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DAVID GILMOUR TONES AND GEAR

Sound clips of various Pink Floyd/David Gilmour related guitar tones, gear settings, and gear demos

BUILDING THE GILMOUR TONE - Here are audio clips demonstrating building basic Gilmour tones using some of the same gear David used. These clips are designed to show what each individual pedal contributes to the tone.
BUILDING GILMOUR TONE


GILMOUR BIG MUFFS - A detailed history of David's use of the Electro-Harmonix Big Muff and the Custom Fuzz versions built for him by Pete Cornish.
THE DAVID GILMOUR BIG MUFF


COMFORTABLY NUMB - A detailed history of the writing, recording, and gear used to create this incredible Pink Floyd song from The Wall, focusing on David Gilmour's historic outro guitar solo. Featuring demo clips, isolated guitar tracks, gear demos, and a large selection of bootleg performances.
COMFORTABLY NUMB SOLO TONES


DARK SIDE OF THE MOON - A detailed history of the writing, recording, and gear used to create this historic Pink Floyd album. Featuring demo clips, isolated guitar tracks, gear demos, a treasure trove of DSOTM facts and trivia, and a large selection of bootleg performances.
THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON TONES


MOTHER SOLO / PINK FLOYD - An example of The Wall era Big Muff tone with gear and settings.
MOTHER SOLO CLIPS


MODULATION - FLANGER AND CHORUS IN PINK FLOYD SOLOS - David Gilmour's modulated "wet" Pink floyd Big Muff sound. Soundclips of the Electic Mistress, Deluxe Electric Mistress, Boss CE-2 Chorus, and Boss CE-5 Chorus Ensemble, featuring the first Comfortably Numb solo from The Wall.
MODULATION CLIPS - COMFORTABLY NUMB FIRST SOLO


ON AN ISLAND - RECREATING THE LIVE SOUND - One of David's best solos from his 2006 solo album, On An Island. I was trying to re-create the live version tone here and sampled a variety of Big Muffs and Big Muff clones.
ON AN ISLAND SOLO #2 CLIPS


ON THE TURNING AWAY SOLO / PINK FLOYD - Here is my attempt at this amazing David Gilmour solo, from Pink Floyd's A Momentary Lapse of Reason album. I'm going for more of the Delicate Sound of Thunder live tone here.
ON THE TURNING AWAY SOLO CLIPS


SHINE ON YOU CRAZY DIAMOND 1-V SOLOS / PINK FLOYD - Here are clips using various pedals in an attempt to get something close to the different tones David Gilmour has used over the years in this Pink Floyd masterpiece. David has used the Colorsound Overdriver, Chandler Tube Driver, Boss CS-2, MXR Dynacomp, B.K. Butler Tube Driver, Ram's Head Big Muff, and the Pete Cornish G-2 for these solos throughout the years.
SHINE ON YOU CRAZY DIAMOND 1-V SOLO CLIPS


SORROW INTRO AND SOLO - Here are some clips of my attempt at David Gilmour's live guitar tone for Pink Floyd's Sorrow, from A Momentray Lapse of Reason. I was not going for any particular performance, just a generic late 1980s to mid 1990s tone using a variety of Big Muffs and similar pedals.
SORROW INTRO AND SOLO CLIPS

EFFECT PEDAL DEMOS

BIG MUFF Pi DEMO LIBRARY - Here are clips of every Big Muff Pi pedal ever made for comparison, from vintage to modern.
BIG MUFF DEMO LIBRARY CLIPS


BIG MUFF INSPIRED PEDALS AND CLONES

SKREDDY LUNAR MODULE

BK BUTLER TUBE DRIVER

COLORSOUND OVERDRIVER

SMS EARTH DRIVE
PICKUP DEMOS

EMG-DG20 PICKUPS VS VINTAGE STYLE STRAT PICKUPS - Comparison of the David Gilmour EMG pickup set vs the Seymour Duncan SSL-5 bridge pickup and Fender Custom Shop '69 neck pickup.
EMG-DG20 VS. VINTAGE STYLE PICKUP CLIPS


SEYMOUR DUNCAN SSL-5 VS SCN PICKUPS - These clips compare the Seymour Duncan SSL-5 pickup to a Fender Samarium Cobalt Noiseless pickup in a Fender strat, bridge position. If you are having RF noise problems with your strat, even after shielding and using good cables, try using these Bill Lawrence designed SCN noiseless pickups. They are QUIET. The tone sounds very similar to CS' 69 or Fat 50's pups to my ear. Great for the middle and necks pups. The SSL-5 sounds better for Gilmour tone in the bridge position than the SCNs, but the SCNs are not bad! Give them a listen. I Also used two different muff distortions in the comparison, an original Sovtek green Big Muff Pi and a noisier Skreddy Pedals Pink Flesh muff clone. Effects in chain are - Keeley compressor > Muff > Colorsound Overdriver (as boost only) > TC Electronic ND1 Nova delay (420ms) > and Boss CE5 chorus, into a clean '65 Fender Twin re-issue. Backing tracks are from Gilmourish.com.

Seymour Duncan SSL-5 strat pickup Soundclip 1
On the Turning Away Solo w/green Sovtek Big Muff

Seymour Duncan SSL-5 strat pickup Soundclip 2
Comfortably Numb Solo #2 w/green Sovtek Big Muff


AMP SETTINGS: Below are the typical settings I use for the Fender Twin Reverb amp used in most of my clips.

amp settings

Note: Some vintage Electro Harmonix pedals have the knobs (potentiometers) mounted in a strange way, so they do not all start at zero from the same place. This makes it difficult to tell someone what setting I use for a praticular tone. Giving standard percentage or o'clock settings may be confusing. Below is a diagram showing how to do this by looking at the knob from its "true zero" point and this is how I give my settings.