David Gilmour Guitar Methods

author: Arnni date: 07/01/2005 category: guitar gurus
rating: 7.3 / votes: 41 
Dave Gilmour was the replacement for Syd Barrett in 1968, Gilmour made his mark on Floyd from day one, but non more noticeable than one echoes. The following success made Gilmour a legend with his beautiful guitar licks. Gilmour's main stage guitar is a USA '57 Vintage Reissue Strat fitted with EMG-SA pickups. He has also installed the EMG-EXG expander & SPC midrange presence controls. Apart from the electrics, the only other custom feature is a shortened tremolo arm so that he can keep it in his picking hand more comfortably while playing. But back in '1970s he Used a strat that was mostly likely from 1969 era, as the guitar didn't have the Bullet truss rod. The Fender 1969 Stratocaster that he used, has been used on all recordings up to Momentary lapse of reason when he changed to his USA '57 re-issue strat. Other guitars used live are an Esquire Telecaster in dropped D tuning for Run Like Hell, The following are the pedals Gilmour uses. Most of the pedals are unavailble now, however most can be found on eBay. Other Pedals are Specially made for Gilmour, so you may have to look for other brands that come close to that. Gilmour famously said though you can get close to his sound by using a simple range of boss pedals. Gilmour uses hi-watt amps into Marshall cabs and custom hi-watts cabs.
A - Boss CS-2 Compression/Sustainer. 
B - Pro Co. Rat II Distortion. 
C - Cornish Big Muff. 
D - Boss GE-7 Graphic Equalizer. 
E - Cornish Soft Sustain. 
F - Sovtek Big Muff II. 
G - Chandler Tube Driver #2. 
H - MXR Dynacomp Compressor. 
I - Ibanez CP-9 Compressor. 
J - Boss Metalizer. 
K - Chandler Tube Driver #1. 
L - Boss GE-7 Graphic Equalizer. HIGH
M - Boss GE-7 Graphic Equalizer. BASS
N - Boss GE-7 Graphic Equalizer. MID
Lick 1. This lick is simmiliar to Wish You Were Here, however its in a diffrent key:
e |-5/7-----7\5-------------------------------------|
B |-5/7-----7\5-----5/7--7\5--------5/7--7\5--------|
G |-------------------4/6--6\4---2---4/6--6\4---2-2-|
D |-------------------------------------------------|
A |-------------------------------------------------|
E |-------------------------------------------------|
Lick 2. This is a typical Gilmour lick, this can be seen from Dark Side Of The Moon straight to The Division Bell:
e |--------------5------------------|
B |-----------5----7p5--------------|
G |--7b(9)--------------7p5---------|
D |------------------------------7--|
A |---------------------------------|
E |---------------------------------|
Lick 3 It is from the Experimental Days, think atom heart mother and echoes:
e |-----------------------------------------------|
B |--14-13----------14-13-------------------------|
G |---------13--------------13--------------------|
D |------------13--------------13--11-10----------|
A |-------------------------------------------11--|
E |-----------------------------------------------|
Lick 4. This is another typical Gilmour blues lick:
e |--------------7---9p7-------------|
B |-----------7-------------9p7------|
G |--9b(11)---------------------9-7--|
D |----------------------------------|
A |----------------------------------|
E |----------------------------------|
Lick 5. This lick can be seen through out The Wall:
e|--------------7----------------------------|
B|-----------7-----9p7---7------7-----7/9-7--|
G|--9b(11)-------------9-7------7-----7/9-7--|
D|----------------------------9-9---9-9------|
A|-------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------|
Lick 6. This Lick can be seen on Echoes, using a D shape chord:
e|-----14---------------16------------16/14--|
B|--------15---------------17----------------|
G|--14-------14--14/16-------16---16/14------|
D|-------------------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------|
Lick 7. This lick is a simmiliar to In The Flesh, and a normal blues run:
e|--------12--------12--------12------------------------------|
B|--------12--------12--------12------------------------------|
G|14b(16)---14b(16)---14b(16)----14p12------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------14p12---------------14~|
A|-------------------------------------------14-13-12---------|
E|----------------------------------------------------15-14---|
Lick 8. This is seen in In The Flesh from The Wall, the lick is also seen in Learning To Fly:
e|--------0----------0----------------------------------------|
b|----------3-----------3-------------------------------------|
g|-2b(4)-------2b(4)--------2B(4)-2-0-------------------------|
d|--------------------------------------2-0-------------------|
a|-------------------------------------------2-1-0---------2~-|
E|---------------------------------------------------3-2------|
Lick 9. Is also seen in In The Flesh, it's a typical rock lick:
e|-12~--------------------------------------|
b|-----12~--15b(17)--15b(17)r15-12-15b(17)--|
g|------------------------------------------|
d|------------------------------------------|
a|------------------------------------------|
E|------------------------------------------|
Lick 10. This lick is a run up the neck, used by gilmour on High Hopes:
e|-----------------------------------|
B|-----------------------------------|
G|-----------------------------------|
D|-2----2/4-4----4/5-5----5/-9--9--7-|
A|-----------------------------------|
E|-----------------------------------|
lick 11. This lick is in the style of Floyd from Post Waters:
e|--13p10----10-----------------------|
B|------------------13------13b15r13--|
G|------------------------------------|
D|------------------------------------|
A|------------------------------------|
E|------------------------------------|
Lick 12. This lick is taken from The Wall, it's very dark and a good emotional mood setter:
e|-----15-17-17p15-17-17b(19)---------------|
B|--17------------------------17-17-15--17--|
G|------------------------------------------|
D|------------------------------------------|
A|------------------------------------------|
E|------------------------------------------|
Lick 13. Shows how unison bend can add impact and emotion, this was take from Pigs:
e|-12---12---12----12---12-------14----14---14----14---14--|
B|-15b-15b--15b--15b-15b-----16b---16b-16b--16b--16b-------|
G|---------------------------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------|
Lick 14. Was used in Mother from The Wall:
e|--10p9-10p9----------------------|
B|---------------10----------------|
G|--------------------9-7-6--------|
D|------------------------------7--|
A|---------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------|
Lick 15. This lick is take from the solo of Have A Cigar:
e|---------------------------------------------------------------|
B|------------12-----17P12-15P12---------------------------------|
G|-14B(16)---------------------------14B(16)-----14-----12B(14)--|
D|---------------------------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------|
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