Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour was the recent guest of the Guitar World and he talked about why he is selling over 120 of his guitars on auction.
“The first question is… How could you?!?“
“The big picture is I want to raise some money. There are a lot of major problems in our world today in terms of refugees and starvation.
I have a charitable foundation and the money will be distributed from there to the people that need it most throughout the world. It will be just a drop in the bucket, but many will potentially benefit from this sale. That’s more important to me these days.”
“Of the 120 guitars that are being auctioned, which are the most valuable to you?”
“Well, obviously, the Black Strat. It has served me extraordinarily well. It’s on all the Pink Floyd records from the Seventies. The opening notes of “Shine on You Crazy Diamond” fell out of that guitar one day in 1974, and the solo on “Comfortably Numb” was done on that guitar. It’s really on everything during the Seventies.
My 1969 Martin D-35 is something I’ll miss. I used it for the lead parts on “Wish You Were Here,” and it was my main acoustic guitar through the Seventies. I still use it all the time. It’s the nicest guitar I have for just plain, straight strumming. I’m also auctioning my Martin D12-28, which is the 12-string I wrote “Wish You Were Here” on.
And then there’s my Ovation 1619-4 six-string acoustic that was very useful to me for a long time because of its internal electronics. It’s also important because that’s the guitar I restrung using some of the high strings from a 12-string set, which inspired me to write “Comfortably Numb.” I used it for almost every live performance of “Comfortably Numb” through the years.”
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