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DICK KNIGHT, SURREY, 1969
DICK KNIGHT, SURREY, 1969
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Please note lots marked with a square will be move… Read more DICK KNIGHTTrained as a machinist and woodworker specializing in mill-work, Dick Knight began his guitar-making career at the end of World War II. Partnering with Joe Van Stratten they launched the short lived Stratten Guitar company in Surrey that produced arch-top guitars for jazz musicians. Because of the difficulties in obtaining materials in post war England the business would cease operation by 1948. Returning to mill-work, Knight continued to make and repair guitars part time until 1967 when he partnered with another guitar maker, Gordon Wells, to form Knight Guitars. Together, Wells and Knight would grow Knight Guitars to be one of the preeminent British workshops specializing in both repairs and restorations as well as the bespoke building of acoustic and electric guitars for the English market. Jimmy Page, Pete Townshend and Andy Fairweather-Low are among the many British guitarists who continue to be fans of the work executed at Knight Guitars.
DICK KNIGHT, SURREY, 1969

AN ACOUSTIC GUITAR

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DICK KNIGHT, SURREY, 1969
AN ACOUSTIC GUITAR
Bearing the logo Knight at the headstock, with original hardshell case bearing a label inscribed KNIGHT CUSTOM ACOUSTIC 1973? #NSN and SERIAL NO. DG1082
Length of back 20 3/8 in. (51.8 cm.)
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British luthier Dick Knight built this custom acoustic to David Gilmour’s specifications in 1969 for home and studio use. Gilmour mentioned the guitar in an interview with DJ Bill Minkin for the US radio show King Biscuit Flower Hour in 1978. When asked whether he had any acoustic guitars in his collection, Gilmour replied: …a couple of Martins, three or four Ovations and a custom-made one by Dick Knight. According to Phil Taylor, Knight had also built Gilmour a custom body for a double-neck Stratocaster around the same time, so that he could play both normal guitar and slide on the same instrument. The double-neck Strat was used on the North American leg of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon Tour in 1972, but later abandoned due to its cumbersome size and weight.
David Gilmour told us: My friend Rado Klose, who is a couple of years older than me, was a very early member of Pink Floyd (where he was known as Bob Klose). When I was about twelve in the late fifties, he had a Knight guitar which was an archtop F-hole jazz-type acoustic guitar. I liked his guitar, and after I joined Pink Floyd in about 1969, I tracked down the guy who built this guitar, Dick Knight. He had been a jazz guitarist of some standing in his own right, but while he was working [as a machinist and woodworker], he cut off all the fingers on his left hand, and after that he couldn’t play anymore, but kept on building guitars. I found him in 1969 and asked him to make me a guitar because I had liked Rado’s one so much. I travelled down to Addlestone in Surrey to meet him and give him my specifications.

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