Bo Diddley. I asked him if he had known about David Gilmour and the band and he replied “they sound familiar”.

    I wonder where that special guitar may be today?

    [Nice snap, James. – FEd]

  90. Very tasty indeed.

    I’ve just added an item to my Xmas wish list for the first time in years.

    Is this a limited edition?

    [No, it’s not. – FEd]

  91. I understand David played a prototype when he did AHM performance. Was it a prototype of the Relic or the new one? Do you know?



    [No, sorry. – FEd]

  92. “Andrew”, from all the pictures I have seen from that show, it looks like he was playing the N.O.S. version.

  93. Andrew, that Strat WAS dead according to Mike Eldred…the guy who is head of the custom shop and worked with DG… Gilmour wasn’t happy with the original…thus the long delay. That actually makes sense when you think of it,right? I never said that it would never happen.

    My friend, the same guy who Robert Plant went up to backstage at the Plant/Krause concert and thanked for all Fender/Gretsch had done for the tour. He absolutely knows how much Fenders cost and $4,000 is on the cheap side for the relic considering there is a cheaper version available. You must get a life and not spend all of your time on here.

    Chris, single-ply black pickguards are all over the place. They are vintage and that is how you have to search. I have had 3 in my life…one white and 2 black. You can get them at any ‘Guitar Center’ or major supplier of guitar instruments.

    Blake in Nashville

  94. Some comments that belong here, from other entries:

    [I sent an e-mail to Fender about the price of the DG Strat and was told that the New Old Stock will be $5000 and the Relic will be $6000. – John, ‘Flashback: Munich’, 29 July]

    [Finally they have announced it on the Fender site… 🙂 – Rudders, ‘Kate Bush’, 30 July]

  95. Chris,

    Just spray your existing pickguard black – use a plastic spray paint and it works perfectly… That’s what I did…

  96. I checked out the Fender website and saw the DG Strat announcement. By the way, there is also a very interesting article/interview about the Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins) Strat. I believe David would agree with some of what Billy said.

    Also, looking forward to more clarification on the pricing when it becomes available. The $1,000 difference between a N.O.S. and Relic just doesn’t sound right. I would have thought the Relic would be twice as much with the N.O.S. being between $2,500-$3,000 and the Relic being closer to $6,000.



  97. I can’t find the price on Fender’s site! I want to order my guitar today! Anyone know the street prices yet? I am excited!

    Thanks FED and all other members here who made my dream a reality! Now help me with some positive feedback to help me write that BIG check!

    Much Love to all,
    Johnnie Floyd (Chicago)

  98. Reports are coming in that the street price of the NOS version is going to be $4000. This is really making me wonder for whom the Strat is supposed to be “affordable”.

    I’ve been looking forward to this Strat since it was first mentioned on this blog more than a year ago. Back then the $4000 figure was mentioned, but I had hoped that was the *list* price. This means the list price is actually $5700 or so.

    That’s not affordable. That’s expensive. 🙁


  99. “Affordable” should not have even been mentioned on this site from day one!

    I have contacted Fender and the list price for the NOS is $4,999.99. With that in mind, the actual selling price for this guitar is going to be $3,999.99. I am very disappointed, and may actually just pass on this guitar altogether.

    That price is absolutely ridiculous – I guess I may just buy a couple 69 pickups, and a Seymour Duncan and put them in my current guitar.

    Fender is doing Gilmour a HUGE injustice on this one….it is a shame….

    [I’m sorry, Johnnie. I’m not trying to mislead you, or duck out of confirming these figures. I’m still waiting for DG Management to let me know what’s going to be printed on the price tag. Maybe they never will, if this is the likely reaction to what I agree is a ridiculous price. – FEd]

  100. Can we just not wait till Fender release the actual price rather than just speculating about it?

    I’m sure it will happen soon enough….we have waited this long so another few days will hardly make any difference.

  101. FED, thanks for your honest words. As a guitar player and borderline obsessive Gilmour fan (ha ha) I would pay as much as $2,599.99 for this guitar. Maybe that can be passed along to DG mgt….

    Like I said $3,999.99 is just not “affordable”….I am going to do all I can to get this guitar, but Fender is making it very difficult for me. I know this is a professional grade instrument, but seriously, that is an extreme amount of money! This guitar would sell a lot more if it sold for $2,000 – $3,000 (street price) – which is borderline “affordable” for any individual who makes an ‘honest’ living, such as myself….

    [You’re preaching to the converted about the price. I have absolutely no interest in owning one, but I really hope that these figures are way off, because I happen to live in the real world and know that that’s simply too much. I look forward to hearing from DG Management. – FEd]

  102. Paul Sexton,

    Fender has already set the prices officially, so no, I am not speculating about them! The list price for the NOS is $4,999.99 – The dealers (such as Sam Ash and Guitar Center) are the ones who set the actual selling price. Trust me, I used to work in this business for 5 years…

    Fender custom shop models are exempt from standard Fender dealer pricing, thus providing a lower discount off of list price. I’ve done my homework, trust me. I hope I am wrong, but $3,999.99 seems like that will be the “stickered” price on the NOS version.

    The reason why I am so determined to nail down pricing is the fact that the first 500 sold of each model will get the signed copy of the book from Phil Taylor, and Fender has already been accepting orders for this guitar as of yesterday. If I end up ordering one, I want one of the first 500….

  103. So there is no truth to the rumor of Best Buy packaging a free DG Strat with every purchase of the Gdansk live CD?

    Nor will there be $2,000 coupons in certain Gdansk live CDs that could be used toward the purchase of a DG Strat?




    [You wish! – FEd]

  104. I think that is in line with other Strats of this caliber. I don’t think many will buy it but I’m glad they are available.

    I really don’t think that $1500-$3,000 was ever an option. I don’t believe it will be mass produced like the first SRV or the Clapton with the gold lace sensors. This is a collector’s guitar, guys.

    If you want a player’s guitar, modify one yourself using Phil Taylor’s book. Isn’t that what Gilmour did originally…took an ordinary Strat and modified it? That’s what I did and I’ve had a “Gilmour Strat’ since 1989. That tremola is easy to cut using a vice and hack-saw and then just bend it until it fits nicely.

    This isn’t the end of the world. Supply and demand…and I’m sure it’s Bush’s fault ultimately!

    Blake in Nashville

  105. As many of us are excited about the release of the Strat, I am not surprised if Fender wants to charge $3-5000 for it. I am confident that David and his people did all they could to get the best price.

    Fender’s marketing group has apparently determined people will pay that much, so that is what they will charge. But, it’s top shelf stuff you re getting, I’m sure.

    On the other end of he scale, Fender has the Geddy Lee Jazz bass that sells for $800, that is Japanese made, if memory serves. It’s a great value, but not much special about it. Tony Levin had a signature OLP line, not even MusicMan, that was around $350, but they had their issues.

    The point is that on one hand, they could have charged cheaper, but if DG has his name on it, it’s gonna be top shelf, not only materials, but build quality. That isn’t cheap.

  106. Johnnie Floyd,

    Why didn’t you buy the book from Phil’s website when he was signing them if you wanted one that bad???? I did.

  107. Well, I finally placed my order today!

    The actual selling price of the N.O.S. guitar is $3,999.99 (I was dead on correct!), the relic is about $800.00 more. I will be selling in my current American Strat for $500.00 to my brother to help with costs – and I will be saving as much as I can each month to help pay for this gem once it arrives in late September. My theory is – you only live once!!!!! I am excited, and this instrument will definately holds its value.

    FED, can I send in a picture with me and my new guitar once it arrives?

    [Please do, Johnnie. The same goes for anyone reading this, of course. – FEd]

  108. Ahhh! I really want one! But it will probably be too expensive for me. 🙁

    I’m trying everything I can to save up the money for this guitar.

    I would treasure it for every waking moment of my life.

  109. Hmm. If the figures quoted above are as reliable as we’re led to believe, I’m disappointed. No, gutted.

    A US street price of about $4000 for the NOS translates to over £2500 GBP with taxes and all the other overheads considered. Probably nearer £3000, which is twice what I’d originally hoped.

    In the words of a certain band “…the price has grown, the dream is gone…”. Ahem. Sorry. 🙂


  110. I’ve been thinking about this price issue and as much as I am sympathetic towards those who really want one (myself included) I was brought up with this in mind, “If you can afford it, buy it, if you can’t afford it, well don’t.”

    That may seem a little harsh, but it works. I saved for 2 years to buy a PRS Custom 24, great guitar with an ever greater price.

    I really hope this guitar has a lower price than Johnnie has sourced, but as another blogger posted, you get what you pay for.

    Best wishes and if I get one of the first 500 with a signed book, Johnnie, you can have mine.

  111. I’ll have to agree with Johnie Floyd here. $2,000 to 3,000 is within my expected price range as well.

    Love the extras and packaging but at $4,000 the closest I may come to one of these guitars is going into a Sam Ash Music store, play the leads to Echoes and Comfortably Numb (with an evil grin on my face), sadly smile, and put the guitar back in its case.

  112. I have absolutely no doubt it’ll be an excellent quality guitar especially as David wouldn’t let them release it until he was happy.

    I am a massive Gilmour fan and quite simply would not be a musician today if it wasn’t for him and his music, but as much as I do love all things Gilmour I simply cannot justify spending all that money on a copy guitar.

    Gilmour’s guitar is priceless because of the records and songs it has been used on. Had it been owned by Joe Bloggs from down the road it would be worth nothing. As Gilmour stated ‘It was just an off the shelf guitar’.

    Are people just going to buy it and put it in a display stand? What’s the point? A guitar’s for playing not just ogling and at that price it’s too expensive for a piece of furniture and too expensive to use as a gigging instrument.

    They will sell like hotcakes I expect so Fender wins but ordinary folk like us who would like a quality guitar with that Gilmour association lose out. Although there is another way…..

  113. If you do want a budget Gilmour Strat then….

    – Get a Fender Mexican Standard Strat in black with maple neck and fretboard. £300
    – Buy a black scratchplate, knobs, and other parts. £30
    – Buy a set of Seymour Duncan SSL-1 single coils. £150
    – Shorten your trem arm with a hacksaw and bend to shape. £3
    – Buy a switch from Maplins and find the wiring diagrams on the internet to wire the guitar to select the neck and bridge pickups. £20 (including switch and soldering iron)

    Should cost no more than £500 and you’ll have a guitar that looks like Gilmour’s (admittedly without the dings and other marks), sounds and plays great and won’t have cost you an obscene amount of cash!

    [More fun than taking all the things that you don’t want (the three-disc version of the album, because you’ve just bought the four or five-disc set, Phil’s book, because you’ve already got a copy…) out of the plush case and putting them on eBay, I’d imagine. – FEd]

  114. I, too, am disappointed to hear the price (if it truly $3-5000), especially after all the hype here that it would be “affordable.”

    It seems to me, by the time you have honed your craft enough to be successful and afford a guitar of this price, you’d have tweaked your own guitar and found your own likes (strings, pickups, etc) and wouldn’t need or even want to buy David’s guitar. But what do I know? I’m just a beginner . . .

    Being a beginner guitarist, and obviously a huge fan of David’s, I was really looking forward to this guitar. I’ve been plotting and planning how I was going to be able to afford it, and that’s when talk was $1-2000.

    However, the reality of being a single parent, college student, the failing economy and the price of gas almost guarantees, the closest I’ll get to this guitar, is playing it in the shop.

    I hope all this price discussion is speculation. I’ll keep the hope until I see something directly from Fender or from DG Management, here.


  115. Can’t wait for a Nadal signature tennis racket so then for sure I will be able to play just like him!!!

  116. [Well, I finally placed my order today! – Johnnie Floyd (Chicago)]

    Go, Go Johnnie….health to enjoy etc.

  117. Thanks for the kind words Paul! Yeah, I definitely got one of the first 500, so I will get the signed copy.

    Luckily, I ordered it from the store I used to work at for 5 years, so they will help me out on the selling price, otherwise there would be no way I could afford it.

    I will treasure this guitar for the rest of my life. It probably won’t make it out of my house, but I will play it everyday!!!!

    One other minor point – you would think that they would throw in the deluxe 5 disk version of “Live Gdansk” instead of the 3 disk version for the amount of money we are paying!!!!

    FED, when I send in a picture of me with the guitar, please post it so all can see, so I can get my 5 minutes of bliss (ha ha)!

    [Will do, Johnnie. – FEd]

  118. It is final… I received an e-mail from Phil Coad the manager at Manny’s (where Gilmour originally bought his black Strat), the DG Strat will debut at Manny’s Music on Sept. 22nd!

    The price of the two guitars:

    The NOS: $4000
    The Relic: $4800

    I am certainly disappointed by the price as I waited for over 2 years for this guitar.

    I missed out on an opportunity to get a new Fender Strat and a customized Strat which was quite close to what the NOS is like. My suggestion to other players is to go for the the red Strat and do some slight modifications.

    First get a Fender 1983 ‘57 Stratocaster (originally with Fender vintage reissue pickups).

    – Original Fender candy apple red alder body with a white black 1-ply 8 hole pickguard.
    – Original Fender ‘57V reissue maple neck with Gotoh tuners.
    – EMG-SA pickups with EXG mid-cut/expander and SPC mid booster.
    – Shortened tremolo arm to 4.25″.

    This guitar is far more affordable, it will cost you around $1,629.99 – $1,649.99 and it was used by the man himself (P.U.L.S.E).

  119. Well, I did it. I put my deposit down and reserved myself a Black Strat. I have to thank David for taking so long to approve the final product, as it gave me more time to save up for it.

    My wife bought me the replica Hendrix guitar strap for my birthday, so I had to get something proper to go with it!

  120. Deposit in at Sam Ash for the Gilmour Relic. Cost = $4799.

    A side note: I put my deposit in on Tuesday morning, by chance I was at Sam Ash and asked about the Fender DG. He called his guy at Fender and they said I was officially the first order placed for the Relic.. AWESOME….. Deposit $1200, Cost $4799 (they were just allowed to start accepting orders as I called).

    My deposit receipt doesn’t even have the SKU on it just the name cause Fender didn’t even have a SKU number yet. They also said the guitars will be random serial numbered so there will be no 0000001 serial number, but just for my own sake and knowledge (with the receipt and letter from Fender) that mine was the first ever order which is not necessarily the first one to be made. 🙁

    Woulda been cool if the first order was guaranteed to be the first one made, oh well……..

    Also, the Fender Custom Shop just got the parts in this week to start production so hopefully this will be done Sept 22nd and not pushed off like most of Gilmour’s projects (all awesome but usually not on time).

  121. Looks like my mate was right. He said that it won’t be anything less than £2k.

    Why isn’t the price listed here yet? The information is already out there.

    [Indeed. You’d have to ask Management about that. I just relay the news to you and pass unwelcome opinions. (It keeps me busy whilst twiddling my thumbs, waiting for delayed reactions.) – FEd]

  122. The more I dwell on this, the worse I feel. I don’t need a DG Strat, but having bought and listened to the guy’s music and adored his playing for the best part of 25 years, I would have loved to own one. Can’t justify spending that much.


    Does anyone remember the rumours about the Digitech Gilmour pedal from a couple of years ago (Guitarist Magazine, roughly the same time as the Strat was announced)? I wonder if anything ever came of that?


  123. What I meant about the fans giving David his 40 year + career was exactly what you said in response.

    In an age of illegal downloads, borrowed copies, etc. Pink Floyd and David Gilmour, still have support from the fans. There are very few artists out there that compel me to still buy albums, and not just albums, but other merchandise. Dark Side still sells like crazy, and anyone could easily borrow a copy to burn, rather than buy one.

    Let’s face it, and don’t crucify me for saying so, but David’s playing is not difficult. He is in some ways, traditional. He really wasn’t innovative like Hendrix, or to some degree Syd (who was a fairly poor guitarist by most standards). David had soul and played his ass off! He came through and connected, and that’s what matters.

    David pulled everything together in a most graceful way. He can do more with one note, than most do with an entire fretboard, and for that, he deserves our respect and support. He wrote the soundtracks to our lives.

  124. Another interesting point to note:

    If you visit the Fender Custom Shop website, click on the price list of the existing guitars, you’ll notice that not one of the guitars is in the price range from $1500 – $2000… too bad David meant ‘affordable’ in his own-terms rather than thinking in terms of guitar players/fans living in other countries. So conclusively David’s ‘affordable’ was no different than the rest of the prices already in the Fender Custom Shop price list.

    So my question to David is: how did you influence the price of the guitar and how did you maintain/justify your statement of affordability?

    I don’t mean to sound ungrateful but on the other hand I won’t believe that other Custom Shop guitars have gone through lesser modifications. I mean if David tells us the original price was meant to be 6,000 and he influenced it to be 4,000, it would be hard to believe it.

    Are you trying to tell me that the DG Strat went through more customizations than Eric Clapton’s “Blackie” or the other well known Fender Custom Guitars? Of course not…

    So I would say that the prices are not justified and certainly the term ‘affordable’ has lost its context.

  125. Sad, for me who lives in Norway.

    The price I have to pay for it in the store is $7547 for the NOS model.

    Way too much. 🙁

  126. God, I hope Gilmour doesn’t do anything with Digitech!!!! The only pedal from them that he uses is their “whammy pedal”.


  127. why david, why???

    why did you have to give us a dream and a hope when you were going to take it all away from us?


  128. As has already been said… if you can afford it, buy it, if not then don’t…

    This guitar is a copy of David Gilmour’s legendary Black Strat. DG has a history with the guitar, he’s played some iconic music on it, he’s tinkered with it, it was on loan to the HRC for 10 years, Phil Taylor wrote a book about it… it has history!

    My opinion is that it is the same as a tribute band playing DG/PF music… DG/PF wrote the music and the tribute band are playing it. The guitar you are buying is a copy and you have no historical attachment.

    So all I would add to my opening statement is, “then don’t… but build your own and it will look the same and you’ll have a history with it.”

    Plus you can say, “yeah, it does look like Gilmour’s.” I did… click my name.

    Wasn’t it Abraham Lincoln who said “You can please some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not please a Floyd fan any of the time…”?

    Or something like that… 🙂

    Fed… Maybe this guitar should come with a crash helmet and cricket pads just to protect you from the brickbats flying around… 🙂

    [Maybe, but is there room in the case for anything else? – FEd]

  129. I’m going to defend the pricing on this guitar and I do believe that David did what he could to make it affordable. It’s just that the definition of affordable is open to interpretation. Just like music and art, different people have different opinions on what it means to them.

    Anyone who knows anything about the guitar market, knows that this is really not priced out of line for an Artist guitar. In fact, as I’ve mentioned on this blog in the past, some Artist guitars have had retail prices of 3 to 5 times the price of this one. Just look up the Andy Summers Telecaster, the Paul McCartney Epiphone Acoustic or the Jimmy Page Double Neck Gibson to name a few.

    And remember, this is not a limited edition as some of the other guitars were. Hang in there and you may be able to buy an N.O.S. that got relic’d from some use at a great price in the second hand market in a few years. Who knows, Fender may also decide to release a Squire DG model (though I doubt it) kinda like Gibson did with the Slash guitar they recently released. That one is available as a Gibson Les Paul or an Epiphone model.

    At the end, people are allowed to make money. Or do you really think that David should also just give you the shirt off his back??



  130. Maybe Squier should release a truly “affordable” edition for us, ordinary men…

    I wish prices weren’t $4000 for NOS. I’d pay $2000 with pleasure. I only hope $4000 reflects a very high-end guitar indeed!

    Maybe my beloved Guitar Master is trying to teaching us that we don’t really need an instrument like his to make music, to play music.

    After all, if I buy two black Strats, I don’t think I could play like him. :'(

    I must continue learning!

    Gracias Maestro Gilmour! Saludos desde México! Eres inspíración para muchos!

  131. Well, according to to Fender’s summer price list, the prices are:

    NOS: $3,999
    Relic: $4,799

    [If anyone’s waiting, hoping, that these will change, please don’t. Fender have put the prices out there, so they’re as good as carved in stone now. Please don’t wait for DG Management to confirm or comment because, clearly, they aren’t going to. For that, I apologise. You can see the Fender Custom Shop’s catalogue by clicking Scot’s name above. – FEd]

  132. Hmmmm….if Rudders would have put a PG Tips sticker on his strat instead of Jack Daniels then it could have been really a DG tribute guitar.



  133. [Hmmmm….if Rudders would have put a PG Tips sticker on his strat instead of Jack Daniels… – Andrew]

    I’d rather drink Jack Daniels with Rudders than tea. 🙂

    Very nice looking display Rudders.

    ash X

  134. [Well, according to to Fender’s summer price list, the prices are: NOS: $3,999 Relic: $4,799 – Scot]

    Due to no other information being forthcoming from any other official sources (thanks for your efforts in trying to get this to us though FEd) I used those US prices and the current UK price lists to calculate possible UK prices for the two models.

    My considered guesses (including VAT) are therefore:

    NOS: £2,349.99
    Relic: £2,799.99

  135. [If I can afford, I’ll take a ‘New Old Stock’… – Taki]

    … well, as for many on this blog, it looks like I can’t afford it. I’m sure it is worth each penny, and I hope that a lot good guitar players will buy it, but I won’t unless a good promotion is in sight.

    I hope they’ll still build it when I can afford it. 😉

    Best regards,


  136. Come on, who can afford to blow £2,349.99-£2,799.99 on a trophy guitar with everything going up? That’s more than my car is worth, LOL!

    [Mine, too. Let’s be realistic here: the people that thrashed out this deal (if that doesn’t make them sound far more passionate and lively than many of them really are) live in a very, very different world and, frankly, don’t give a stuff if you, or I, can afford to play with their toys or not. They’ll still do very well out of the deal, just as they’ve done very well out of all the other items that fans have been invited to snap up at regular intervals. It’s the same old story and always will be. It’s all very well saying, “If you can’t afford it, don’t buy it.” That implies that you actually have some say in the matter. If you can afford it, but think you’re being fooled into buying a whole host of things that you don’t want, either because you already have them or plan to purchase a more extensive version, don’t buy it. If you can afford it and think it’s a good deal all in all, good luck to you. Any unwanted extras will make fine Christmas presents and, as has been said many times, the guitar itself wouldn’t be available at all if it wasn’t of the very highest quality. You will get a beautiful, well-made instrument from Fender… Eventually. – FEd]

  137. There is now more info (if you can call it that) on the main page. You’ll need to look for it though as it’s ‘hidden’ under a non-story about RTN being shown in South America in three weeks time!

    [Early warning, there. A refreshing change, I say. – FEd]

  138. […the guitar itself wouldn’t be available at all if it wasn’t of the very highest quality. You will get a beautiful, well-made instrument from Fender… Eventually. – FEd]

    And that should be the last word on the topic.



  139. This really sounds a great guitar which is unfortunately a wee bit out of my price range seeing as it was going to be a gift for someone anyway.

    Some good reading on the blog about this topic, reminds me of a guy I know whose genuine 57 Strat is worth more than his house…. and I thought he was bullshitting me.

    A Fender American standard Strat it is then.

    BTW. Never got to see the game on Saturday. 4-0 was a great result.

  140. Come on now, guys!

    I mean, I think serious guitar players here know that this guitar is a Fender Custom Shop model and they cost that much and much more, actually. Now, this guitar is not a Christmas present for a DG fanboy (or fangirl), it is, at least I hope so very much, a high-end professional instrument which has its price.

    If it was meant to be affordable for everyone playing electric guitar it would not have the quality standard David was after. You can not get an affordable Mercedes just because David drives one and You are a fan. Affordability in a world of custom Fender guitars has never meant “for everyone to buy”, it always means a serious investment.

    That is the way it is with Fender and many other famous guitar makers for many years now – the only really decent sounding and well crafted guitars come from the Custom Shop, the standard models have to be heavily modified to get where You want them as a pro player. (And then they already cost around 1500 US$!!!)

  141. [There is now more info (if you can call it that) on the main page. You’ll need to look for it though as it’s ‘hidden’ under a non-story about RTN being shown in South America in three weeks time! – Nate]

    LOL! That was pretty lame. Whoever writes the Latest News should try and keep up with the rest of us, LOL!

    [Come on, be fair. You now know that ‘Remember That Night’ will be on HBO across Latin America a whole fortnight before the first broadcast. That’s unusually swift. – FEd]

  142. I just saw the supposed prices on David Gilmour’s black Strat, from Latest News: $4K for the NOS and $4,800 for the beat up looking Relic.

    IMHO I hate the fact that Fender has their signature series lines……this seems like a heck of a lot of money for the average individual to shuck out on a pre customized guitar. Professional musicians would never shell out this kind of money on a “clone” instrument. They have their own that they cut their teeth on. The only thing that I can do with this latest news is appreciate Fender’s efforts, to finally recognize David that is long overdue.

    In all actuality Fender should donate a proceeds of the monies received on this instrument to one of David’s many charities, that would be money well spent!

    But again imho what makes a guitar a guitar is what it does for the individual. Finding the right instrument takes a long time, and there are a million different factors that you have to consider before you bring the guitar that is right for you home.

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