David Gilmour biography



Lead singer and guitarist of Pink Floyd!

David Gilmour is an English musician, best known as the guitarist, singer and one of the songwriters in the band Pink Floyd.

Known for his melodic phrasing and fantastic tone, David Gilmour has always been up there with the great British guitar players like Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Peter Green, Gary Moore, Jeff Beck, Brian May, and Mark Knopfler.


David Gilmour equipment

Best known for his incredible tone, David Gilmour’s rig has been analyzed by fans for decades.

Perhaps the best resource online when it comes to this is the site Gilmourish.com put together by Norwegian super fan Bjorn Riis.

Here you can find out about his multiple amp setups, the exact spec of his colorsound booster and of course his love for the Binson Echorec.

As a genuine collector, David is the proud owner of one of the first Fender Stratocaster ever made. With serial number #0001, it wasn’t actually the first ever built, although it must have been pretty close. To acquire it from his own guitar tech he had to help him buy a house!

Although this is not the guitar Fender decided to turn into the signature strat that we can all buy from the local shop. Instead it’s the famous black Strat that is on offer, complete with a Seymour Duncan custom made bridge pickup that can be switched in to run alongside the neck pickup.

It would be extremely easy to fall down the rabbit hole and start buying similar gear to David’s, after all, who has a better tone than him?

Before you remortgage the house, check out Keeley’s sensational creation Dark Side, aiming to offer you the sound of Dark Side Of The Moon, in one pedal!

I don’t know about you but I want one and am seriously looking into adding a switch so I can run the bridge and neck pickup together…


Wish You Were Here

Wish You Were Here is the title track from the album that followed Dark Side Of The Moon was released in 1975.

Easily one of the bands best songs, Gilmour came up with the production idea for the intro as he wanted it to sound like someone was playing along to a radio.

The delicate licks have since become legendary, a must learn for anyone who wants to understand the secret to David’s phrasing.

To find out more about the actual song writing, study the rhythm of the vocal melody! How its syncopation relates to the repetitive strumming is a master class in how a genius crafts a memorable tune.

Rolling Stones magazine placed Wish You Were Here at #209 on their list of Greatest Albums Of All Time.


Wish You Were Here – Chords

The Stadium meets campfire trick that Wish You Were Here pull off has made it immortal and as a consequence, often plagiarized.

This is not a song to jam and improvise over, so legendary are the licks you simply must learn each and every one of them, note for note.

Go to Wish You Were Here chords.


Wish You Were Here – Lyrics

So, so you think you can tell, heaven from hell,
blue skies from pain.
Can you tell a green field, from a cold steel rail,
a smile from a veil, do you think you can tell.

Go to Wish You Were Here lyrics.