Andy Mooney, the CEO of Fender Musical Instruments Corporation and former chairman of Disney Consumer Products, has confessed that he tried to buy Pink Floyd legend David Gilmour‘s famous guitar during the auction last year but failed.
As you may remember, the legendary guitarist Gilmour auctioned 126 of his guitars for a record-breaking $21 million at a New York charity auction in 2019. Supported the charity, which aims to fight against climate change, Gilmour had bidders from 66 countries around the world.
‘The Black Strat,’ a 1969 Fender Stratocaster which Gilmour used to record the Pink Floyd albums ‘The Dark Side of the Moon,’ ‘Wish You Were Here’ and ‘The Wall,’ sold for $3,975,000, which marked a new world record for a guitar at an auction.
Along with Black Strat, Gilmour’s special guitar, #0001 Strat, was also put to the auction among 126 guitars. The guitar Mooney had an eye on, 1954 Stratocaster, is a rare white example from the year, with gold anodized pickguard and gold hardware.
Mooney said about the issue that he tried to convince David for many years to at least give him access to it so they could do some Custom Shop replicas but he was never willing to do it.
It was stated about this guitar that it is not the very first Fender Stratocaster. However, Leo Fender, in 1955 and afterward, when a musician helped him in the design or the promotion of his instruments, he would often have a custom made guitar built for them and put that Number One serial plate on the back.
This is what makes this piece so special, according to Kerry Keane of Christie’s New York in 2019. #0001 Strat of David Gilmour ended up selling for $1,815,000.
Here’s what the CEO of Fender, Andy Mooney, said about the guitar:
“My holy grail was the David Gilmour Strat. I tried to convince David for many years to at least give me access to it so we could do some Custom Shop replicas but he was never willing to do it.
Now I know why, looking at how much that guitar went for. I bid on it actually! I played it at Christie’s when they put it on a roadshow along with his black Strat.
So at least I got to touch it and play it… but sadly that one will never make it into the collection!”
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