Guitar Heroes Dave Gilmour – Master Of Tasteful Guitar Playing

tasteful guitar playingSo good to get round to writing a few thoughts on the magnificent master of tasteful guitar playing that is Mr Dave Gilmour. When you think about the players that have pulled the most memorable sounds from the haloed Stratocaster you just can’t not mention this guy.

Two of The Most Famous Guitar Solos Of All Time

This is the man who played the famous guitar solos on songs like “Another Brick In the Wall” and “Comfortably numb”, (although rumour has it that he used a Les Paul for that) Those are two of the solo’s I can pretty much sing note for note I love them so much.

What Dave brings to the world of creative guitar playing is taste and tone for me. Never a shredder or a fancy tricks merchant, his playing is fluid, emotive and gorgeous in every way. His playing and vocals just fit with the whole Pink Floyd “Thang” perfectly – adding to the moods, complimenting the feel and fitting right in with one of the best and most successful bands of all time.

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Die hard Floyd fans apparently were a little miffed when he was brought in to replace the late Syd Barrett, but lets face it – something had to be done. With a band as unique as Pink Floyd and a guitarist/Singer as enigmatic as Syd, this can’t have been an easy task but luckily they got it right.


Replacing Syd Can’t Have Been Easy

It’s pretty hard to actually conceive of just how successful Floyd became with Dave Gilmour at the helm. From an unusual psychedelic band with an increasingly erratic front man, they went on to become an institution to serious music fans the world over and a global multi national corporation..

Mr G’s Strat these days is a much-worked on thing. The pickups are non-standard, the wring has been altered and the tremolo system replaced many times over the years. For detail on the DG set up this is a great site to visit He also uses Les Pauls and Telecasters frequently.

As far as effects go the current DG set up is immense but the early days saw much use of Big Muff compressors and distortion pedals, Ibanez Tubescreamers and a variety of delay pedals – possibly the biggest part of his signature sound. The result is a big, sweeping sound that, together with the solid bass, huge keyboards and syncopated drums from messrs Wright, Mason and Waters gives us the amazingness that is Floyd and some of the most tasteful guitar playing you will ever hear.

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I'm Dave Menzies a digital entrepreneur, photographer and guitarist. I live on the Argyll coast of Scotland. My partner and I write, record and produce our own music and videos in our home studio. I love to help individuals discover the lifestyle freedom offered by the digital world and guitarists to develop their own style.

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