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FENDER MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS CORPORATION, CORONA, 2010
FENDER MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS CORPORATION, CORONA, 2010
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FENDER MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS CORPORATION, CORONA, 2010

A SOLID-BODY ELECTRIC GUITAR, TELECASTER CUSTOM BARITONE

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FENDER MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS CORPORATION, CORONA, 2010
A SOLID-BODY ELECTRIC GUITAR, TELECASTER CUSTOM BARITONE
At the peghead Fender TELECASTER, the reverse with logo Custom Shop, the finish black with white binding, in original hardshell case bearing a label inscribed FENDER BARITONE TELE #1 NO S/N; accompanied by a color photograph by Phil Taylor of David Gilmour playing this guitar in his East Sussex studio circa April 2014
Length of back 15 ¾ in. (40 cm.)
Literature
Guesdon, J-M. and Margotin, P. Pink Floyd: All The Songs, New York, 2017, illus. p. 559.
Guitarist, May 2015, illus. p. 69.
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This guitar was custom-made for David Gilmour by Fender Custom Shop in 2010 and kept primarily for studio use. A baritone guitar incorporates a longer scale length than a normal guitar and is tuned either in a perfect 4th (B, E, A, D, F#, B) or perfect 5th lower (A, D, G, C, E, A) than a standard guitar tuning. This allows for deeper voicing than typically heard with guitar performance. Gilmour’s guitar technician Phil Taylor liaised with Fender to build a baritone on a shorter scale than his 1963 Fender Bass VI (lot 30). The resulting guitar has a 27-inch scale, placing it between an electric and bass guitar in terms of size. It was further modified with a Vibramate String Spoiler and custom baritone pickups, and the electronics replaced with Callaham Cryo electronics.
At the suggestion of album co-producer Youth, Gilmour used the baritone guitar during recording of Pink Floyd’s fifteenth studio album The Endless River, notably on the track It’s What We Do. Material from the 1993 recording sessions for The Division Bell was revisited and reworked with 21st Century digital technology and supplemented with new material recorded between 2013 and 2014 at Gilmour’s Astoria houseboat studio. Released in November 2014 as a tribute to keyboardist Richard Wright, who had passed away in 2008, the predominantly instrumental album debuted at number one in the UK, France, Germany, Portugal, Ireland, the Netherlands, Belgium, New Zealand, and Canada.
The guitar was subsequently enlisted for performances of Run Like Hell during Gilmour’s Rattle That Lock Tour from 12th September 2015, played by longtime Pink Floyd collaborator Jon Carin during the first three legs of the tour and thereafter by Chester Kamen for the final two legs through to 30th September 2016.

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