This week’s featured artist is David Gilmour! Born March 6th 1946, he is an English musician best known as guitarist and co-lead vocalist of progressive rock band Pink Floyd. He joined the group as guitarist and co-lead vocalist in 1968 shortly before the departure of founding member Syd Barrett. Following the departure of bassist, co-lead vocalist, and primary songwriter Roger Waters in 1985, Pink Floyd continued under Gilmour’s leadership and released three more studio albums.
Gilmour’s lead guitar style is characterised by dreamy blues-influenced phrasing, expressive note bends, and sustain. In 2006, Gilmour said: “My fingers make a distinctive sound… they aren’t very fast, but I think I am instantly recognisable.” Pink Floyd technician Phil Taylor said: “It really is just his fingers, his vibrato, his choice of notes and how he sets his effects … In reality, no matter how well you duplicate the equipment, you will never be able to duplicate the personality.”
Gilmour primarily has used Fender Stratocasters and Telecasters, but has also used a Gibson Les Paul goldtop model with P-90 pick-ups during recording sessions for The Wall.
In 1996, Gilmour was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Pink Floyd. He has been ranked one of the greatest guitarists of all time by publications including Rolling Stone and The Daily Telegraph. In January 2007, Guitar World readers voted Gilmour’s solos for “Comfortably Numb”, “Time” and “Money” among the top 100 greatest guitar solos.
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