Guitars galore


One for the guitar boffs today.

There’s always great debate over which electric guitars David will use, with many fans gasping in disbelief whenever they see him playing anything other than a trusty red Fender Stratocaster. Recording engineer and technician, Phil Taylor, David’s right-hand man since 1974, revealed that David has used a Les Paul on several tracks on the new album, as well as various Fender Strats, a Gretsch Duo-Jet, plus several acoustics and lap steel guitars.

Many fans have written to expressing their concern for the 1957-reissue Fender Strat that they fondly associate with David (he has, of course, been using a Gretsch Duo-Jet rather a lot in live shows over the past few years instead of the familiar Strat). Phil also caused concern among purists by revealing that David is currently favouring a Goldtop Gibson Les Paul.

But that’s not to say that he’s given up on Strats – and here’s the proof.

The word is that David will also be playing saxophone on ‘On An Island’, which the real die-hards will know he has been learning to play with one of his sons.

Thanks, as always, for the messages you’ve added. There have been some lovely ones, so thanks very much for letting us know just how much David’s timeless music means to you. We’d never disagree with those sentiments.

Another of Polly’s photographs tomorrow and don’t forget that ‘Three Men in a Boat’ is on tomorrow night at 9PM. If you suspect that anyone might suggest something today that could cause you to miss it, then you should start thinking of good excuses now.

More on this programme tomorrow.