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Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by darylcrisp, Jun 9, 2021 at 2:42 PM.
There was a video a few years back, of Paul McCartney at the Cavern Club, with Gilmour and Ian Paice (among others) backing him up. Gilmour played a Telecaster (or Esquire) for the night. Could be the one shown here....don't know.
That's his 1955 Esquire he got from Seymour Duncan
The guitar on that picture is the Workmate. I would assume the picture it is from his latest tour on which he used it on some tracks.
Here is how gilmourish.com (great site by the way) describes it:
"David Gilmour’s 1955 Esquire originally belonged to Seymour Duncan who gave/sold it to David around 1975-76. It already had its worn exterior, which led David to name it The Workmate after the Black and Decker work bench (Phil Taylor Q&A, davidgilmour.com, December 2007).
An Esquire differs from the Telecasters in that they don’t have the neck pickup, but Gilmour’s guitar has a custom fitted neck pickup, made and installed by Seymour Duncan (who then worked at Fender)."
The Workmate. He's been using that for nearly 50 years.
Edit: I find it interesting/amazing that out of all of the guitars he auctioned off, this is one of the few that he kept. It must be an absolutely exceptional guitar.
Same guitar, his workmate as he calls it.
On the rear cover of About Face
But I think in the article the OP linked to, he's referring to another guitar that perhaps no one is expecting him to play?
It could just mean the playing will be different. Maybe more acoustic and fewer solos.
He’s playing it on this video! Stunning!
Once again, proving that Strats have their place but Teles are for life!
Maybe he's going back in time to his childhood roots, to a Syd sound, which is nothing like a rock god sound.
When people get old, its kind of typical they start to revert to what they knew at a very young age.
The fascinating thing is, if you listen to a lot of Stoner, you hear Syd influences all the time, in the strangest and quirkiest ways.
Because what he played and how he played it always stood out, it was never 'typical' (typical rock god anyway).
So when you hear someone else cop it, it stands out immediately, there's no mistaking it.
You'll be listening to the heaviest sludge-doom tune, and in the middle of it comes this unmistakable Syd riff or sound or influence.
Its uncanny, and at times bizarre, which works perfectly since the guy was uncanny and bizarre.
I've always thought of him as being as much of a Tele player as a Strat player, even going way back.
Great demo of Tele tones from Gilmour on that video. I suppose that’s a Strat pickup in the neck? Also, nice to see Albert Lee on the same stage with Gilmour even if Lee is only supporting on this number.
Believe Gilmours first professional guitar was a Telecaster, which got stolen some long time ago.
His Workmate actually has a Strat sized neck pickup, not a tele pickup.
When he was interviewed about the auction, he said that it would be physically difficult for him to part with the Esquire, because it’s the guitar he uses all the time at home when he plays and compose.
Yeah it was McCartney, Gilmour, Ian Paice, and Mick Green.
Could be, but AFAIK Gilmour never really played or sounded like Syd, even in his early days with Floyd.
Maybe the new tracks are along the lines of the video in post #8, which isn’t really rock-god like. That sound might actually be more of a “return to roots” for him?
.. there goes the neighborhood.....
Here he is playing a part that Syd played on the record, and Rick Wright sang:
I have been thinking about that too. One should remember, though, that Gilmour has Custom Shop versions of his black strat and he has said he has a hard time finding any difference between those and the original. He could sell his original black strat and yet somehow keep the essence of it. Not so with the Esquire. David Gilmour has even performed with a custom shop copy of his black strat.
As usual, Gilmour's solo is spot on, economical and so tasteful.