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GIBSON INCORPORATED, KALAMAZOO, 1959
GIBSON INCORPORATED, KALAMAZOO, 1959
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GIBSON INCORPORATED, KALAMAZOO, 1959

AN ACOUSTIC GUITAR, COUNTRY WESTERN

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GIBSON INCORPORATED, KALAMAZOO, 1959
AN ACOUSTIC GUITAR, COUNTRY WESTERN
Bearing the label Gibson / Country Western / Model, stamped internally S240423, the headstock bearing the logo Gibson, with later hardshell case bearing a label inscribed GIBSON COUNTRY X WESTERN ACO #5240423 - B. BAND P/U SYSTEM -SEPT 2016; accompanied by a facsimile copy of the pickup controls
Length of back 20 1/16 in. (51 cm.)
Literature
Taylor, P. Pink Floyd: The Black Strat - A History of David Gilmour's Black Fender Stratocaster, London, 2017, illus. p. 182.
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Lot Essay

Purchased in Germany between 10th and 11th March 2006 as a spare for David Gilmour’s 1958 Country Western (lot 96) at the outset of his 2006 On an Island Tour, the guitar was fitted with a L. R. Baggs M1a sound hole pickup and was ultimately used by album co-producer and Roxy Music guitarist Phil Manzanera for the remainder of the tour through to 26th August 2006. Following the tour, the M1a pickup was removed and the guitar kept at Gilmour’s London home for private use. Gilmour found that this guitar felt different to the 1958 Country Western, as it had a slimmer neck with larger frets. The guitar was again carried as a spare on Gilmour’s 2015-2016 Rattle That Lock Tour in support of his fourth solo album Rattle That Lock. For the fifth and final leg of the tour, comprising five dates at The Royal Albert Hall in London from 23rd to 30th September 2016, the guitar was fitted with a B-Band pickup system and used by Gilmour for acoustic performances of Fat Old Sun, from Pink Floyd’s 1970 album Atom Heart Mother, and Wish You Were Here, from the band’s 1975 album of the same name, as seen in various amateur film footage of the concerts, as well as photographs by author and lyricist Polly Samson.

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