Bernie Marsden, the British rock and blues guitarist, who is also known for his work with Whitesnake, has talked about his ’59 Gibson Les Paul guitar, which he called ‘The Beast,’ and commented on the reason why David Gilmour sold 126 of his guitars.
During a recent interview, Bernie Marsden has made a comprehensive conversation about his famous guitar, ‘The Beast.’ He was asked what would he think about selling it, if somebody wanted to buy it.
Since he has the book, the ‘Tales of Tone and Volume,’ now, in which he can take a look at all his guitars, Marsden said it’s the right time to let some go so that people can enjoy these fantastic instruments.
Bernie Marsden also unveiled his honest opinions about David Gilmour‘s decision to sell more than a hundred of his guitars which he played during the period of the Pink Floyd. Against the financial problem rumors, he said that he understands Gilmour’s act since he was selling his for charity, not because he’s David Gilmour.
As you may remember, the legendary guitarist David 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.
Here is what Bernie Marsden said about David Gilmour’s charity auction:
“Until I did the book I didn’t think about it so much, and maybe that’s why David Gilmour was selling – I mean, he was selling his for charity, not because he’s David Gilmour.
I mean, my charity would have to be my family, we can always make something with them and make one as a special edition or something, and I’m talking to the Gibson guys, so it’s a good time, and I’m enjoying doing what I do.”
You can check out the rest of the interview here.