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.